heather hughes

Hello, I'm Heather.

Artist, Multi-tasker, Proud Wife, Fierce Mama Bear, Yoga Enthusiast, Fruit Junkie, Lover of Brews and Bonfires

Hi there! I’m Heather - Designer, Artist, and all-around Creative. With a proven track record and passion for design in all is forms, I’ve been providing design solutions and creative direction in the sports industry for 10+ years.

Art. It’s been the biggest constant in my life for as long as I can remember. I used to lay in front of the TV, sketching Saturday morning Looney Tunes and every Disney character you could think of. I’d look up art contests in the local Sunday paper and submit entries every week (the “egg” of the week was my favorite). When I was little, I’d draw all day and night if you let me – a talent and passion that I inherited from my dad.

As I grew up a bit, I navigated toward a love for acrylics and created huge murals on the walls of my high school and in the homes of friends and family. I never outgrew my love for art, and it eventually led me to graphic design in college, which opened up a whole new world. The mix of art and technology totally captivated me and I finally found my true niche.

Fast-forward to now, where I’m the art director for US Lacrosse - a non-profit sports organization on the outskirts of Baltimore - where I’ve been climbing up the rungs for the past 10 years. Today, I’m responsible for leading the concept, design and production of all visual collateral within the organization - from branding, event promotion and social marketing to our national magazine that’s mailed to 400,000 members on a near-monthly basis.

Often described as a busy bee, I like to have my hands in a lot of projects. The bulk of my non-corporate time is spent running Three Little Birds Design – my very own small business specializing in invitations for every occasion – and doing freelance (and pro-bono animal rescue) work as it arises. I also revel in teaching myself new things, with my greatest feat being HTML and CSS. It’s pretty amazing what you can learn from books and Google, and I pride myself on my ability to pick things up and face a challenge head-on.

One might wonder where my motivation and energy comes from, and it’s pretty simple. With three little boys, I’m always on my toes! When I’m not consumed by my Mac, you can find me chasing after my little ducklings or enjoying a good brew with my hubby by a bonfire.


Are you starting a business and looking to bring your brand to life? Celebrating a big moment in your or a loved one’s life? Have an important event coming up that you’d like to promote? Or maybe you’re just trying to get your organization’s message out to the world? Here’s how I can help you:

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