About Cortes Design

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Flower in Paris

Cortes Design is a minority women-owned bilingual graphic design firm that specializes in integrated visual communications for print, Web, and digital publishing.

The firm’s area of expertise is branding and identity applied to a variety of collateral and new media for leading international agencies and non-profit organizations.

Every project goes through a strategic and creative thinking process to ensure that the end result is a design that engages the audience, sparks interest, and communicates value.

Cortes Design excels at managing the design process from conceptualization through production and final delivery, paying close attention to detail, quality, and deadlines.

The firm believes that the most succesful outcome in a design process comes from honest feedback and transparent well-informed opinions at the right time.

Our clients include non-profit organizations such as the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP), and the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO). We like to work with clients which missions are in line with our values.


  • Integrated marketing
  • Corporate communications
  • Advertising campaigns
  • Brand development and identity
  • Conference brand identity
  • Tactical deliverables include: print collateral, web design, social media, digital publishing, exhibits, stationery, media kits, among others.

About the founder + creative director

In 2010, Cecilia Cortes-Earle founded Cortes Design under the idea of establishing an honest design practice between the client and the designer, where open and timely feedback is the key to a successful design process.

Cecilia is an award-winning designer with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Early in her career she worked for large ad agencies such as JWT in Peru and Maya Advertising and Communications, in Washington, DC. Most recently, she has worked as an art director at several international nonprofit and educational organizations in the Washington DC area, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. She has taken leading roles in graphic design and connecting design strategy with business goals by visually translating that into multiple media such as print, Web, social media, and digital publishing. A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology and Instituto Peruano de Publicidad in Lima, Peru, Cecilia is a graphic designer with a unique advertising and marketing background. She is also an alumna of the AIGA Business Perspectives for Design Leaders at Harvard Business School.

As a leader in the design community, Cecilia served as an AIGA (the professional association for design) DC board member by chairing the Continuum Fund, 2012-13. As a designer interested in education and inspired by mentoring emerging designers, she has volunteered as a mentor for SHINE, AIGA DC mentoring initiative, working one-on-one with an emerging designer, and as a guest speaker about design to local high schools.

Cecilia currently lives in the historic district of Mt. Pleasant in Washington DC with her husband, a political journalist, and their son. She is DIY enthusiast and loves to travel and see the world. The farther away she can go, the more exiting it is!