Lisa Miller has more than twenty-five years of award-winning, professional experience in photography, graphic and information design for print, web, signage and video projects in the public and private sectors. Her focus is always on helping people and organizations turn their work into a compelling visual representation; explaining difficult concepts through the use of accessible visuals; and producing high quality production work by partnering with printers and mail houses. She is known for working well with teams of differing personalities and work styles to produce something coherent and holistic—much more than the sum of its parts—making people and organizations look good.
Lisa’s photography career began in the fourth grade at St. Paul Open School where she learned to develop and print both color and black & white film. She has been shooting pictures ever since then. Her graphic design career began at an advertising specialties company, doing traditional typesetting, keylining, design and illustration—pre-computer graphics—working all through college. She then attended The American School of Neon, an internationally recognized leader in the training of Neon glass technicians. After a two year stint at neon sign production (ended by a 20,000 volt curing table encounter), she returned to graphic design, only to find technical pens and waxers had been replaced by the Macintosh computer. Quickly adapting to the rapidly evolving technology, she combined her neon sign experience with graphic design and spent several years doing design engineering and environmental graphics for sign companies. Eager to learn and use more technology tools, Lisa joined the Hennepin County Public Affairs office as they began developing their presence on the internet.
As an award winning photographer and designer for Hennepin County’s Public Affairs Department, she supported seven county commissioners and all county departments. She helped develop the county’s very early internet presence, and championed ways to effectively combine the expanding technology with traditional print and video communications.
Lisa left the county to pursue internet development for nonprofit organizations, government and educational institutions. She also co-founded Digital Access and the Community Empowerment Project (CTEP) to provide technology training and access in order to bridge the digital divide, helping under-served communities in the Twin Cities.
In 2005, Lisa was campaign manager for Ralph Remington’s successful Minneapolis City Council campaign, then worked as his policy aide at City Hall. She returned to the campaign trail to work on the 2006 primary and general elections for Keith Ellison, Mark Ritchie and numerous legislative candidates.
Lisa’s photos have been published in MinnPost, the StarTribune, the Peoria Journal Star, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has done photography and design for numerous local, state and national campaigns. Currently, she is the photographer for the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, while continuing to provide photography and design services for political campaigns. She is highly regarded for capturing moments large and small; providing consistency and continuity of messaging and brand; and meeting seemingly impossible print deadlines.