work + fun

About Us

In the creative talent world, too many people take things WAY too seriously. Our goal in life is to provide our clients with services that thrill them—not only achieving expectations but exceeding them. Plus have some fun during the journey!

About Julie West

Julie started West Works in 1992 —and knows how to get your project produced with creativity, accuracy and on-time.

As email marketing and web & print designer, Julie has experience in project design and conception. A graphic artist, she blends brand functionality into all aspects of client communication. Julie provides project coordination and design for award-winning magazine, catalog, newsletter, ad, logo design and print media services. As a consultant she has worked on numerous internal publications and with national accounts such as Dodge, Nestlé and Kraft Foods. She serves on numerous non-profit committees.

Volunteer work:

Issa Trust Foundation – photography and donation promotion

  • 2010 to 2015

Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Member since 1999
  • Board Member – 2009-2010
  • Executive Board Member – 2011-2012
  • Economic Development Committee

East High Alumni Association Board

  • President – 2016-2017
  • Webmaster & Social Media Marketing

East High Alumni Foundation Board

  • Secretary
  • Marketing Committee Chair

Arthritis Foundation of Iowa

  • Event promotions

Best Buddies of Iowa

  • Organization promotions and design work

Awards & Community Involvement:

Nominated and accepted into the 2015-2016 Leadership Iowa program, sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business & Industry. Started in 1982, Leadership Iowa is a 9 month premier issues-awareness program promoting leadership within the state. Graduation from the program was in June 2016. Julie is involved in the planning of several of the programs for the 2016-2017 class and West Works is one of the sponsors for the January 2017 Legislative class.

Small Business of the Year Award (Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce) – 2011

Newell Franklin Award for initial development and leadership role in Altoona Palooza, a citywide event – 2011. Also recognized by the State of Iowa for this award.

Religion Communicators Council, DeRose/Hinkhouse Memorial Communication Award

  • Single Issue Periodicals for Magazine, Local or Regional, Award for Excellence for Design, Photography & Content (For Good magazine) – 2009 & 2010 Awards

In-House Photography

West Works offers high end digital commercial photography, specializing in architecture, product, fashion, fine art and more. Check out our partner web site,

West Works Client List (partial)

Altoona Area Chamber of Commerce
Altoona Campus
Altoona Palooza
Altoona Police Department
Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
Carrie Williams Commercial Real Estate
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Copy Systems Inc.
Des Moines Police Department
Double You Marketing
Early Wheels of Iowa
Electronic Engineering
Iowa Association of Independent Colleges & Universities
Iowa C.A.S.A.
Jacobsen, Inc.
JS Creative
Keep Iowa Beautiful
Lighting Solutions of Iowa
Meredith Corporation
Meredith Integrated Marketing
Pepper’s Weekend
Russ’ Uptown Optical
Schafer Systems
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Stoney Creek
Team Excavating
Terrace Hills Golf Course
The Fairfield Line / Good Luck Line
Warren Cultural Center
Willow Creek Golf Course
Zero Ski Gloves