Multimedia Design and Communications

The Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Design and Communications team provides design, print, web, and advertising and marketing services, according to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Brand standards, needed to promote the department within CASNR, IANR and the university. 
  • Compliance with the university Toolbox and Brand Book to identify consistently and positively with the university
  • Graphic design/layout—ads, postcards, flyers, brochures, programs, display banners, signage, recruitment/marketing materials, graphics and promotional products
  • Web development, consultation, design, management and changes to department websites (Agronomy and Horticulture, Turfgrass Science, Viticulture, Weed Science and Range, Pasture, & Forages) 
  • Marketing communications and plan development
  • Writing/editing copy for news releases (for department website, university and external audiences), social media content, website content and print publications following the university editorial guidelines, university Style Guide and Associated Press Stylebook.
  • Social media communications—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram (managed by recruitment coordinator)—content creation and management of department accounts
  • Digital signage display in Keim Hall—content development and creation
  • Photography of department events, faculty/staff/student portraits, field days, research, for news and social media
  • Scientific illustration
  • Video consultation and production for research projects and recruitment

Toolbox – Resources

  • Nebraska Logos
  • Non-Discrimination Statements
  • PowerPoint Templates
  • Social Media Guidelines
  • Videography Tools

Can be DOWNLOADED from the Toolbox – Resources webpage.

Toolbox – Resources

Point of Contact

Print/Graphic DesignFran Benne
NewsFran Benne 
Social mediaFran Benne  
WebLana Johnson
PhotographyLana Johnson 
VideoFran Benne
Scientific IllustrationLana Johnson 

Contact Fran at fbenne2@unl.edu, 472-1524, 377P PLSH
Contact Lana at ljohnson1@unl.edu, 472-6416, 362A PLSH
We will do our best to contact you about your project in a timely manner. All areas of work will be divided between Lana and Fran based on their work schedule. All work will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis and deadlines taken into account.

Design and Communications Specialists

Fran Benne

Fran Benne

Fran graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in advertising with minors in art, english and marketing. She has 22 years of experience in graphic design and layout, art direction, creative development and advertising.

Prior to Nebraska, she was an art director/graphic designer at a local advertising agency where she collaborated with media buyers, account directors, creative directors, copywriters, photographers and copy editors. She supervised photo shoots, designed and produced advertisements, brochures, fliers, catalogs, billboard and transit ads, newsletters, logos, direct mail, letterhead and business cards, trade show materials, and web banners for local and national clients. She also worked with a variety of print vendors and attended press checks.

She has spent the last three years as the department multimedia design and communications specialist creating for print and web, managing the department website, shooting photography and video, writing and editing news stories and print publications, producing videos and utilizing social media for recruitment and communicating news and events.

Fran is a professional member of the Nebraska Press Women. Stop by Fran's office anytime to discuss a project or to talk about running, landscaping ideas or cats.

Lana Johnson

Lana Johnson
Lana graduated from Midland University with a bachelor’s in Biology and Natural Science and earned a master’s in Museum Studies with minors in Fisheries and Scientific Illustration at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She also studied scientific illustration at the University of Arizona. She has worked at Nebraska for over 24 years as an illustrator, multimedia and graphic designer, technology trainer, instructor, web designer and project manager. In addition, she has taught two graduate courses for Entomology, Presentation Methods and Scientific Illustration, for over 18 years.

Previous to Nebraska, Lana worked as a biology instructor, lab technician, technical illustrator and as a freelance scientific illustrator creating artwork for local and national clients. She is a professional member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and currently serves as president of the GNSI Great Plains Chapter. She has presented and taught many seminars and classes at GNSI, Association for Communication Excellence and North Central Branch of Entomology Society of America conferences. Her artwork has been exhibited in juried shows across the country. Lana strongly promotes healthy living by always having chocolate on her desk for visitors to enjoy.