Overview:

Jeff Engel • 215 N. Aberdeen St, 302A • Chicago, Ill, 60607 • 312-492-7322 • grafixartz@comcast.net

Art Direction, Graphic Design, Digital Illustration and Production.

My extensive experience in general advertising, promotional/direct/shopper marketing and digital art & design brings a wide range of creative capabilities. I offer strong conceptual art direction with an emphasis on compelling design, efficient production workflow and a deadline-driven work ethic.

Employment:

2018 – Current    Art Director, Eazypower Tool Corporation

Providing company-wide redevelopment of corporate identity, packaging re-design, retail display development/design, trade show environment and retail/distributor websites.

2016 – 2018    Freelance Design and Production

Providing creative development and production for various clients (web, direct mail, packaging and brand identity):

  • Amway International Production and Design
  • Constellation Brands Design and Production (Corona, Pacifico, Modelo Beer)
  • Kraft/Cracker Barrel Brand Logo redevelopment
  • AON Corporation Brand Identity development
  • Mondelez International Production and Design
  • Various Financial Services Firms print and website development (Wall Street and Chicago)
2015 – 2016    Freelance Art Direction and Design

Providing creative development and production for various clients (web, direct mail, packaging and brand identity). Retail Shopper Marketing, Pharma, Financial Services, B2B, B2C.

2015 – 2015    Designer, Purohit Navigation – Chicago

Contract freelance position providing design and production on Gilead Sciences Pharmaceutical account:

  • Ontepix packaging concepts and design
  • Cutanea collateral design and production
  • Focus Diagnostics tradeshow booth development
  • Gilead corporate event design and development
2014 – 2015    Art Director, Havas – Chicago

Contract freelance Art Direction, RJ Reynolds- Camel (web, direct mail and brand identity).

2014 – 2015    Art Director, TWEAK – Chicago

Contract freelance position providing design and production on a variety of accounts, including:

  • CF Railcar
  • Asia Pacific
  • Advanced Tractor Dynamics
  • XCED Aviation Services
  • Union Leasing
  • ANDIS Haircare
2010 – 2014   Creative Director, tradeMONSTER Financial Services

Provided oversight and creative development of the companies online, direct and promotional marketing initiatives including broadcast, web, print, radio, outdoor and trade show/convention.

2008 – 2010   Freelance Art Direction, Graphic Design and Production

Worked with various clients and Chicago-area ad agencies and marketing firms developing creative content for web, print, b2b/b2c direct mail and promotional marketing.

2007 – 2008   Art Director, G2 Promotional Marketing Agency (Grey Global Group)

Provided creative solutions for print, in-store tv, display and point of purchase Art Direction/Design:

  • Kraft Foods
  • Wal-Mart
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Dairy Management, Inc.
2006 – 2007   Senior Graphics Instructor, Digital Boot Camp/Mac University

Provided training for select graphics classes, training professional designers and art directors basic thru advanced Adobe Creative Suite Applications (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and Multimedia application programs.

2006 – 2007   Freelance Art Direction and Design, Freelance Web Design/Development

Worked with various clients and Chicago-area ad agencies and marketing firms developing creative content for web, print and b2b/b2c direct mail.

1996 – 2006   Art Director/Senior Digital Artist, Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising Agency (IPG)

Worked with the agency’s Group Creative Directors, developing creative concepts and finished advertising design and digital art for a variety of accounts:

  • Quaker (Gatorade, Capt. Crunch, Chewy Granola, Snapple, Quisp)
  • Coors (Coors Original, Coors Light)
  • Kraft (Tombstone, Cheese, Mac n’ Cheese, Jello, Athenos, CPK)
  • SC Johnson (Glade, Ziploc, Edge, Pledge, Raid)
  • John Deere (General Print, Dealer Direct, Outdoor)
  • Applebee’s (General Print, Corporate Identity, Web, Outdoor)
  • Boeing (General Print, Outdoor)
  • Payless (General Print, Outdoor)
  • Kimberly-Clark (Kleenex Print)
  • New Business, Special Projects
2002 – 2006   Art Director/Graphic Designer, Big City Mountaineers, Golden, Colorado

Working concurrently, along with my full time agency position, I also assisted the non for profit organization, Big City Mountaineers, providing all aspects of design, advertising and promotional material. This work included national print advertising, web development, promotional mailers, corporate and special event identities and various creative services.

1995 – 1996   Freelance Graphic Designer, Graphics Trainer and Consultant

General Graphic Design, Production and advanced application training.

1993 – 1995   Senior Graphics Instructor/Consultant Digital Boot Camp

Provided training for most of the companies graphics classes, training professional designers and art directors basic thru advanced QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and 3D Modeling application programs. Other responsibilities included Corporate on-site training and consultation.

1991 – 1993   Art Director/Graphic Designer, Motoport U.S.A., Difi International (Varel,Germany)

Duties included art direction and design of all Motoport retail and dealer catalogs, national print advertisements, and garment designs for motorcycle race wear. Additional responsibilities included aiding in the management of the national retail/dealer network, and traveling with the company’s retail booth in the 1991 and 1992 International Motorcycle Shows. At the companies headquarters in Germany, work included art direction of catalogs, photoshoot creative direction, advertising and promotional projects.

Education:

Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, B.A./Graphic Design
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, Advertising/Industrial Design
Personal information and references available upon request