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I am a freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer currently working in Chicago.

I am an independent freelance Graphic Designer and Art Director based in Chicago, Illinois. I work with clients large and small to strategically create compelling and meaningful brands and organizations.

Currently, I'm helping to build stronger design strategies, and marketing positions in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industries.

I specialize in building and leading companies to success through branding, social, marketing, email campaigns, and the occasional front-end designing.

Objectives while Art Directing at PERL:
  • Develop a stronger design language
  • Build a new a website
  • Launch new digital products to support marketing for Loan Officers
  • Revitalize printed marketing material
  • Revamp email campaign strategies
  • Rebuild loan program marketing
  • Lead designers to success in corporate and individual loan officer marketing

Taken by Daina Fischer. Tala Coffee Roasters. Google Pixel 2 with Portrait Mode. Edited by me in Lightroom. 9 December, 2018.

Taken by Daina Fischer. Tala Coffee Roasters. Google Pixel 2 with Portrait Mode. Edited by me in Lightroom. 9 December, 2018.
Experience

Selected experience and clients throughout my career.

Feel free to contact me or download my resume.

PERL Mortgage

Art Director

  • Conceptualize and create User Interfaces and Experiences for mobile/web applications, and upcoming web redesign projects.Conceptualize digital and printed marketing materials for both internal and external facing clients.

  • Manage web content through Wordpress CMS

  • Develop front-end HTML/CSS for internal and external websites and events utilizing JS plugins as well.

  • Design and implement email marketing strategies.

  • Develop new strategies and products to be implemented in the digital loan process

Frey Design Group

Senior Designer

  • Conceptualize and create User Interfaces and Experiences for mobile/web applications, and upcoming web redesign projects.Conceptualize digital and printed marketing materials for both internal and external facing clients.

  • Manage web content through Wordpress CMS

  • Develop front-end HTML/CSS for internal and external websites and events utilizing JS plugins as well.

  • Design and implement email marketing strategies.

  • Develop new strategies and products to be implemented in the digital loan process

22CM

Designer

  • Design for internal clients for events, advertising, and publication layouts for a variety of magazines, newspapers, and digital media.

  • Lead animation for a digital multimedia, and video news stories. Design advertising for external clients for small businesses to be used in a variety of publications.

Mauge

Freelance Designer

  • Development of branding, web design, and marketing materials for Real Estate Developments and Automotive Clients.

Site Facts and Footnotes

Selected facts about this site, its assets, and other information of importance.

This site was developed by me using various jquery/javascript libraries, Bootstrap framework, and Jekyll to compile the information.

The content is managed through a CMS named Forestry.io. I highly recommend using them and gravitating towards a static site generator over WordPress. WordPress is often over utilized and bloated for most website purposes.

Definitions

Typophile noun
ty·​po·​phile | \ˈtīpəˌfīl sometimes ˈtip-\
plural -s
Definition of typophile –
a lover of printed matter or typography

Typefaces

Exchange
Tobias Frere-Jones

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Mallory
Tobias Frere-Jones

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Ringside
Hoefler & Co

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Contact Information

Email
ryan@takenotes

Phone
815.252.8044

Office
1527.5 West Lunt Unit 1B
Chicago, Illinois 60626