I am a freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer.

Working since

2012

Located in

Chicago

About

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I specialize in delivering thoughtfully built, design driven solutions that are brought to life by an open, collaborative process.

My background as a designer allows me to see a wider perspective when considering a client’s goals, have fluent communication with distributed teams, and build strong relationships with clients

Information

1527 W Lunt
Chicago, IL 60626

815.252.8044

ryan@takenot.es

Work History

Art Director

CrossCountry Mortgage

  • Lead design strategies to be inline with existing brand standards
  • Redevelop and conceptualize existing marketing materials
  • Create new strategies and marketing products
  • Design and develop micro-sites for Loan Officers, and Corporate
  • Manage and direct internal design teams, and freelance teams
Art Director and Front-End Designer

Perl Mortgage

  • Lead design strategies to be inline with existing brand standards
  • Redevelop and conceptualize existing marketing materials
  • Create new strategies and marketing products
  • Design and develop micro-sites for Loan Officers, and Corporate
  • Manage and direct internal design teams, and freelance teams
Senior Designer and Front-End Designer

Frey Design Group

  • Conceptualize branding and publication designs
  • Design and develop touch tours for various commercial buildings
  • Design and develop websites and materials for commercial Real Estate clients such as JLL and CBRE
  • Build branding and guidelines for various clients ranging from Nonprofits to Real Estate

Services

Discovery

Every project starts with a discovery phase. I observe, analyze, and understand what can be done better, and why. I use tools to meet with stakeholders, and discover key insights that highlight potential opportunities.

Strategy

I am known for providing differentiated strategies, as well as the expertise necessary to execute on them. This typically influences both product and marketing decisions; in order to guide what gets designed.

Design

A skillset ranging from visual, branding, UX/UI, and product design. I can contribute to individual projects, or join client teams with in-house roles to do so much more.

Content

I work to provide a unique range of expertise on what gets communicated, to how it can be intelligently tested, and managed. I can contribute to individual projects, or join client teams with in-house roles to do so much more.

Development Management

Remaining cognizant of modern web technologies I am able to help developers strategize to build and deploy semantic and well thoughtout and well documented sites.

Project Management

Using tools like Basecamp, Asana, or Flow I am able to help keep internal teams on task, on budget, and communcating to get the job completed on time.