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  • John Christenson

    Senior Designer/Art Director

    Chicago, IL

John Christenson specializes in a variety of print materials and websites. He also has an expertise in developing identity and brand systems and incorporating them into print and web applications. John's affinity for wood working is melded with his graphic design experience to create sleek furniture and dimensional works of art. John earned a B.F.A. in graphic design and a B.F.A. in industrial design from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he graduated with honors and distinction.

Work Samples

  • Nuzzles

  • COPD Alliance

  • NCH Healthcare System

Work History

JOHN CHRISTENSON 630 670 0907 john.w.christenson@gmail.com PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Senior Graphic Designer [2011–Present] DEPAUL UNIVERSITY [CHICAGO, IL] Designing and producing brochures, print and online advertising, and website and environmental graphics for graduate and undergraduate enrollment communication. Developing identity systems for a variety of University departments and campaigns. Freelance Graphic Designer [2010–Present] STUDIONORTH [NORTH CHICAGO, IL] BRAINFOREST [CHICAGO, IL] LITTLE & COMPANY [MINNEAPOLIS, MN] Developing brand identities and brand standards. Concepting and designing websites, motion and environmental graphics, exhibit booths, brochures, print and online advertising. Senior Graphic Designer [2001–2010] LIPMAN HEARNE, INC. [CHICAGO, IL] As creative team lead designer, concepted and developed award winning products ranging from magazines, annual reports, brochures, and newsletters to interactive media and web sites for universities and other nonprofit organizations. Collaborated with copywriters, researchers, and account executives to produce compelling and relevant materials that reinforce clients’ strategic objectives and communicate core messages. Created and developed logos, identity systems, and branding systems. Art-directed and managed freelance designers, production designers, web developers, photographers, videographers, and video editors. Mentored and supervised interns and design staff. Industrial Designer & Owner [2008–Present] NUZZLES® [CHICAGO, IL] Designing and handcrafting custom dimensional wooden typographic puzzles, called Nuzzles®, each with their own unique characteristics. Recognized by leading design blogs such as Swissmiss and Grain Edit, over 50 Nuzzles® have been created for clients worldwide. EDUCATION Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (with Honors and Distinction) [2002] Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design (with Honors and Distinction) [2002] UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO [CHICAGO, IL] SKILLS AND TALENTS • Digital video and animation • Furniture design and crafting • Photography, film and digital • Sculpture and model making • Painting, drawing, and illustration SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash) • QuarkXPress • Final Cut Pro HD • DVD Studio Pro • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) References available upon request. Digital portfolio available at http://threeelementscreative.com CLIENTS Achieving the Dream The Adler Planetarium The Brookings Institution Bryant University Chicago Botanic Garden Chicago Public Schools COPD Alliance Crown Family Philanthropies Dominican University Drexel University The Fletcher School Follett Software Company Foundations of East Chicago GEO The Harmony Foundation ict Qatar Illinois Institute of Technology Kids Hope United Lehman College Lions Clubs International The MacArthur Foundation Marine Biological Laboratories Miami University Million Dollar Round Table Museum of Science and Industry Northern Arizona University Project Hope Quaker Oats RAND Corporation Roosevelt University Rush University Medical Center Rutgers University Scüci Trinity University University of Chicago University of Cincinnati University of Detroit Mercy University of Illinois University of Nebraska University of Rochester University of Texas Arlington Vanderbilt University VTech Kids Wake Forest School of Law Wentworth Institute of Technology William Paterson University Young Epidemiology Scholars


University of Illinois at Chicago



AIGA - the professional association for design


Participated in AIGA Design for Democracy Educational Advertising Bronze Award, 2010 - Bryant University Alumni Magazine