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  • John Ilg

    Courtroom Graphics, Technical Illustration, Photography, Gra...

    Minneapolis, MN

I am an experienced, detail-oriented professional who has created clear and compelling technical illustrations across a broad range of industries. My clients appreciate the creativity and responsiveness I bring to their team and effective results delivered, even under tight time constraints. My skills: • Technical illustrator with extensive experience producing visual explanations for legal and sci/tech environments. • Ability to collaborate and facilitate information gathering with technical professionals. • Excellent verbal communication skills. • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision. • Proven multi-tasking and time-management skills. • Solid background in digital illustration (Illustrator CC). • Professional-level digital photography and post-production techniques (Photoshop CC). Forensic photography. • Facility in producing lengthy, heavily illustrated technical documents, manuals (InDesign CC) and PowerPoint presentations. I can: • Design memorable and compelling graphics of complex sci/tech concepts and systems for a wide range of audiences. • Build visual narrative: What are the key elements? How do they work together? What is the issue at hand? • Produce legal exhibits/courtroom graphics to support expert testimony. • Create organized timelines, business-process diagrams and flow charts. • Make clear visuals emphasizing points of interest on exploded diagrams and section views. • Present engaging depictions of qualitative and quantitative information.

Work Samples

  • Sci/Tech Illustration, Denting at Tube Sheet

  • Isometric View, Manifold Configuration

  • Direct mail campaign, 5 part stepped

Work History

  • Technical Illustration, Photography, DTP for Research Reports, PPT Presentations

    Professional consulting– Corrosion and degradation of materials, environmentally assisted cracking, performance prediction, failure analysis, forensic investigations, expert testimony. World-wide client base.
    • Created thousands of compelling visual explanations (Illustrator) presenting qualitative and quantitative information for legal, scientific and academic use.
    • DTP (InDesign) for publications, in-depth scientific reports and research proposals published by state, federal and international agencies. Many include hundreds of scientific illustrations.
    • Produced numerous lengthy, heavily illustrated sci/tech presentations (PowerPoint).
    • Collaborated on high-profile national issues including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (NASA) and the Yucca Mountain Project (State of Nevada).
    • Studio photography (technical, forensic), and management of many thousands of images for the legal environment. Application of advanced Photoshop image-processing techniques.
    • Managed from concept to completion, yearly direct-mail campaigns into client base.

  • Art Director / Graphic Designer (contract)

    • King
    • Minneapolis, MN
    • Jan 1984 - Jan 2005 (21 years)

    Consumer products– Dome-covered TV satellite dishes and other electronic products for the RV, marine and trucking industry.
    • Created multi-panel product brochures used for direct-mail campaigns and point-of-purchase distribution.
    • Designed dozens of print ads for trade publications.
    • Produced all aspects of product sales and specification sheets including corporate branding, logos and trademarks.
    • Assembled product-line catalog pages and inserts with widely varying mechanical specifications.
    • Researched and designed appropriate labeling schemes for a wide-ranging product-line.
    • Collaborated with in-house staff to create effective trade-show graphics, signage and product stands.
    • Managed budgeting and bidding processes. Did review and sign-off on mechanical proofs and press sheets.
    • Studio photography (products, editorial), post production workflow.

  • Art Director

    Business-to-business management consulting– New-product development and project-tracking software and services. Technical-knowledge transfer, in-depth research and knowledge-management services.
    • Managed from start to completion, 100+ direct-mail campaigns into a 45K-user base increasing service usage by 10-20%. Typically including: cover letters, business reply mail or other bounceback cards, various tip-ins and incentive fulfillment. Liaison to USPS Mailing Requirements and local mailing services.
    • DTP for monthly newsletter mailings into various sub-markets within the user base with usage increases measured at 7-18%.
    • Designed fully illustrated instructional and training manuals and various account-support materials.
    • Produced eye-catching trade-show graphics, signage and displays.
    • Studio photography (portrait, groups, products, editorial), post production workflow (Photoshop editing functions) and management of photo shoots.
    • Created various logos and trademarks.
    • Designed dozens of print ads for trade publications.
    • Produced hundreds of digital and analog illustrations for print, presentation or web use. Pulled winning images from vast stock photo collections when needed.
    • Closely managed details at all stages with production staff, printers and others involved in project development. Highly experienced with budgeting and bidding processes. Did review and sign-off on hundreds of mechanical proofs and press sheets.
    • Accountable for developing and directing all creative work based on client feedback.
    • Provided additional creative/design services to all internal departments.


  • University of Minnesota

    • Master of Fine Arts in drawing, painting, printmaking
    • 1980 - 1983
  • University of Minnesota

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude
    • 1976 - 1980

    Charter Member of Minnesota Chapter of Golden Key Honor Society, 1980. Elected into Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1980.