After working in the production department as a graphic designer for The Idaho Mountain Express Newspaper for 11 years, I am now living and working on the Oregon coast for the News Times as of August of 2016. l do some work for the newspaper but I also work a handful of outside marketing projects, for, Salesian Golf Course and Spa, and the Elizabeth Inn.

Work Samples

  • Idaho Mountain Express Arts Section

  • Fine Art - Sketches & Doodles

  • Logos

Work History

ERIK W. ELISON GRAPHIC DESIGNER PH # (208) 481.1371 Hello, I am a designer with a clean, sophisticated style that borders on classic. That said, I am not afraid to have fun using bold colors and daring typeface when a project calls for it. Over my career I’ve shown success conceptualizing effective, innovative, and eye-catching designs that have won multiple awards for page layout from The Idaho Press Club. Now I am looking for exciting and new challenges and wish to share my talent with you. AREAS OF EXPERTISE • Visual Marketing • Advertising • Logo Design • Illustrations • Page Layout •Branding • Corporate Identity • Customer Service • Adobe Creative Suite • PC/Mac Platforms • Quark Express • FTP & ISSUE • With some experience in Dreamweaver, HTML & PHP PRINT & WEB DESIGN EXPERIENCE • Lead the designer of the Arts and Events section for the Idaho Mountain Express. • Layout articles, and design pages and post content and photos on the newspaper’s web site using PHP, FTP and a program called Blox CMS. •Assist with image manipulation of photos. • Redesigned the Express’ classifieds webpage by creating buttons for navigational ease and a new header. COMMERCIAL & CORPORATE DESIGN EXPERIENCE • Conceptualized advertisements based on client requirements and specifications and worked on revisions to ensure customer satisfaction. • Created corporate identity designs such as logos, letterheads, and other stationary material. • Managed projects for nonprofit organizations, Jan D. Atri, the Arizona Lottery, The Frank Kush 5K & The Art Institute of Phoenix including posters,flyers, invitations, brochures, and banners. PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE • Distribute and assign work and ensure deadlines are met. • Coordinate with press on paper distribution day. • Participate in management meetings to relay information and propose ideas. WORK HISTORY NEWPORT NEWS TIMES Graphic Designer, Newport, OR 08/2016 – Present THE IDAHO MOUNTAIN EXPRESS Graphic Designer, Ketchum, ID 2005 – 2016 IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Graphic Designer, Pocatello, ID 2005 PRESCOTT CLINIX / INTEGRATIVE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, Graphic Designer, Blackfoot, ID 2004 SOUTHWEST CHEESE Freelance Graphic Designer, Twin Falls, ID 2003 IDAHO FALLS SURGICAL CENTER Freelance Graphic Designer, Idaho Falls, ID 2003 MEDICAL & PROFESSIONAL CREDIT UNION Freelance Graphic Designer, Pocatello, ID 2003 STUDIO HONORS CLASS AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF PHOENIX Graphic Designer, Phoenix, AZ 2002 DESIGN EXPRESS Graphic Designer, Phoenix, AZ 2000-2001 IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Graphic Designer, Pocatello, ID 1999-2000 EDUCATION & DISTINCTIONS BACHELOR OF ARTS, Graphic Design The Art Institute of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ Co-winner, First Place, Graphics/Page Design Idaho Press Club’s Best of 2013 Awards Winner, Second Place, Page Design Idaho Press Club's Best of 2013 Awards Winner, Third Place, Page Design Idaho Press Club's Best of 2014 Awards


  • The Art institute of Phoenix

    • Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design
    • 2000 - 2002



Idaho Press Club, AIGA


1st Erik Elison, Kristen Kaiser – Idaho Mountain Express – “Jazz Fest cover” -Idaho Press Club, Graphics & Page Design 2nd Erik Elison – Idaho Mountain Express – “Image Wars” - Idaho Press Club, Page Design 3rd Erik Elison - Idaho Press Club - "Minidoka Memories" Idaho Press Club Club, Page Design