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  • William J. Makowski

    Lead Creative at Clectic Moto Industries

    Detroit, MI

I am a creative. This means I work somewhere in between form and function, design and abstraction. I meticulously plan and organize, only to make things up as I go along. I feed off the creativity of others and then loose myself in my own thoughts. But ultimately, as a creative I take pleasure in creating more problems than I solve.

Work Samples

  • freelance in the 3rd world


  • Typographic studies

Work History

  • Lead Creative

    • Clectic Moto Industries
    • Mar 2013 - Present (4 years 9 months)

    Design and develop the latest, trend breaking motorcycle protective gear.

  • Graphic Designer

    • Third Street AG Investments
    • 2013 - 2013

    Worked directly with the client to design collateral and provide company branding.

  • Rural Aquaculture Promotion Volunteer

    • Peace Corps
    • Zambia
    • Jul 2010 - Sep 2012 (2 years 2 months)

    -For two years lived in a rural Zambian village and learned the local language Bemba. Worked under invitation by and in collaboration with the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture - Department of Fisheries (DoF). Assisted in constructing a small earthen dam using traditional methods(hoe and a shovel). The dam demonstrating sustainable water management principles close to the Peace Corps Volunteer’s site. Acting as a rural demo plot and test bed for new fish farming and integration techniques.

  • The most exciting motorcycle adventure you've ever heard.

    • South Luangwa National Park
    • Aug 2012 - Aug 2012

    Mkushi to Mpika, down the Muchinga Escarpment, through the game management area in between North and South Luangwa National Parks. Got stuck, got rescued, spent the night inbetween the parks, crossed the Luangwa River into Luambe National Park, through South Luangwa National Park and back. On a 1990 Honda CT 200 purchased from a local Zambian motorcycle shop. On my own.

  • 50th Anniversary Event Planner

    • Peace Corps
    • Mar 2011 - May 2011 (2 months)

    Acted as lead organizer and planner for Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration in Serenje. Hosting over 70 guests including staff, PCV’s and distinguished parties. Developed the framework and ideas behind the entirely PCV led event. Micromanaged and assisted in the development of the menu for the Peace Corps 50th Anniversary Celebration in Serenje.
    Other responsibilities included the micromanagement and facilitation of the creation and construction of Peace Corp’s program displays, PCV’s secondary project displays and PCV entertainment and artwork displays.

  • Director of Public Relations, Men's Rowing Team

    • University of Michigan
    • Sep 2007 - Jun 2010 (2 years 9 months)

    Organized the largest and most successful recruiting strategy in Collegiate Men’s Rowing. Responsible for a nationally recognized rowing program’s on and off campus recruiting efforts.(One of the largest athletic teams at U of M) In charge of coordinating, organizing and scheduling on campus recruiting events for novice recruits. Designed, printed, and distribution of all media publications, including postcards, brochures and posters.

  • Landscape Designer

    • University of Michigan Recreational Sports
    • 2009 - 2009


  • University of Michigan

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) Graphic Design
    • 2005 - 2009

    -4-year Student-Athlete: Men's Rowing a year-round sport with training 20+ hours per week. In 08' finished 15th at the IRA National Championships. Member of the '08, and '09, ACRA National Championship winning teams. Gold medal winner and current course record holder at the Head of the Charles Regatta. -Volunteer at Mott's Children's Hospital: Visited sick children during their stay in the hospital. Signed hats, comforted families, and helped run activities such as ice cream socials for the families and kids.



Peace Corps Volunteer