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  • Raúl Peña

    Freelance Graphic Designer at Self-Employed

    Chicago, IL

I’m a designer with ten years of experience in print and web design. I’m passionate about meaningful, evocative and beautiful visual communication. TESTIMONIALS: “You’re a fucking genius. These are wonderful, and with a really great variation—which will certainly please [publisher and author].”—Jeff Clark / Book Designer, Quemadura. “It looks so beautiful!… Thank you for creating a professional and attractive online presence for me. It’s working!!!”—Christine M. Tracy / Author. “I love them! Great work. Really, so good. Thanks!” [Also…] “People all over campus have commented on how much they like your posters.”—Catherine Taylor / Associate Professor, Ithaca College / Author “I believe Raúl perfectly combines artistic creativity with professionalism. I attribute a large part of Make Goals Not War’s international success to his creative vision.”—Matias Margulis / Director, Make Goals Not War “Working closely with Raúl, I appreciated the depth and commitment behind his designs and graphic production. He is also an incredibly talented designer.”—Donald Harrison / Executive Director, Ann Arbor Film Festival “I especially admire how capable Raúl is of working on a quick project and having it look amazing, as well as how when time permits, he devotes a great deal of research, thought and experimentation to produce some real mind-blowing work.”—Pete Garner / Marketing Manager, Zingerman’s

Work Samples

  • experimental

  • illustration

  • commercial design

Work History

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    • Self-Employed
    • Jun 2009 - Present (8 years 6 months)

    Print and Web design / Wordpress theme customization / book covers / posters / illustrations

  • Contract Instructor

    • Street Level Youth Media
    • Jul 2012 - Jul 2012

    Taught a week-long youth workshop (ages 8–14). The course focused on music visualization as an introduction to basic elements of graphic design.

  • Graduate Instructor

    • University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Aug 2011 - Apr 2012 (8 months)

    While completing my MFA at UIC, I taught an introductory Graphic Design course to first year undergraduate students.

  • Contract Designer

    • SapientNitro
    • 2012 - 2012

    Worked as a visual designer, and as part of a team, in large and small interactive projects.

  • Graphic Designer

    • Otherwise Incorporated
    • 2010 - 2011 (1 year)

    Worked as design contractor during the spring of 2010 and the summer of 2011.

  • Graphic Design Instructor

    • Washtenaw Community College
    • Jan 2010 - Jul 2010 (6 months)

    Taught an introductory Graphic Design course, as well as a course on Adobe Illustrator.

  • Graphic Designer

    • Zingerman's
    • Dec 2003 - Jun 2009 (5 years 6 months)

    Print and web designer. Designed and hand-coded websites using XHTM/CSS. Was Responsible for conceptualization, design direction and production of a wide variety of projects, ranging from newsletters and catalogs to packaging and illustration. Prepared graphics for print. Worked directly with printers.

  • Graphic Design Contractor

    • Ann Arbor Film Festival
    • Jan 2007 - Aug 2008 (1 year 7 months)

    Designed the organization’s logo and the promotional material for the 45th and the 46th festivals.


  • University of Illinois at Chicago

    • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Graphic Design
    • 2010 - 2012
  • The Basel School of Design (FHNW HGK)

    • Certificate Summer Poster Workshop
    • 2011 - 2011
  • Eastern Michigan University

    • BFA Graphic Design
    • 2005 - 2010
  • Washtenaw Community College

    • Web Design
    • 2008 - 2009

    Took courses on Web Technology

  • Washtenaw Community College

    • A.A.S. Graphic Design
    • 2001 - 2003
  • Universidad de Los Andes

    • Architecture
    • 1996 - 1999



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