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  • Rob Christianson

    Art Director & Illustrator

    Seattle, WA

Rob Christianson is a seasoned creative with 20 years of digital marketing, branding, graphic design, video production, usability and illustration experience behind him. As a personable leader who prefers to champion his teammates and their successes rather than take the spotlight for himself, he is a true team player. Rob's passions include learning, team-building, creativity, branding, user-centric and customer-centric marketing and doing what it takes to get a job done. He also has a passion for burritos, but he's working on that one. Key Personality Profiles: • DiSC Leadership Style: CS • Myers-Briggs Profile: INFJ • Strengthsfinder 2.0: Intellection, Input, Adaptability, Learner, Developer • H2H Personal Brand: The Connector Past clients include J&D's Foods (creators of Bacon Salt), HL2, Green Rubino, World Vision, Seattle's Best Coffee, Cinnabon, Cobalt, CDK Global, The Museum of Flight and Microsoft. Order his children's book, "Penelope Pilot and her First Day as Captain" at Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Penelope-Pilot-her-First-Captain/dp/061534433X

Work Samples

  • CDK Executive Leadership Conference

  • CDK Infographic

  • Sriracha Popcorn Packaging

Work History

  • Freelance Designer and Branding Consultant

    I'm a freelance designer and illustrator with over 20 years of agency, corporate, social media and freelance experience. I specialize in Product Packaging, Identity and Illustration.

  • Creative Director

    • CDK Global
    • Seattle, WA
    • Jun 2015 - Nov 2016 (1 year 5 months)

    As a Director of Creative at CDK Global, I am responsible for ensuring consistent branding and creative strategy across all marketing channels, from product marketing and strategic communications to digital//UX, event marketing and executive presentation support. I provide creative expertise to internal stakeholders as well as support marketing programs across the business via user-centric design, digital marketing best practices, graphic design and creative data visualization. I enjoy mentoring and guiding talented creatives to reach their full potential, while still maintaining a hands-on role in design and illustration when needed.

    Over the last year and a half, I've worked with our new CMO and a new Senior Director of Creative Services in building out the Creative Services department, growing the team beyond only myself to a team of two Creative Directors, 3 Senior Designers, a Designer/Production Artist, 2 Senior Copywriters and a Sr. Editor. I've personally worked with each designer to identify their areas of passion and excellence to encourage them and to help the team run smoothly.

    As a creative leader managing teams in Seattle and Chicago, I've made it my personal mission to eradicate silos within our organization and unite all departments under a common brand, via frequent travel for personal presence, as well as the adoption of a common corporate style guide, presentation templates and resources used by the organization as a whole.

    Within my team, I've spearheaded the adoption of Slack for communication, Agile Methodology bi-weekly standups to streamline project management, Dropbox for file sharing and have created a personal weekly newsletter to encourage my team, inform them of initiatives from leadership, and bridge the gaps of time and space in an effort to help us all work seamlessly together.

  • Art Director, Marketing

    • CDK Global / Cobalt: An ADP Company
    • Seattle, WA
    • Jun 2012 - May 2015 (2 years 11 months)

    · Oversaw two complete rebrands of Fortune 1000 premier automotive digital marketing company
    · Art Direction & Design of all product and OEM-endorsed marketing programs
    · Supporting design of all marketing campaigns via eBook, infographic and digital ad design

  • Sr. UX Designer

    • Cobalt : An ADP Company
    • Seattle, WA
    • Mar 2011 - Jun 2012 (1 year 3 months)

    Design and implementation of Web and interactive for the automobile industry. Served as a dedicated designer for the General Motors team servicing dealerships nationwide, as well as UI/UX design for two major vehicle display widgets.

  • Sr. UI/UX and Print Designer

    • Vote iQ
    • May 2010 - Sep 2010 (4 months)

    Long-term contract with political social networking site Vote iQ. Designed Web pages, microsites, advertising, video editing and print media as needed. Created t-shirts and lapel pins for giveaways for the launch of the site.

  • Sr Designer & Illustrator

    • Media Partners
    • Jan 2006 - Nov 2008 (2 years 10 months)

    I was the resident designer and illustrator for Media Partners. Duties included graphic design, Web design, illustration and motion graphics - and recently, video production and animation.

  • Designer

    • HighPoint Solutions
    • Jul 2000 - Dec 2005 (5 years 5 months)

    I was a staff designer for HighPoint Solutions, and my primary tasks were E-mail marketing, Web and graphic design. Clients included Microsoft, Safeco Insurance, World Vision, Episcopal Relief and Development, and Focus on the Family.

  • Junior Designer & Production Artist

    • HL2
    • 1998 - 2000 (2 years)

    Illustrated point of purchase materials, logos and interactive pieces Cinnabon, Starbucks, Chaffey Homes, Microsoft and Yahoo! As the only HL2 designer with Web experience at the time during the dot-com boom, I produced Isernio Sausage's Web site, and designed and produced the Web site and additional marketing materials for Pallino Pastaria. Also worked as Junior Designer and electronic production for Cinnabon, PBA, Major Marine Tours and VoiceStream Wireless. Packaging illustration for Mrs. Fields Cookies, Starbucks and Chaffey Homes.

  • Cashier, Helper Clerk, Courtesy Clerk

    • Albertsons
    • Oct 1992 - Nov 1997 (5 years 1 month)

    Interacted with customers, managed financial transactions, stocked product.


  • School of Visual Concepts, Seattle

    • Illustration
    • 1996 - 1998
  • Edmonds Community College

    • Graphic Design, Painting
    • 1995 - 1996
  • Mariner High School

    • Dipoloma Design, Illustration
    • 1990 - 1993



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2014: Seattle Interactive Conference LOUD-MOUTH AWARD (Most Prolific Tweeter) 2012: Top 12 Finalist, ADP Mission Vision Values Video Contest 1999: Runner-up in logo redesign for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA Tour)