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  • Michael Knodt

    Creative Director/Designer

    Seattle, WA

Not only am I a creative and passionate designer, but I am also a seasoned production designer with many years of graphic design experience. I strive to create relevant, inventive and concise visual design solutions efficiently. I seek out the intersection of creativity and problem solving. I have worked in a wide range of industries including: beverage, education, eLearning, fashion, food, non-profit, real-estate to technology. My design experience originates largely from the print side, but has kept pace with the advent of new technology. I have designed annual reports, collateral materials, icons, illustrations, infographics, brochures, packaging, job aids, videos and animations—many within brand guidelines. I can take a brand and apply it across the board to any touchpoint that is needed. I have a deep attention to detail throughout the process—consistency, grammar, specifications, as well as communication with the client. I excel in a team environment. Over the years I have worked effectively with many different people from a wide range of disciplines, personalities and styles. I enjoy collaboration and am able to foster it. One of my strengths is listening to the client’s needs and anticipating next steps in a project cycle and guiding the project through the design process. Some of the brands I have worked on: Aflac-everwell, Blackberry, CHEP, Deloitte, Dresser-Rand, Fiskars, Microsoft, Nespresso and United. I have designed multimedia content for global eLearning courses for Aflac-everwell and VMware.

Work Samples

  • Product Design

  • Brand Identity

  • Packaging

Work History

  • Designer

    Principal/designer responsible for all aspects of business from branded marketing, art direction, prepress print coordination, design, writing proposals to project management. Typical projects include annual reports, branding, collateral, packaging, advertising, newsletters, websites, PowerPoint presentations, social media, video and promotional materials. Client industries range from nonprofit, public sector, education, beverage, fashion, food, real-estate to technology.

  • Graphic and Multimedia Designer

    • Xerox Learning Services
    • Seattle, WA
    • Mar 2015 - Sep 2015 (6 months)


    Contractor providing multiple functions of graphic design and multimedia design. Interfacing directly with SMEs and client stakeholders to rapidly develop branded, cutting-edge training material and MOOC content. Content includes icons, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, website graphics and videos.

  • Graphic and Multimedia Designer

    Contractor providing multiple functions of visual design and multimedia design utilizing Storyline for branded, learning module design. Created and edited video for video animations using Premiere Pro. Designed icons, infographics, job aids and PowerPoint presentations. I also provided UX design within the MOOC platform, web applications and learning modules. Client projects included: Aflac-everwell, CHEP, Deloitte, Dresser-Rand, Microsoft, Nespresso and United.

  • Product Designer

    • Ziba Design
    • Portland, OR
    • Jul 1995 - Mar 1998 (2 years 8 months)

    Product designer for internationally recognized design consultantancy developing products in the fields of medicine, consumer electronics, sporting goods, packaging, and industrial products with the following clients: Coleman, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Labtec, and Microsoft. Main responsibilities included managing projects within time and budget constraints, maintaining client contact, presenting to clients and creating concepts from initial illustration through final production.

Education

  • University of Cincinnati

    • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Industrial Design Design
    • 1989 - 1995

Specialties

Awards

IDEA Silver, International Forum Hannover, Design Zentrum "Red Dot"

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