Steve Turmell is a graphic designer who has led numerous successful designs in the marketplace for products that can/could be found at Walmart, Dollar Tree, Pilot Truck Stops, Borders Books, Barnes & Noble, Alco and Walgreens. Steve has also designed a variety of advertisements found in internationally recognized publications such as Downbeat, Billboard, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Blues Review, Fanfare, Living Blues, and Mother Jones. Prior to his current, long-standing positions as Senior Designer at Hawthorne (a division of Scotts Miracle-Gro) and the Allegro Media Group, Steve filled the role of a graphic designer for a decorated ad agency Caler & Company located in Akron, OH. While in his home state of Michigan, Steve worked as a Senior Designer for a marketing firm, The Freeman Group, and designed for Baker Book House, an international book publishing company. Steve currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Beyond his day job he also embraces freelance work for FABA (his local community business organization), Red Castle Games, and consults with area businesses on marketing, brand advertising and the power of effective visual communication. With great tenacity, Steve has currently pursued the study of audio recording, engineering, restoration and forensics. He enjoys studying and playing music as a session/performance drummer, supporting a plethora of local bands in a variety of genres. Any tidbit of valuable free time he has left is spent listening to progressive music, drumming, biking, hiking a trail somewhere in the great landscape of the Pacific Northwest, or diving into weird, uncanny, and bizarre movies by surrealist directors such as Lynch, Jodorowsky, Cronenberg and Aronofsky.
Professional level of working knowledge in graphic design, photography, typography, prepress, image making, editing and manipulation.
Ability to develop well-concepted marketing solutions and forge engaging visual communications using information organization, aesthetics, design and color theory harmoniously in striking compositional layouts.
Ability to work and communicate efficiently, both independently and in team-based environments – mindful of the flexibility of ideas and patience required throughout the collaborative design process.
Ability to identify business communication problems and solve them through research, analysis, collaboration, marketing testing and outcome evaluation.
Ability to communicate efficiently with vendors, pre-press operators, printers, copywriters, photographers, illustrators and service technicians.
Freelance experience helped build a working knowledge of contractual communications and legal business agreements with clients.
Constantly aware that designer can also help contribute in discovering new clientele and generate possible leads through networking. Aware that the designers role is not just limited to visual communications, but verbal business communication as well.
Mindful that designer should contribute to upstanding moral business practices and promote a sustainable environment on a global scale.
Able to recognize and contribute to the awareness of using transparent social media for positive business brand building.
Working knowledge of sound recording and engineering, mixing and mastering audio for commercial release, film and video.
Proficiency in audio engineering, forensics and restoration.
Kendall College of Art & Design Studio Excellence Award