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Chris
Michalik

Art Director • Graphic Designer • Photographer

About:

Versatile, strategic, and reliable.

I'm an art director and graphic designer with experience in art direction, branding & identity, logos, digital design, websites, social media, print, packaging, out-of-home, UX & UI, video/motion design, and photography. Where I shine is tying those all together into comprehensive brands, campaigns, and design systems.

My background is in agencies, in-house, and freelance. And I've worked on projects for an array of industries—sports, real estate, technology, healthcare, finance, travel & tourism, luxury, retail, lifestyle, and non-profit.

I enjoy the entire creative process—from sketching out ideas to polishing concepts to reviewing final products for accuracy. I thrive on collecting and interpreting data and goals to incorporate into effective design solutions. Being dedicated to my craft, I always strive to expand my skillset and stay up-to-date with evolving technology and trends.

Skills:

Design

Art Direction • Branding • Logo Design • Digital Design • Web Design • Print Design • Social Media • Out-of-Home • Packaging • UX & UI • Motion Design • Layout • Typography • Color Theory

Software

Adobe Photoshop • Adobe Illustrator • Adobe InDesign • Adobe Lightroom • Adobe Premiere Pro • Adobe After Effects • Adobe XD • Adobe Acrobat • Figma • Sketch

Complimentary

Event Photography • Product Photography • Sports Photography • Photo Retouching • Videography • Video Editing • Pre-Press • HTML • CSS • Project Management

History:

Freelance Art Director

The Legacy Theory
09/2020 - Present
Remote

Freelance Designer

Chris Michalik Design
05/2010 - Present
Remote

Art Director

The Spot On Agency
04/2020 - 09/2020
Remote

Graphic Designer

CEA Marketing
09/2016 - 12/2019
Clearwater, FL

Graphic Designer

BioBag Americas
09/2012 - 09/2016
Dunedin, FL

Design Coordinator

Tech Data
07/2007 - 04/2010
Clearwater, FL

Graphic Design Intern

Visit Tampa Bay
02/2007 - 05/2007
Tampa, FL

Education:

Bachelor of Arts

Florida State University
2002 - 2006 | Tallahassee, FL
Major in Marketing/Advertising

Experience:

Design:
  • Developed brand assets for clients—logos, color palettes, icons, photography, and brand guidelines
  • Designed digital content—banner ads, social media, landing pages, interactive flyers, and emails
  • Designed websites incorporating wireframes, design systems, UX, UI, responsive design, and usability
  • Designed print deliverables—business cards, letterhead, brochures, flyers, signage, t-shirts, coupons, and out-of-home advertising
  • Created videos and motion graphics for social media and event displays
  • Designed packaging for the full line of retail products and print plates for the products themselves
  • Established templates for recurring projects with up-to-date specs
  • Prepared art files for print shops
  • Built out presentation decks and mockups for client presentations
  • Collaborated with designers, art directors, creative directors, copywriters, and developers
Art Direction & Management:
  • Determined data-driven creative and art direction and presented the concepts to clients
  • Audited existing client brand guidelines and made recommendations for improvement
  • Managed a team of designers, along with collaboration among developers and copywriters
  • Directed a team of photographers and social media creators and made shot lists and content plans
  • Provided direction, feedback, and guidance to designers, production artists, and interns
  • Communicated with clients to pitch concepts, provide recommendations, and interpret feedback
  • Established scopes of work, timelines, and estimates for new client projects
  • Reviewed work before completion for quality control and adherence to creative concepts
  • Reviewed resumes and samples for freelancers and new hires and made hiring recommendations
Photography:
  • Photographed events and for print and digital use
  • Photographed retail products, including setting up lighting, styling the set, and creating shot lists
  • Edited and retouched photos, including on-the-fly at events for immediate use on social media
  • Developed brand-specific Lightroom presets for consistency in final products across multiple photographers and events.