CV

Justin Blake Soest

4144 N. Southport Ave. #2 Chicago, IL   |   312.350.4939   |   Justin@edit17.com

Hello, my name is Justin Soest (Edit17). I am a creative visual communicator with experience in both print and digital media. I am a quick learner with a passion for more than user-centered design. I am a huge advocate for intelligent design—I believe that process and a solid concept is far more powerful than just beautiful aesthetic. Outside of graphic and web design, I continue to develop my craft using other mediums including; hand-drawn typography and printmaking.

 

EXPERIENCE

Jacobson Rost
05/16/2014 TO PRESENT

ART DIRECTOR

Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company: Retail, print and digital
World of Beer: Print, POS, digital, social and video
MillerCoors: Video
Boss Snowplows: Print and digital
Old Wisconsin: Packaging, print, retail and digital

 

Envisionit Media
05/14/2013 TO 05/14/2014

SR DIGITAL DESIGNER

Created and implemented design concepts, graphic images and branding for web-based communications
Followed a creative process from wire-framing, user flows, and style tiles to execute pixel perfect creative
Created and designed interactive solutions for clients including; Pet Check, Magic Future, Q Center,
Wausau Homes and Avegant Glyph
Designed and implemented brand guidelines and identity standards for Avegant Glyph
Lead creative during client communication when presenting strategic and creative solutions.

 

Zocalo

FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR

Worked on Fortune 500 accounts such as Tombstone and Coffee-Mate
Led creative for Facebook and social channels included daily posts and custom tabs
Worked on pitch and presentations for Tombstone, creating a new experience for consumer engagement

 

See3 Communications
06/09/2011 TO 04/01/2013

SENIOR DESIGNER

Designed web solutions for various nonprofit and social cause clients including; WSPA, EDF, and Unicef
Designed numerous web sites using strategic methods of process; defined user personas, generated and developed prototypes
Assisting in the IA, design, and development of both internal and client work
Worked with Senior Producer to design Telly award winning video/motion graphics for EDF
Designed and implemented consistent See3 branding elements to reflect credo, voice, and tone, pieces include;
See3 web site (Drupal), See3 blog, internal collateral, and social media channels
Worked closely with our development team to ensure quality control on mobile and desktop web projects,
custom Facebook tabs, and IOS applications

 

Publications International
09/10/2007 TO 06/05/2011

ART DIRECTOR

Worked with President and VP of sales to design a B2B website (CMS ExpressionEngine)
Designed various publications, leading projects through concept, design and pre-press stages
Created many cover designs to be approved from CEO
Branding and identity solutions for book series
Worked with creative directors to create SDX brand development and brand guidelines
Designed and output numerous SDX titles which interact with proprietary stylus
Lead team of designers to create and produce sales materials for sale team and presentations

 

EDUCATION

03/01/2006 TO 06/14/2008

The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago
B.F.A. Visual Communications

 

10/01/2001 TO 06/14/2003

The Art Institute of Philadelphia
Associates of Graphic Design and Applied Science
 
 
SOFTWARE AND COMPETENCIES

PHOTOSHOP
ILLUSTRATOR
INDESIGN
DREAMWEAVER
CSS
HTML
WORDPRESS
LIGHTROOM
PHOTOGRAPHY (film and digital)