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Justin Schafer

Mutual of Omaha

Omaha, NE, USA
402-681-7520
Design is something much more than just a eye catching visual. It goes beyond a simple aesthetic and should get to the core of the problem. I was fortunate enough to learn that early on through my role as an experience designer, dedicated to improving the care of hospital patients. Now as a Senior Designer/Art Director I have the opportunity to work for a Fortune 300 company on improving and maintaining a 100 year-old brand.

Collaboration is an essential element to good design. I attack problems in a group setting and feel that in the early stages of brainstorming, no idea is a bad idea.

I'm also a life long learner and feel that to be a successful in design you must soak up as much information as possible, whenever possible. In addition to screen-printing and building mid-century modern furniture in my down time, I also try to experience things that do not involve design. We often rely on our life experiences to help shape our best ideas. Whether it's travel to Europe, mountain climbing or triathlons, I try and maintain interests beyond design that will help fuel my creativity.

I'm driven to maintain the highest levels of creative excellence and have received numerous awards in recognition of my efforts. I look forward to each day and the creative challenges it holds.

Work Experience
Omaha, NE, USA
May 2008Nov 2008
Alegent Health
Graphic / Experience Designer
Originally an internship, my position eventually evolved into a full-time freelancing position. Using interviews and ethnography, along with rapid prototyping techniques, I assisted the Change Management division in solving patient experience problems in; oncology, end-of-life care and patient room information. Using research, ideation and an iterative approach, we designed solutions both physical and digital that solved problems in an change resistant environment.
Omaha, NE, USA
Aug 2011Dec 2012
Director of Finance
While not a traditional design related role, as Director of Finance I was able to hone my leadership skills while playing a vital role in an organization. From planning and executing events, to compiling and analyzing data for patterns, it allowed me to perfect the line between a left-brain and right-brain while advocating the value of design within the community.
Omaha, NE, USA
Nov 2008
Senior Designer
In addition to helping visually maintain a 100 year old brand, I help facilitate and lead creative discussions and brainstorming sessions involving new products. Working collaboratively with writers and account directors on a variety of business to business and direct to consumer campaigns. Additionally, I create and execute concepts on projects ranging from new business collateral and professional sport sponsorships, to consumer advertising and incentive trip promotions.
Education
Omaha, NE, USA
May 2009Dec 2012
BASA - Graphic Design
Omaha, NE, USA
Aug 2006Dec 2008
Metropolitan Community Colleges
AAS - Graphic Communication Arts & Design
Skills
 
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Typography, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, furniture design, Basic HTML, Branding and Identity, Prototyping
Awards
2011
Silver (Special Event Campaign) - Smokey Joe's Campaign
2012
Pinnacle Award - Best of Large Business Promotions
2013
American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards
Newspaper Advertising
2011
Silver (Promotional Design) - Mutual of Omaha World Series Contest
2012
Featured in In-House Design Annual
2013
American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards
Collateral Campaign
2011
Bronze (Invitations) - Mutual of Omaha Showdown Pro-am
2012
AIGA - The Professional Association for Design
Gold - Advertising and Promotional Design
2011
Best of In-House Award - Mutual of Omaha World Series Contest
2012
AIGA - The Professional Association for Design
Silver - Self Promotion