Showcase & Discover Creative Work

Christopher Eckel

Graphic Designer

I am a freelance visual designer living in New York City. I work to meticulously craft designs that speak to the imagination. I believe in being curious about everything, but passionate about a select few; determining your convictions and fighting for them. I believe that a budget should never determine quality, and consequently, that money is a poor substitute for meaning. I work with my hands, and believe that no matter how ubiquitous technology becomes, great work will always begin by putting pencil to paper. I strive for clarity, knowing that first understanding your constraints is the basis for efficient and thoughtful work. I believe great design can go far, but will only have real impact when in service of greater ideas. I am available for opportunities that align with my ethical positions and aesthetic sensibilities, and working for clients who do the same.
Experience
New York, NY, USA
Jun 2013Present
Freelance Art Director / Lead UX Designer
New York, NY, USA
Nov 2011May 2013
Senior Designer
As part of VSA's more digitally-focused New York City office, I work on design and user experience for web, mobile, and tablet. I also provide lead design and production of many of the firm's branding and print design initiatives. Clients include Public Art Fund, Nike, Urban Outfitters, Ralph Lauren, NEP Broadcasting, Le Sirenuse Hotel, and Estée Lauder.
New York, NY, USA
Nov 2011Oct 2012
Senior Designer
Tender Creative is a multidisciplinary agency working to elevate brands and solve business challenges through strategy, design, and technology. We work with industry-leading brands like Converse, Rolex, Chanel, MoMA, Sundance Channel, Fontainebleau Resorts, MAC, Public Art Fund, and Ralph Lauren.
Columbus, OH, USA
Jan 2011Dec 2011
Volunteer
In charge of finding printing sponsorships and paper donations for our monthly posters promoting guest speakers every third Thursday. I also volunteered time to design the poster and promotional materials for our July event with speaker Roanne Adams of RoAndCo, a multi-disciplinary studio based in New York.
Columbus, OH, USA
Jun 2011Oct 2011
Freelance Designer
While freelancing for Minds On I worked on a variety of projects ranging from print and identity work to website design and iPhone app design. Through working with their primarily interactive client base I’ve become very comfortable with designing front-end user experiences and preparing files to hand off for development. My involvement was from concept to completion as the lead designer, and I’ve assisted with art direction on other projects going on simultaneously in the studio.
Columbus, OH, USA
May 2008Apr 2011
Senior Designer & Photographer
Responsibilities included full control of project work and client interaction in a wide range of projects. I was included in the initial briefing , ideation, conceptualization, refinement, and production of anywhere from 3-5 projects at any given time. I was responsible for finding, interviewing, hiring, and managing any interns that Integrate took on during the duration of my employment. I also assumed the role of resident photographer, and as such became very familiar with studio photography and final documentation of work as well as a handful of half– to full–day photoshoots for clients in a variety of locations.
Skills
 
Art Direction, Branding, Identity Development, Information Architecture, Photography, Print Design, UX Design, Using My Brain, Using My Hands, Web Design