Jim Schlottman

Creative Director, Graphic Designer

Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
Hello,
I’m Jim Schlottman, a creative professional with more than 20 years of experience creating all things design. I have all the necessary skills to see any given project from conception through development and design to final product. I have been managing departments and mentoring staff for more than 13 years. I’m not the kind of Director that is comfortable only critiquing other’s work and managing deadlines, I’m a designer, I need to design. Leading by example is one of my strongest assets. I like to create a healthy atmosphere of collaboration and competition to achieve goals.

I feel it would be overly self-serving for me to try and tell you how great I am, so I’ll leave that to people I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years:

“Jim is able to turn concept into design into product better and more efficiently than anyone I’ve met in my 30+ years in the graphic arts, printing, publishing and POP industries.”

“Jim Schlottman is the best designer I’ve ever worked with.”

“You want creativity, knowledge of process and speed to market . . . then you want Jim Schlottman on your team.”

“There are very few Art Directors who come to a shoot with his level of preparedness. He knows what he wants, how the photographs will support his message, work in his designs and make for a great finished product.”

“I was always amazed at how Jim was able to virtually read my mind and pull together graphics and layouts that wowed the clients.”

“I can’t imagine a better graphics partner with such a diversity of talent.”

“ He is a “can do” type of individual who works well with everyone and completes tasks on time and under budget.”

“Jim was always a quick study and seemed to have a knack for getting the design right the first time and working very quickly.”

I’m a thoughtful, instinctive, and resourceful creative with all the talent any organization would need. My specialties include but are not limited to: Branding, retail packaging, publishing, marketing collateral, illustration, advertising, and POP.

Work Experience

Cottage Door Press

Design Director of Marketing

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Brand identities and logos
• Retail packaging
• POP displays & signage
• Merchandising solutions
• Catalog design
• Web sites and Social Media
• Trade and consumer design
• Video creation and direction
• Marketing/sales collateral
• Trade show booth design
July 2015 - Present Illinois, United States

Iris Worldwide

Senior Art Director

Creative lead on conceptualization and design of content marketing campaigns, including print collateral, branding, advertising, agency promotion, infographics, illustration, and more. Responsible for establishing best practices in print and publishing disciplines. Provides print management/consulting on print projects.
September 2013 - July 2015 Illinois, United States

Jim Schlottman Design

Consultant/Freelance Graphic Designer

Currently providing consulting and graphic design services to several organizations.

FOCUS:
• Re-branding
• Brochures
• Websites
• Digital/print marketing collateral

ACTIVE CLIENTS INCLUDE:
ProGraphics, VelocityShift, Clancey Design Distributor, Raynor Garage Doors, Worden, and Trinity Consulting.
July 2013 - September 2013 Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States

Publications International, LTD.

Creative Director

Soon after completing a freelance corporate identity project for the company, I was hired full-time to establish a Creative Services Department. During that time I was a “hands on” director of a team of 3-4 Art Directors. My mission was to equip the sales departments with top-notch sales materials, and raise the bar of design for the product development teams. During that time I was the company’s “go-to” for anything new or unfamiliar.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Brand identities and logos
• Retail packaging
• POP displays & signage
• Merchandising solutions
• Catalog design
• Apps and web sites
• Trade and consumer design
• Video creation and direction
• Book and magazine design
• Marketing/sales collateral
• Trade show booth design

All for 6 divisions of product teams. I have worked with all the top licensors in the children’s market, consistently receiving spotless reviews of licensed product proposals. Was instrumental in growing PIL’s everyday planogram space at mass market retailers by 70% and significantly growing its promotional buy-ins. Over the years my department was recognized with several awards including Appys, Top 10 all-time apps from Apple, POPAI, and Disney’s Excellence in product design.
November 2000 - July 2013 Lincolnwood, Illinois, United States

WCW Magazine

Art Director

Hired to redesign and assist in the re-launch of WCW Magazine. Responsibilities included managing the department production coordinator and photo editor. The design of the monthly 84 page magazine, coordination and direction of up to 4 photo shoots an issue in studio and on location with WCW talent.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Magazine design
• Photography direction/talent coordination
• Marketing/sales collateral
• Media Kit
• Direct mail
• Insert and blow-in cards
• Subscription ads
• Internet ads
• Printed & wearable premiums
• Trading cards

Also contributed to other departments by creating corporate logos, merchandise, internet ads, and the motorsports team vehicle graphics. Received the 1999 Magazine & Bookseller silver award for cover of the year in the 99,999 to 300,999 circulation category.
March 1999 - November 2000 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Inside Sports Magazine

Art Director

Moving from advertising to publishing, I first started as an Associate Art Director for Inside Sports Magazine, the second largest national sports magazine with a circulation over 750,000. Within 2 years I was responsible for directing the company’s flagship publication. After becoming the lead designer for Inside Sports Magazine, I was charged with the design, and direction of the publication.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Magazine design
• Photography direction/talent coordination
• Illustration creation and aquisition
• Advertising
• Media Kit
• Direct mail
• Insert and blow-in cards
• Subscription ads

Also assisted on the design of Home Gym and Fitness, a national bimonthly. Led design team in creating one of the top 10 visited sites on AOL. Headed up all design projects for our marketing department, including advertorials, promotional material, client presentations, celebrity appearance invitations, Christmas cards, and commemorative T-shirts. Other duties included training and overseeing the design staff of six other national sports publications: Football Digest, Basketball Digest, Hockey Digest, Auto Racing Digest, Soccer Digest and Bowling Digest.
February 1993 - March 1999 Evanston, Illinois, United States

Jcpenney

Art Director.

Being given a chance before completing my degree in illustration and design, I was hired for my portfolio and history of art awards. Beginning my career as a paste up artist with JCP, I was promoted to Art Director after 18 months to manage and design all aspects of retail advertising and promotion.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• ROP Newspaper ad design
• Magazine advertising design
• Fashion/tabletop photorgraphy direction
• Illustration
• In-store signage creation
• Pre-press quality control

All for the company’s Midwest regional advertising department. This department served more than 600 stores.
1989 - February 1993 Illinois, United States