Justin Smith

Sr. Visual Designer

Minneapolis, MN, USA
I feel fortunate to be rooted in parallel careers that have introduced me to many talented individuals with fresh perspectives that I admire and cherish. I am grateful for the opportunity and ability to pursue these creative passions and look forward to sharing them with others.

Work Experience


Sr. Visual Designer

360-degree campaign design, concepting, and implementation.
February 2016 - Present Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

J. David Creative

Visual Designer

A freelance company specializing in visual design and commercial photography.
2013 - Present Wisconsin, United States

Satellite Six

Lead Visual Designer

Web design and branding with additional work for printed collateral and advertising.

Experience in digital media projects have included: Home page and internal page designs for custom and template websites, web banners, social media graphics, and email subscription templates.

Experience in printed design projects encompassing: logo design, style guides, business cards, letterheads, brochures, sales sheets, banners, posters, billboards, ticket vouchers, annual reports and paid advertising.
September 2014 - October 2015 Wisconsin, United States


Private Label Photographer

Work with E-commerce, product specialists, and the Printed Advertising Department to implement the improved display of over fifty private label brands in print and digital media.

Explore alternative means to display private label brand products.
January 2014 - September 2014 Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States


Graphic Designer

Print and publication layout for flyers and catalogs.
May 2013 - December 2013 Wisconsin, United States

University Recreation

Designer, Photographer, Videographer

Updated stock photography for print and web. Designed brochure for the Athletic Complex. Created a short series of stop motion promotional videos to be embedded on the web.
January 2011 - December 2012 Wisconsin, United States


Infantry Sergeant

First Tour: August 05-06 Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rank: Specialist.
Mission: Country wide convoy escort.
Duties: Provided security and route guidance via HMMVY gun trucks. Given leadership position experience as Convoy Commander on select missions. HMMVY radio operator, driver and gunner. Conducted routine maintenance on all equipment.

Second Tour: January 09-10 Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rank: Sergeant.
Mission: Provide training and security for Iraq's first Iraqi Correctional Officer Academy on forward operating base Future.
Duties: Led lower enlisted personnel in conducting patrols, contraband searches, training and development exercises. Additional duties: Manager of cadet processing. Led Biometric Automated Toolset Operators in creating background profiles for Iraqi cadets on each incoming class cycle of 200.
May 2003 - May 2011 Wisconsin, United States

Tangled Up In Hue

Contract Artist

Provide fine art photography for retail.
April 2010 - Present Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States

Shelter Studios

Photo Assistant

Worked as photo assistant to Chris Sheehan. Helped construct lighting sets in studio and on location. Kept studio clean and organized.
2008 - 2008 Minnesota, United States


University Of Wisconsin-Stout

B.F.A. Graphic Design

Magna Cum Laude
2008 - May 2013 Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States

Minneapolis Community Technical College

A.A.S. Photography and Digital Imaging

Deans List
2005 - 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States


Communication Arts

Award of Excellence for Girly Man Wine Packaging


University Of Wisconsin Stout

Chancellor's Award


United States Army

Army Commendation Medal


Minneapolis Community Technical College

Dean's List


United States Army

Good Conduct Medal


United States Army

Army Commendation


United States Army

Army Achievement Medal



Adobe Lightroom, Branding, Cannon DSLRs, Customer Expectation Management, Illustrator, Indesign, Mailchimp, Photomatix Pro 5, Photoshop, Project Management, Prototyping, Sketch 3, Studio Lighting , Unbounce, User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Wire-framing,