Justin Smith

Sr. Graphic Designer

Minneapolis, MN, USA
I am an experienced designer who loves to help craft and lead the creative vision for clients embarking on their most challenging projects.
I prefer work that helps bring deeper purpose to my clients’ businesses, and moves that business forward through a combination of strategic design, creativity and empathy. I believe that innovation starts with people, not technology or process, so I work closely —internally and with clients—in highly collaborative teams where the lines between roles are intentionally blurred.

I enjoy discussing everything from strategy to creative to production, and am able to articulate my thinking clearly. Every approach is custom tailored. I thrive in situations where I need to create (or adopt) ways of solving complex problems, on a diverse range of project types.

Work Experience


Sr. Graphic Designer

EXPERIENCES: Digital experiences, physical environments and service design.

BRAND: Starting from scratch with a new idea or building upon existing brand systems.

PRODUCT: Design, prototyping and testing.


Leading the design process from initial ideation, to design execution

Leading design workshops and presentations with clients and partners

Working closely with team members of all disciplines to deeply understand a client’s business, identify opportunities and chart a course forward

Comfortable with ambiguity

Love getting my hands dirty and working through challenges

Inspired by finding new ways of working, thinking and approaching design

Excited about working with others, and incorporating their point of view

Love the craft of design but flexible in approach

Familiar with UI prototyping with tools like Adobe XD, Sketch, and Invision

Write user stories and map the user journey
February 2016 - Present Minnesota, United States

J. David Creative

Graphic Designer

Lifestyle, Travel, & Product Photography

Posters + Album Covers + Merch

Brand Identity + Design
2013 - Present Wisconsin, United States

Satellite Six

Lead Designer

Omni-Channel Design

Interactive + Responsive Design

Websites + Digital Destinations

Mobile-First Design

Brand Identity + Design

Consumer Package Design

In-Store Merchandising

Print Advertising & Collateral
September 2014 - October 2015 Wisconsin, United States


Graphic Designer & Private Label Photographer

Product + Lifestyle Photography

In-Store Merchandising

Print Advertising & Collateral

Set Construction + Digital File Preparation.
May 2013 - September 2014 Wisconsin, United States

University Recreation

Designer & Photographer

Lifestyle Photography for Print + Web.

Promotional Materials in Print Media.

Videography for web + Social Media.
January 2011 - December 2012 Wisconsin, United States

Wisconsin Army National Guard


First Tour: August 05-06 Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rank: Specialist.
Mission: Country wide convoy escort.
Duties: Security and Route guidance: HMMVY radio operator, driver and gunner

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. Managed cadet in-processing. Led Biometric Automated Toolset Operators in creating background profiles for Iraqi cadets on each incoming class cycle of 200.
May 2003 - May 2010 Wisconsin, 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 XD, Branding, Client Presentation, 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,