Marko Masnjak

Product Design Lead

Chicago, IL, USA
Hello. I’m a designer who believes in simple, modern design that speaks clearly, provides consistent user experiences across devices and connects with users on a deep emotional level.

As a Chicago native, I’m a “get your hands dirty” kind of guy who completely immerses himself into complex design problems that can’t just be Googled. I will experiment, research, review and learn anything possible in order to solve it with a simple, clear, modern design solution.

As a designer, I’m passionate about typographic design, bringing the elegance of classic modern design to the digital landscape and creating experiences that touch users on a very deep emotional level. I believe that design — regardless of medium — is something to experience and increases the value of anything it touches.

I’m a proud coffee addict always looking for my next fix. Chicago isn’t a coffee desert by an means, however, I’ve yet to find a cappuccino that even compares to those I’ve enjoyed in Rome, Italy — but there’s still hope.

Work Experience


Product Design Lead

January 2016 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States


Product Designer

December 2012 - December 2015 Illinois, United States

The Society Of Typographic Arts

Interactive Director

January 2011 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States


Interactive Art Director

Work both individually and within a team to establish and execute content-first design that focuses on specific project goals while providing a simple, modern, and consistent user experience across browsers and devices.

Oversee portions of the design team to maintain consistent quality of work, aid in the further development of younger designers and help evolve design practices and processes.
March 2011 - December 2012 Chicago, United States

Crate And Barrel

Interactive Design Consultant

Responsible for core product, dynamic content, and gift registry eblasts, web banners, and CB2 blog maintenance.

Lead designer on the rebranding of all eblasts including core product, EBM, online purchase confirmation, and shipping notification.
March 2010 - December 2010 Northbrook, Illinois, United States

JAK Graphic Design

Graphic Designer

Developed ads, collateral and Internet content for a local and national client base. As the agency’s only designer familiar with the web, my duties were extended to art direct web creative.

Lead designer on projects that included brochures, and eblast templates for the American Dental Association, an online ad request tool for Exelon, and multiple eblasts for American Express.
July 2007 - March 2010 Darien, Illinois, United States


Illinois Institute Of Art At Chicago

BFA Visual Communication

October 2005 - December 2007 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Michigan Technological University

BS Scientific and Technical Communication

September 1999 - May 2004 Houghton, Michigan, United States


Communication Arts

Web Pick


AIGA Chicago

Included in the 2009-2010 SNAP SHOT



Featured my Chicago Poster





W3 Awards

Gold Award. Lead Designer on the Fish Game for the World Wildlife Fund.


39th Annual Creativity Awards

Honorable Mention. Lead Designer on the Fish Game for the World Wildlife Fund.


Minimal Sites

A previous version of my website is featured


Adobe Creative Suite, Android Design, Art Direction, Brand Identity, Brochure Design, CSS3, Expression Engine, HTML5, IOS Design, Jquery, Mobile Design, Product Design, Responsive Web Design, User Interface Design, Web App Design, WordPress,

Currently Learning

Framer JS, In-App Micro Copy

Design Principles

Aesthetic, Clarity, Simplicity, Modern