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Marko Masnjak

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.
Experience
Chicago, IL, USA
Dec 2012Present
Product Designer
Chicago, IL, USA
Jan 2011Present
USA
Mar 2011Dec 2012
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.
Northbrook, IL, USA
Mar 2010Dec 2010
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.
Darien, IL, USA
Jul 2007Mar 2010
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.
Education
Chicago, IL, USA
Oct 2005Dec 2007
Illinois Institute of Art at Chicago
BFA Visual Communication
Houghton, MI, USA
Sep 1999May 2004
Michigan Technological University
BS Scientific and Technical Communication
Recognition
2012
2010
Included in the 2009-2010 SNAP SHOT
2011
Featured my Chicago Poster
2011
Featured
2007
Gold Award. Lead Designer on the Fish Game for the World Wildlife Fund.
2007
Honorable Mention. Lead Designer on the Fish Game for the World Wildlife Fund.
 
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Skills
 
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