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Kate Disbro

Art Director / Designer

Chicago, IL, USA
Award winning designer working in Chicago, for clients all over the country. I enjoy designing new brand experiences, and creating pieces that help clients tell their story in a unique way.

Work Experience

Kate Disbro Design

Art Director / Designer

I design engaging brand experiences that help clients tell their story in a unique way. I'd love to work with you as you grow your business, craft a new brand or expand into new print or digital mediums.

Services include: Branding, Collateral Design, Advertising, Brochures, Signage, Event and Booth Design, Website Design, Email Design, Photography Art Direction and Coordination, Photoshoot Concepts, and Design Concepts.

Clients include: Applied Pathways, Astellas, HealthEngine, Merrill Lynch, Relay for Life, Scientel Solutions, Richard Wolf, Wilson Sporting Goods and more.
December 2008 - Present Illinois, United States

Pivot Design

Senior Designer and Project Manager

I worked directly with clients to take projects from discovery to concepts, thru print production and press checks. I coordinated timelines, budgets and collaborated with other creative team members at Pivot. I worked mostly with healthcare clients, engaging on a wide variety of projects.

Projects included: logos, branding, collateral, naming, web sites, e-mails, space design, signage, banners, book layout, vehicle branding, photoshoot concepts and location scouting, photoshoot coordination and art direction, event space design.

Clients included: Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Davis Bancorp, Baxter Healthcare, AbbVie, The History Factory, Executive Coaching Connections, The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, Livongo Health.

Pivot Design is a Chicago and San Francisco branding and design agency creating award-winning branding, marketing and advertising for today's leading industries.
May 2013 - July 2014 Illinois, United States


Senior Graphic Designer

As a senior creative, I was responsible for visual development and creative execution of print, web and multimedia projects for our largest account. I worked directly with the art director, account manager, copywriter and interactive director.

Projects included: publications, direct mail, video storyboards and art direction, animation art direction, pitch decks, app design, game design and trade show booth design.

Clients included: CDW, CDW Healthcare, CDW Financial Services, LinkedIn, Grainger, Valent BioSciences. Clara Abbott Foundation

Project awards:
BMA Tower Awards Silver
CDW HealthTech Report 2013 

Healthcare Advertising Awards Gold, and Graphic Design USA Award
"Tech-O-Rama" Calendar, CDW

BMA Tower Award Gold
CDW Connect IT HIMSS13 Trade show Campaign, CDW Healthcare

BMA Tower Award Gold and Graphic Design USA Award 
Explore IT Touchscreen, Sales Enablement App, CDW

StudioNorth is a brand strategy, design and digital media marketing company located in North Chicago. They've been at it for over 38 years!
June 2012 - May 2013 Illinois, United States

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc

Senior Graphic Designer, Manager

I developed concepts and designs for brand collateral, multi-touch marketing campaigns and national events; including 3D direct mail, invitations, e-mail, web sites, event booth design, signage and branded items.

I managed the daily creative department queue, communications with freelancers and vendors, and providing brand guidance for the company.
October 2009 - June 2012 Illinois, United States

University Of Chicago, Medical Center Development Office

Graphic Designer

I managed design projects from start to finish, including client and
vendor meetings, press checks and billing.

I designed invitations, proposals, posters and collateral materials.
July 2008 - December 2008 Illinois, United States

Context Marketing Group

Graphic Designer

As lead creative, I managed design projects from start to finish, including vendor meetings, creative meetings and design process documentation.

I designed logos, collateral, web sites, e-mail campaigns and trade show experiences, working with account managers, clients and vendors. Our biggest client attended the annual CES trade show event.
May 2007 - July 2008 Michigan, United States

Fifth Third River Bank Run

Junior Designer

As a student design team, we collaborated to design the event logo, billboard and t-shirt worn by thousands of participants.

I presented work to the client, participated in a local press conference
and provided final production files to the vendors.
September 2006 - May 2007 Michigan, United States


Ferris State University

B.S. Graphic Design, Associates in Visual Design and Web Media

Big Rapids, Michigan, United States


Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite,

Additional Information

AIGA, member / 2005 – Present
AIGA Chicago Mentor Program / May – August 2010
AIGA Chicago Small Talks events co-chair / 2013 – 2014

Open Books, Chicago literacy organization
Book Buddies / weekly Aug – Dec 2009
Writing Workshop / Nov 2010