Kate Disbro

Art Director + Designer

Chicago, IL, USA
Award winning designer working at Haworth.

Work Experience

Kate Disbro Design

Art Director / Designer

Thinking strategically to deliver projects that are consistently on brand.
Designing for innovative new brands, print collateral,
digital and trade show experiences, presentations and events, and art directing video and web projects.

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.
January 2015 - Present Illinois, United States

Pivot Design

Senior Designer and Project Manager

Guided client accounts from discovery, to design concepts, thru print production and press checks. Organized and budgeted multiple photo shoots, including location scouting, hiring models, shot setups, art directing the photographer and post production.

Coordinated timelines, budgets and team members on a project basis. Engaged on a wide variety of projects from branding, naming, print, packaging, interactive
and environmental.

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

StudioNorth

Senior Graphic Designer

Created award winning designs for publications, a national trade show campaign, and touchscreen sales app. Responsible for visual development and creative
execution of print, web and video projects.

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
June 2012 - May 2013 Illinois, United States

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, Inc

Senior Graphic Designer, Manager

Developed concepts and designs for brand collateral, a client facing micro-brand, multi-touch marketing campaigns and national events; including 3D direct mail, e-mail campaigns, micro-sites, a 4,800 square foot trade show booth design, 300+ pieces of wayfinding event signage and all branded items. Provided brand guidance for the company at large.

Managed a team of freelance designers, providing assignments, timelines and art direction. Effectively managed change on the creative team during a large company wide merger, as well as simultaneous maternity leaves on the team. Organized annual team volunteer days.
October 2009 - June 2012 Illinois, United States

University Of Chicago, Medical Center Development Office

Graphic Designer

Directed design projects from start to finish, including custom framing, invitations, posters and publications. Worked daily with Senior Designer and Writer.
July 2008 - December 2008 Illinois, United States

Context Marketing Group

Graphic Designer

Oversaw design projects, including vendor meetings, creative meetings and design process documentation. Created logos, collateral, web sites, e-mail campaigns
and trade show booths for CES.
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

Bostwick Lake Inn

General Manager

My first career was 12 years in the restaurant business. My dad owned and operated a family dining establishment, where I worked my way up from busser to cook to waitress to manager. I gained experience managing people, working ethic, face to face customer engagement, problem solving, 'fire fighting', event planning and management, and so much more.
May 2003 - May 2007 Rockford, Michigan, United States

Education

Ferris State University

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

My first career was 12 years in the restaurant business. My dad owned and operated a family dining establishment, where I worked my way up from busser to cook to waitress to manager. I gained experience managing people, working ethic, face to face customer engagement, problem solving, 'fire fighting', event planning and management, and so much more.
May 2003 - May 2007 Michigan, United States

Skills

Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite,

Interests

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

Other Skills

typography, attention to detail, organized, strategic thinker, leader, presenter, writer