Sam Atherton

Graphic Designer

Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I strive to create modern and clean cut designs in a manner that blends traditional Swiss design with a hint of the modern trends of today. I focus on typographic layout and strong color compositions.

Work Experience

Strong Studio

Senior Designer

Oversee production of design materials, and digital projects
September 2014 - Present New York, New York, United States

PUSH Offices

UX/UI Design intern

I'm a UX/UI design intern for Push Offices, but also work in other areas of design including: branding, research, and web design.
January 2014 - August 2014 California, United States

GVSU Campus Dining/ Aramark Co


I mainly design posters and promotional goods for Grand Valley's Campus Dining Marketing.
October 2011 - Allendale, Michigan, United States

Grand Valley State University

Lanthorn Newspaper Ad Designer

I'm the advertising designer for Grand Valley's newspaper, The Lanthorn. I design ads for local companies that wish to advertise with the Lanthorn. I also work on various in-house projects, like designing for the mobile app and large-format posters
August 2012 - Allendale, Michigan, United States

Gannett Media/Lansing State Journal Advertising

Graphic Design Intern

I worked this summer at the Lansing State Journal creating spec ads for companies interested in placing ads in the newspaper
April 2011 - August 2011 Lansing, Michigan, United States

The Machine Clothing

Owner/ Designer

After a number of failed attempts in high school with clothing companies, my freshman year of college I began a solo clothing company project entitled The Machine, I released one shirt in 2010 to disappointing results. After cutting my losses I re-branded in 2011, headed into another direction with the art style, and ended up selling out of shirts in 3 weeks with nothing but word of mouth advertising.
June 2010 - Lansing, Michigan, United States


Grand Valley State University

BFA Graphic Design

I am part of the prestigious graphic design major at Grand Valley, considered one of the best public design schools in Michigan.
August 2009 - Present Allendale, Michigan, United States

Kingston University

Study Abroad Art History

Studied Art History abroad at Kingston University in London. Trip highlight: coming within half a foot from the Rosetta Stone.
July 2013 - August 2013 London, United Kingdom


English (Native),



Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Page Layout, Typography, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Computer Troubleshooting, Copywriting, Photography, Public Speaking,