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Hey, hey! My name is Blake and I can't wait to meet you! I have been practicing design in the corporate, fashion and entertainment industries for over nine years. I can help you with your goals from learning a new design software to getting advice on a project your currently working on. Whatever you want to achieve, I can assist you by finding the right path. My only rule is to take fun seriously!
Whenever I'm not at the computer, I'm an actor, improviser and director in Chicago.
Conceptualizing and executing internal and external communications in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Designing new corporate icons for digital, print, and web banners. Internal corporate headshots for Grant Thornton’s website and advertising. Talking head and motion graphic videos in Premiere and After Effects.
Designed show themes for posters, logos, programs, social media, and websites. Theaters include: Second City, iO, Annoyance, The Chicago Improv Festival, Stage 773, and Improv Nerd.
Designed holiday backgrounds for social media, calendars, and promotional pieces.
Photography of ships, events and mascot.
Shot and edited Seadog training videos for future new employees
Photographed and formatted various product for men's high-end fashion company. Used Photoshop for product color correction, cropping and formatting. Used InDesign to create Spring/Summer lookbook for clients and shoppers. Also designed and formatted social media pieces for websites, Facebook, Pintrest, etc
As a member of Media Technologies, collaborated with Client Service, Project Management and Programming departments to create media for user test surveys. Designed storyboards, product photography shelf sets, animated gifs, video reels, internal presentations, and corporate headshots. Instructed team members with the use of After Effects and basic Flash development.
Created CFO video presentations for international board meetings
Worked with lead programmer to transition from Flash to HTML5 company-wide
Four time recipient of the Honor of Achievement Award for highest productivity
· Photography · Online Blake is a great teacher. He made me so determined to learn more and to get better in my craft. I started to become excited and always looked forward till our next lesson because I knew I would come out knowing way more than I did before. If you are unsure and/or new to this, I would 100% recommend Blake!
· Adobe Photoshop · Online Blake is kind and courteous and the lessons were individualized and geared to meet my needs. Blake met my expectations in teaching the functionality of a new program, and he gave me guidance designing. The lessons are easy to schedule and cancel if necessary.
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
· Adobe Photoshop · Online Very helpful, informative and knowledgeable.
Easy to understand gives Blake an A+!
· Photography · In home Blake was great. Patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share his expertise. Highly recommended.
· Adobe Illustrator · In home Blake was a great teacher. He is very professional and knows everything about graphic design. He showed me his current work he does as a freelancer and it made me more excited to possibly get into the career of graphic design. He is always on time and very respectful. I definitely recommend him!
· Photography · Online Great first lesson. Friendly, addressed my daughters interest and right amount and type of material for first lesson
· Adobe Photoshop · Online Blake was awesome! I asked for a speedy run-down of photoshop and that's exactly what I got. Thank you so much!
· Adobe Photoshop · Online Patient. Knowledgeable.
· Adobe Illustrator · Online Blake was very clear, thorough, and patient during the lesson. I had a lot of anxiety about my Illustrator class, but he made it look easy, and now it doesn't seem so bad after all. I look forward to learning more about graphics. Thanks Blake!