Blake Mikol

Blake M.

Chicago, IL

About Blake M.

Background check: Last verified 09/17/2016
Blake passed a background check on 09/17/2016 that included the following:
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Blake teaches: Ages 12 and up
Teaching since: March 2011
Last sign in: Last week


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.

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A short vid about me!


Creative Designer

Apr 2015 - Present
Grant Thornton

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.

Graphic Designer

May 2010 - Present
Various Chicago Theaters

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.

Multimedia Producer

Jan 2013 - Apr 2015
Entertainment Cruises

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

Graphic Designer

Aug 2014 - Sep 2014

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

Multimedia Producder

Mar 2007 - May 2014
Millward Brown

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.

Key Achievements:
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


Visual Communications and Technology

Aug 2002 - Aug 2006
Bowling Green State University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Photoshop Certified

Oct 2014
Creative Circle


Kantar Operations Employee of the Month

Jan 2009
Kantar Operations
Write a Review

15 Reviews on Blake M.

Bernadette LaGamba Jan 14, 2017
Adobe Photoshop · Online
Verified Student
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.
Ciara S. Nov 29, 2016
Adobe Photoshop · Online
Verified Student
Jay Nov 23, 2016
Adobe Photoshop · Online
Verified Student
Very helpful, informative and knowledgeable.
Easy to understand gives Blake an A+!
Philip Oct 5, 2016
Photography · In home
Verified Student
Blake was great. Patient, knowledgeable and enthusiastic to share his expertise. Highly recommended.
Gina Kozar Sep 14, 2016
Adobe Illustrator · In home
Verified Student
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!
Alina Sep 3, 2016
Photography · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Friendly, addressed my daughters interest and right amount and type of material for first lesson
Jesse Jul 25, 2016
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!
Steven H. Jun 29, 2016
Adobe Photoshop · Online
Verified Student
Patient. Knowledgeable.
LeiChandra T. Jun 10, 2016
Adobe Illustrator · Online
Verified Student
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!
Sean Apr 21, 2016
Adobe Illustrator · Online
Verified Student
Did a great job teaching me the basics of Illustrator so I can start to explore on my own.
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