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Justin Kohout


Background

Summary of Qualifications

  • Skilled vector & traditional illustrator
  • Proficient in many computer design applications
  • Educated in design and general fine arts
  • Creative thinker, exceptional communicator, reliable team player

Computer Skills

  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Flash
  • Microsoft Word/Excel

Work Experience

Art Consultant / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Rolling Meadows, IL

  • Created new vector renderings, colorized and revised legacy art for assessment test publications
  • On team to determine specs for CogAT art vendors and assisted in creation and implementation of spec guide

Owner / Rewster's Cafe / Chicago, IL

  • Designed and maintained seasonal menu, logo, and all additional marketing materials

Illustrator / Game Theory LLC / Schaumburg, IL

  • Created vector assets for the CartoonMe/Toonstarz cartoon avatar creator for the PicMorph online product

Graphic Designer/Illustrator / Ty Inc. / Westmont, IL

  • Created vector graphics for the interactive Beanie Babies 2.0 website including landing pages, backgrounds, assets, banners, interfaces, game art, and limited animation 
  • Conceptualized and created vector graphics for the redesigned interactive TyGirlz website including backgrounds, interfaces, and international dressing rooms and cafes
  • Worked in a team environment and consistently met deadlines

Freelance 

Banner Personnel

  • Redesigned and updated marketing material for Chicago staffing agency

Chicago Electronic Music Producers/Promoters/Venues

  • Designed advertising and collateral material for music events around Chicago and Midwest, including print and web flyers, posters, logos, stickers, etc.
  • Designed logo and label for electronic music producer Sassmouth's record label, "god particle"
  • Designed music sampler CD sleeve and record label for electronic music producer Kate Simko

La Louche Restaurant / Turin, Italy

  • Designed logo, business cards, and promotional flyer for new French restaurant

Education

Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg / BFA in Graphic Design

College of DuPage / Assoc. in Advertising, Illustration & Design

Professional Accomplishments / Honors / Awards

  • Illustration Series "Disney Is a Drag" featured on Perezhilton.com and several other queer blogs (see here for all)
  • Commissioned for pencil drawing picture portraits
  • Three week architecture retreat, USC, Los Angeles, CA
  • Graduated with Honors
  • Dean's List
  • Honorable mention for both design and advertising (Assoc. portfolio)