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Jill Blacketer  
Senior Art Director
I am an award-winning and experienced Art Director actively seeking a new full-time or freelance opportunity. I have been working in advertising, marketing and publishing in the United States and Canada for many years. I am a strong design professional that has helped design for and grow brands in finance, travel and tourism, gardening, luxury resort, education publishing, music, museum, retail, culinary publishing and culinary events, real estate and healthcare.
May 2021–March 2023
Creative Specialist On Call, Papyrus, PRG (American Greetings), Remote, Fairfield, CA
Project based contractor.

November 2007–Present 
Freelance Art Director/Graphic Designer, Chicago, IL
Herman | Adler, Evanston, IL
Illinois Restaurant Association, Chicago, IL
Illinois Restaurant Association (Events): Chicago Gourmet (2008 & 2009), Chicago, IL
Indo-American Heritage Museum, Chicago, IL
Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, IL
Institute of Real Estate Management (, Journal of Property Management, Chicago, IL
Les Dames d'Escoffier (2002-2004), Chicago, IL
Maggie Kain (singer/musician), Chicago, IL
Pace Communications, U.S. Airways magazine, Greensboro, NC
Stinson Brand Innovation, Chicago, IL
Strat Marketing Group, Chicago, IL
SYNTHIS Therapeautics, Inc. New York, NY
Tighe Publishing, Chicago, IL
V. Wine Bar, West Hollywood, CA
Wilton Brands (Creative Services: Publications), Naperville, IL
October 2020–September 2022
Merchandising Associate, Crate & Barrel, Chicago, IL
Assisted and supported the execution of the Flagship, North & Clybourn store's seasonal and weekly floor plans under the direction of the Assistant Manager and Team Leader, Visual. Worked as part of a team of associates with the main goal to maintain an efficient stockroom to ensure excellent customer service. Maximized company sales growth and profitability by maintaining the stockroom and sales floor and facilitated the flow of product in order to provide an engaging experience to every customer, every time.
August 2009–June 2020 
Art Director/Creative Manager, AHIMA, Chicago, IL
Art directed and created design content for,,, the annual conference, AHIMA Products apps, enewsletters and emails. Supported the Marketing department by designing various collateral materials for print, web and social media campaigns.

The first four years at AHIMA, I led the creative direction, design and production of the over 103,000+ members' (80-100+ pages) monthly print and digital magazine of the Journal of AHIMA. 

October 2015–January 2017 
U.S. Sales Representative, Paper E. Clips, North York, ON, Canada
Sold and promoted the brand of Paper E. Clips' gift and stationery lines to the U.S. operating out of Chicago, IL and at the National Stationery Show in New York, NY in 2016.

January–October 2008 
Art Director, Todd T Designs, Chicago, IL
Art Directed publishing and graphic design projects from concept to final: logos, ads invitations, magazines; scheduled and art directed and produced photo shoots and hired photographers, stylists and illustrators

February 2002–November 2007 (Toronto 2004-2006) 
Art Director/Associate Art Director, Redwood Custom Communications Inc., Chicago, IL/Toronto, ON, Canada
Art directed and designed magazines and related collateral, art directed and produced photo shoots, worked on new business pitches with current and prospective clients, styled at photo shoots, hired and scheduled illustrators, photographers and stylists, created budgets, and production from concept to final of custom published magazines and Web sites. Those magazines and Web site include: Illinois NOW!, Scotts Canada’s Grow, Sea Island, Mohegan Sun’s Legends magazine and Tips & Solutions

March 1999–February 2002
Marketing/Production Designer, Chicago magazine, Chicago, IL
Created and designed special advertising features, promotions and other print materials; designed and produced advertisements and recreatedspecial ad features and editorial articles for the Chicago magazine Web site ( Trained and supervised Graphic Design interns.

August 1998–March 1999
Multimedia and Internet Specialist, ComCoTec, Incorporated, Lombard, IL
Created and designed print media such as magazine advertisements, brochures, direct mail; web design for ComCoTec (, and Multimedia Data Systems (

April 1997–July 1998
Graphic Artist, First Data Card Services Group (FDC), Omaha, NE
Created and designed print media such as magazine advertisements, logos, brochures, and multimedia design primarily using Macromedia Director

July-August 1996
Press Operations Volunteer, 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, Atlanta, GA
Assistant to photojournalists and other media at Olympic Stadium venue

August 1995–April 1997
Graphic Designer, Instructional Design Center, Lincoln, NE
Created and designed print media such as, brochures, logos, and various other presentation materials for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

May–August 1995
Summer Graphic Design Intern, Group III Communications, Norfolk, VA
Worked on print media campaigns for clients such as, FHC Health Systems, Norfolk Marriott Waterside, UnionCamp Fine Paper, NAUTICUS, The National Maritime Museum, and the City of Portsmouth

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Bachelor of Journalism, Advertising major with Art History, English and History as minors

Apple computers; Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office


AWARDS (Won individually and/or as part of team)

2019 American InHouse Design Award: Graphic Design (GD) USA–AHIMA19 Conference Luggage Tag

2019 American InHouse Design Award: GD USA–AHIMA Convention 2018 Preview Brochure 

2018 American InHouse Design Award: GD USA–AHIMA Convention 2017 Preview Brochure 

Journal of AHIMA
2014 Bronze Award: American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) Opening Page/Spread–Illustration: HIM’s Evolving Workforce, August 2013

2014 Association Media & Publishing’s 2014 EXCEL Bronze Award, Magazines: Single Topic Issue: 50,001 to 100,000; August 2013 

2013 Bronze Award: ASBPE for the Best Humorous/Fun Department of the Year: Addendum, June and August 2012

2012 Gold Award: American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE)–
Best Cover: Computer-Generated, The New Privacy Officer, April 2012 

2012 Silver Award: ASHPE–Best Opening Page/Spread: Computer-Generated, ICD-10 Delay, Impacts All Sectors of Healthcare, June 2012 

2012 Silver Award: ASHPE–Best Overall Use of Graphics, Higher Tech Education Issue, August 2012

2010 Gold Award: ASHPE–Best Regular Department, “Addendum”

Mohegan Sun Legends magazine
2008 American Graphic Design Award: GD USA–Overall Magazine Design, spring 2008

2008 American Graphic Design Award: GD USA–In Focus, spring 2007

2007 American Graphic Design Award: GD USA– Dan Aykroyd Cover, spring 2007

Sea Island magazine
2007 Silver Magnum Opus Award: Best Use of Black & White Photography, The Amazing Mr. Mizner feature, spring 2006

2007 Gold Magnum Opus Award: Best Cover, summer 2006

2007 Gold Magnum Opus Award: Best Column/Department Design: Nature Lesson

2006 Gold Pearl Award: Design–Best Cover/Less than 50,000

2006 Gold Pearl Award: Editorial–Best Special Feature/Less than 250,000

2006 Bronze Folio Award Eddie: Best Custom Publication

Grow magazine
2005 Honorable Mention Magnum Opus Award: Best Use of Color Photography for the article “Beautiful Borders”

2005 Honorable Mention Magnum Opus Award: Best Design New Publication

2005 Silver Pearl Award: Editorial–Best New Publication/Magazine

2005 Bronze Pearl Award: Editorial–Best Special Feature

Illinois NOW! magazine
2004 Bronze Magnum Opus Award: Best Use of Illustration for the article, “Literary Illinois”

2004 Honorable Mention Magnum Opus Award: Best Feature Design for the article, “Top of the Shops”

2003 APEX Award: publication excellence, fall 2003

First Data Corporation
Produced the highest net profit direct mail piece, winter 1998

Awarded the “Can Do” Award for a philanthropic brochure design, summer 1998

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Awarded a Silver Nebraska Addy for Hook & Ladder Toys product brochure, spring 1997
1996 recipient of the Barney Oldfield Christmas Card Scholarship
Jill Blacketer
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Art Direction, Design
Advertising, Publishing
POST DATE: 06.09.2023
Chicago, IL
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