Hello, I'm Stephanie

Traveling creative entrepreneur with moxie + serious chops


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A bit about me

I’m an experienced Creative Director and Designer with an extensive background in creating engaging content, delightful user interfaces, and captivating brand experiences. Throughout my career, I’ve demonstrated the ability to drive engagement across social and digital platforms, working for and with notable brands that include Chicago Tribune, EBONY, Hearst Magazines, Orbitz, and Ticketmaster.

Becoming an Entrepreneur

After a decade of assuming creative leadership roles, I was burned out, I had lost my passion. So in 2015, I quit my corporate gig and took a much-needed sabbatical–a planned hiatus that would only last a year, transformed into a full-time consultancy. I now work on projects I’m passionate about while establishing long-term client relationships across the country.

Just a Few Career Highlights to Share

20%
decreased
bounce rate
within the first month of an unprecedented rollout of 13 mobile websites in 10 weeks
Rewards Network
increased
$20M
display ad spend
as a result of a targeted rich media campaign my team designed
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
10th Annual
WEBBY
Award Official honoree
News Category
Chicago Tribune
Forrester Groundswell
Award Winner
Ally Bank + iCrossing
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Search Engine Ranking – MyHearst Magazine Brand Campaign Site
Hearst Magazines
2016-2017
ADDY Award
Winner
Consumer Website Design
Element 74

Expertise


Leadership

I consult for and collaborate with senior leaders and C-Suite executives to amplify the importance of design thinking and user-centered products. As a leader, I also coach, mentor and manage both small and large interdisciplinary creative teams.

Creative Strategy

I design creative that's beautiful, functional; and most importantly, informed by data, industry best practices and consumer insights. I have demonstrated ability to drive measurable engagement across social and digital platforms.


Technical Skill

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Axure, Sketch, Adobe XD, InVision Studio, Principle, UserTesting.com, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Keynote, HTML and CSS

Who I've worked for and with...


Education


DePaul University logo

Bachelor of Arts, DePaul University, Chicago IL

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Francis W. Parker School, Lincoln Park, Chicago IL

Experience

  • s2dzine

    2015-Current

    Digital Creative Director + Principal

    As Principal, I specialize in unique, multi-channel brand experiences; providing my clients with innovative, value-driven creative solutions and insights garnered from over 12 years of industry experience and demonstrated ability to increase brand awareness, visibility and profitability. Clients include: Accenture, BMW Technology Group, Element 74 Digital Production Company, iCrossing Digital Marketing Agency, Maria Pinto m2057, NiKnack Marketing and Webalo.

  • Rewards Network

    2012 – 2015

    Director of Creative + User Experience (UX)

    Responsible for the organization’s creative direction and ideation process that drives brand equity, member engagement and end-user satisfaction. I led a cross-functional team that creates innovative and usable solutions that span the scope of social media, e-mail marketing, display campaigns, website and mobile app development and emerging technologies through digital storytelling.

  • iCrossing

    2010-2012

    Associate Creative Director

    Managed client relationships and participated in pitches, new proposals and creative reviews, representing the agency’s creative and ideation process at all stages of the account engagement. Supported the VP/Group Creative Director by directing creative team members, spanning the Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and San Francisco offices.

  • Ticketmaster

    2008-2010

    Director of Creative (TicketsNow)

    Recruited by the SVP of Marketing into the newly formed head of creative role for sister company TicketsNow, I owned the strategic creative vision and direction of promotional media assets in print, radio, digital and social media. I also managed the development and overall effectiveness of the design and web content team members.

  • Chicago Tribune

    2004-2008

    Creative Marketing Manager/Art Director

    Promoted from Art Director to Department Manager, providing strategic leadership and oversight of the multidisciplinary team of 17 employees. Responsible for the conceptualization and execution of print, out-of-home, mobile and display media campaigns for the company’s diverse brand portfolio.

  • Tribune Interactive

    2000-2004

    Interactive Designer

    Point person for display media campaigns, optimized landing pages, marketing collateral of various TI business units and advertising pitch creative for B2B clients. Managed high-level projects as design lead and cross-department liaison. Coached Associate Ad Producers.

  • Johnson Publishing (EBONY/Jet)

    1999-2000

    Graphic Designer/Jr. Art Director

    Concepted and designed celebrity and lifestyle feature story layouts for EBONY and Jet Magazines, in addition to developing advertising creative and package design for Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

  • Talcott Communications

    1998-1999

    Graphic Designer

    Concepted and designed editorial feature layouts and B2B advertisements for Giftware News Magazine (U.S. and U.K. Editions) and Homestyle Magazine.

Awards + Recognitions


  • Peter Lisagor Award (News Design) – Chicago Tribune
  • 10th Annual Webby Awards: Official Honoree – Chicagotribune.com
  • EPpy Award: Best Overall Design of a Website – Metromix.com
  • NAA Innovation in Media Awards: Best in Show and Award of Excellence
  • Forrester Groundswell – Ally Bank/iCrossing: Building a Connected Brand
  • International Newsmedia Marketing Association, IDEAS Featured Article
  • 2016/2017 American Advertising Award (ADDY) Winner – Consumer Websites: Element 74

100% digital + always connected


No matter the time zone, I’m connected with my clients regardless of where we may be in the world. Ready to get to work? Great, let’s get started!