Cory Michael Skaaren

Cory Michael Skaaren

Creative Director + Designer

Location
Phoenix, Arizona (Phoenix, Arizona Area)
Industry
Design

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Cory Michael Skaaren's Overview

Current
Past
  • Design Director at Mindspace
  • Publisher + Creative Director at Kono Magazine
  • Guest Art Director at ReadyMade
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Cory Michael Skaaren's Summary

Design professional and industry advocate with more than twenty years of practical experience within production, creative, editorial, illustrative and agency environments.

Specialties: Seven disciplines constitute my creative background: Branding, Identity Development, Print Design, Web Design, Publication Design & Production, Consulting, and Marketing. Like a prize quilt, these disciplines are distinct yet they overlap, creating a unified whole. Think of me as an integrated system addressing every one of your specific branding and visual communication needs.

Cory Michael Skaaren's Experience

Principal + Creative Director

Skaaren Design

Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Design industry

October 2001Present (13 years)

Skaaren Design is a visual communication company specializing in branding, identity development, publication design, illustration, graphic design, consulting and website design.

Design Director

Mindspace

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

October 2009October 2010 (1 year 1 month)

Introduced and was responsible for a new process based workflow. Led creative planning and development for companies that include the hospitality industry, software, identity protection, visual communications, property management, health care and banking industries, etc. Participated in development of company new business and growth strategies. Contributed to the development of a unique and uncompromising design ethic and culture founded on quality, approachability, and scrupulous attention to detail.

Publisher + Creative Director

Kono Magazine

February 20062009 (3 years)

Day to Day running of the Magazine. Including: Design, layout, and organization of content for magazine. Handling from concept to completion the art direction for photo shoots, video shoots, Illustrations, website, media kits, and all print collateral in regards to Kono Magazine, including all communication with vendors. Responsible for finding, interviewing, managing and reviewing all employees and independent contractors including but not limited to: photographers, designers, videographers, web programmers, video-editors, illustrators, production artists, etc. Running and managing entire staff with budgets including but limited to: Sales, Advertising, Design, Editorial, Branding, Executive, and Marketing as well as handling the interviewing, hiring, and reviewing process. Writing, overseeing, and managing the magazine’s production schedule.

Guest Art Director

ReadyMade

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Publishing industry

October 2006October 2006 (1 month)

Design, layout, and organization of content for magazine. As well as handling from concept to completion the art direction for photo shoots and Illustrations. Also overseeing, and managing the magazine’s production schedule.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

August 2006October 2006 (3 months)

For fall semester provided instruction for courses that have included: Creative Visualization and Visual Communication. Responsible for day-to-day classroom management for over 20 students. Planned and developed all-class demonstrations, presentations, and lectures, including traditional tools, multimedia, and practical everyday applications. Evaluated up to 20 student projects a week for concept, design quality, craftsmanship, following instructions, technical applications, and meeting deadlines.

Art Director + Creative Director

Moving Pictures

August 2004August 2006 (2 years 1 month)

Design, layout, and organization of content for magazine. Including handling from concept to completion the art direction for photo shoots, video shoots, Illustrations, website, media kits, and all print collateral in regards to MPM Magazine, including all communication with vendors. Also responsible for finding, interviewing, managing and reviewing photographers, designers, videographers, web programmers, video-editors, illustrators, production artists, etc. As well as running and managing a small design staff of two handling the interviewing, hiring, and reviewing process. Writing, overseeing, and managing the magazine’s production schedule.

Principal + Art Director

Triage

January 2000October 2001 (1 year 10 months)

Collaborated with partners establishing full service design entity servicing more than 10 local and national clients. Led creative planning and development for companies that include the printing industry, magazine publishing, entertainment, visual communications, commercial mortgage, and the health care industry. Participated in development of company new business and growth strategies. Contributed to the development and realization of a unique and uncompromising company ethic and culture founded on quality, approachability, and scrupulous attention to detail.

Senior Visual Communications Instructor

Collins College

Educational Institution; 51-200 employees; Higher Education industry

October 1998October 2001 (3 years 1 month)

Provided undergraduate level instruction for courses that have included: Creative Visualization, Design Principles, Photoshop, Digital Pre-Press, Print Production, Typography, Visual Communication, Graphic Design Production, Visual Promotions, Humanities, and Marketing. Responsible for day-to-day classroom management for over 60 students and up to 4 different courses per quarter. Planned and developed all-class demonstrations, presentations, and lectures, including traditional tools, multimedia, and practical everyday applications. Created course curriculum for theory-based and technology-based classes and evaluated up to 60 student projects a week for concept, design quality, craftsmanship, following instructions, technical applications, and meeting deadlines.

Cory Michael Skaaren's Skills & Expertise

  1. Web Design
  2. Consulting
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Integrated Marketing
  5. Online Advertising
  6. Visual Communication
  7. Marketing
  8. Editorial
  9. Film Production
  10. Art Direction
  11. Adobe Creative Suite
  12. Creative Direction
  13. Illustrator
  14. Illustration
  15. Graphics
  16. Photography
  17. Magazines
  18. InDesign
  19. Photoshop
  20. Multimedia
  21. Art
  22. Pre-press
  23. Corporate Identity
  24. Branding & Identity
  25. Publications
  26. Collateral
  27. Magazine Design
  28. Corporate Branding
  29. Brochures
  30. Logo Design
  31. Layout
  32. Brand Development
  33. Posters
  34. Interaction Design
  35. Concept Development
  36. Image Manipulation
  37. Strategy
  38. Print
  39. Marketing Communications

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Cory Michael Skaaren's Publications

  • Logo Pond: Identity Inspiration

    • Logopond Publishing
    • 2012

    A hard cover book that showcases identity work from designers around the world spanning 5 years (2006-2011). Showcasing many of the most talented identity designers, Logopond V1 sheds light into some of the designers minds behind the... Skaaren design is on page 78.

Cory Michael Skaaren's Education

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

3 Degrees Combining Design and Illustration + Painting, Visual Communication +Illustration + Painting

19942000

During School I performed multiple duties in the realms of student assistant, teaching assistant, student mentor and tutor.

Activities and Societies: Aside from working my ass off for 6 years, I was involved with AIGA, The Comic Book Defense Fund, AMA, and I helped start the AIGA Student Chapter at Collins College

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