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As individuals, each designer in our office brings a unique set of skills. As a team, our agility and flexility unite us. Our clients run the gamut from small businesses to large corporate marketing teams, and our nimble approach allows us to customize working relationships to their varying needs.
Michael Coleman, LLC has laid claim to a position in the creative world that accesses the capabilities of an agency while eliminating it’s overhead. We retain the scrappy passion of a freelancer but ensure a consistent product and stable timeline. We’re committed to our clients and have the loyalty of a dedicated employee, but we provide additional capabilities and extended bandwidth.
For me, operating a close-knit and ambitious creative team was the natural progression of a freelance career that generated marketing experience in real estate, hospitality, golf, retail, and more.
Working as a freelance designer, I developed visual identity for new brands, helped to establish and execute long term marketing strategy, managed print and digital ad campaigns, and produced multitudes of marketing collateral and sales tools.
I’m a graphic designer living in Chicago. This city inspires me in many ways. It’s a city that works and it’s a city of hope. I believe everyone is a creative. It’s what makes us human. Realizing your potential can be hard at times. I believe the beauty of what I do is just that. Helping people see themselves in a different perspective and through a visual story. Everyone has a purpose and it’s my honor to use whatever insight I may have to bring forward a visual piece. Everything in life can be solved with love and coffee.
As a designer, I thrive when challenged to develop innovative solutions across multiple platforms. When I’m not designing, you’ll find me planning my next adventure, working on my green thumb, or enjoying some of my favorite tacos in Chicago.
I did not come out of school thinking that I would be a designer. I went to college to study illustration and was prepared to make a career out of it. So now, three years after graduating, I am surprised and delighted that I have spent every week since as a designer. It means that there is always a chance to learn something new.
In hindsight, I should not have been as surprised. Books, movies, and video games were always a part of my life, and I learned quickly that an impractical typeface or choppy layout was cause enough to move on to the next thing. Luckily I had good friends with great tastes, and teachers who could point me in the right direction. They showed me that it is easy to make mistakes when you take things for granted. Good art needs someone patient enough to make it, and I have been patient ever since.
Trying your own hand at something you love is intimidating, as much now as it was then, but knowing that you can makes the work worth the effort. These past three years have been proof enough, and I can not wait to see what comes next.
I developed a special place in my heart for boutique businesses while growing up amid my family’s Bay Area coffee company. After graduating from San Jose State University with a degree in graphic design and moving to Chicago, my career began in an e-commerce startup as a digital designer, front end web developer and marketer. Despite my initial focus on digital work, my soft spot for all things print has resulted in an ever-evolving hoard of nicely designed print collateral that I collect and use as daily inspiration.
As the pinball capital of the world, Chicago quickly tapped into my unbridled passion for the game. Since moving to the city, I have joined multiple pinball leagues and even keep a small collection of machines at home.
Our newest member coming soon!
Established in 2010, Michael Coleman LLC has proven to be a team of designers and artists with a passionate and entrepreneurial work style that perpetually expands the company’s growth in size, capability, and character.
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