My name is Kyle Smart and I am a graphic designer and fine artist living and working in Chicago. I love listening to records and eating all the junk food I can find, relaxing at home with my fiancé Emma and pet cat Ollie, and roaming the city on a nice Sunday afternoon. I am obsessed with beautifully illustrative posters and I look to push my artistic boundaries as a storyteller through conceptual art. I currently works for Catherine Cook School as the graphic designer, web coordinator, and photographer, and I continuing to pursue my independent work as both a designer and an artist.

EXPERIENCE

CATHERINE COOK SCHOOL
Graphic Designer/Web Coordinator
2017-Present

Design all external promotional material and internal material, both print and digital works. Uphold brand standards. Photograph daily events for social media, magazines, and yearbooks. Maintain website content.

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT THE CHICAGO TEMPLE
Communication Manager
2016-2017

Redesigned website and visual brand and worked to strengthen visual communications. Maintained relations with the congregation and media, while growing the chruch's reach. Maintained all web functions including social media and promotions.

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY
Graphic Designer
2013-2015

Created posters and advertisements for music and theatre departments and events. Led advertising campaign for the theatre season.


 

AWARDS

INDIANA COLLEGIATE PRESS ASSOCIATION

Division II Newspaper of the Year, 2015
1st Place - Best Illustration, 2015
1st Place - Best Special Section Front, 2015
1st Place - Best Single Issue, 2015
1st Place - Best Pull-out or Wrap Section, 2014

CHRISTOPHER CENTER FOR LIBRARY RESOURCES

Artist of the Permanent Collection for Digital Photography "Ascending," 2015
Artist of the Permanent Collection for Graphic Design "Keep Calm and Sing On," 2014

VALPARAISO COMMUNITY FESTIVALS & EVENTS

People's Choice Award Winner, Valparaiso Popcorn Festival Poster Competition, 2016

 

FAVORITES

MUSIC

Passion Pit, Ben Howard, London Grammar, The xx, Gallant, Two Door Cinema Club, Bon Iver, Chance the Rapper, Oh Wonder, Anna of the North, Childish Gambino, Chet Faker, Lucius, Haim, CHVRCHES, Kendrick Lamar

ARTISTS & WRITERS

Margritte, Van Gogh, Chuck Close, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Ray Bradbury, Charles M. Schulz

HOBBIES

Fine Art, Comic Books, Board Games, Vinyl Collecting, Tennis, Golf, Rock Climbing, Traveling, Concert Going, Theatre

CONTACT

You are more than welcome to contact me about a project, a collaboration, or just to talk. You can reach me at wivwave@gmail.com