HELLO brandon,

My name is Cole and I’m a graphic designer currently focusing on brand and identity design. Since moving to LA from Chicago two years ago, I have motivated myself to always be learning as a young designer. This is why I am reaching out. I know that the chance to collaborate with you and your team would be an incredible growth opportunity, and the challenge that I currently seek.

Formally, my training and education has given me strong knowledge of typography, hierarchy, color theory, and overall the fundamentals of design thinking. Working in both a corporate and freelance environment has accustomed me to multi-tasking under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality. Most importantly though, I am passionate about my work and will do whatever it takes to get the job done, and done right. Complications come up every day in the workplace, and I will always strive to find the best solution, no matter the level of pressure.

Although my real estate experience isn’t fully aligned with your current work, I have no doubt that my skills and experience would carry over seamlessly. Your commercial real estate branding is exceptional and something that I would love to be involved with. I believe in the impact of good research and story-telling in design, two processes that are strikingly apparent in your work.

I know that you are extremely busy, so I thank you for taking the time to read this. I will finish by saying that I am highly dedicated to my work, and will do whatever it takes to prove that to you and your team. I have a lot of value to offer, and would be thrilled with a chance to discuss that with you further. 

Sincerely,

Cole

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experience

skills:

- Concepting / Research
- Brand Development
- Logo Design
- Typography
- Print Production
- Illustration
- Painting
- Photography
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop

Full Time

Rodeo Realty
August 2015 - July 2017

- Create custom branding and marketing materials for real estate agents (print, web, email, and social media)
- Create weekly ads for the LA Times, and the Palisades Post
- Created custom website for Rodeo Realty's Pacific Palisades branch
- Create marketing materials for corporate office, and Pacific Palisades branch.


Freelance

Break the Silence
July 2017 - present

- Brand & identity design
- Logo design


Frontrunner Networks
June 2017 - present

- Website re-design (Chicago branch)


ilumen, LLC
December - May 2017

- Brand & identity development
- Logo design
- Stationery
- Website
- Marketing collateral


Key Technologies
May 2017

- Logo design
- Stationery


Wellness & Performance Enterprises
October 2016 - March 2017

- Website re-design for American Nordic Walking Association
- Website re-design for smovey North America


STC Technologies
March - May 2016

- Logo re-design
- Stationery


Vibe Collection
September - November 2015

- Brand & identity development
- Logo design
- Stationery
- T-Shirt design
- Marketing collateral


SAIC Graphics & Marketing
January - April 2015

- Campaign development/ branding for SAIC's 2015 Annual Spring Art Sale
- Created print and web advertisements, and all marketing collateral required for the sale. 


education

 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
August 2011 - May 2015

- Graduated with BFA in Visual Communication Design
- Merit scholarship recipient

 
 

Recently Finished: ilumen, LLC

 

CHALLENGE

ilumen, LLC is a start-up solar distributor, and one of the first re-sellers of the smartflower POP in the Midwest. The smartflower is the world's first all-in-one solar system, making solar energy easily accessible, portable, and visually appealing.

This revolutionary system doesn't come cheap, so the logo and identity needed to convey a clean, corporate, yet forward-thinking feel to instill trust in ilumen's customers and investors. 

SOLUTION:

ilumen's mission is to promote the use of solar energy, cut costs on energy bills, and overall reduce consumption. The logo stemmed from the idea of a horizon — symbolic of shining light on a new era, and transforming how we think of energy.

Stylistically the logo is sleek, minimal, and presents a notion of innovation. The tagline "Powerful by Nature" has dual meaning, expressive of natural, self-sustaining power. The identity incorporates an energizing green which brightly contrasts both light and dark backgrounds. 

 

more Brand Identities...

 

Shelhee & David Real Estate

Vibe Collection

STC Technologies

Chicago Gateway Green (not in use)


Logos

 

 

 
 
 

Thank you for your time & consideration.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch!

COLESTOTT@GMAIL.COM   /   847 922 6279