Hi, I'm Joan Cairney,
I am a Chicago-based visual communicator, storyteller and art director with extensive experience bringing stories and projects to life and driving engagement.

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Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
Editorial narratives with smart design.
This website designed by me via SquareSpace.

Art Director, 2011-2018
American Planning Association

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer 2008-2011

Senior Art Director, 1998-2008
Chicago Tribune

Adjunct Instructor, 2006
Loyola University Chicago

Presentation Editor, 1997-1998
New York Times 

University of California, Berkeley 
BA History of Art

Additional studies: California College of Arts, San Francisco; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Continuing Studies; The Second City Chicago, and Victory Gardens Theater

Current studies
+Acumen and IDEO, Introduction to Human-Centered Design, Fall 2018; DePaul University Digital Marketing Certificate, Fall 2018; Integrated Marketing Communications Program (6 courses), completion Spring 2019

Work recognized by Association Media & Publishing, the Society of News Design, Print Magazine Regional and Society of American Illustration.

Grants for personal work:
Ike/Florence Sewell Scholarship Grant, SAIC Merit Scholarship

MORE than the BIO:
I am an open-water swimmer throughout the year in Lake Michigan.