HI, I AM 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. BUT I WANT MORE. I am transitioning into alumni and membership relations by focusing on developing sustainable, authentic relationships that last a lifetime. Bringing forward my design sensibilities to create open and welcoming spaces as a foundation for unlimited growth potential and opportunity.
Currently looking for a staff position with amazing colleagues who value - collaboration, continued learning, respect, integrity, laughter, the “what if” and “and then” mindset and are excited about life. Simple, yes?
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
Editorial narratives on multi-channels with smart design.
Art Director, 2011-2018
American Planning Association
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer, 2008-2011
Senior Art Director, 1998-2008
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
AWARDS and GRANTS
Work recognized by Association Media & Publishing, the Society of News Design, Print Magazine Regional and Society of American Illustration.
Ike/Florence Sewell Scholarship Grant, SAIC Merit Scholarship
MORE than the BIO:
I am an open-water swimmer throughout the year in Lake Michigan, and never take sunrises and blue sky as a given.