Hi, I'm Joan Cairney,
I am a visual storyteller and art director with extensive experience bringing stories and projects to life and driving engagement.
Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer
Editorial narratives with smart design.
American Planning Association
Art Director (2011-2018)
Freelance Art Director
Senior Art Director (1998-2008)
Art director (1995-1997)
Loyola University Chicago
Adjunct Instructor (2006)
New York Times
Presentation Editor (1997-1998)
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
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.