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  John Hall
Professional/Personal Overview
  I operate a full-service graphic design studio based in the Boston area offering design, art direction, and project management services for content-rich print & digital media. Our work includes books, magazines, newsletters, catalogs, annual reports, programs, and marketing collateral work such as brochures and direct-mail. We also design and content-manage websites, and consult on social media integration.

We excel at creating media products that integrate words, images and interactivity to produce compelling, well organized publications and web environments.

What sets me apart as a designer is that I can think like an editor. Design is not just about looking good; it must reinforce or add a new dimension to the text, present an appropriate visual tone, and guide the reader.

John was previously a staff art director at several local media companies including Experience.com, Cadmus Custom Publishing, Running Times, The Boston Phoenix, and Boston Business magazine.
Work Info
Web Designer 6 Years
Art Director 20 Years
Graphic Designer 20 Years
Education 20 Years
Entertainment 20 Years
Personal Finance 20 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
23 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
InvestorPlace Media (11+), Urban Land Institute (6-10), Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer (6-10), Pearson Education (3-5), Performer Magazine (3-5), Rockport Publishers/Quayside (3-5), Collegia (1-2), International Marine/McGraw-Hill (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Adviser Investments (11+), Mind & Life Institute (11+), Babson College (6-10), University of Northern Colorado (6-10), Fidelity Investments (3-5), The MacDowell Colony (3-5)
Other Work History
Experience.com (Experience Magazine): Design Director (2 yrs); Pohly & Partners/Cadmus Custom Publishing (Continental Airlines Magazine): Senior Art Director (4 yrs); Running Times Magazine: Art Director (2 yrs); Boston Business Journal/Boston Business Magazine: Associate Art Director/Art Director (2 yrs); Boston Phoenix: Advertising Art Manager/Graphic Artist (3 yrs)
Computer Skills
InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, Wordpress, Squarespace, iApps, CSS, HTML, Word, Excel, BB Edit, Dreamweaver, Concrete5, Squarespace
Technical Skills
Expert at all relevant print design and production software; HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Concrete 5, Squarespace
Fully equipped studio with 2 workstations, scanner, b/w & color laser printer, FTP access.
Available upon request.
CASE Awards, Ozzie Awards, Lowell Thomas Awards, Print Regional Design Annual, Golden Bell Awards, Society of Newspaper Design Awards
member, AIGA
judge, Folio magazine Ozzie Awards
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Boston, MA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Magazine Design  
(Mind & Life Institute, 9/1/2014)
Spread design from Mind & Life
(Mind & Life Institute, 9/1/2014)
New magazine launch design for the Mind & Life Institute
(Performer Magazine)
Designed and produced several issues of a monthly music zine.
(Campus Visit)
Designed a small format magazine to promote Northern Ohio area colleges.
(Campus Visit)
(University of Northern Colorado)
Designed, art directed, and produced the quarterly magazine for the Colorado liberal arts college.
(Babson College)
Designed, art directed, and produced the quarterly magazine for the Massachusetts business college.
(Continental Magazine)
Served as lead art director for Continental Airlines inflight magazine for four years.
(Experience Magazine)
Was the founding art director of the one-million circulation magazine aimed for recent college grads.
Book Design  
(Rockport Publishers, 3/1/2009)
Design and produced this book on Dada art. Designed cover, interior design template, and produced 160 page book
(Urban Land Institute Awards Book, 10/30/2008)
Design and produce 212 page book to highlight award winning sustainable development projects around the world
(Urban Land Institute)
(Rockport Publishers)
(Quarry Books)
(Fair Winds Press)
(Rockport Publishers)
(Wellesley ABC Capital Campaign Brochure )
Design, and direct, and produce a brochure to launch an endowment fund drive for a non-profit group.
(Experience Magazine)
(Body & Soul Magazine)
Annual Reports  
(MacDowell Colony)
Designed the annual report for the would renowned MacDowell Colony, an artists' retreat in Southern New Hampshire.
(Babson College)
Design, art directed, and produced the business college's annual President's Report for 2006 and 2007
Newsletter Design  
(InvesterPlace Media)
Design and produce monthly financial newsletters, and annual guidebooks, for financial publishing company.
(MacDowell Colony)
Design and produce a semi-annual oversized format newsletter for the world renowned artist's retreat.
Web Design & Social Media  
(Hunter Clark, 10/21/2015)
Creative direction, visual design, UX & development of Wordpress-based responsive website.
(Ce Ann's Vieux, 10/20/2015)
Creative direction, visual design, UX & development of Squarespace-based responsive website.
(Mind & Life Institute, 10/31/2014)
Directed the visual design of a major web relaunch for the Mind & Life institute, a leader in the field of contemplative science. The new site was intended to refocus the Institute as a thought and research leader in the field, and frontload original editorial and research content.
(Cahill for Mayor of Beverly Committee, 6/1/2011)
Design and produced a Wordpress-based website for Mayoral candidate in small city north of Boston. Also advised candidate on social media strategy.
(First Parish Church, 1/30/2011)
A custom themed Wordpress based website for a local Unitarian church in Beverly, MA
(Hannah Elementary School PTO, 1/30/2011)
A Wordpress created website for a public elementary school PTO.
(Self-published, 1/30/2011)
A self-published hyperlocal blog covering in detail the budget and management of a public school district in a small city on Boston's North Shore. I founded the site, and have designed, written, reported, and edited it for 3 years.
Contact Info
  John Hall
Boston, MA 

Tel: 978-927-2905  
E-Mail: jh@johnhalldesign.com
Website: http://www.johnhalldesign.com