John Hall

Boston, MA USA

Professional Experience

I operate a full-service graphic design studio based in the Boston area offering design, art direction, and project management services for publications and other content-rich print & digital media. Work includes books, magazines, newsletters, catalogs, annual reports, programs, and marketing collateral such as brochures and direct-mail. We also design and 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, Cadmus Custom Publishing, Running Times, The Boston Phoenix, and Boston Business magazine.


Art Director
20 Years
Graphic Designer
20 Years
Web Designer
10 Years


20 Years
Personal Finance
20 Years
20 Years


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
20 Years
Book Publishing Trade/B2B
15 Years
Newsletter - Trade
20 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Rockport Publishers/Quayside (3-5), Collegia (1-2), International Marine/McGraw-Hill (1-2), RSL Media (1-2), InvestorPlace Media (10+), Urban Land Institute (6-10), Aspen Publishers/Wolters Kluwer (6-10), Pearson Education (3-5)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Adviser Investments (10+), Mind & Life Institute (10+), Babson College (6-10), University of Northern Colorado (6-10), Fidelity Investments (3-5), The MacDowell Colony (3-5), Time Warner Cable (1-2)

Other Work History (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)

Technical Skills

Expert at all relevant print design and production software; HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Squarespace

Computer Skills

InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, Wordpress, Squarespace, iApps, CSS, HTML, Word, Excel, BB Edit,


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

Work Samples

Magazine Design

(Mind & Life Institute 9/1/2014)
New magazine launch design for the Mind & Life Institute
(Mind & Life Institute 9/1/2014)
Spread design from Mind & Life
(Solve Magazine 10/1/2016)
Cover design for business and technology focused content marketing publication
(Solve Magazine 3/1/2017)
Feature design for business and technology focused content marketing publication
(Performer Magazine 7/26/2017)
Designed and produced several issues of a monthly music zine.
(Campus Visit 7/26/2017)
Designed a small format magazine to promote Northern Ohio area colleges.
(Campus Visit 7/26/2017)
(Babson College 7/26/2017)
Designed, art directed, and produced the quarterly magazine for the Massachusetts business college.
(University of Northern Colorado 7/26/2017)
Designed, art directed, and produced the quarterly magazine for the Colorado liberal arts college.
(Continental Magazine 7/26/2017)
Served as lead art director for Continental Airlines inflight magazine for four years.
(Experience Magazine 7/26/2017)
Was the founding art director of the one-million circulation magazine aimed for recent college grads.

Web Design & Social Media

(Mystic River Watershed Association 10/1/2016)
Website visual design, UX design, and development Squarespace implemtation
(UBLA Landscape Architecture 10/1/2015)
Website visual design, UX design, and development Squarespace implemtation
(Hunter Clark 10/21/2015)
Creative direction, visual design, UX & development of Wordpress-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.
(Ce Ann's Vieux 10/20/2015)
Creative direction, visual design, UX & development of Squarespace-based responsive website.

Newsletter Design

(MacDowell Colony 7/26/2017)
Design and produce a semi-annual oversized format newsletter for the world renowned artist's retreat.
(InvesterPlace Media 7/26/2017)
Design and produce monthly financial newsletters, and annual guidebooks, for financial publishing company.

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
(Rockport Publishers 7/26/2017)
(Quarry Books 7/26/2017)
(Rockport Publishers 7/26/2017)
(Fair Winds Press 7/26/2017)
(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 7/26/2017)


(Experience Magazine 7/26/2017)
(Body & Soul Magazine 7/26/2017)
(Wellesley ABC Capital Campaign Brochure 7/26/2017)
Design, and direct, and produce a brochure to launch an endowment fund drive for a non-profit group.

Annual Reports

(Babson College 7/26/2017)
Design, art directed, and produced the business college's annual President's Report for 2006 and 2007
(MacDowell Colony 7/26/2017)
Designed the annual report for the would renowned MacDowell Colony, an artists' retreat in Southern New Hampshire.