As a Creative Director, I’m a seasoned design professional with significant experience in the Marketing & Communication space. I have deep experience supporting the Marketing function in developing creative collateral for various business initiatives. I love branding projects and have a reputation for building corporate visual identity systems or getting them back on-track.  

As a Marketing Director, I’ve embraced the other side of the “design equation” and have been a part of all phases of social media programs, content development, public relations, internal communications, and, event planning (hosted and attended).


PRINCIPAL
Dan Christianson Design, Boston, MA, Oct 2000–present

Launched and operated a successful graphic design firm serving as an agency-level creative resource to a variety of industries such as Academia, Biotechnology, Consulting, Financial Services, Healthcare, Health & Fitness, Non-profit, Performing Arts, Pharmaceutical, Retail, and start-up enterprises. Body of work included—but not limited to—the creative direction and development of corporate identities and their related visual systems for print, web, and multimedia collateral. Served as a creative consultant to companies looking to develop the necessary creative disciplines and best practices for tackling various initiatives for branding, logo and collateral development, marketing, and events.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Arcadia Solutions, Burlington, MA, May 2011–Mar 2013

Effectively participated in the immediate negotiation and selection of a new public relations firm following Arcadia’s acquisition of Concordant. 

Successfully merged the Concordant brand with Arcadia Solutions post-acquisition and developed Arcadia’s first in-house creative presence. New visual system infused familiar elements from both brands with updated typographical treatments and a refreshed image library, all of which were applied to innovative templates for print, screen, and web collateral. Initiated an Arcadia Writing Style Guide for the consistent use of language throughout all Arcadia marketing collateral.

Revitalized website through the concept and application of new visual system and retooled messaging for company and service lines. A complete back-end redevelopment built on Drupal allowed for in-house site publishing and content management.

Led company through its first exhibitor participation at HIMSS 2012, the leading national healthcare conference. Coordinated all aspects of pre- and post-conference planning including exhibit and collateral development, booth staff logistics, accommodations, travel, and budgeting. Supported Sales by hosting a cocktail reception for existing and prospective clients, which resulted in several follow-up meetings and proposal developments.  Worked with PR firm to secure press interviews with industry trade publications.

Acknowledged for performance. Streamlined various healthcare memberships, license renewals, and event participations for cost-saving benefits. Established weekly marketing meetings and mentored staff regularly through one-on-one bi-weekly sessions. Developed frequent internal communications to inform company employees of marketing initiatives and the company’s movement in the healthcare industry marketplace. Also provided creative support to Arcadia’s sister company, Azara Healthcare.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR / DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Concordant, Inc., Chelmsford, MA, Aug 1999–Dec 2009 and Jan 2010–May 2011

Increased marketing output by 85% through augmented public relations activity during the course of my first year for this Health IT consulting firm.  Elevated the company’s thought leadership presence onto a national level through successful bylined articles series in industry and mainstream publications such as Healthcare Informatics and Computerworld, press interviews, speaking engagements, and blog participation. Produced highly-successful HIMSS Webinars, averaging 700 attendees per Webinar.

Creative directed and maintained all company collateral since company’s inception. Responsible for re-brand initiative in 2004 to refresh the company visual identity system for print, web, multimedia, and environmental display collateral to achieve a more refined, cohesive company image. Improved company website through graphic and backend redevelopment, enabling in-house site publishing.

Coordinated all events-related efforts for company participation in a variety of regional and national healthcare conferences including HIMSS.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR     
Illuminate, Inc., Boston, MA, Nov 2007–Oct 2008

Established in-house design capability, evolved visual identity, and created a consistent look and feel across print ad campaigns, website landing pages, direct mail, company collateral, product/service logos, and conference booth mural.Introduced design disciplines and practices to improve standards for all proposals, instructional modules, workshop training materials, GUIs for web-based assessment centers, and CD/DVD packaging.

Prepared groundwork for a comprehensive public relations strategy, including brand platform development, content development for brochures, print ads, media placement, and news announcements.

Managed staff of freelance designers, medical illustrators and writers, instructional editors, and outside vendors. Created consistency throughout the development of all training material.

SENIOR VISUAL DESIGNER/ART DIRECTOR
Keane, Inc., Boston, MA, Jul 2005–Sep 2007

Elevated initial position of Interactive Designer to Senior Visual Designer, then served unofficially as Art Director; Assumed responsibility for the distribution and completion of all incoming creative projects.

Spearheaded the development of all new Keane-branded visual systems; Authored, published, and globally distributed the Keane Design Standards Style Guide, to ensure a consistent understanding and application of the new Keane brand.

Creative directed, designed, and produced high-profile projects such as Keane’s 2005 Annual Report, 2006 Corporate Brochure, 2006 “Making Global Work Work” campaign, 2006 “Ideas That Transform” video for Gartner’s Annual Tradeshow, Inside Story podcast-based program, and a variety of internal/external email campaigns, landing pages, and eBlasts.

Supported Keane’s event planning efforts: location and venue scouting, production house bids and selection, event themes and branding, print and web design, presentations, and video; Reduced time spent during the planning process while raising the quality of company events.