Hi, my name is Christine Engler. I am a highly motivated, creative, reliable,hardworking, and enthusiastic designer/illustrator with a passion for the creative process and for inspiring the world around me. I take great pride in the design work I create and always strive to deliver an effective, focused, and on-target product that fits my clients' needs and goals.
WHY HIRE ME?
That's a great question! I have over 15 years of proven experience working as an artist and agency art director /designer. The combination of years of experience has molded me into a designer that can take on anything with a certain confidence and finesse. I have effectively interfaced with highly successful people on many levels: corporate, non-profit, small business, entrepreneurs, publishing, and marketing both in B2B and B2C.
Need more reasons to hire me? I've got skills. I am up to date and highly proficient with industry-standard design software including Adobe Design Suite. I have designed for both conventional (offset) and on-demand (digital) printing, along with a thorough knowledge of pre-flighting files, prepress and offset printing process.
My style can be described as eclectic. A true mix of rigid traditional computer-based graphics paired with rich art mediums like ink, paint, and illustrations created by hand. I create innovative works of art for a wide range of businesses worldwide and my work has appeared in national publications and advertising campaigns.
I’m always interested in working with great teams, exciting brands, and good-doing companies. I like to take the "mystery" out of designing and will take the time to explain the process. I allow my clients to be involved as much or as little you would like to be. Let's see what we can create together!
To discuss freelance or contract availability, please reach out to EnglerDesignStudio@gmail.com.
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LIFE + INTEREST
When I’m not working, I’m usually reading, doodling, traveling, or spending time with my husband and our two teenage kids. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a passion for art and design; I am always working with my hands in the form of illustration, typography, and painting. Still, to this day, you can find me doodling new ideas on any available surface. I truly love what I do, and I prefer to approach all of my projects with clients in a very intimate manner, getting to know the person behind the brand.
SOME UNIMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT ME:
I drink way too much coffee. (I swear, I’m working on this.)
I’m always running out of space on my phone. (I take pictures of everything that inspires me)
I misplace my phone and keys at least once a day.
I like to think that I am part mermaid. I love to scuba dive and would live underwater if I could.
I love Halloween more than the "Average Joe." I custom create my costumes each year.
I wouldn't say I like frogs and pickles. Preferably not presented together.
EXPERIENCE + EDUCATION
When I was younger, I wanted to share my passion for creating art with the world; I first attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a degree in Art Education and minors in Art History and Painting. However, after some time in the classroom, I became restless and realized that teaching might not be my true calling.
I found myself taking on side projects that played in the field of Graphic Design. I enjoyed the diversity and the problem-solving aspect of the work. So in my early 30's after winging for a few years, I taught myself the needed software and went back to school and received a degree from the University of Wisconsin -Green Bay in Graphic Design and Illustration. After graduation, I took every opportunity offered to me and honed my new set of design skills. I worked as a freelance designer with the University of Wisconsin. Eventually, I was hired as an onsite art director/ designer at a large ad agency in Green Bay, doing design work for small and major international corporations.
I loved the agency life, but in 2012 our family faced some difficult decisions. We ended up moving across Wisconsin, where I started a new professional adventure. In 2012 I started Engler Design. I've enjoyed working with various passionate local non-profits, local creatives, and businesses in the neighboring Minneapolis / St Paul MN areas. I enjoy the freedom to select work that has purpose and value. I enjoy the freedom and endless opportunity to work with clients who believe in the power of advertising and creative brand strategy. I am now able to live out my personal mission as a designer, "To give ideas life and form in an authentic, creative and collaborative approach."