About

As a Creative Director & Designer, I design, write, and produce user-friendly advertising, marketing, and PR campaigns that inform, instruct, and inspire. As a Product Designer, I do more of the same, but focus on making SaaS products easy to use.

Experience

I believe that strong branding, through clean and efficient design, is key to a successful and sustainable business.

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Having worked with national brands including Band-Aid, ExxonMobil, MIT, The Washington Post, LEGO, and National Geographic, my attention is now more focused on Brand Strategy, Customer Engagement, and Product Development for startups, designing websites and presentations that move, motivate, inspire and/or teach.

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I have been honored to receive some nice accolades, including 75+ American Advertising Federation Addy awards, 50+ American Graphic Design Awards, 5 AIGA CASE Awards, a Telly, and Communication Arts website of the week.

In addition to winning awards for my work, I have served as a judge in multiple local, district, regional, and national American Advertising Awards competitions across the US.

Speaking of awards... while working with a team of talented tech people, we were awarded three patents for Mobile Content and Metadata Management and Beacon-Implemented System for Mobile Content Management.

Visit my LinkedIn profile to learn more about my professional experience as a Designer, Art Director, Creative Director, Product Designer, CXO, and CEO.

Location (Remote)

Long before the world hopped on Zoom, I have been working remotely with teams across the United States and Europe. Still, most of my work has been in the Nashville market, near home.

Occasionally, I’ll take on a role that requires me to be on location. Sometimes, it’s just a short drive, a quick flight, or a few-days stay. But in most cases, with a fast web connection, I’ve proven that I can be far more productive as a remote team member, camped right here in my studio in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Software Skills

Tools aren’t substitutes for creative and critical thinking, but it helps to be proficient in the right tool for the job. Of course, I use tools like email, Slack, and Teams for communication - Trello, Monday, or Asana for project management - and Google Analytics and SEMRUSH for analytics and audits. Still, those aren’t the tools I use to make things look good and function like they should.

Here’s a quick list of tools I use for design and production.

Figma

★★★★★ - My application of choice for UX/UI design, illustration, and prototyping.

Illustrator

★★★★★ - Expert user since version 1.0.

Photoshop

★★★★★ - Expert user since version 1.0.

Lightroom

★★★★★ - Expert user since version 1.0.

Webflow

★★★★★ - In roles where I am a one-man band, handling the design and development of a website, or in other cases where I need to develop functional, dynamic prototypes, Webflow is my intuitive web development tool of choice.

Framer

★★★☆☆ - Comfortable using it daily if needed for UX/UI design and prototyping. It feels like a definite contender if Figma loses it’s footing as king of the hill.

Sketch

★★★☆☆ - Comfortable using it daily if needed for UX/UI design and prototyping.

Spline

★★☆☆☆ - I love this tool. I just need an excuse to use it for something more than tinkering.

After Effects

★★☆☆☆ - I don’t use it often enough to claim proficiency, but I love animating when I get the opportunity.

Others

There are many other excellent tools available. I have tried many, such as Rive, Principle, Marvel, Balsamiq, etc. While they are not my go-to apps, I am comfortable adapting to new tools and processes when needed.

Testimonials

All this fuss over little ol’ me? It’s a bit embarrassing, but I’m honored.

“He’s extremely easy to talk to, which makes project related communication a breeze... To say that I would work with him again is a ridiculous understatement.”
Seth Whiting
React & React Native Developer
“Chris Blanz is one of my favorite thinkers, period. He is a seeker of what’s next, a great thinking partner, and one heck of a great person to hang around.”
Mark Montgomery
Entrepreneur | Investor | Strategic Advisor | Educator
“One could not ask for a better partner. Through every phase and trial of a startup, Chris is a leader and a contributor.”
"His ability to craft truly unique insights, skillfully manage the creative and branding process, and then deliver results is a very rare combination... and a true team player."
Bill Brennan
Angel Investor | Entrepreneur
“He's a powerhouse when it comes to branding. His visual aesthetic is simple, yet the design solution and functionality is simply profound. That is a rare balance not found in most creatives.”
Von Glitschka
Creative Director | Brand Strategist
“Others may try to bamboozle you with fancy geek talk. But it’s not about what they say; it’s about what they do. Chris gets it; he makes it happen—in the greatest, most comfortable way ever.”
Sam Zien
YouTuber | Restaurateur | Cookbook Author
“...has an amazing talent for understanding exactly what users need, [then] translate their need into design elements that [trigger] interaction and positively represent the brand”
Chip Gallent
Entrepreneur & Executive Coach
“Chris’s innovative ideas [and] approachable nature, make collaborating with him a breeze. Opting to hire him will undoubtedly be one of the most rewarding decisions you can make.”
David Goldstein
Founder & Creator of Opportunities
"His enthusiasm for creating and telling the story about a new business or venture is infectious... I found Chris to be a pragmatic business partner, reliable, loyal and honest."
Tim Choate
President/CEO & Tech Entrepreneur
"Chris has that rare ability to grasp important concepts, break them down into digestible pieces, and create simple yet elegant content and visuals..."
Page Thompson
Senior Sales Executive
“He ranks as one of the most creative, down-to-earth, results-obsessive people I’ve ever met in my 20+ years in the field of marketing.”
Mark Newsom
Chairman & CEO
"Chris can do, few can match. The one inspirational design idea, the one core concept that floats an entire project...that is what Chris can do."
Steve Curnutte
CEO | Chief Restructuring Officer
“Chris’ attention to detail and ability to design high-quality, well-thought-through assets and specs made feature development for our mobile team smooth and reasoned.”
Bob Rochford
Manager, Technical Product Innovation
“Chris has an enthusiasm for his work that is infectious. He is very passionate about solving clients’ problems and is extremely honest and trustworthy.”
Deke Smith
Senior Technical Account Manager
“His smart, thoughtful, creative approach; his friendly, easy-going style; and his ability to get the job done make it easy for me to endorse him wholeheartedly.”
David Mann
Creative Director | Copywriter
"He achieves at a consistently high level, no matter what skills the day’s challenges call for [and] manages to remain insightful, funny, empathetic, and unfailingly optimistic."
Michael Dukes
Copywriter | Creative Director

How can I help you?

My brain is wired to find order in the chaos. Call it a superpower if you like. I’m inspired by the process, and I love a good challenge. How can I help you?