The basics:

Margot is a graphic designer of publications, branding, packaging, textiles, and websites. Typical clients are cultural organizations, non-profits, academic and civic institutions, small businesses, various sub-contractors and colleagues. My background and education are in art & design history, printmaking, painting, and writing. I work primarily from Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, in a home office/studio, but can often be found co-working in various spots, around the city and elsewhere.

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Artist Statement:

Margot is visual artist working in graphic, digital, print media and painting. Her work explores the contemporary landscape of Chicago and the internet, intersectional feminism, gender identity, Japanese culture, Scandinavian design, Chinese Medicine, the feeling of falling into color, meditation through art, painting as a response to trolls and internet discourse, art in support of oppressed creatives, and to discover and uplift new role models.

Book a speaking engagement: booking@pitchdesignunion.com.

Services

Branding, Book Design, CSS/HTML, Custom Lettering, Ecommerce, Editorial Design, Mobile Web Apps, Newsletter Templates, Packaging, Printmaking, Squarespace, Stationery, Talks & Teaching, Website Design, WordPress

Talks

Social Justice & Community in Graphic Design
Esty Headquarters, Brooklyn NYC 2016

Getting money for your artwork
The Bauhaus, Weimar Germany 2015

Contacts 101 for Freelancers / Starting Your Freelance Career
Skillshare.com, ongoing, over 10k subscribers

Tech Summit on the prevention of sexual assault
The White House, Washington DC 2014

Speaker Director & Emcee
Weapons of Mass Creation Cleveland, OH 2014

Drawing For Ideas
Sketch Camp Chicago, 2014

 

 

Inspire vs Influence
The Apple Store, Chicago, 2013

How Do You Know When to Say No to Projects?
Insight Design Conference, Hammond IN 2013

How Do You Know When to Say No to Projects?
Weapons of Mass Creation, Cleveland OH 2013

Staying Inspired After School
Portland State University, Portland OR 2012

Staying Inspired After School
University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana 2012

WordPress Basics, Basic Freelance Set Up,
Staying Inspired After School
Columbia College Chicago, 2009 – 2015

Artist CV

2014:

These Are Not My Problems,
The 8th Day Center for Justice

Love for Sale,
Land Gallery, Portland Oregon

2013:

You Are Beautiful,
The Green Exchange, Chicago

Button-O-Matic Artist Series with Busy Beaver Buttons, Chicago

2012:

Support, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago

2011:

Artist Books Show,
The Paper Crane, Chicago

Vignette Post 27, Chicago

Downtown The Coop, Chicago

Re-Classified Post 27, Chicago

2010:

Typeforce #1
Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago

We Are Family,
The Post Family, Chicago

Printervention,
The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago

2009:

Ottomania Post 27, Chicago

Communication,
Artifacts Gallery, Los Angeles California

Margin Detail,
The Post Family, Chicago Illinois

And, the Typeface,
Uppercase Gallery, Calgary Canada

Click to download full artist CV (PDF).

Education

Bachelor of Science in Fine Art
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Visual Communications Study
Glasgow School of Art 2003

FAQs

What if I have a big project?

Awesome! I can scale up and sub-contract as needed.

What if I have a small project?

Awesome! But I recommend that you have three to four items for me to help with before reaching out because it’s most cost effective.

Will you program my site for me?

Nope, sorry, not unless you also want me to design it.

Tell me what sort of code you like to do.

Right now, I focus on front-facing code like HTML and CSS. If your website or app has high level of functionality or complex content, then I typically sub-contract to my favorite Developers. It’s faster and cheaper for you that way. Developers, if you want to work with me, holler.

Will I be able to edit a website you create for me?

Yes, there is a consulting period at the end of the project when I walk you through how to manage your content.

What will it cost to work with you?

This changes with every project. Get in touch and we’ll discuss your situation. Following that I will develop a bid & timeline based on your needs.

Do you work remotely or travel to projects?

Heck yes! I love to travel and my process is adaptable to any location.

How soon can you start?

Usually right away, but not always. My schedule is meticulously planned and to protect the integrity of myself and my business I can’t take on more projects than I can manage. Always feel free to get in touch for a more specific idea on my availability.

Will you speak at our event?

If my schedule allows, yes! I do charge for my time and travel expenses. Please get in touch to negotiate a rate.

What’s the meaning of the name Pitch Design Union?

Pitch: the quality of sound, the degree of slope, the level of intensity, to launch something. Union stands for unification, as in the design of everything, for and with everyone. Call it a blue-collar work ethic with highbrow aesthetics.

Cheers! Shalom! Na Zdraví! Pura Vida! Pröst! Sláinte!