About

Hello there. I’m a Rocky Mountain-based Art Director / Designer imported from the land of Chicago. Fueled by coffee and late afternoon walks, I bring ideas to life. As a creative, I translate the intersection between design and communication for my clients, turning their visions into dynamic solutions for each individual project. Alongside a solid fine arts foundation, creating the best human experience is the backbone of what I do. My work spans over a decade and can be found in diverse arenas from fine art to pharma to film, software to sizzle reels, woodworking to wine.

I’m currently available for hire, collaborations, top secret missions and coffee talk >> steph@stephanieplenner.com


Toolbox
Art Direction
Copyediting
Copywriting
Creative Direction
Digital Fabrication
Graphic Design
Illustration
Photography
Project Management
Motion Graphics
Research
Set Styling
Strategy
UX/UI Design
Video Editing
Videography

Brand Teams I’ve worked with
500 Clown • AIGA Chicago • Active Transportation Alliance • Art Institute of Chicago • Ask Big Questions • Bonefish Grill • Booyah Advertising • Buca Di Beppo • Carrabba’s • Center for the Sustainable Practice in the Arts • Cecchi • Chimney Rock • Chicago International Puppet Festival • Copper Mountain • Duval-Leroy Champagne • eGate Solutions (Gate Group) • Fresenius Kabi • Five Points Bank • Fizz56 • Google • Graystone Wines • ICAN Women’s Leadership Conference • Il Poggione • Jack’s House Wines • Live Well Omaha • Loveblock • Newcity Communications Inc. • Northwestern University • ojo Creative • Pieper-Heidsieck Champagne • PricewaterhouseCoopers • Protea Wines • Markham Vineyards • Museum of Science & Industry • Sanford Winery • Signature Move Film • School of the Art Institute of Chicago • SGA Youth & Family Services • Tangley Oaks • Taos Ski Valley • Terlato Wines • Terlato Vineyards • Two Hands Winery • University of Illinois at Chicago • Verdis Group • Westone

Experience
Freelance Creative
 | Studio Splendör
2010 – Present

Designer, Art Director | Emspace Group
2017

Founder, Curator | Chicago Literary Map
2013 – 2016

Marketing Designer, Photographer | Terlato Wines
2015 – 2016

Visual + Motion Designer, Client & Project ManagerMultiple, Inc.
2015

Art Director, Designer, EducatorSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
2010 – 2015
PROGRESSIVE ROLES
Assistant Director of Design + Communication, 2014 – 2015
Assistant Director of Instructional Design + Administration, 2012 – 2014
Coordinator for Instructional Fabrication, 2010 – 2012

Designer, Photographer, Client & Project Manager | Midwest Tourism Association
2008 – 2009

Design + Exhibition InternMuseum of Science & Industry Chicago
2007

Graphic DesignerSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago
2006 – 2007

Studio AssistantBrad Baskin Photography
2006


Education
Theater Bootcamp | Omaha Community Playhouse, June 2017

MFA CourseworkSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010, 2011
Writing & Performance 

BFA | School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2007
Visual Communication & Writing


Events & Exhibitions
2017 Future Cities, House of Smart, SXSW, Austin, TX.

2016 WANTED ‘Outside the Box’ 3.0, Offsite Design Festival, NYC, NY.

2016 WANTED ‘Outside the Box’ 3.0, Offsite Design Festival, Toronto, Canada.

2015 Summer Shorts, Humboldt Manor, Chicago, IL.

2013 Dinner Dance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2013 Roger Brown Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2013 ArtWork 6, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.

2012 Bleed Heart Bleed, Design Cloud, Chicago, IL.

2011 Heroic Please: A Night of Performances, Dfbrl8r Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2011 Instruction Sets, Autumn Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2010 New Blood IV Performance Festival, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.


Spoken Word
2014 Notes from the Mainframe, Part 1. Applied Words: Writers on Science + Technology, Guild Literary Complex at FreeGeek, Chicago, IL.

2012 Office Girl by Joe Meno Release Party, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL.

2012 First Encounters, Southside Hub of Production, Chicago, IL.

2011 Anobium Volume 1 Release Party, Deagan Music, Chicago, IL.

2011 Cut/Paste, Quimby’s, Chicago, IL.


Published Writings
2014 Next Up: NEXUS, AIGA Chicago.

2014 Weather or Not, Back to Print.

2013 Chicago Literary Map, Self.

2013 Chicago Travel Guide for Insiders, Sutro Media.

2012 Julia Hoffman: Thinking Design, AIGA Chicago.

2012 Thomas Phinney: Font Detective, AIGA Chicago.

2012 Rescription Project, Anobium.

2011 Chicago Summer, Fnews Magazine.

2011 The Wave of Real, AIGA Chicago.

2011 Cut/Paste, Creative Writing Guild.

2010 Anobium Vol. 1, Anobium.


Press
2014 Episode #391 Chicago Literary Map, Interview, Outside the Loop Radio, Mike Stephens.

2014 Chicago Literary Map Celebrates City’s Stories, Known and UnknownDNAinfo, Lizzi Schiffman Tufano.

2014 Navigate City Narratives with the Chicago Literary MapChicago Artist Resource, Car Jeff.

2014 A night of poetry, PCs at Logan Square’s FreeGeekThe Depaulina, Nicole Cash.

2014 Notes From The Mainframe: Poetry For The Digital AgeLogan Squarist, Elizabeth Beiler.

2011 Journal Review, Anobium 1, Conium Review, James R. Gapinski.


Visiting Artist
2016 Explore Chicago, Depaul University, Salli Berg Seeley, Chicago, IL.


Teaching
2015 Illustrator for Digital Output, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Collections
Joan Flasch Book Collection, Chicago, IL.