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John Lemein


UC Berkeley Extension

Effective Leadership and Management, Fall 2017
Social Media Marketing Strategies, Fall 2015
Introduction to Marketing, Summer 2015

The Starter League

User Experience, Winter 2013
Advanced html/css, Fall 2012

Columbia College Chicago

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Graphic Design, 2009


Basecamp 3:
– project management
Balsamiq Mockups 3:
– wireframes, sketch
Ruby on Rails front-end integration
Microsoft Office
Quark XPress

Adobe XD – UX prototypes
After Effects – Motion Graphics


University of California at Berkeley
California Golden Bears: 2013-Present

Director, Brand Creative and Digital Services
Web Manager

  • Initially hired as Web Manager in December 2013, named interim Creative Director in December 2015, then Director, Brand Creative and Digital Services shortly thereafter
  • Current primary responsibilities:
    • Creative direction and project management for Creative Services – Graphic design: digital, print, social media; video (with Director, Video): videoboard, features, commercials, social media; facilities branding; photography; apparel design; ticket sales, development, marketing and social media visual support
    • Brand management of Cal Athletics’ identity and marks, including usage guidelines and apparel enforcement
    • Liaison between over 40 teams/units in the Cal Athletics Department and the Creative Services Team, including client outreach and vendor relations
    • Project management for all requests directed at Creative Services
  • Highlights: Brand transition from Nike partnership to Under Armour partnership, two redesigns of, creation of and, rebranding all Cal facilities with new identity and marks

Chicago Sun-Times/Aggrego/Wrapports: 2007-2013

Aggrego Graphic Designer
Special Sections Graphic Designer Online Editor

  • Started as design intern, promoted to graphic designer at conclusion of internship
  • Created hundreds of ToDrive sections read by a total circulation of over 2 million readers. Designed and laid out ToDrive, an auto section that runs six times a week in the Chicago Sun-Times and Post-Tribune, and once weekly in suburban publications
  • Curated the editorial content of
  • Designed many special Sun-Times sections including: Education, Casino & Gaming, Golf Guide, Health, Innovation, and NoirWoman
  • Developed new look for Chicago Sun-Times newspaper boxes
  • Developed marketing materials for use by advertising representatives such as e-mail blasts, presentations or leave-behinds
  • Took on several overflow projects from Chicago Sun-Times as after hours, freelance work
  • Promoted to Aggrego, a division of the Sun-Times’ parent company Wrapports, laying out special aggregated print content for Sun-Times Media publications
  • Worked with Wrapports’ marketing team on special promotional campaigns

Freelance Graphic Design & Web Development

RadioEdit AV

  • Built an innovative, fully-responsive site for RadioEditAV
  • Responsible for look and feel of the site using CSS3, jquery and html
  • Utilized WordPress to serve up content, such as video (youtube, vimeo), high quality photos and editorial (news and project descriptions)
  • One of the only landscape orientated sites to be found on the web at the time

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Burst Sports Academy

Wedding programs, menus and signage

Portfolios and other websites

Business cards

Four Corners Tavern Group: 2004-10

Manager, Head Doorman, Bartender, DJ

Cinema/Chicago: 2006

Design Intern

Monckton Gallery: 2005-06

Custom Framing Assistant

The Ad People: 2001

Design Intern



Boy Scouts of America: 1998

Eagle Scout

  • Managed the collection and distribution of used winter clothing for Eagle Scout Project.
  • Donated clothing to Lawrence Hall, a home for abused and neglected children in Chicago.
John Lemein

My friends call me Big John

Lifelong doodler, designer and problem-solver.

Kellie’s husband and proud spouse to a nurse.

San Francisco resident. Chicagoland native.

Hiker. Runner. Sailor. Skier. Former college athlete, current men’s league lacrosse player. Love watching the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks.

Avid book reader of Science Fiction, History, City Planning, Futurism & Technology, Leadership & Management and Graphic Novels.

A few of my favorite movies are: The Iron Giant, The Empire Strikes Back and Rear Window.

Steadily improving cook. Beer enthusiast (especially Stouts & Porters). Learning about wine.

Never done learning, adding new skills or trying to see the world from a different angle.