Steve Clark

UX / Creative Director

I am a Creative Director with a broad spectrum of experiences that meld hybrid Creative Direction and UX / UI Design. I've enjoyed equal footing in Design, Marketing, Strategy and Leadership; with a persistence in process, collaboration and user-centric experiences.



  • 2008 - present

    Owner, Freelance Contractor

    Steve Clark Projects

    With my own business, I have worked with companies of all sizes, start-ups, and individuals as a Creative director, User ExperienceDesigner, and consultant. I’ve had the opportunity to establish the vision for new organizations from the ground up, as well as working within strict brand guidelines of global companies. I am a hands-on creative; designing and conceptualizing both digital and print products, with a focus on the User Experience as the determinant force in the details of the design. I am a confident team leader, as well as an intuitive individual contributor working within a group. In 2017, I worked solely freelance.

    Wolters Kluwer | January 2017 - Present (Freelance Contractor) 
    • Invented and designed a recruitment product for this
    global information services company.
    • Recommended extensions of the brand in web
    products and user interactions in digital experiences.
    • Created standardizations as a consultant to be
     implemented in internal and external software and
    • Installed “mini groups” from resources in design,
     development, and marketing departments to
     streamline workows.
    • Authored internal guides as references for
     design, product development, and user experience

    American Public Health Association | February 2017- September 2017 (Freelance Contractor)
    • Developed Social Media Marketing strategies to
     strengthen the voice of this public health organization.
    • Provided creative oversight for all touch points and way-nding themes for monthly conferences.
    • Led an initiative to create a cohesive, standardized brand experience across digital, print, and interactive products.
    • Modernized signicant elements in look, feel, and User Experience to elevate the perception of the organization.
    • Updated and maintained the web presence and provided recommendations for interaction and presentation.

    Mosquito Illness Alliance | February 2017- Present (Freelance Contractor)
    • Designed a complete brand and identity for this non-profit that improves quality of life for those who suffer from mosquito borne illness.
    • Provided guidance and oversight in establishing a video teleconference solution for monthly webinars.
    • Designed and created email marketing conventions to gain users and inform public awareness.
    • Created social media platforms and developed strategies to establish a community around the organization.
    • Designed all print collateral for conferences, marketing initiatives, and organizational products aligned with the brand.

  • June 2015 - OCTOBER 2016

    Creative Director / User Experience Designer

    Fjord-Accenture Interactive

    • Managed a team of 7 designers and front-end
     developers in an agency environment.
    • Created project plan and scope in conjunction with the
     business analysts and identied milestones.
    • Led the entire User Experience across web and mobile
    • Developed consistent look and feel for all touch points
     including digital and print.
    • Established visual vocabulary for marketing and
     presentation materials to be used by project
    • Managed the digital product production process across
     the design teams to interface with development. •Worked directly with clients and held regular meetings
     to keep them apprised of progress and updates. •Designed and directed the wireframing process based
     on requirements gatherings using Axure
    • Set timelines and deliverables with stakeholders and
     ensured they were met on time.
    • Interfaced with the development teams to set
     expectations of delivery of products from the design
    • Set daily and weekly deliverables within an agile
     environment and managed the design process.

  • APRIL 2014 - APRIL 2015

    director of User experience


    Oversaw the User Experience for all products and applications for the higher education industry. Directed the entire User experience for the company and pushed to develop innovative, disruptive features that would mark the company as a leader in the market. Conducted user research, developed user scenarios and personas. Maintained a consistent User experience across all products to bring the company’s applications together in experience, look and feel. Designed new prototypes to update existing products to create modern User experiences. Worked directly with executive stakeholders, sales, and directly with customers.

  • June 2013 - November 2013

    creative director

    The Acquity Group / Accenture

    Designed User Experiences and User Interfaces for a major e-commerce company in the safety products industry. Developed wireframes and mockups for the entire shopping website including the homepage concept, product pages and a checkout pipeline. Provided creative oversight to insure a consistent User experience between the US and UK experiences.

  • July 2012 - May 2013

    chief creative officer

    Chicago Sun-Times / Merrick Ventures / Wrapports

    Provided Creative Oversight for all marketing, branding, products, publications and emerging media for all ventures and companies of Merrick Ventures and Wrapports, which included The Chicago Sun Times, Splash magazine, Grid magazine, High School Cube, higi, and Merge Healthcare. Led corporate brand strategy of a diverse portfolio of companies, developing a visual vocabulary that was implemented in identity, messaging and products. Ensured a comprehensive vision and direction consistent and aligned with stakeholders’ and board interests. Oversaw User experiences for digital media including responsive web design and mobile apps. Established style guides for standardization throughout all companies in their publications, marketing efforts, and public spaces. Reported directly to chairman and CEO.

  • april 2009  - december 2011

    human factors design director

    Merge Healthcare

    Directed User Experience and Interfaces across all products and solutions for this global healthcare company. Managed and directed a creative team of six designers. Created prototypes for new products and concepts for web, mobile and stand alone software. Designed custom applications for mobile apps, workstations, kiosks and other touch screens. Created web-based portals for healthcare industry professionals and their consumers. Prototyped next generation features, site changes, User experience, and oversaw User testing. Served as company creative director for corporate identity, branding and marketing. Provided creative oversight of marketing initiatives for products, trade shows and corporate identity.

  • january 2008 - April 2009

    creative director

    Merrick Ventures

    Created Identity, Branding, User Interfaces and marketing materials for portfolio companies and start-ups. Designed product prototypes including portals, software and applications. Performed integral role in strategic positioning of emerging start-ups and their business models. Oversaw brand architecture, product design, social media management and marketing platform and activation. Worked inside a rapid prototyping environment to develop and deploy cutting-edge innovations in technology

    january 2007 - December 2008

    creative director / user interface designer

    Manifest Digital

    Created Identity, Branding, User Interfaces
    • Designed web based experiences for brands such as Adidas, Kodak and Apple in an agency environment.
    • Developed wireframes based on requirements gathering sessions.
    • Worked closely with the user experience designers and development teams.
    • Ensured designs were aligned with customer branding and identity based on their style guide.
    • Created full sites and micro sites and built out in html.
    • Delivered 10-15 designs per week in an agile SCRUM environment.
    • Designed email creatives, banners, animation and video pieces exported as ash or streaming formats.

  • may 2005 - January 2007

    creative director


    Designed Brand and Web Presence for hundreds of new products and inventions for the direct response industry (As Seen on TV). Designed e-Commerce websites that sold products and services. Developed online advertising pieces including web banners, blogs and micro sites to drive revenue.

  • April 2003 - January 2005

    graphic designer

    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

    Designed Exhibition Catalogues and accompanying websites for time-based multimedia exhibitions. Responsible for chronicling Time-Based arts in Chicago with documented multimedia pieces. Researched collected documentation from local galleries, dealers, collectors and artists.


Specializations and areas of expertise I have developed and become passionate about throughout my career.

  • User Experience
  • •User Experience specialist from wireframing, visual mock-ups, User testing to development
    •A solid understanding and proven experience in developing and executing concepts for digital experiences
    •Champions the user with a strong knowledge of user-centered design principles, methodologies, best practices and approaches, particularly as applied to web- and mobile-based applications
    •Designs and directs interactions, behaviors and User flow to create the richest and most efficient experiences
    •Passionate about the entire User experience; from the digital experience to the front door
  • Creative Direction
  • •Proactive creative team leader and manager
    •Comprehensive awareness and interest in new platforms and technologies for digital mediums
    •Ability to judge creative concepts and make make efficient and strong decisions to meet deadlines
    •Articulate and sell designs and experience with a crisp delivery to stakeholders
  • Marketing
  • •Designed and directed Product demos and marketing videos for online presences and conferences
    •Directed and Created web presences for corporate identity and products
  • User Interface Design
  • •Comprehensive knowledge of best practices for page layout, composition, and placement
    •Maintains active research on current interactions, effects, widgets, and themes
  • Team & Project Management
  • •Keen eye to recognize talent and hire and work with dynamic creatives
    •Practical and realistic project leader while keeping an agile readiness for changes
  • Career life and education
  • •Received MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1995
    •Worked for influential and strong Chicago entreprenuers, CEOs and industry leaders
    •In all positions preferred to remain "hands on" to insure clear concept delivery

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User experience + Visual design

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