John Csizmar • Graphic Designer, Art Director

8232 Bayview Crossing Dr, Winter Garden, FL 34787
www.csizmar.com | john@csizmar.com | 203.525.0107

Highly creative graphic designer with diverse experience in digital and print design, art direction, marketing and advertising. Demonstrated expertise in managing projects from conception to final delivery with a focus on utilizing innovative, intuitive and impactful platforms for optimum audience engagement. Professional, self-reliant and collaborative team player with the ability to work across an organization to achieve strategic objectives.


• Software: Adobe Creative Cloud, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Teams, OneNote, Zoom.
• Web Design: HTML and HTML editors, CSS, SharePoint, WordPress.
• Cross-browser / cross-platform design issues, solution-based client care, project management.

Professional Experience:

Graphic Designer (2016 to 2023)       AdventHealth, Altamonte Springs, FL
Creative design supporting leadership and professional development courses for the Central Florida division, serving 35,000 team members.

• Designed and updated department SharePoint websites which included program catalogs, interactive course calendars, job aids, and training collateral.
• Created multiple interactive Career Path graphic elements, role charts, and webpages which supported a company-wide career growth retention initiative.
• Built and managed departmental creative request process using MS Forms and Excel.
• Generated, implemented and maintained QR codes and HTML emails.

• Created layouts and design of print and interactive course workbooks, participant guides, and promotional flyers, as well as associated materials such as posters, logos, t-shirts, and instructional flashcards.
• Designed recognition items for graduating participants of leadership programs including certificates, challenge coins and a lighthouse statue.
• Updated logos and design of all course materials during corporate rebranding.
• Adhered to corporate style guide for both creative and written copy.

Customer and Team Service:
• Managed department stock art usage.
• Interacted, negotiated and placed orders with print vendors.
• Assisted at on-site training events with registration, customer support, and problem solving.
• Designed morale-boosting team recognition items, including celebratory PowerPoints, images, and
commemorative prints.

Contract Designer (2016)       ektello, Orlando, FL
Freelance production and design work for Marriott Vacations Worldwide.

Graphic Designer (2000 to 2015)       The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT
Created and managed internal and external online and print ads, themed promotional pages, conceptual art; supervised and trained design interns and freelancers; trained print artists in online best practices.

• Redesigned courant.com and ctnow.com websites resulting in more traffic and increased visibility.
• Designed ads, including animation, rich media expandables, interstitial pages, mini-sites, HTML emails, interactive video ads and mobile ads.
• Created web counterparts for print ads and marketing campaigns originated by others.
• Developed and managed online creative requests process and online design assignments.

• Designed newspaper and magazine ads, special section covers, page layouts, logos, invitations, posters, banners and billboards.
• Managed production process for weekly discount offers promoting local retailers, resulting in 500+ print ads per year.
• Performed daily accuracy and availability check of all marketing ads running in the following day’s newspaper.
• Created reference guide of commonly printed ad sizes for use by non-creative staff.

Mobile Apps:
• Collaborated across departments to design icons, splash screens and navigational graphics for six News-based iPhone/Android apps.
• Built mobile-friendly interactive advertiser landing pages.
• Designed responsive ads including “iAds” for Apple iOS devices.
• Illustrated navigation icons for updated “CTNOW” app and designed its corresponding Marketing ad campaign.

Client Relations:
• Collaborated with internal and external clients to brainstorm campaign themes, slogans and art with unique approach from scratch and inline with existing content.
• Fostered client relations through design consultation and execution with advertisers including The Bushnell Performing Arts Center, Dunkin’ Donuts, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun Casino, Big Y Supermarkets, Hartford Stage, Live Nation, New Britain Rock Cats, University of Connecticut, Goodwin College.
• Educated internal and external clients in online best practices.
• Earned the Hartford Courant’s “Heart & Crown” award for customer service.

Additional Relevant Experience:

Art Director       Cyberian Outpost, Inc., Kent, CT
Graphic Designer       Quintet Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT
Cast Member       The Disney Store, Trumbull, CT


Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT – B.A., Graphic Design