The personal portfolio site of Christopher Fick
With over 20 years of knowledge as a professional designer working in Graphic Design, Illustration, Video Production, Product Design, and Art Direction I have experience working at all different levels of the creative workflow. From concept to production, prototyping to implementation offering actionable insight, leadership and a hands-on approach to producing visual solutions.
A strategic approach that leverages design principles and techniques to solve persistent problems. Through systematic investigation, this approach facilitates understanding of root-problems and the culture in which they reside. Through empathy, analysis, experimentation and making connections keys to understanding and generating successful solutions are realized.
Our increasingly data driven world offers endless opportunities for conducting analysis on all sorts of information. Research design focuses the process of data collection using specific techniques. Qualitative to quantitative, secondary and primary, having a plan of action prior to data collection makes a world difference when translating insight into opportunity.
Husband, father and friend; designer, illustrator, and educator; cyclist, snowboarder and outdoors-men. To know me is to know that I like to instigate, go down dark alleys, and challenge established patterns. Live in the moment not concerning myself too much with the future and never with the past. Love mixed metaphors and despise cliché. I have sarcastic tendencies and often wear my emotions on my sleeve.
Be observant and find inspiration in all aspects of life. Have a willingness to experiment within areas you are uncomfortable. Explore the craft of those that have come before you. Embrace the beauty of simplicity. Understand innovation happens at the crossroads of ideas, concepts and cultures. Look at life from others perspectives and have empathy for their position. Always encourage honest and pleasant interactions.
Over the last eight years I've been the creative force at a manufacturing nonprofit, where I've facilitated the idea that design is more than aesthetics. Beyond my traditional design roles, l was instrumental in the implementation plan for the continuous improvement of the brand identity, helped reposition the service suite for membership and developed an in-house design firm for small manufacturers.
If you are interested in contract or freelance work you can reach me at:
Royal Oak, Michigan