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Freelance Designer Since 1996

Strong background in design and years of experience in crafting creative design solutions.

Design Experience

A Little Bit About Me

I'm a Phoenix-based freelance designer who loves making great ideas happen.

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Thanks for taking time to visit my site! I'm Kris Samel — the "KMS" in KMS Creative Designs. Art has been a part of my life every since I was old enough to hold a crayon!

After 4 years of exploring the freedom of the fine arts in college, the reality of life (and paying bills) led me to a career in graphic design. My work history ranges from designing for a variety of companies including an ad agency, newspaper, book and magazine publishers. I learned unique skills from all these experiences and now, as a freelance designer, I truly love what I do!

I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of the creative process from the critical stage of concept planning to making ideas come to life. I highly regard building strong working relationships with my clients and always strive for their complete satisfaction. I’m extremely detail oriented with a deep passion for finding the perfect blend between function, clarity and aesthetic beauty. I respond promptly to all requests and am very easy to work with. As a freelancer, my day doesn't end at 5pm - I will work extra hours and weekends to make sure tight deadlines are always met.

When I'm not designing, I like to get my hands dirty on home improvement projects. On weekends, I love to completely unplug and go for long hikes in the desert to explore the visual beauty of Arizona. It's the best way to recharge my soul!

Design Experience

I'm proud of my wide ranging work history and long-lasting client relationships.

Work History:
  • KMS Creative Designs, Phoenix, AZ
  • Full service ad agency - concept, design, content marketing, video, printing
  • Guide Publishing, San Fransisco, CA
  • Senior designer for monthly tourist magazine — Bay City Guide
  • Tribune Newspaper, Mesa, AZ
  • Design and production of Tribune Newspaper ads
  • J & O Advertising, Piscataway, NJ
  • Designer for ad agency specializing in classic movie marketing
  • Research & Education Association, New York, NY
  • Production and technical illustrations for college study guides
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Client Partnerships:
The Hillman Group - 23 Years
Natural Light Energy Systems - 15 Years
Marketing Partners - 18 years
Scottsdale Film Fest / Vision Events - 14 years
Desert Mountain Insurance Services - 12 years