Kyle is an accomplished designer, director, and creative thinker who has led a diverse range of projects from broadcast work for clients such as HBO, MTV, and SPEED networks, to commissioned video & environmental graphic installations, music videos, and video games. In 2007, his music video “Summer Skin” for Death Cab For Cutie appeared on the Grammy—nominated video collection “Directions”. Kyle received a BS in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, and has applied these talents across many facets of the design spectrum including identity/branding, environmental wayfinding, motion graphics, and interactive design.
2018–Present Executive Creative Director, Digital Environments, Leviathan (ENVOY), Chicago, IL.
Oversight of all creative output within the digital environments studio with a focus on new business opportunities and strategic development of awarded projects.
2013–2018 Creative Director, Leviathan (ENVOY), Chicago, IL. Led / managed projects ranging from broadcast media, immersive experiences, and interactive environments for a broad range of clients from McDonald’s, Airbus, Kia, Neutrogena, The Art Institute of Chicago, Cartoon Network’s [Adult Swim], and The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago.
2013 Freelance creative direction & motion design.
2011–2013 Creative Director, Foundation Content, Chicago, IL. Led / managed a motion design team within this full-service shop whose projects encompassed production to post-production of broadcast packages, music videos, long-form graphic PSAs / narrative-driven animation, documentaries, video games, web content and traditional broadcast commercial work. Given the variety of motion design opportunities, my role as creative director necessitated the ability to manage, design, animate, composite, and VFX supervise.
2010–2011 Associate Creative Director, Foundation Content, Chicago, IL
2008–2010 Senior Designer, LIFT Motion Design, Chicago, IL. Motion design boutique specializing in broadcast work for national clients such as SPEED Network, BigTen Network, McDonalds, Budweiser, Miller Brewing Co., and Qwest. LIFT was also fortunate to join forces with Robomodo in creating some exciting in-game animation for Tony Hawk RIDE.
2005–2008 Motion Designer / Director, Lightborne, Cincinnati, OH. Collaborative animation house specializing in Broadcast Design and Music Videos. In the winter of 2005, I wrote and directed the Death Cab For Cutie video “Summer Skin” as part of their Grammy nominated series “Directions”. Our clients include HBO, MTV, Finlandia Vodka, The Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL), ECCO Golf, and various promotions & commercials for Lee Cooper Jeans in the UK. In 2006, Commissioned by Catt Lyon Design to concept a graphic direction for the new Yankees Stadium in NYC.
2003–2005 Environmental Graphic Designer, Catt Lyon Design, Cincinnati, OH. Environmental graphics firm specializing in large-scale graphics and wayfinding. I've created environments for the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, and WCPO Channel 9, Cincinnati, OH. Ref [cattlyondesign.com]
1998–2001 Intern, Lippincott & Margulies, NYC. Design consultancy focusing on the creation and management of identity for major international corporations. Responsible for original conceptualization,design, presentation, communication with vendors / printers, and assisting other designers / principals. Focus on Identity systems and environmental graphics.
Intern, Spagnola & Associates, NYC. Multidisciplinary design consultancy focusing on both printed media and environmental graphics. Responsible for original conceptualization,design, presentation, communication with vendors /printers, and assisting other designers /principal. Focus on Identity systems, environment, and printed media.
Intern, Addwater, San Francisco, CA. Multidisciplinary design consultancy focusing on identity conceptualization and management. Responsible for original conceptualization, design, presentation, and assisting design team in the creation of identity guidelines.
Intern, Philips Design, Atlanta, GA. Multidisciplinary design consultancy which provides creative solutions in print and packaging for Philips Consumer Electronics / Philips Magnavox. Responsible for managing identity throughout in-store displays and materials.
1997–2002 Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) with completion of the Professional Practice Program, alternating quarters of study with work in the field of Graphic Design. Class of 2002. Bachelor of Science in Design with focus on Graphic Design. GPA 3.77, Magna Cum Laude.
Recognition • "Directions" Nominated for a Grammy (Best Long Format Video) • Death Cab Press Online: Boards, Pitchforkmedia, MvWire, USA Today, and a director's interview with StudioDaily.com
• Real Complainers Vote published in The Atlantic 2012
• Published in Design Management Journal, Fall quarter 2002