COURTNEY UTT is an award-winning visual designer, branding strategist and photographer based in San Francisco. For the past decade, she has designed logos, stationery, websites, interactive pdfs, books, DVDs, CDs, magazines, product catalogs, product packaging, posters, flyers, investment documents, marketing ephemera & convention booth displays for some of America’s most influential companies, including Landor, VIZ Media, Asphodel LTD and PM Press. Courtney holds a BA in Fine Art/Photography from UC Santa Cruz, and was raised in San Diego, California. In her spare time, she has travelled throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Courtney speaks some Spanish, and is currently learning Japanese.

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OVERVIEW

Photographic skills include color & b+w processing and printing, wet collodion (ambrotypes & tintypes), alternative processes, 35mm, medium and large format, Polaroid, subminiature and homemade pinhole cameras.


AWARDS
2010 Venus Febriculosa, 50 Best Covers, The Name of the Rose
2009 DRAWN! Favourite Comics and Art Books, GoGo Monster
2008 Batchelder Award, Brave Story
2008 PASS Award, From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King


NOMINATIONS
2012 Graphis Poster Annual, Juniper Networks, The 1st Year of the New Network
2011 Eisner Award, House of Five Leaves
2010 Eisner Award, Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka
2010 Spinetingler Magazine, Best Cover, I-5: A Novel of Crime, Transport, and Sex
2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, GoGo Monster


PUBLICATIONS
Passion For Vinyl, Record Industry, 2013
Modern Art Desserts, Ten Speed Press, 2013
Alice Waters: It's not hard to wash a salad!, Apartamento Magazine, April 2011
Fotolog.book, Thames & Hudson, 2006
Don’t Think Just Shoot, Booth Clibborn Editions, 2003
We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, The Collected Interviews, Akashic Books, 2001
old wave new ride, Eamonn Vitt. The Self-Starter Foundation, 2001


EDUCATION
Bay Area Video Coalition
Adobe Flash courses, 2009

VIZ Media On-site Training
Japanese Business, Conversational & Kanji language classes, 2005-2009

TypeCon2007: Letter Space
Attended typography workshops during the course of the conference, 2007
Gothic and Copperplate Calligraphy, Taught by Gabriel Martínez Meave of Kimera Type Foundry
Expert Typography and InDesign Secrets, Taught by Eric Menninga, Nat McCully and Thomas Phinney of Adobe, John D Berry, and Jorge de Buen

MOGO Media {previously Barrycon Productions}
The InDesign and Creative Suite Conferences, 2006
Advanced Adobe CS3 InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop training

University of California, Santa Cruz
BA, Fine Art/Photography, 1995-1998
1998-1999 William Hyde & Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
AIGA San Francisco
Volunteer Chair, 2011-2013
Coordinate volunteer needs with our board for each of our events throughout the year. Organise and manage all volunteers at each event, maintain the list of volunteers, work with our group's photographers and visual note-taking artist, and am the point person for all people inquiring about AIGA, volunteering with us and becoming members.

Landor Associates, San Francisco CA
Visual Designer/Senior Implementation Specialist, 2011
Assisted in creating all content and exhibits for their first Online Brand Resource Center for Nextel, which launched in September 2011 in Brasil, México, Argentina, Perú and Chile. The site, created in English, Spanish & Portuguese, houses all brand guidelines and assets and is used internally as well as with third party vendors.

Souciant, Seattle WA
Art Director, 2010-2011
Visual designer for site launch, ongoing art direction, and permanent member of editorial staff.

John McNeil Studio, Berkeley CA
Design Consultant, 2010-2011
Design and branding of online, mobile and print media projects for Jobvite, Juniper, Junos, Nokia and Proxy SF.

VIZ Media, San Francisco CA
Senior Designer, 2004-2010
Visual branding, design and production for their international multimedia publishing company based out of Tokyo, San Francisco and Paris. My design work from VIZ has been distributed internationally, appearing in print in Europe, Latin America, and Australia. Additionally, I managed all contract designers and supervised the integration of their work into existing internationally-recognised brands.

Winning Directions, San Francisco CA
Designer, 2004
Designed political direct mail pieces for the 2004 election season.

Stormm Graphicworks, San Francisco CA
Designer, 2000-2003
Full-service shop for design + printing and fulfillment. Design included logos, business cards, stationery, catalogs, programs, postcards, restaurant menus, newsletters, annual reports, invitations and web banners.

Compton Research & Publishing, London UK
Designer, 1999
Design and page layout of their clients’ monthly newsletters.

University of California Literary Press, Santa Cruz CA
Designer, 1997-1998
Co-designed Quarry West 34, Ron Silliman and the Alphabet, an edition of 2,000 with hand printed letterpress cover and bookmark. Printed in conjunction with Felicia Rice at Moving Parts Press.


FREELANCE CLIENTS
Sake Day, 2012-
Postcard, poster, event program, website and social media design for True Sake's 7th annual Sake Day.

Stealing Feeling, 2011-
Identity design & production, investor paperwork design, website graphics and stationery design for Garry Bowden’s Stealing Feeling, Souls of San Francisco and Create Your Own Adventure: San Francisco.

Kasnoff Cosmetics, 2011-
Identity, website, packaging & stationery design for Christina Kasnoff’s new skincare company and makeup line.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, School for National Security and Resource Strategy, 2011-
Design and production of their interactive pdf syllabuses for their National Security Studies Courses.

Vaquera Films, 2012
Lower third lettering and font selection for Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a documentary about lead female characters in comic books.

Cedar Hill: Kitchen + Smokehouse, 2011-2012
Identity, website, menu, stationery & interior design for Jonathan Rietz and Emily Lai’s new restaurant in the Marina district.

The Progress, 2011
State Bird Provisions, 2010-2011
Identity, investor package designs and temporary landing page for Chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s two upcoming restaurants in the Fillmore district.

Garcia & Son Electric, 2011
Website & business card design for Ed Garcia’s new business in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Apartamento Magazine, 2011
Photoshoot with Alice Waters in her home for Alice Waters: It’s not hard to wash a salad! in their April 2011 issue.

Nojo Restaurant, 2010-2011
Identity, website, menu, t-shirt, stationery & signage design for Chef Greg Dunmore’s izakaya and yakitori restaurant in Hayes Valley.

Zeek, 2009-2011
Magazine, logo and marketing collateral redesign beginning with their Fall 2009 Issue. More recent projects include eReader and other new media production and design.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, 2002-2011
Postcard, poster & advertising design for Funny Girlz, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Make Laugh Not War, The George Bush Going Away Party, and The Color of Funny.

Support.com, 2010
Marketing collateral, website and identity design and production for their marketing department.

Akashic Books, 2000-2009
Book design & photography for Joel Schalit’s Israel Vs. Utopia, Jerusalem Calling, and The Anti-Capitalism Reader.

Blue Bottle Coffee, 2009
Assisted in creating the Richard Avedon cake illustrations for their SFMOMA cafe.

Dimensions Clinic, 2009
Art direction and design of The Little Black Book 2, a youth resource guide for Bay Area LGBT agencies.

PM Press, 2007-2009
Logo design for PM Press, their Pamphlet series, and science fiction imprint Switchblade. Art direction, cover and interior book design for 15 books including Banksy Locations & Tours, by Martin Bull; From The Bottom of the Heap, by Robert Hillary King; I-5: A Novel of Crime, Transport, and Sex, by Summer Brenner; Labor Law for the Rank & Filer, by Staughton Lynd & Daniel Gross; The Jook, by Gary Phillips; Wobblies and Zapatistas, by Staughton Lynd & Andrej Grubacic.

Natural World Museum, 2007
Design and production of their catalog Envisioning Change. Published in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme for the international traveling exhibition Melting Ice/Hot Topic.

Other Magazine, 2007
Guest designer for Issue 13, The Dead Magazines Issue. Published by Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz of io9.

Rubicon Restaurant, 2005
Menu redesign for Chef Brioza.

Tikkun Magazine, 2004-2005
Design of marketing mailers and full-page advertisements placed in The New York Times.

WritersCorpsSF, 2002-2004
Project management and design of the 2003 anthology Talkin’ Back, a collection of 14 chap books and 2 CDs; and the 2004 10-Year Anniversary anthology 10, a collection of 10 chap books and 1 CD. These limited edition chap book collections were a joint project of the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Arts Commission.

Incidental Music, 2001-2003
CD design and illustration for Nothing Left To Lose: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson; Elders of Zion, Dawn Refuses To Rise.

Asphodel Ltd, 2000-2003
CD, LP, book and marketing materials design and production for Broker/Dealer, Initial Public Offering; Iannis Xenakis, Persepolis + Remixes; Invsble Skratch Piklz, Vs Da Klams Uv Deth; Ken Nordine, Colors; Ken Nordine, Wink; Ken Nordine, A Transparent Mask; The Skeleton, by Spike Milliken; [The User], Abandon; Tipsy, Hard Petting; Tipsy, Uh-Oh!; Yasunao Tone, Yasunao Tone.


PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS
2006
The Lab, Post-Postcard 10, An open-invitational exhibition where I sold small format multiples of stereograms created with my Lomo Sputnik medium format camera. San Francisco CA.

2004
four white walls, Pinhole, Holga, Polaroid. Phoenix AZ.

2003
Red Devil Lounge, Viv and a Movie. San Francisco CA.

2002
Foto-Grafix Books, Participated in a Slide Slam hosted by Todd Hido. San Francisco CA.
Anno Domini, Lomo Wall Group Exhibition. San Jose CA.

2001
Lomo Summer Sampling Games, Photo album I created was on a tour of all international Lomo Embassies through Summer 2002.

2000
Beit Schalit, Contributed a photograph of Joel Schalit to his family museum. Rishon Le Zion, Israel.
Powerhouse, Black Foot Oxygen, Group Exhibition. Del Mar CA.
Un-Un Boutique, 3 Strong, Group Exhibition. San Diego CA.

1999
Sesnon Gallery, Irwin Fellowship Group Exhibition. UC Santa Cruz, Porter College.
Smith Gallery, Novas, Student Work Group Exhibition. UC Santa Cruz, Cowell College.

1998
Southern Exposure, Shrink, Northern California Artists Group Exhibition. San Francisco CA.
JB Hall Gallery, The Equation Equals Zero. UC Santa Cruz, Porter College.
Smith Gallery, Novas, Student Work Group Exhibition. UC Santa Cruz, Cowell College.




courtney@uttwerk.com
skype: courtneyutt

Banksy Locations & Tours: A Collection of Graffiti Locations and Photographs in London, England, US Edition, By Martin Bull
Redesign for the US Edition.
PM Press, 2009
Brave Story, By Miyuki Miyabe. Translated by Alexander O. Smith.
Art direction, cover and interior design. Cover Illustration by Dan May.
Winner of the 2008 Batchelder Award
VIZ Media, 2007
GoGo Monster, By Taiyo Matsumoto
Logo design, book repackaging for the US market.
Winner of Favourite Comics and Art Books of 2009 by DRAWN!
Nominated for the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
VIZ Media, 2009
Other Magazine Issue 13, The Dead Magazines Issue
Guest designer for Issue 13, co-designed with Aaron Cruse. Cover Illustration by Joe Alterio.
2007
The Jook, By Gary Phillips
Art direction, cover and interior design. Cover Illustration by Roderick Constance.
PM Press, 2008
Pokémon Elements
DVD Packaging design for Volumes 1-10. Additional custom element icons by Sean Marlowe.
VIZ Media, 2009
Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History, By Staughton Lynd & Andrej Grubacic
Art direction, cover and interior design. Cover Illustration by Roderick Constance.
PM Press, 2008
Israel Vs. Utopia, By Joel Schalit
Art direction, photographs, illustrations, cover and interior layout.
Akashic Books, 2009
House of Five Leaves, By Natsume Ono
Logo design and book repackaging for the US market.
VIZ Media, 2010
From the Bottom of the Heap: The Autobiography of Black Panther Robert Hillary King, By Robert Hillary King
Cover and interior layout. Cover Photograph by Ann Harkness. Cover Illustrations by Rigo 23 & Emory Douglas.
Winner of the 2008 PASS Award
PM Press, 2008
BLEACH, By Tite Kubo
Anime, Movie, Artbook & Manga Profiles packaging and design, Comic-Con 2008 VIZ Media booth design.
VIZ Media, 2007-2010
The Name of the Rose, By Umberto Eco
Cover design for the Venus Febriculosa blog book cover design contest #2: The Name of the Rose. Cover illustration by Roderick Constance.
Selected as one of the top 50 covers submitted. Publication of the top 50 covers forthcoming.
Venus Febriculosa, 2010
Detroit Metal City, By Kiminori Wakasugi
Cover, logo and front & back matter design for the US market.
VIZ Media, 2009
Pluto: Urasawa x Tezuka, By Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka
Co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki and Supervised by Macoto Tezka with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions.
Cover & interior design and book repackaging for the US market.
Nominated for the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series or Story Arc.
VIZ Media, 2009-2010
I-5: A Novel of Crime, Transport, and Sex, By Summer Brenner
Art direction, cover and interior design. Cover Illustration by Roderick Constance.
Nominated for the 2010 Spinetingler Magazine Best Cover.
PM Press, 2008
Black Bird, By Kanoko Sakurakouji
Cover, logo and front & back matter design and layout for the US market.
VIZ Media, 2009-2010
Kamikaze Girls, By Novala Takemoto
Cover and interior design.
VIZ Media, 2007
ZEEK: A Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture
Magazine, logotype and marketing collateral redesign beginning with their Fall 2009 Issue.
Zeek, 2009-2010
Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law, By Staughton Lynd & Daniel Gross
Cover and interior design.
PM Press, 2008
Talkin' Back: Poetry and Spoken Word from WritersCorps 2002-2003
Chap book collection design and packaging for WritersCorps San Francisco, a joint project of the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Arts Commission.
WritersCorpsSF, 2002-2004
Be With You, By Takuji Ichikawa
Art direction, cover and interior design. Cover Photographs by Eliot Shepard.
VIZ Media, 2006
The Book of Heroes, By Miyuki Miyabe. Translated by Alexander O. Smith.
Cover and interior design and layout. Cover Illustration by Dan May. Flipbook illustrations by Roderick Constance.
VIZ Media, 2010
Nothing Left to Lose: A Tribute to Kris Kristofferson
Design concept, cover illustration and layout.
Incidental Music, 2002