danyelle sage
art director + designer living in Chicago, IL




Senior Art Director @ Aquent Studios
September 2019 – Present

  • Translate creative requests into impactful strategic design concepts.

  • Initiate, articulate and present concepts across various forms
    of media and collateral to designers, marketing teams and client.

  • Perform brand reviews for creative deliverables across all media in support of VMware marketing and communications.

  • Collaborate closely with assigned account teams to understand the client’s marketing strategies, target audiences and communication objectives for all visual communications.
    Organize cycle times and distribution requirements for integrated marketing communications.

Freelance Senior Experiential Designer @ McDonald’s in-house agency, Agency123
June 2019 – Present

  • Leads on a variety of branded environments - from singular exhibitions to live events by creating unique, innovative, and thoughtful environmental experiences for large format events, meetings, conferences, and convention/trade shows

  • Working with Global Marketing/Brand to support the visual design system rollout, collaborating with designers and Art Directors

  • Oversees design needs for campaigns in web, digital and print capacity

Freelance Senior Art Director @ Arc/Leo Burnett
July 2019 – September 2019

  • Retail Activation and Shopper Marketing for MillerCoors and Dunkin' Donuts

Freelance Senior Art Designer/Designer
March 2019 – Present

Art Director @ Schawk!
November 2017 – March 2019

  • Artistically concept and design big ideas for all mediums, including social, product, interactive, content, print, experiential and events

  • Achieve maximum impact and communication goals by providing graphic design solutions that are strategic, thoughtful, and elegant

  • Leverage an artistic approach and style in producing strategically polished, multi-touch collateral to support both marketing and promotional campaign

  • Coordinate all aspects operations in collaboration with a creative team including managing projects within budget and tight timelines

  • Direct and supervise design staff, review and approve designs

Visual Designer @ HW Lochner
September 2016 – November 2017

  • Developed print & digital materials for internal/external marketing purposes (presentations, proposals, project websites)

  • Produced 3d models & animations/renderings

  • Spearheaded design initiative and translated brand development goals into visual user interfaces for interactive and design projects.

Environmental Graphic Designer @ Selbert Perkins Design
April 2015 – September 2016

  • Oversaw the design, development, and production of environmental graphics

  • Created environmental graphics elements for mixed-use, retail, residential, commercial, hospitality, entertainment, educational and transit-oriented developments

  • Drove seamless operations with finely honed capabilities in fabrication and installation supervision 

  • Managed the budget, scope, and schedule for the environmental graphic design portion of a project

CAD Specialist & Retail Designer
General Growth Properties | Chicago, IL | March 2014 – April 2015

  • Generated and maintained CAD based plans for retail properties

  • Maintained accurate design documentation in producing lease outline drawings, lease plans & tenant packages

  • Expertly created 2d and 3d renderings of kiosk and retail spaces

Freelance Production Designer @ Andres Imaging & Graphics
January 2014 – August 2014

Graphic & 3d Designer @ Kehoe Designs
June 2013 – March 2014

  • Designed and produced custom displays, signage, and environmental graphics for corporate events, social events, weddings, and trade shows

  • Maximized profitability of the sales department and overall graphic direction by creating floor plans and photorealistic renderings


ProBono Design Lead - Recovery on Water
EPIC Rally | September 2019 – December 2019

Board Member - Programming Chair
AIGA Chicago | January 2016 – Present

Volunteer Coordinator
Chicago Design Museum | February 2015 – Present

Small Talks Event Chair
AIGA Chicago | November 2014 – 2015

Design Studio Mentor
Chicago Architecture Foundation | July 2014 – Present



Harrington College of Design
Interior Design (BFA)
Chicago, IL | 2010 – 2013

Università degli Studi di Trento
Chicago, IL | 2009