Michael Hirshon
, United States
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Brief Summary
After a nomadic childhood spent doodling, eating, sleeping, and growing, Michael Hirshon ended up in St. Louis where he studied illustration and design. Incidentally, he became an illustrator and designer, and now he is looking for as many jobs as possible. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, 3×3, Creative Quarterly, CMYK, and the AIGA.
American Express, The Los Angeles Times, AARP, St. Louis Magazine, New Statesman Magazine, Eleven Magazine, Mouth’s Cradle, Vince Martin, CoffeeBytes, Tim Kaelin, Mottley’s Comedy Club, Jono Zalay, The Untrainables, act3 Studio, Merle Kling Honors Fellowship, Give Thanks Give Back, Dan Goodman, Threads of Gratitude, Missouri Votes Conservation Education Fund, Neuroinformatics Research Group
Professional Experience
2006-2010 Washington University in St. Louis BFA in Communication Design & Psychology, Magna Cum Laude


Student Life Senior Graphics Editor
Coordinate a group of student illustrators and cartoonists Act as liaison between editorial writers and illustrators Manage a schedule to ensure presence of graphics in each issue Create informational graphics to illustrate data in news articles

act3 Studio Intern
Created illustrations for promotional and internal materials Designed interface and graphics for iPhone apps Developed content and layouts for client websites

Freelance Design & Illustration
Develop graphics and valid markup to create websites for clients Worked with art directors to create to produce designs and illustrations Clients include American Express and New Statesman magazine

Leadership & Teaching

Emagination Computer Camps Counselor, Program Assistant Coordinator
Taught classes to children in 3D Animation, Flash, Web Design Co-managed a leadership program for 25 high school students including a daily seminar on leadership and presentation skills

Village India Program
Instructor Taught daily drawing and discussion courses to rural Indian students Documented the village with now published photographs and drawings

proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, XHTML, CSS, Wordpress/Joomla/Drupal, Microsoft Office, Windows & Mac, zBrush, drawing, design, digital photography/imaging, oboe
Awards and Recognition
2010 Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Competition Winner
AIGA 15 Show, St. Louis: Student Merit
3x3 Student Show no. 7: a Winner
One of CMYK Magazine no. 49’s Top 100 New Creatives
Robert Weaver Award for Excellent in the Visual Essay
Featured in Creative Quarterly 21


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