Michael Newman

Creative Director / Principal


20+ years experience in print and digital media, bringing a proven knowledge of creative strategy, vision, communication, and management for global brands. Michael Newman has served as Creative Director and Founding Principal of estudiotres, a multi-city Graphic / Branding Design firm.

Although his degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida is in Fine Art, concentrating on conceptual sculpture, Michael Newman’s career has been dotted with experience in industrial, print, broadcast and interactive design solutions for numerous Fortune 500 companies across several media disciplines.

Originally from the small town of Ocklawaha, Florida, Michael Newman left home at 16 to pursue an education in Fine Art with a concentration in Sculpture. Following the principle of “knowing what CAN’T be done in order to know what CAN be”, upon earning his degree Michael began working in pre-press and film/plate production in order to self educate himself with the minutia of the printing press processes.

After a year and a half of building his skills and knowledge base with “real world” designs and implementation, Michael began distributing his portfolio to design firms in Chicago and eventually landed in a Designer position with Mauge Design and was named Art Director soon after.

A year later, Michael accepted a position with the well established production and book binding company, Art Bookbinders of America and helped start and build their Graphic Design devision. Michael was in charge of the entire department including: Hiring, Purchasing, New Business and Production. In two years Michael built up the department revenue to approximately $1.5 million/per year.

In an effort to keep up with the ever rising tide of digital and online branding and design, Michael decided to self-educate and work toward becoming a flash motion graphic and coding expert, eventually receiving several interactive design awards and was featured in an interactive design textbook used in universities in both Spain and Italy.

In 1999, Michael Newman accepted a recruited position with the digital start up, BuzzBait. Acting as the Senior Art Director and Head of Print Design he learned the processes involved in creating online presences and implementing digital marketing plans. Both the technical and business experience at Buzzbait allowed Michael Newman the opportunity to create his own Creative Design Firm... estudiotres.

Michael Newman is the Founding Partner and Creative Director for estudiotres.chicago.

With a deep understanding of Typography, Color Theory, Illustration, Storyboard Concept Creation, Layout, Pre-Press, Animation Principles and Techniques, Michael Newman has been recognized with numerous design awards, and his work has been seen all over the world.


Flagler College . Fine Art . Sculpture + Art History . Bachelor of Arts

Work Experience.

1/2000 - Current
Creative Director / Founder . estudiotres

. Serve as a key contributor in setting the long-term creative vision for the studio

. Guided all studio projects to successful release and through Live operations

. Work closely with the Producers and Executives to help identify potential problems and manage critical tradeoffs between quality, resources, and schedule

. Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills

. Ability to manage to and deliver on hard product deadlines with fast development cycles while maintaining high product quality

. Detailed knowledge of interactive entertainment industry allowing for innovative concepts and promotion of new ideas

. Strong understanding of development processes, workflows, and tools

. Developed firm’s pitch offerings based on qualitative market analysis which directly led to winning multi-year contracts with an eclectic range of clients.

. Recruited national design talent and successfully built an award-winning team.

. Aligned creative functions and developed efficient systems for producing multi-disciplinary creative work that supported strategic plans within a fast-paced environment.

. Negotiate and manage all vendor and supplier relationships.

. Consistently led firm’s communication and presentation efforts with client-side C-level executives that facilitated strong project management and prioritized client’s strategic goals.

estudiotres is a full service design agency, providing the full range of digital and traditioinal design and development capabilities. This includes: strategy, branded content, design, media, production and support services.

With studios located in Chicago and Arizona, our unique geographic business structure and expertise have helped us blend insight, technology and creativity to grow good ideas from every level of the agency. All this helps us to broaden our clients notions of marketing boundaries and creative possibilities.

Our unique business is based on our relentless relationship with innovation, and our obsession with exploring new narrative possibilities that bring our clients message to the marketplace. Always pushing the limits of our capabilities, keeping us on the cutting edge . Driving our customer connections with only hi-octane fuel, allowing their voice and vision to further evolve their brand.

1/1999 - 1/2000
Senior Art Director / Head of Print Design . BuzzBait

Working with a creative design team on projects ranging from web site design, print design, motion graphics, animation and copywriting.

1/1997 - 1/1999
Creative Director / Department Head . Art Book Binders of America

Helped the well established company start and build their Graphic Design division. Was in charge of entire department including: Hiring, Purchasing, New Business and Production.

Curriculum Vitae.

Designer | Builder
Michael John Newman | Design + Build
2014 - Present
Chicago, Illinois

Creative Director | Principal
1999 - Present
Chicago, Illinois

Print Design Director / Creative Director
1999 - 2001
Chicago, Illinois

Art Director / Creative Director
Art Bookbinders of America
1997 - 1999
Chicago, Illinois

Senior Designer
Mauge Design
1995 - 1997
Chicago, Illinois

Leonard’s Studio
1993 - 1995
St. Augustine, Florida


Adobe Creative Suite
Ps photoshop
Ai illustrator
Id indesign
An animate (flash)
Ac acrobat
Dw dreamweaver

WP wordpress


Michael Newman
Creative Director | estudiotres
5115 North Clark
Chicago Illinois
312 371 7543

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