Tyler Fortney

Digital Designer & Director


With more than 10 years of professional design experience, I have developed a unique perspective on digital design that pulls from my background of branding, printmaking, and motion graphics. My diverse foundation allows me to solve problems both creatively and technically.
Thinkso Creative
Digital Design Director
June 2011 – Present
New York, NY
I was hired at Thinkso as a multi-disciplinary designer and have since worked my way up through Senior Designer to Digital Design Director. As the designated digital creative, I oversee all of the digital projects that come through the studio, either as a hands-on UI/UX designer, or directing both Junior and Senior staff. However, my assignments aren't limited to strictly digital design. I also work closely with the firm partners and project managers in the development of strategy and creative direction for branding projects, marketing campaigns, and communications materials within a clearly defined studio workflow.

Clients Include:

UBS, Duke University, Mohawk Fine Papers, Bernstein Shur, Schulte, Roth & Zabel, KCG, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering, J.P. Morgan, and Ripco Real Estate.
February 2011 – May 2015
Brooklyn, NY
While transitioning from Ohio to New York, I began to pursue and accept personal projects. Along with my partner, a former colleague, we handled all aspects of running a small design business, from writing proposals and client engagement, to design and implementation. Projects varied from identities handled solely by myself or my partner, to highly collaborative digital projects with assigned roles.

Clients Include:

Roc Nation, WebShopApps, Exit Stencil Recordings, Rogue Fitness, Famicos Foundation, Bikeworks.
Madhouse Creative
Designer/Art Director
January 2007 – March 2011
Toledo, OH
In a small studio setting, I became responsible for projects spanning all media, primarily print and motion. I gained valuable experience by designing identities, various print collateral, trade show booths, websites, software interfaces, TV commercials, and full length training videos. The intimate environment also allowed me to assume roles from Junior Designer to Art Director, given the medium and skill set needed to accomplish the assignment.

Clients Include:

The Toledo Museum of Art, Yahoo!, Bayer, GMC/Saturn, Thomson Reuters, The Toledo Zoo, McAfee, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Bowling Green State University, The University of Toledo, The Weakerthans.
Bowling Green State University School of Art
2003 – 2006
BFA in Graphic Design
Awards & Recognition
2016  Rebrand Awards - Award of Merit
2013  Print Magazine Regional Design Annual - NYC
2012  International Design Awards - Second Prize
2011  Gold, Silver ADDY Awards, Judge’s Choice Award
2010  Print Magazine Regional Design Annual - Midwest
2010  Under Consideration's best of FPO
2010  Los Logos 5 published by Die Gestalten Verlag
2010  Gold, Silver ADDY awards, Best of Show Award
2009  Print Magazine Regional Design Annual - Midwest
2009  Los Logos 4 published by Die Gestalten Verlag
2008  AIGA Toledo: Design What? First Place in Category
2008  Gold, Silver ADDY awards, 2 Judge’s Choice Awards
2007  Plain Dealer FR!DAY Magazine Cover Feature
2007  AIGA Detroit Award of Excellence
2010  Re:Form School, New York, NY
2010  AIGA Chicago: Peer Proof - First Place
2010  Manifest Equality, Los Angeles, CA
2008  AIGA Toledo: Design What? - First Place
2005  Midwest Printmaking Show, Detroit, MI
2005  BGSU Undergrad Best in Printmaking
If you would like to discuss the possibility of working together, please send me an email.