Maria Choronzuk

Maria Choronzuk


With over 23 years of hands-on creative solutions appropriate to client objectives, I am a confident self–starter with the ability to take a project from start to execution. I am highly creative, have led a team of designers, coached copy desk experts, worked within a budget and have developed and implemented solutions in cross-departmental teams. I pride myself on my strong layout and typography skills. I have strong organizational skills, verbal communication skills, copy editing and writing experience and a portfolio of work indicating my experience with multiple creative styles and types of media. I am proficient in the programs of Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator, Quark XPress, Freehand and MS Office. I have trained in Flash and am familiar with HTML code. I designed and contributed to corporate Intranet Wiki pages. I am detail-oriented, creative, personable, articulate and a creative problem solver. I am results-focused and have a strong desire to be a part of a great company.

Work History

Work History
Aug 1986 - Present

Designer, Artist

Maria Choronzuk Design

Currently looking for opportunities in the field of design. I would love to be in a position of leadership or to be part of team that contributes to your company's success. My creative and organizational skills are well-suited for positions beyond a design capacity.

Aug 2002 - Apr 2009

Corporate Manager of Design

Maintained responsibilities in the Editorial Department and also developed an interdepartmental role to ensure brand consistency and uniform applications of design philosophy throughout the newspaper and in all related products.

Apr 1998 - Aug 2002

Presentation Editor/Features

Daily Herald

• supervised the Editorial Graphics Department, coaching artists, page designers and interns. • participated in many company-wide committees aimed at quality improvements and new product developments.  • produced daily page designs, illustrations, informational graphics and locator maps.  • illustrated stories with computer graphics and a variety of art mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor, ink and marker.  • worked with photographers to set up studio shots and create specialty props and backdrops. • managed a redesign of the newspaper with an outside design consultant and in-house departments. • provided extensive technical support and training of style guidelines to page designers and editors.

1983 - 2000

Freelance artist

Design, Illustration, Artwork

2011: Created Packaging, Catalogs, Posters, POP and Displays for various clients including Bosch Tools

2011: Created flyers, Playbooks, Logos, E-blasts and Posters for AT&T 

2010: Volunteered to assist first grade class with computer instruction and Artist Awareness presentations

2000 - 02: Painted childrens' rooms including Lake Forest home featured on Oprah's “My Favorite Rooms” show and in North Shore Homes magazine 2000: George S. May, Park Ridge: Managed cafeteria renovation 1999: Caremark, Lincolnshire: Managed cafeteria renovation; painted 3 murals 16 ft - 40 ft wide 1998: UniTech PrePress Solutions: Ad layouts for LTD Commodities 1997: Paddock Publications: Managed cafeteria renovation, framing, custom fabric, carpentry projects; painted 40ft mural; created wall sculpture • American Academy of Pediatrics:  Redesigned newsletter; graphics, illustrations, 7 years • Romane/Rega Inc.: Cologne packaging, brochures, 7 yrs • National Safety Council: Illustrations for magazine, 7 yrs • Elk Grove Park Dist: Designed logos for Pavilion; illustrated magazine covers, 2 yrs • LithoTech Inc.:  Graphic designer for “Hands Across America” national lithograph 1984: Limited Edition Print of original oil painting • Portraits, landscape paintings

Aug 1986 - Apr 1998

Editorial Artist

Daily Herald

Created locator maps, graphics, illustrations and page designs. Worked with photographers to set up studio shots and create specialty props and backdrops. Used the old-fashioned method pre-computer to cut-and-paste, rapidiograph pens, press-type, overlays, rubylyth, Stat cameras and VDT terminal code.


1983 - 1986