Steven Ratajczyk
illustrator / designer / awesomator
Hi! Welcome to my portfolio site. I am a print designer through and through. Yes, I can design for web (made this thing you're looking at) but my skills rest heavily in catalog, editorial, advertising and illustrative design. I also like to pretend I'm a photographer. So, if you are looking for someone to create general awesomeness... Then please read on and thanks for stopping by!
now that you're here.. where do you want to start?
This is where I
show off all of
the awesome!
My name is
Steven and I love
to design stuff.
About Me

The Short Story: I'm a Graphic Designer currently based in the Chattanooga area of Tennessee.

The Long Story: I grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended Columbia College. I was a Film major with an emphasis in traditional cell animation. I took a Photoshop class elective and I was hooked! I bought the latest version of Photoshop 3.0, ditched animation and went head on into Visual Communications. By 1995 I was done with college and on my way to becoming a Graphic Designer.

Shortly after college I moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and got my first "real" job at a local newspaper and monthly arts & entertainment magazine. I stayed at Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine for 2 years before joining the Advertising Department at Meijer Corporation, a Midwest retailer. I quickly climbed from Production Artist to Jr. Art Director in the 3 years that I spent there. In order to be closer to family we moved South to Tennessee where I procured a job as an Art Director at a small Advertising Agency. A great opportunity opened up to start an in-house Graphics Department at a textiles manufacturing facility where I spent the next 6 years creating anything from corporate collateral to product packaging and catalogs to tradeshow booth and Illustrative design.

Now I split my time between being the Senior Graphic Designer at the Chattanooga Publishing Company where I am responsible for specialty marketing and advertising campaign design, editorial design and part-time photographer and running my own freelance business.

A bit more: I am well versed in all aspects of print design including prepress production with specialties in catalog layout, logo creation, illustration and packaging. I have over 14 years of experience in the industry and I am currently available for freelance design work.

Drop me an email at to inquire about my rates and availability. All inquiries are welcome.

Now for something different: Here are 10 things about me that I like other than this whole design thing... and in no particular order: Scary Movies, Vans (the shoes, not Creeper mobiles), Hot Sauce, Star Wars, Land Rovers, Comic Books, The Band 'Clutch', Toys, Camping, and neckwear.

By now you're probably saying: "But how on Earth do you say this last name?" Well, I'll make it easy for you and give it to you like this: ra - tuh - check (Just like Webster would write it).

Some of my favorite places: Listed below are some of my favorite sites for inspiration and time wasting.

ffffound!      the DieLine      Graphic-Exchange      designworklife      booooooom      Geek-Art      Type Theory      COLOURlovers      Ads of the World      Creatica      the Design Inspiration      Smashing Magazine      Deviant Art

Thanks for stopping by!

Here is the
best way to
find and hire me.
Contact Me

If you're looking to get a quote, talk to me about your business design needs or just want to reach out to me and say "you're awesome", then please fill out the webform below. Just takes a few seconds! If you want to download my resume or get a brief sampling of my work, then just click those big buttons on the right. I also want to call attention to the funny little icons in the navigation. There you can find me on facebook, linkedin, or twitter.

Random cool
stuff I do that I
want to share.
Chatter was doing a story about Cross Fit and a guy who is doing it out of his garageā€¦ hence the title. I decided that the grungy hard edged diamond-plate was a good fit and went with it. I really like my intro and typography. Read More
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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