About

My name is Zac Counts and I’m a creator based out of sunny Tampa Florida. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Arkansas Tech University in 2015 where I studied graphic design and fine arts. Since graduating I’ve worked in-house on two nationally distributed print publications, a variety of creative agencies in-house and on contract, and independently working with clients ranging from Grammy Nominated artists, to corporate powerhouses.
I spend quite a bit of my time working on artistic work and experimenting to further develop myself creatively. Some of the thing’s I’m currently enjoying working on are augmented and virtual reality, data visualization, and generative design systems.

My name is Zac Counts and I’m a designer, illustrator, and artist working from Fort Smith, Arkansas. I studied design at Arkansas Tech University, where I graduated in 2015. Since graduating I’ve worked in-house on two nationally distributed print publications, worked for creative agencies in-house and contract, and have been privileged to work independently with clients ranging from Grammy Nominated artists, to corporate powerhouses. I also spend quite a bit of my time working on personal work with the hope of being shown in galleries.

School

While at Arkansas Tech University I studied Graphic Design, but spent a large amount of my time working in relief printmaking and illustration. During my upper level collegiate years, I earned opportunities to develop my skills as an artist by attending workshops and events that greatly impacted my artistic skills both technically and conceptually.

In 2014, I was granted financial assistance from ATU to attend Woodcut Bootcamp 2014 in St. Louis, MO, where I spent 10 days creating, learning, and studying under legendary artist/printmaker Tom Huck. The following year I received a Student Development Foundation award to attend the 2015 Frogman’s Printmaking Workshop at the University of South Dakota.

Professional

Over my professional career I’ve grained experience in a wide array of media and fields in the creative industry. While in college I gained professional experience working as an Art Department student worker, where I spent most of my time designing flyers and print material for the university, or assisting fellow students in the after hours graphic design lab. This is also around the time I started doing freelance design projects, murals, and started showing my early work in galleries.

 

Work

While in college I gained professional experience working as a student worker in the ATU Art Department. While working there I spent most of my time designing flyers and print material for the university, or assisting fellow students in the after hours graphic design lab. Shortly after graduating I started working in house at Target Media Partners in Little Rock, Arkansas on two nationally distributed publications.While at TMP my key duties included designing ad’s and setting type. While this was a very beneficial experience, this position made it very apparent how much I enjoyed working in digital media.

With this in mind, I relocated to Tampa, FL and began interning Jetfuel Creative, and after a couple months earned a position as a graphic and web designer/developer. While working at Jetfuel I gained a wide variety of skills ranging creative skills like UI/UX, web development and running digital campaigns. Simultaneously, I also worked on projects for Shirley/Hutchinson Creative Works. Shirley/Hutchinson is an award winning ad agency in Tampa, FL that focuses on developing strategic marketing campaigns, and brand identity systems. I was able to soak up a ton of knowledge from veteran members of the team about how to focus on strategy over a wide variety of media including: digital, print, TV commercials, and more.

 

Gallery Experience

  • Arkansas Historic Museum – 2014
  • 8th Annual Student Competitive – 2014
  • Arkansas Tech Fine Art senior Exhibit -2015
  • 7th Annual 7MMA Party Party Show- 2019

Public

  • Art Wired 2020 Virtual Creator Conference – 2020
  • ADDY Awards: Gold, Best of the Bay – 2020
  • 7th Annual 7MMA Party Party Show – 2019
  • Arkansas Tech Fine Art Senior Exhibit -2015
  • Student Development Foundation Award – 2015
  • 8th Annual Student Competitive – 2014
  • Arkansas Historic Museum – 2014

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