Creative omnivore, merry maker.

Hello! Born and bred Chicagolander here with a strong penchant for the wild west. Fueled by coffee and late afternoon walks, I bring ideas to life. The intersection of design and communication is where I spend most of my days as a translator, collaborating with clients and teammates to explore visions and find solutions. My work spans over a decade and can be found in diverse arenas from fine art to pharma to film, software to sizzle reels, woodworking to wine.

I’m currently available for hire, collaborations, top secret assignments and coffee talk >> steph@stephanieplenner.com


Experience

Studio Splendör | Creative Consultant
AUG 2010 – Present


Emspace Group | Strategic Designer
JAN 2017 – JUN 2017

Chicago Literary Map | Founder, Curator
JAN 2013 – FEB 2016

Multiple, Inc. | Visual & Motion Designer
JAN 2015 – SEPT 2015

School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Art Director, Designer, Administrator
FEB 2010 – JAN 2015

2014-2015 Assistant Director of Design & Communication
2012-2014 Assistant Director of Instructional Design & Administration
2010-2012 Coordinator for Instructional Fabrication

Midwest Tourism | Graphic Designer, Photographer, Project Manager
MAR 2008 – DEC 2009

Museum of Science & Industry Chicago | Design + Exhibition Intern
AUG 2007 – DEC 2007

School of the Art Institute of Chicago | Graphic Designer
OCT 2006 – DEC 2007


Education

2010-2014
MFA Coursework & Continuing Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Writing for Performance, The Art of Fiction Writing, To the Museum & Beyond, Travel Writing, Improv

2007
BFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Visual Communication & Writing


Events & Exhibitions

2017 Future Cities, House of Smart, SXSW, Austin, TX.

2016 WANTED ‘Outside the Box’ 3.0, Offsite Design Festival, NYC, NY.

2016 WANTED ‘Outside the Box’ 3.0, Offsite Design Festival, Toronto, Canada.

2015 Summer Shorts, Humboldt Manor, Chicago, IL.

2013 Dinner Dance, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2013 Roger Brown Residency, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

2013 ArtWork 6, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.

2012 Bleed Heart Bleed, Design Cloud, Chicago, IL.

2011 Heroic Please: A Night of Performances, Dfbrl8r Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2011 Instruction Sets, Autumn Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.

2010 New Blood IV Performance Festival, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL.


Spoken Word

2014 Notes from the Mainframe, Part 1. Applied Words: Writers on Science + Technology, Guild Literary Complex at FreeGeek, Chicago, IL.

2012 Office Girl by Joe Meno Release Party, The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL.

2012 First Encounters, Southside Hub of Production, Chicago, IL.

2011 Anobium Volume 1 Release Party, Deagan Music, Chicago, IL.

2011 Cut/Paste, Quimby’s, Chicago, IL.


Published Writings

2014 Next Up: NEXUS, AIGA Chicago.

2014 Weather or Not, Back to Print.

2013 Chicago Literary Map, Self.

2013 Chicago Travel Guide for Insiders, Sutro Media.

2012 Julia Hoffman: Thinking Design, AIGA Chicago.

2012 Thomas Phinney: Font Detective, AIGA Chicago.

2012 Rescription Project, Anobium.

2011 Chicago Summer, Fnews Magazine.

2011 The Wave of Real, AIGA Chicago.

2011 Cut/Paste, Creative Writing Guild.

2010 Anobium Vol. 1, Anobium.


Press

2014 Episode #391- Transit Future, Chicago Literary Map, Serving pets for dinner: Part 2, Interview, Outside the Loop Radio, Mike Stephens.

2014 Chicago Literary Map Celebrates City’s Stories, Known and UnknownDNAinfo, Lizzi Schiffman Tufano.

2014 Navigate City Narratives with the Chicago Literary MapChicago Artist Resource, Car Jeff.

2014 A night of poetry, PCs at Logan Square’s FreeGeekThe Depaulina, Nicole Cash.

2014 Notes From The Mainframe: Poetry For The Digital AgeLogan Squarist, Elizabeth Beiler.

2011 Journal Review, Anobium 1, Conium Review, James R. Gapinski.


Visiting Artist

2016 Explore Chicago, Depaul University, Salli Berg Seeley, Chicago, IL.


Teaching

2015 Illustrator for Digital Output, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Collections

Joan Flasch Book Collection, Chicago, IL.