820 S Thurlow Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
Michael Pantuso Design
Art / Illustration
January 1, 1990
August 21, 1963
As a multi-disciplined Graphic Designer and Artist, I thrive at the intersection of creative thinking, artistic expression and strategically inspired ideas. Throughout my career, I have managed my own design practice, partnered in the branding agency IDEAS360º, and held positions inside TBWA Worldhealth (formerly CAHG) and Discover Financial. Located in the Chicago area, I focus on creating design and art for clients, collectors and organizations that want to do more good and make a social impact. These include charities, not-for-profits, NGOs, educational and arts bodies, social enterprises and for-profit businesses that want to do more good. I like helping people fall in love with their vision. My practice creates all the usual outputs of a branding agency — design identities, advertising, social media, print literature, websites, email, e-newsletters, photography, etc… But does so in the context of a bigger picture — a vision for what the brand is, and more importantly, what it can become. It’s a passion that comes from a desire to make things better. My art is an extension of that passion but is revealed and expressed in a more visceral way. An example of this can be seen with my “Mechanical Integration” work where I explore nature and humanity through a series of fine art illustrations that integrate natural life forms with the inner-workings of mechanical components. Part of that collection was recently celebrated as a solo exhibition which began in Paris, France then followed by a tour of Europe that concluded in early 2020. Much of that work now remains in galleries and private collections.
Conceptual Design and Omni-Channel initiatives for Advertising, Branding, Identity, interior, architectural, exhibit and environmental design. Creative Direction, Design Direction, Digital Art, Digital Planning and Strategy, High-end Retouching and Compositing, Photography, Motion, Video Directing, Producing and Editing.
GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 GRAPHIS Exhibition San Francisco 2020 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2020 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 GRAPHIS Photography Annual 2019 GRAPHIS Master 2018 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2018 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2017 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2016 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2015
GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 | Platinum Award “Flamingo”. GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 | Gold Award “Ladybird”. Siena Creative Photo Awards 2020 | Commended Award "VIOLA BELLA at MOMA Chicago" GRAPHIS Exhibition in San Francisco 2020 Award of Merit Aug 2019 Spazio Tadini Museum in Milan, Italy GRAPHIS Design Annual 2020 | Platinum Award "Gulf of Mexico Series". Photography Annual 2019 | Gold Award "Viola Bella Pantuso | London Abby" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 | Platinum Award "EAGLE" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 | Gold Award "Vampire Squid" Discover Financial Presidents Award Nomination 2018 GRAPHIS Master 2018 SPARK Agency Award for Design 2018 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2018 | Platinum Award "CICADA" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2018 | Silver "FLY" LUMEN PRIZE Finalist 2017 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2017 | Gold Award "OCTOPUS" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2016 | Gold Award "Mechanical Mosquito Integration" LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 2015 Acquisitions of Fine Art Gallery 2015 W3 AWARD 2014 | Silver Award “Website Branding”, Silver Award “Website Self Promotion”, Silver Award “Website Visual Appeal” GRAPHIS Design Annual 2015 | Gold Award “Mechanical BEE Integration” GRAPHIS Design Annual 2015 | Gold Award "Mechanical SQUID Integration" The RX CLUB Silver Video Award 2012 “MERCK Infectious Disease Video (CAHG\TBWA Worldhealth Agency)” MM&M Award 2012 | Finalist “MERCK Infectious Disease Video (CAHG\TBWA Worldhealth Agency)”
GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 | Platinum Award “Flamingo”. GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 | Gold Award “Ladybird”. GRAPHIS Exhibition in San Francisco 2020 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2020 | Platinum Award "Gulf of Mexico Series". GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 | Platinum Award "EAGLE" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 | Gold Award "Vampire Squid" GRAPHIS Master 2018 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2018 | Platinum Award "CICADA" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2018 | Silver "FLY" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2017 | Gold Award "OCTOPUS" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2016 | Gold Award "Mechanical Mosquito Integration" GRAPHIS Design Annual 2015 | Gold Award “Mechanical BEE Integration” GRAPHIS Design Annual 2015 | Gold Award "Mechanical SQUID Integration"
GRAPHIS Master Feb 2018
Michael studied graphic design and marketing communications at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where he earned a BA Degree in 1986.
Gallery Representation: Acquisitions of Fine Art | Hinsdale, IL USA Monteoliveto Gallery | Naples, Italy and Nice, France
• Abbott Laboratories • Ameritech Corporation • ADT Corporation • Allstate • Alta Ridge Vineyards • Astellas • AT&T • Bayer • Baxter International • BBDO (Agency) • Berco Designs • Bioceutics • Bristol-Myers Squibb • CAHG\TBWA Worldhealth (Agency) • Caterpillar, Inc. • CDW Corporation • Cedar • ConAgra Foods • Costco Wholesale Corporation • Discover Financial • Eaglerail Corporation • Equifax • Estée Lauder Companies • FLOR • General Mills • Gilead Sciences Inc. • Granite Construction • GYRO (Agency) • Harley-Davidson • Haworth Inc. • Herman Miller • Home Depot • Humana • Jamba Juice • John Deere • Johnson & Johnson • Johnson Controls • Kellogg Company • Kenny Construction • Kohler Company • KOTA Longboards • Kraft • Lesro Industries • Lockheed Martin • Macy’s • Merck & Co • Nucor • Omnicom Group • Potashcorp • Qdesign • RICOH Pentax • Schramko Real Estate • Seven Eleven • SG360º • Sigma Chi Foundation • Takeda • United Airlines • Vornado Realty Trust • Walt Disney World Studios • Whitney Architects
Area of Expertise
Design, Marketing Communications/Branding/Advertising, Fine Arts
Hobbies / Freetime
Fine Arts, Technology, Travel, Photography, Social Media, Tennis