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820 S Thurlow Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Company Name

Michael Pantuso Design

Company Type

Art / Illustration



Established In

January 1, 1990


August 21, 1963







Graphis Archives

Biography/Work Experience

Michael Pantuso is an artist, illustrator, and award-winning graphic designer, known for work that intersects imagination and ideas. His design and art journey is defined by the pursuit of innovative and intellectually-engaging works that amplify the human experience. In the realm of branding, Michael integrates typography, color, imagery, imaginative illustrations, strategy and messaging to create communication experiences that resonate in meaningful ways. His contributions have earned recognition, with his work featured in distinguished publications and exhibitions, notably the GRAPHIS Annuals and Journals. Michael has been honored with the GRAPHIS Platinum and Gold Awards, the London International Creative Competition Award, and has been a LUMEN Prize finalist. These accolades are humbling acknowledgments that affirm the impact of his creative endeavors. For Michael, the true reward is the process of translating thoughts into tangible forms. Beyond graphic design, Michael’s talents extend to the canvas. As a painter and digital artist, he captures human/nature concepts in imaginative ways that challenge perceptions, bringing narratives to life and fostering connections. Michael’s commitment to education is evident. He shares insights in academic forums and collaborates with humanitarian initiatives, reflecting his dedication to community engagement. Currently, Michael leads Michael Pantuso Design, a Brand Design and Art Studio. As a brand designer, he delves deeper than aesthetics, striving to unearth a brand's true essence. He combines strategic insights with design innovation, always aiming to reveal what's beneath the surface. Michael has a particular affinity for projects with cultural significance and often collaborates with charities, non-profits, and educational institutions. Nonetheless, his portfolio showcases a broad range of projects, each bearing his hallmark of authenticity and storytelling. On the Art Studio side, Michael explores and exhibits his wide-ranging artistic passions, underlining the breadth of his creativity. Through all his endeavors, Michael Pantuso remains dedicated to his craft, with a thoughtful approach that consistently stands out.

Professional Specialties

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 Appearances

GRAPHIS Design Annual 2024 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2023 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2022 GRAPHIS Journal 371 (Feature Article) GRAPHIS Design Annual 2021 GRAPHIS Poster Annual 2021 GRAPHIS Photography Annual 2021 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2020 GRAPHIS Design Annual 2019 GRAPHIS Photography Annual 2019 GRAPHIS Journal 357 (Feature Article) 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 Awards


Proudest Achievements



Michael studied graphic design and marketing communications at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where he earned a BA Degree in 1986.


• Abbott Laboratories • Ameritech Corporation • ADT Corporation • Allstate • Alta Ridge Vineyards • Astellas • AT&T • Bayer • Baxter International • BBDO (Agency) • Berco Designs • Bioceutics • Bobak Sausage Company Chicago • 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


AIGA Chicago

Area of Expertise

Design, Marketing Communications/Branding/Advertising, Fine Arts

Hobbies / Freetime

Fine Arts, Technology, Travel, Photography, Social Media, Tennis