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Rod is a complete professional. In my interactions with him, I have found him to be totally organized, with a single-minded focus on creating the best product possible for our marketing at BSWH. His art direction and photography direction are top tier, with a wealth of experience to handle whatever production challenges may arise. Plus his low-key, genial personality makes him a pleasure to have as a vendor.
"A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” The words of Buckminster Fuller have never rung truer than in the captivating creativity and artistic acumen of Rod Karmenzind. I had the joy of working with Rod to shape stories of healthcare and higher education—resonating with thousands of readers. He is a delightful strategic partner and powerhouse talent—a superhero to anyone in need—and he throws a mean frisbee.
As Art Director, Rod invigorated our pages with well-crafted and beautifully-designed story illustrations. .... Rod is a big reason we won numerous Folio "Ozzie" awards for magazine design during his tenure. Rod's personality is easy-going, no drama, caring, and kind. .... I can recommend Rod for any senior design position without hesitation!
Rod is an extraordinary art director. ... he re-imagined the illustration process for BS&W Health Magazine, and using his experience as an illustrator, encouraged other illustrators to give us their very best work. ... In addition, he led the effort to integrate print with interactive, increasing reader engagement. Rod is a joy to work with and makes a positive impact on everything he does.
Rod was a member of the Creative Team I managed for several years. Without fail, Rod always brought a combination of skill and wit to everything that he did. In our time working together, Rod successfully led the design of several large Healthcare accounts. His ability to navigate client needs, deadlines, and design strategy is outstanding. And in spite of many changes within the workplace, Rod remained positive and calm, remaining committed to his company, coworkers and clients. Rod is beloved by many of us!
Collaborating with Rod for more than six years has been an absolute pleasure. He has been the creative genius behind our community magazine and our alumni magazine, and his ability to create design specifically for each audience is truly wonderful—from creating amazing covers to feature spreads, and even making basic news snippets look appealing. Rod has gone above and beyond many times to help keep our projects on track, under extreme deadlines and client delays. He created a spreadsheet to track the photos for each project that has been incredibly helpful for keeping us both on the same page with the project’s progress. Through the transition from McMurry to Manifest, his move to Chicago, and adding our second publication, I have always insisted that Rod be the designer on our projects.
"His ability to navigate client needs, deadlines, and design strategy is outstanding."