When he’s not watching Netflix, listening to Vampire Weekend or obsessing over his toy collection, Sam Mitchell pretends to be a a designer and illustrator.

“…I agreed that what really matters is what you like, not what you are like… Books, records, films – these things matter.”  – Rob Gordon, High Fidelity

Top 5 Books:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • The Miracle of Mindfulness – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
  • Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto – Chuck Klosterman
  • About a Boy – Nick Hornby

Top 5 Records:

  • Graceland – Paul Simon
  • The Last Broadcast – Doves
  • Stardust – Willie Nelson
  • Something Else – Cannonball Adderly
  • Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend

Top 5 Films:

  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Start Trek (2009)
  • E.T.
  • Miller’s Crossing



  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Public Speaking
  • Creative Writing


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • WordPress


Apparel Design, Branding, Corporate Training, Creative Writing, Illustration, Layout, Marketing, Packaging Design, Public Speaking, Trade Booth Design, Web Development



Oct 2006 - Present Atlanta, GA


Senior Graphic Designer and Web Master

I currently work for LYRASIS. LYRASIS is a regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals that serves as a critical collective voice in the national arena. I am responsible for all printed materials concerning the LYRASIS brand and am also involved with the design of marketing materials for our vendor-partners to our member libraries. Aside from design work, tasks from project to project include account management, budgeting and technical training.

Sep 2005 - Present Everywhere


Graphic Designer

In addition to working full-time for LYRASIS, I also freelance. This has given me the opportunity to see the design world from a different perspective and has allowed me to broaden the audience of my work and to be involved in my community. Freelancing enables me to work with and for the customer directly.

Sep 2004 - Sep 2005 Moultrie, GA

Bud K Worldwide

Senior Graphic Designer

Bud K Worldwide is a fantasy collectible manufacturer and distributor. As Senior Designer, I was in charge of outgoing marketing materials including nine, 48-56 page catalogs yearly. I also managed the workflow of the Junior Graphic Designer.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2004 Atlanta, GA

Alternative Apparel

Brand Manager / Creative Director / Graphic Artist

As Brand Manager, I developed a distinctive look for Gagwear and implemented their new branding. My experience included managing and developing all the collateral for a company.

As Creative Director, I implemented the look and design of the company’s appearance including promotional catalogs. I also managed the work of other senior designers on many of the corporate projects, as well as their own projects which included requests from the internal sales and screen print departments.

As Gagwear’s Graphic Artist, I created t-shirt and apparel designs for local and national companies. The foundation of my career in apparel began here. I learned garment specification and how to separate screens for silk screen printing. This niche skill has become an asset to many of my clients.


Sep 1998 - Jun 2000

University of Georgia

BFA Graphic Design
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996

Gordon College

Associate Degree in Art




Email: samheartsart@gmail.com

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