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Who am I?

I'm Justin Armburger, the art director of Lawn & Landscape and Cannabis Dispensary magazines, based in Cleveland, Ohio.

My job responsibilities include:
• Designing the print and digital editions
• Branding, marketing and event design
• Collaborating with freelance illustrators and photographers
• Working with editorial team in planning future projects

I'm also an adjunct professor at Kent State University, where I teach Public Relations Publications, which teaches PR students how to apply theory and concepts to create practical, efficient design.


Past Work:
Prior to GIE, I worked for The Patriot-News/PA Media Group in Harrisburg, Pa., from October 2010 to October 2013 on the Presentation Desk and designed most Sunday A1s (including inside packages), along with sports and feature fronts. My job also included researching and creating infographics, editing copy and writing headlines.

Education:
I graduated with honors from Kent State University in Ohio in 2010 with a B.S. in Journalism with a concentration on Information Design, and spent two summers as a graphic design intern at The Chautauquan Daily, in Chautauqua, N.Y.

Awards:
2017 TOCA Awards:
• Gardner Award (Best in Show) for feature design

• First-Place Award for Overall Magazine Design
  (Lawn & Landscape - October 2016)
2016 Azbee Awards:
• Silver Award for Contents Page (Heartland Region) 

• Silver Award for Cover Photo (Heartland Region)
• Bronze Award for Cover Illustration (Heartland Region)
• Bronze Award for Opening Feature Illustration (Heartland Region) 

• Bronze Award for Opening Feature Photo (Heartland Region) 
2016 TOCA Awards:
• First-Place Award for Overall Magazine Design
  (Lawn & Landscape - October 2015) 

• First-Place Award for Two-Plus Page Design
• Merit Award for Two-Plus Page Design
2014 Keystone Press Awards: 
• Second Place for Niche Publications by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association

2013 Keystone Press Awards:
• First Place for Front Page Design by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association


Past jobs that have nothing to do with design:
• Hot dog line cook
• Nude model
• Door-to-door salesman
• Meat cutter at food processing plant
• Christmas tree cutter/seller


Contact:
Jarmburg@gmail.com