Sam Small Deisgn,product designer,Kansas City,design,Contract Designer,Designer,multidisciplinary designer

I'm Sam Small, a multidisciplinary designer based in Kansas City, Missouri.

I'm Sam Small, a multidisciplinary designer based in Kansas City, Missouri.

An avid believer in the power of human-centered design, I am fascinated by user interaction and people-based problem solving. I approach design empathetically and focus on understanding the latent needs and emotions of the people who I am designing for, aiming to create clear, impactful solutions to enrich their lives.

I have worked on projects in UI/UX, web design, branding and identity, motion graphics, signage and wayfinding, and print design. I enjoy collaboration, analog and digital experimentation and learning about new tools and approaches to continue enhancing my design process.

In my current role as a Product Designer at Theorem, I work on all phases of the UX design process to create innovative solutions for some of the world's leading brands.

Outside of design, my interests include contemporary fashion and streetwear, traveling, researching new technologies, and music/podcasts.

Want to work together or say hey? Let's chat

An avid believer in the power of human-centered design, I am fascinated by user interaction and people-based problem solving. I approach design empathetically and focus on understanding the latent needs and emotions of the people who I am designing for, aiming to create clear, impactful solutions to enrich their lives.

I have worked on projects in UI/UX, web design, branding and identity, motion graphics, signage and wayfinding, and print design. I enjoy collaboration, analog and digital experimentation and learning about new tools and approaches to continue enhancing my design process.

In my current role as a Product Designer at Theorem, I work on all phases of the UX design process to create innovative solutions for some of the world's leading brands.

Outside of design, my interests include contemporary fashion and streetwear, traveling, researching new technologies, and music/podcasts.

Want to work together or say hey?
Let's chat

Experience

Experience

Experience

Theorem  |  Product Designer  |  2016–Present

Theorem
Product Designer  |  2016–Present

Theorem
Product Designer  |  2016–Present

As a Product Designer at Theorem, I work on all phases of the UX process including research, journey mapping, information architecture, wireframing, interaction design, visual design and design system development. I have led design on projects and managed products from kickoff to launch. I collaborate with a fully distributed team of engineers, solution architects, product managers and strategists to solve business challenges and create innovative software solutions for clients like AT&T, Brooklyn Nets, Intel, First American, and SundaySky.

As a Product Designer at Theorem, I work on all phases of the UX process including research, journey mapping, information architecture, wireframing, interaction design, visual design and design system development. I have lead design on projects and managed products from kickoff to launch. I collaborate with a fully distributed team of engineers, solution architects, product managers and strategists to solve mission-critical business challenges and create innovative software solutions for clients like AT&T, Brooklyn Nets, Intel, First American, Infor and SundaySky.

As a Product Designer at Theorem, I work on all phases of the UX process including research, journey mapping, information architecture, wireframing, interaction design, visual design and design system development. I have led design on projects and managed products from kickoff to launch. I collaborate with a fully distributed team of engineers, solution architects, product managers and strategists to solve business challenges and create innovative software solutions for clients like AT&T, Brooklyn Nets, Intel, First American, and SundaySky.

Freelance & Contract Designer  |  2011–Present

Freelance Designer
2011–Present

Freelance & Contract Designer
2011–Present

As a freelance and contract designer, I have worked on projects spanning everything from branding and identity to UI/UX and web to motion graphics and print design.

As a freelance designer, I have worked on projects spanning everything from branding and identity to UI/UX and web to motion graphics and print design. I typically have a project or two going because I enjoy collaborating with new clients, learning about their goals and delivering impactful solutions.

As a freelance and contract designer, I have worked on projects spanning everything from branding and identity to UI/UX and web to motion graphics and print design.

Special Edition Co.  |  Founder & Designer  |  2014–Present

Special Edition Co.
Founder & Designer  |  2014–Present

Special Edition Co.
Founder & Designer  |  2014–Present

Special Edition Co. is an experimental creative collective that I co-founded with designer Trent Roach. We have collaborated with artists and designers internationally on experimental projects and worked on client projects in branding, content creation, web design, and exhibition design. Our work has been featured by It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design and People of Print.

Special Edition Co. is an experimental creative collective that I cofounded with my friend and designer colleague, Trent Roach. Our mission is to collaborate on innovative projects with other designers and artists internationally. We have worked on various collaborations, but we have also worked on client commissions in branding, web design, campaign design, exhibition design and more. Our work has been featured by It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design and People of Print and more

Special Edition Co. is an experimental creative collective that I cofounded with designer Trent Roach. We have collaborated with artists and designers internationally, and have worked on client projects in branding, content creation, web design, and exhibition design. Our work has been featured by It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design and People of Print.

Hufft  |  Designer & Brand Manager  |  2014–2016

Hufft
Designer & Brand Manager  |  2014–2016

Hufft
Designer & Brand Manager  |  2014–2016

As a designer at Hufft, I worked on branding and identity, web design, interactive spatial experiences and signage, and wayfinding projects. I also managed the Hufft brand, assisted with marketing and social media initiatives, and worked on research, strategy, and concepting for Hufft’s rebrand. 

As a designer at Hufft, I worked on branding and identity, web design, interactive spatial experiences and signage and wayfinding projects for various clients. I also managed the Hufft brand, assisted with marketing and social media initiatives, and worked on research, strategy and concepting for Hufft’s rebrand. 

As a designer at Hufft, I worked on branding and identity, web design, interactive spatial experiences and signage and wayfinding projects for various clients. I also managed the Hufft brand, assisted with marketing and social media initiatives, and worked on research, strategy and concepting for Hufft’s rebrand. 

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  |  Print & Digital Designer  |  2014

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  
Print & Digital Designer  |  2014

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art  
Print & Digital Designer  |  2014

As a designer at the Nelson-Atkins, I worked on digital signage, print materials and social media promotional content for various exhibitions.

As a designer at the Nelson-Atkins, I worked on digital signage, print materials and social media promotional content for various exhibitions.

As a designer at the Nelson-Atkins, I worked on digital signage, print materials and social media promotional content for various exhibitions.

Kansas City Art Institute  |  Communications Designer  |  2013–2014

Kansas City Art Institute  
Communications Designer  |  2013–2014

Kansas City Art Institute  
Communications Designer  |  2013–2014

I collaborated with a small team of designers to maintain KCAI’s brand and create digital and print promotional materials, collateral and social media content.

I collaborated with a small team of designers to maintain KCAI’s brand and create ditigal and print promotional materials, collateral and social media content.

I collaborated with a small team of designers to maintain KCAI’s brand and create digital and print promotional materials, collateral and social media content.

Berstein-Rein Advertising  |  Contract Designer  |  2013

Berstein-Rein Advertising  
Contract Designer  |  2013

Berstein-Rein Advertising  
Contract Designer  |  2013

As a contract designer at Bernstein-Rein, I worked on print and digital campaigns for brands including McDonald's, Kansas City Chiefs, Old Dominion, and Hostess.

As a contract designer at Bernstein-Rein, I worked on print and digital advertising campaigns for brands like McDonalds, Kansas City Chiefs, Old Dominion and Hostess.

As a contract designer at Bernstein-Rein, I worked on print and digital campaigns for brands including McDonald's, Kansas City Chiefs, Old Dominion, and Hostess.

La Cucaracha Press  |  Print & Design Intern  |  2012

La Cucaracha Press 
Print & Design Intern  |  2012

La Cucaracha Press 
Print & Design Intern  |  2012

As an intern at La Cucaracha Press, I designed layouts and worked with letterpress and screen printing processes to create collateral, posters, and packaging for clients.

As an intern at La Cucaracha Press, I designed layouts for client projects and worked with letterpress and screen printing processes to create collateral, posters and packaging.

As an intern at La Cucaracha Press, I designed layouts and worked with letterpress and screen printing processes to create collateral, posters and packaging for clients.

Education

Education

Education

Kansas City Art Institute  |  BFA in Graphic Design

Columbus College of Art & Design  |  Foundations

Kansas City Art Institute
BFA in Graphic Design

Columbus College of Art & Design
Foundations

Kansas City Art Institute
BFA in Graphic Design

Columbus College of Art & Design
Foundations

Capabilities

Capabilities

Capabilities

UI/UX Design
Visual Design
Concepting & Ideation
Wireframing
Prototyping
Interaction Design
Product Management
Information Architecture
Web Design
Mobile Design

UI/UX Design
Visual Design
Concepting & Ideation
Wireframing
Prototyping
Interaction Design
Product Management
Information Architecture
Web Design
Mobile Design

UI/UX Design
Visual Design
Concepting & Ideation
Wireframing
Prototyping
Interaction Design
Product Management
Information Architecture
Web Design
Mobile Design

User Research
Usability Testing
Branding & Identity
Design & Art Direction
Motion Graphics
3D Design
Print/Layout Design
Signage & Wayfinding
Screen Printing
Letterpress Printing

User Research
Usability Testing
Branding & Identity
Design & Art Direction
Motion Graphics
3D Design
Print/Layout Design
Signage & Wayfinding
Screen Printing
Letterpress Printing

User Research
Usability Testing
Branding & Identity
Design & Art Direction
Motion Graphics
3D Design
Print/Layout Design
Signage & Wayfinding
Screen Printing
Letterpress Printing

Select Clients

Select Clients

Select Clients

About-Select-Clients

Awards 

Awards 

Awards 

AIA Monsters of Design Awards
Best in Show

Adobe Above the Fold Design Awards
Best in Show, Web Design, App Design

AIGA Kansas City A9 & A10
Award Winner (x2)

KCAI Design Awards
Armin Hofman & Jan Tschichold Awards

Adobe Muse Web Design Showcase
Website of the Day & Year

Organizations

AIGA Kansas City

Recognition & Contributions

It's Nice That - Interview feature

Figma Editorial - Interview feature

Bestfolios - Portfolio feature

Mockplus Blog - Portfolio feature


AIGA Eye on Design Design Diary - Featured collaboration with Emma Fisher

Reality vs. Virtual Reality Features - Work in international events at Ace Hotel (LA), V&A Gallery (London), Magic Johnston (Melbourne) / Featured on I-D Magazine and Acclaim Magazine

KTLG Directory of Design Studios - Interview & video feature

ilovecreatives - Interview feature

Card Dsgn - Business card design feature

EYE X EAR Exhibition - Planned & co-curated an exhibition with Special Edition Co. & Yaeji featuring work from 70+ international audio/visual artists in Brooklyn, NY. Work also featured in the exhibition.

Pitch Zine - Feature article

Fount Magazine - Work featured in magazine & exhibitions in Berlin & Dortmund

Chroma Magazine - Work featured in The Red Issue

Neue Goods - Creators Series interview

UltraLab Apps - Work created for and utilized in Pattern Soup mobile app

Computer Arts Magazine - Typeface design featured

AIGA Get Out the Vote - Work featured in AIGA's National Design Gallery in NYC

It's Nice That
Interview feature

Figma Editorial
Interview feature

Mockplus Blog
Portfolio feature

Bestfolios
Portfolio feature

AIGA Eye on Design Design Diary
Featured collaboration with Emma Fisher

Reality vs. Virtual Reality Features
Work in international events at Ace Hotel (LA), V&A Gallery (London), Magic Johnston (Melbourne) / Featured on I-D Magazine and Acclaim Magazine

KTLG Directory of Design Studios
Interview & video feature

ilovecreatives
Interview feature

Card Dsgn
Business card design feature

EYE X EAR Exhibition
Planned & co-curated exhibition with Special Edition Co. & Yaeji featuring work from 70+ international audio/visual artists in Brooklyn, NY. Work also featured in exhibtion.

Pitch Zine
Feature article

Fount Magazine
Work featured in magazine & exhibitions in Berlin & Dortmund

Chroma Magazine
Work featured in The Red Issue

Neue Goods
Creators Series interview

UltraLab Apps
Work created for/utilized in Pattern Soup app

Computer Arts Magazine
Typeface design featured

AIGA Get Out the Vote
Work featured in AIGA's National Gallery in NYC

It's Nice That
Interview feature

Figma Editorial
Interview feature

Mockplus Blog
Portfolio feature

Bestfolios
Portfolio feature

AIGA Eye on Design Design Diary
Featured collaboration with Emma Fisher

Reality vs. Virtual Reality Features
Work in international events at Ace Hotel (LA), V&A Gallery (London), Magic Johnston (Melbourne) / Featured on I-D Magazine and Acclaim Magazine

KTLG Directory of Design Studios
Interview & video feature

ilovecreatives
Interview feature

Card Dsgn
Business card design feature

EYE X EAR Exhibition
Planned & co-curated an exhibition with Special Edition Co. & Yaeji featuring work from 70+ international audio/visual artists in Brooklyn, NY. Work also featured in the exhibition.

Pitch Zine
Feature article

Fount Magazine
Work featured in magazine & exhibitions in Berlin & Dortmund

Chroma Magazine
Work featured in The Red Issue

Neue Goods
Creators Series interview

UltraLab Apps
Work created for/utilized in Pattern Soup app

Computer Arts Magazine
Typeface design featured

AIGA Get Out the Vote
Work featured in AIGA's National Gallery in NYC

Get in touch

Get in touch

Get in touch

Want to discuss a project, collaborate or say hello? Drop me a line.

Want to discuss a project, collaborate or say hello? Drop me a line.

Want to discuss a project, collaborate or say hello? Drop me a line.

I'd love to hear from you! : )

I'd love to hear from you! : )

I'd love to hear from you! : )

Sam Small
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