Cory Schmitz
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Cory Schmitz

Graphic designer in NYC, He/him

Now full-time at PlayStation!!

5 months ago

About

Graphic designer specializing in branding in video games (as well as film, tech, music, & more), ranging from indie to AAA. Also works on album covers & gig posters, & enjoys photography & zine-making.

Work Experience

2023 — Now
San Diego

Full-time (remote) Art Director at PlayStation Studios Creative.

2011 — Now
NYC

One-person remote graphic design studio. Responsible for logo creation, style guides, key artwork, album covers, gig posters, packaging, & more.

Past & present clients include Activision, Analogue, Anamanaguchi, Annapurna Interactive, anticon., Baths, Bleacher Report, Devolver Digital, Donda, Epic Games, Kero Kero Bonito, Madeon, Netflix, Oculus, PC Music, PlayStation, Porter Robinson, Riot Games, Sobs, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Vox Media, Weezer, & Xbox.

2015 — 2023
San Mateo

Off-site designer at PDSG Creative group. Responsible for logo creation, packaging, UI, apparel design, & more, in a collaborative setting.

2016 — 2020
LA

Contract work. Was responsible for logo creation, style guide, & social media assets.

2013 — 2016
San Francisco

Contract work for the games Broken Age, Massive Chalice, Headlander, & RAD. Was responsible for logo creation, artwork, packaging, UI, icons, posters, & more.

2011 — 2013
Graphic artist at Queasy Games
Toronto

On-site work for the game Sound Shapes on PS Vita & PS3. Was responsible for logo creation, artwork, character design, UI, icons, & more.

2009 — 2011
Seattle

An all-around graphic design role. Worked with clients such as Microsoft, Naked Juice, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC, Sephora, & more.

2008 — 2009

Projects

2023

Logo, key artwork, typefaces, UI, & more. Collaboration with RapidEyeMovers, Arkotype, & Wolf & Wood.

2020

Logo creation & style guide

2018

Logo creation, with art direction by Janne Pulkkinen

2017

Designed in collaboration with PDSG Creative group

2017

Logo creation & style guide, designed in collaboration with Insomniac Games

2017

Logo creation, packaging, style guide, & more

2014

Logo creation, designed in collaboration with Mackey Saturday, Nicolaus Taylor, & Jon Malkemus

2014

Logo creation, with art direction by Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah

Education

2006 — 2010
Seattle

Degree in visual communications

Speaking

2023
Freelancing in the Video Game Industry for 12-ish Years, A Retrospective
The New York Times
2021
Carnegie Mellon School of Design
2021
Creative Chat at Funimation Monthly Creative Chats
Online
2018
"Anatomy of a Game Announce" at PS/Create
San Francisco
2011
Gamesblog Breakfast Panel at GameCity6
Nottingham, UK
2011
Season 2 Episode 3 at GameCityNights
Nottingham, UK
2011
"Finding My Way Into Games (As a Graphic Designer)" at Gamercamp Lvl3
Toronto

Features

2022
2019
2019
2017
2014
2013

Side Projects

Ongoing

Digital & 35mm film photography

Ongoing

Risograph zine-making

Volunteering

2021 — 2022

"Co-founded by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, iam8bit, & fortyseven, the Game Maker’s Sketchbook aims to highlight & celebrate all forms of art related to the craft of making games."

Awards

2015
30 Under 30 in Games from Forbes

Nominee

2012
Award from The Webby Awards

Winner, with Wexley

2011
Award from The American Advertising Awards Seattle

Winner, with Wexley

2009
123 Show from Cornish College of the Arts

Honorable mention

2009
Kreielsheimer Award from Cornish College of the Arts

Winner

2009
Merit Scholarship from Cornish College of the Arts

Winner

2008
Merit Scholarship from Cornish College of the Arts

Winner

2007
Merit Scholarship from Cornish College of the Arts

Winner

Exhibitions

2022
Tokyo

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

2019
Seattle

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

2016
Seattle

2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

2015
Decibel Festival Poster Show at Roq la Rue
Seattle

2013, 2014, 2015

2015
iam8bit 10th Anniversary at iam8bit
LA
2015
Space Heroes at iam8bit
LA
2015
Star Wars: A Saga Revisited at Gallery Nucleus
LA
2014
SEQUEL at iam8bit
LA
2014
Video Games Exhibition at Mediatheque Noisy-le Sec
Paris
2014
Game Over at Giant Robot 2
LA

2012, 2014

2013
Not for Rental Project at 71a Gallery
London
2012
Comics vs Games at Magic Pony
Toronto
2012
The Triforce Tribute at Land Gallery
Portland

Curated by Jolby & Always With Honor

2011
IndieCade Postcard Show at Glitchlab
LA
2011
Sonic: Coming of Age at SEGA & Amusement
Paris
2010
The Controller Launch Party at SPACE
Seattle
2010
Heavenly Symphony at Babycastles
NYC
2010
Game Over IV at Giant Robot
San Francisco
2010
Art & Design BFA Show at Cornish College of the Arts
Seattle

Contact

Website
Twitter
Tumblr
Glass
Instagram
Flickr
Letterboxd

Teams

Current
PlayStation