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About Me

My name is Michael A. Puttonen, and my wheelhouse is art direction, design, and creative problem-solving. From collectibles & fine arts magazines to high-end catalogs for A-list celebrities, I thrive on helping people and companies achieve their design objectives. I have more than 20 years of corporate and freelance experience in the Dallas area, and I am also an artist, photographer, and poet.


Art direction, graphic design, branding/identity, concept development, creative strategy, corporate communications, advertising, direct mail, magazines, catalogs, books, brochures, posters, signs, logo design, image manipulation, photography, photo shoot direction, pre-press production, press checks, copy writing, editing, proofreading, Mac OS X, Adobe Creative Cloud applications including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro DC, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook

Current font fetish

serifs; letterpress; hand-drawn

Dream Project

creative direction of an oversized art/fashion/culture magazine illustrated only with Polaroid instant film

"Why? Why did you do what I told you to do?!?"

My work at a glance