Christopher Kornmann is an accomplished Art Director + Graphic Designer who combines his love for music with his love for design. Growing up on the South Dakota plains sparked his creativity at a young age, allowing the spaciousness to be his blank canvas. He began his college education at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and later transferred to UW-Stout to pursue a degree in Art and Design. Upon graduating, he moved around, residing in Alaska, Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon. Along the way, he honed his design skills and gained knowledge of the industry. In 1996, he settled in New York and started his career in the music industry as an Art Director for the music publication CMJ. In 1999, he ventured out on his own and started Spit + Image. In 2011, he relocated back to the Twin Cities where he continues to operate independently, working on a wide variety of projects that nurture his creativity and keep him inspired.
“Chris is a rare find – a killer art director, illustrator and graphic designer all rolled into one! His style is both fluid and broad and he is meticulous about aesthetic detail. He is collaborative and inventive and has a great appreciation for music and art which informs his work. And, by the way, he is a dream to work with! Highly recommend.”
–Patty Radford Henderson, Senior Marketing Consultant | Fractional CMO
“Chris is an exceptional Art Director with a work ethic and philosophy that focuses on creativity, craft and collaboration. His work in not only forward thinking, but reveals commitment and passion. I highly recommend Chris.”
–Sandra Brummels, Senior Vice President, Creative Services at Republic | Island | Def Jam Records
“Hands down one of the best designers in the business. If you are looking for someone who will constantly meet and exceed expectations, then Chris should be your go-to. He is not only quick and efficient, but is a pleasure to deal with and can execute with little to no direction if needed. He is the kind of guy that will design what you want, even if you don't know what you want the design to look like yourself.”
–Christopher Graham, Senior Artist Relations Manager, Amazon Music
“I have known and worked with Chris for a long time. In addition to being an excellent art director and designer, he works extremely well with those on the business as well as creative side. His work has always been creative and appropriate, regardless of genre of music or type of project. A pleasure to work with, a keen creative eye - cannot recommend the person or the work more.”
–Cynthia Cochrane, President, Rock Ridge Music, LLC.
“I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Chris for 6 years. He is one of the most detail oriented, creative and consistent designers I’ve ever worked with. We’ve worked on some major releases together (Colbie Caillat, Tori Amos) where the pressure was high, and he came through with a beautiful package every time. I trust Chris implicitly and he often catches details that I miss. I would highly recommend Chris’s work to anybody and everyone. Besides being a talented designer, he’s also a pleasure to work with personally. You can’t go wrong with this guy!!”
–Jennifer Beal, Vice President Production / East Coast Label Group at Universal Music Group
“Chris is a rare designer who not only works great under pressure with extremely tight deadlines, but also delivers excellent work in that time frame. He has a natural talent for understanding what the clients is looking for and he has always delivered top notch work. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris Kornmann for any position.”
–Torrey Taralli, Partner Manager at Pinterest