Marketing & Creative Director | Designer | Business Development

My name is Scott Abel and I am a visual communicator, storyteller, aesthete, conceptual thinker and craftsman, who has worked for and on major brands and products for over a dozen years now, usually as part of a marketing team.

Graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design from Montana State University in 2002 and a Master's from the Academy of Art University in 2007, I have been trained as a strategic thinker and designer. Combined with my years of professional experience, I have learned to hone my skills and technical prowess resulting in delightful and engaging experiences. 


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  • Design (★★★★★): Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and QuarkExpress
  • Video (★★★★☆): After Effects, Premiere Pro, Audition, and Flash
  • Web (★★★★☆): Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, Responsiveness
  • UI/UX (★★★☆☆): Sketch
  • Prototyping (★★☆☆☆): Pixate and Skala
  • Productivity (★★★★☆): Keynote, Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Google Docs, JIRA, and SVN Versions
  • Ad tools (★★★☆☆): AdStudio F# (efsharp)Celtra, and Aarki

Additional Expertise:

  • SEO (★★★★☆)
  • Marketing & Advertising (★★★★☆)
  • Copywriting (★★★★☆)
  • HTML/CSS (★★★☆☆)
  • Color Theory (★★★★☆)
  • Photography (★★★★☆)
  • Social Media (★★★★☆)


  • MFA thesis wins first place // International Design Awards Land and Sea competition // 04.08
  • MFA thesis selected for People's Choice Award // Cause and Affect design competition, AIGA // 08.07
  • Second degree black belt // Kim’s United Tae kwon-do Academy // 09.01–12.12
  • Eagle Scout // Boy Scouts of America // 07.84–06.97

Additional Experience:

  • // Resident Expert and Contributor // 05.12–05.15 
  • AIGA member // San Francisco, CA // 08.04–present
  • MFA Graphic Design Student Representative // Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA // 07.06–12.07
  • International study // Paris, France // 05.05–08.05
  • International study // Bali, Indonesia // 06.01–08.01


  • The outdoors, mountain biking, water sports, skiing, tae kwon-do, art, photography, travel and culture

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"You can only know your limits when you push past them, at which point they are achievements. In essence, there are no limits..."