About the Studio
Nathan Hinz is a creative strategist and designer specializing in brand identity, packaging and illustration. His studio is based in Minneapolis, collaborating with marketing agencies and brands to solve business problems through design. 
Nathan leans on an extensive network of strategists, creatives, producers, and production designers to tailor his offering to the client's needs. This allows him to take on projects of all sizes while remaining hands-on with the creative product.

Client Testimonials
“I’ve worked with a lot of professionals in all different fields, and what really stands out in the way Nathan approaches his craft, is that he’s not afraid to spend the time and do the really hard work, both mental and physical, that it takes to create something extraordinary.”
- Mike Maestri, Founder, PostKnife
About Nathan
Career Path
Nathan began his career surrounded by legendary creatives and campaigns at Duffy & Partners and Fallon, working for brands like International Trucks, BMW, Citi and The Islands of the Bahamas
He moved to Cue, where he spent three years designing multiple branding and packaging efforts for Jack Daniel’s, among other well-received projects.
Today, his studio is sought after for brand identity and packaging, using design to elevate the brand experience.

Career Themes
Large Brands
Nathan's career is filled with noteworthy projects for global brands, and clients of all sizes benefit from it. These experiences have sculpted his approach and process to be collaborative and flexible to fit any situation.
Built to Last
These days a rebrand might happen every few years, but there is something to be said for proven examples of work that endures. Nathan has several projects that are still hitting their marks five, ten and even twenty years after their launch.
Strategic Design
With 20 years of well-recognized, highly-visible work, Nathan has shown he is able to balance audience needs and business goals without sacrificing quality. This blend of strategic thinking with a high level of craft is a major factor in the success of his studio.

Capabilities
The studio can stretch and scale its capability in terms of expertise and human power with a network of strategists, creatives, account managers and producers.

Strategy
Brand Workshops, Content Strategy, Positioning, Brand Architecture, Focus Groups, Brand Platforms, Competitive Audits
Identity
Brand Development & Rebranding, Logo Design, Identity Systems, Brand Toolkits
Digital
Website Design & Development, Social Content, Motion, UX/UI, User Testing, Mobile Applications
Print Design
Books, Collateral, Business Cards, Poster Design, Keyline Production   
Illustration
Iconography, Typographic Illustrations, Spot Illustration, Vector Crafting
Packaging
Master Brand Systems, Portfolio Extensions, Label Design, Vessel Design, Alcohol/Spirits, Beverage, Grocery, Retail, Shippers

Experience
The studio works with global brands and creative agencies all over the country. It makes us smart about a diverse range of categories and markets. In a time where companies build huge internal marketing staffs, our insights can help bring innovative thinking to the table. 
Partial list

Studio
The Archdiocese of NY, Coca-Cola, Curtis Stone, Jack Daniel’s, Minneapolis Parks Foundation, PostKnife, Odwalla, Sonos, Southern Comfort, Sprite  
Partnered with Agencies
Athena Health, Catholic Charities SF, Code 42, Del Monte, Dunkin' Donuts, LinkedIn, Lowe’s, Mentos, Oakland A’s, Phillips 66, Seagate, Sennheiser, South Eastern Grocers, Weill Cornell Medicine
Career
BMW, Best Buy, Boy Scouts of America, Briggs & Stratton, Brown-Forman, Caribou Coffee, Children’s Theatre Co, Citi, ConAgra Foods, Finlandia Vodka, International Trucks, Jack Daniel’s, Land O’Lakes, NY Stock Exchange, Nordstrom, Purina, Southern Comfort, The Islands Of The Bahamas, United Airlines, Virgin Mobile

Awards & Recognition
A partial list of organizations, blogs, books and events that have recognized Nathan's design throughout his career. 
Awards
AIGA National Show, AIGA Minnesota Show, Art Director’s Club, Brand! Volume 4, Communication Arts, Cannes, Communication Arts, How Magazine, Logo Lounge, London International Awards, Print Magazine
Online Recognition
Behance, Black Eiffel, The Dieline, Design Work Life, Graphic Exchange, Lovely Package, PSFK, Trends Now, Typography Served
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