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John Pobojewski


John Pobojewski is a partner at Thirst focusing on intermedia and the blending of brand, interactive, sound, motion, and environments.

John was featured as one of five designers profiled by Communication Arts in their 2016 feature “New Currents in Chicago Design.” In 2007, he was named one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists: 20 under 30.” John has also received professional recognition from the Type Directors Club, the Society of Typographic Arts, the Chicago Design Archive, AIGA, and SEGD. His work has appeared in many design publications including Graphis, ID Magazine, and IdN Magazine.

John has presented at numerous conferences including SALT Istanbul, the SEGD Conference, the MAS CONTEXT : ANALOG Conference, AIGA National Convention, Processing Conference Chicago, and TEDx. He also lectures at colleges and universities around the U.S.

As an intermedia artist, John has been part of several group exhibitions including “WRITE NOW: Artists and Letterforms” and “CHGO DSGN: Recent Object and Graphic Design” at the Chicago Cultural Center, Mark Applebaum’s “Metaphysics of Notation” project at Stanford University, as well as three annual “Typeforce” exhibitions. His digital projections for Chicago Repertory Ballet’s production of Macbeth brought “a contemporary look” and were “especially potent” according to the Chicago Tribune.

John is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication and a Bachelor of Music in Performance. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and daughter.

Donnie Bauer

The Mill

Donnie Bauer is a creative director at The Mill in Chicago where he leads a team of designers, animators, and artists.

He brings with him over 12 years of experience working across projects for broadcast television, large-scale events, and concerts. Some of his recent collaborations include work for PlayStation, Reebok, Pitchfork Music Festivals, and designing for the CMA Music Awards in Nashville.

Donnie’s passion for design and animation has earned him accolades through AICE and PromaxBDA. His technical savvy in 3D gained him the opportunity to speak on behalf of Maxon’s Cinema 4D at NAB where he presented his unique approach to problem solving in CGI.

Donnie is a hands-on director who utilizes a “soup to nuts” approach in all of his work. From a rough sketch to the final deliverable, Donnie is dedicated to every step of the process.

Bhakti Patel

Bhakti Patel is a 3D animator and motion designer based in San Fransisco. Her latest projects include the Emmy-nominated titles for Vinyl, main-on-end titles for Thor: Ragnarok, the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show campaign, and UI design/animation for Black Panther. She was also named as part of “The Selects,” one of five animators to collaborate with T Brand Studio at The New York Times.

Bhakti’s creative and technical expertise has caught the eye of top design studios nationwide. Her experience in virtual reality, experiential design and photography have contributed to the development of her own unique style. Patel is known for her exquisite sense of detail, while exploring the contrast between minimalism and extravagance, and blending 2D with 3D design.

She is also addicted to Netflix, nachos, and bookstores.

Andrew Kramer

Video Copilot

As a freelance artist at age 20, Andrew began to work on the Video Copilot website in his spare time from his apartment in Southern California. The website started with a handful of short After Effects tutorials that were featured on the Creative Cow community. His unusual training style and offbeat humor was a refreshing voice in the training world.

Andrew continued to press the limits of After Effects which ignited a passion to design his own software and plug-ins. Today, Video Copilot plug-ins like Element 3D and Optical Flares are among industry standard tools used by large visual FX studios and individual designers.

The site’s online presence led to collaborations for Andrew to work with major companies and even the unique opportunity to work with Director J.J. Abrams on many film and television projects such as Star Trek, Super 8, Fringe, and Almost Human.

Video Copilot has published over 150 Tutorials along with dozens digital products and plug-ins used by professionals designers around the world. Andrew continues to work in the film industry in addition to publishing exciting new products and tutorials for the growing motion design and visual effects community.