Christie Cereshko | Owner & Creative Director
I’m Christie. It’s great to meet you.
I started CMD Graphics in 2007 upon graduating from Cleveland Sate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a specific program certificate in Graphic Design. In my last years at CSU, I was the co-President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Cleveland Chapter, organizing events and designing galleries. Post grad, I regularly attended networking events in Cleveland, primarily for the American Marketing Association (AMA). I knew the end game was to start my own business. But aside from education and a degree, I needed the next most important element. E X P E R I E N C E.
I worked for several creative companies part-time, building up my skills and knowledge along the way. I believe every single job you work provides opportunities to learn valuable lessons you’ll use later on, and it proved to be true. Even when your job is half designer / half accounts receivable at a copier company. It taught me so much.
For one year I attended marketing gatherings in Downtown Cleveland. My goal was to hand out at least 10 business cards. After that year, word of mouth became the primary marketing tool for me. I learned to build bridges and create a strong network of great people in our community. If people continue to positively pass my name along, I’ve got to be doing something right.
“If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.” – Michael Bierut
I value the clients I work with. I get to learn about so many different industries. I enjoy listening to the vision and goals, and have fun with the process of providing designs that represent your message.
I am incredibly grateful for the partnerships I have built with my clients, print vendors, IT companies, and mentors.
Over the years I’ve grown to love collaborating with other creative individuals. I have a trusted right-hand man who helps with all of my website development and a handful of great designers and interns who jump in to help keep things fresh and bounce ideas. Together we strive of professional design.
I have an amazingly supportive husband and two wild children, who keep the lessons coming and make the the days even more interesting.
Ever heard of Clifton’s Strength Finder? These are my top 5 strengths.
ACHIEVER • COMMUNICATION • STRATEGIC • WOO • EMPATHY
I look forward to working with you!