Jason Christopher Hackwith

Art director, designer, producer, consultant, musician & educator

You might say I wear a lot of hats, but the truth is that you'll find me most often in a fedora. 

Over 22 years of real world experience in design, production, and development for a wide range of old and new media including digital, offset & web presses; screen printing, embroidery, vehicle graphics, signs, packaging, search-engine friendly rich media websites, new media marketing, podcasting, iTunes, and traditional advertising such as printed collateral, direct mail, newspaper, music, radio, and television. Lifelong musician, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. 

Specialties: Design, typography, branding and identity, illustration, podcasting, songwriting, audio and video production, mixing, and big ideas.

tl;dr: I am passionate about helping other passionate creatives to launch their ideas. Also, I like starting fires.

And wearing fedoras.


Lead Artist/Art Director: ArtBeat Inc.

August 2014 – Present (3 years 2 months)

Art director for the best screen printing and embroidery shop around. At ArtBeat Inc. I get to create amazing designs for amazing people and am proud to be part of a team that produces amazing things. From fundraising campaigns for cancer survivors to smokin' hot automotive and car show designs, WE CREATE COOL. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2015. Stop in at 103 Main, Lewiston (next to the blue bridge) and say hi. I'll give you the dime tour and show you why we're the best.

Adjunct Faculty: Lewis-Clark State College

June 2012 – Present (5 years 4 months) Workforce Training

Currently teaching: Social Media Marketing (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest); Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop (Full Version), The Joy of Vector Painting with Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. For more information and our current class schedule, stop by LCSC Workforce training at lcsc.edu/workforce-training/ or call 208-792-2388.

Servant Leader: Firewind Productions

September 1994 – Present (23 years 1 month)

Owner and principal of a multi-faceted consultancy helping creatives find and free their fire; providing design, production, publishing, marketing & training services on and off the Web. 

A Gold Partner with Discmakers, we can handle all stages of design and production for your audio projects, big and small. 

On the Web, we build complete multi-platform, responsive, search-engine friendly rich media solutions for bands & artists, corporations, non-profit organizations, ministries, and bloggers.

Off the Web, we provide publication and promotional services for authors, artists, and other creatives. If can't do it, we can draw from a network of trusted service providers we have established relationships with over the past 20 years.

tl;dr: I am passionate about helping passionate creatives to start a fire and make it grow.

Graphic Designer: Clearwater Paper Corporation

May 2013 – October 2013 (6 months) Lewiston, Idaho

As an employee of Express Employment Professionals in the art department at Clearwater Paper Corporation, I provided quality packaging design, photography, production art and miscellaneous other services for the consumer products division of this leading paper products manufacturer. Applied art to industry diagrammatics, built diagrammatics to industry specifications, accurately proofed art at multiple stages of the design and manufacturing process, and helped to ensure that art complied with industry regulations. Designed signage, banners, flyers, and product sheets. Built high quality product mock-ups for customers and sales representatives, shot products and product mock-ups in an in-house photo studio. Retouched product photos and prepared high quality product renderings for an online product book. Troubleshooted stages of photography and mock-up process and presented alternate product image rendering techniques that resulted in a higher-quality image with less time spent. Provided prompt and friendly communication with customers and sales representatives at all stages of the packaging design process.

Graphic Artist: Moneysaver Printshop

May 2005 – June 2010 (5 years 2 months)

All kinds of graphic, illustrative and commercial design of everything from collateral (brochures, business cards, posters, flyers, stationery, etc.) to newspaper and periodical advertising. Responsible for design and conceptual development of display advertising in the Moneysaver Lewis-Clark and Palouse Editions (weekly free classified newspapers), the Seaport Homefinder and the Whitman County Parade of Homes (real estate periodicals), and assorted other periodicals published by Moneysaver including Let's Get Acquainted, Summer Living, Outdoors, &c.

Art Director / Graphic Artist: Idaho Impressions, Inc.

March 2003 – March 2005 (2 years 1 month)

Provided a wide range of design and production services for a very busy screen printing, embroidery, and sign shop; from sports, organizational, and corporate apparel to advertising specialties and other promotional products. Designed and produced cut vinyl and seriographic applications for signs, banners, and vehicle advertising. Production duties included spot color, traditional process, and simulated process color separations; outputting film positives; cutting vinyl, rubylith, and thermal film.

Energy Assistance Data Entry Technician: Community Action Partnership

November 2002 – January 2003 (3 months)

Performed accurate data entry of all Energy Assistance applications for five Idaho counties and one Washington county; provided friendly customer service and support to applicants and vendors.

Graphic Artist: Digital Color Imaging

September 2000 – September 2001 (1 year 1 month)

Performed a wide range of design, typesetting, consulting, system troubleshooting, and customer support services for a fast paced, full service digital print and sign shop.

Computer Lab / AV Technician: Northwest Christian University

1996 – 1998 (2 years) Eugene, OR

Provided customer tech support and training for students, faculty and staff. Set up, took down and maintained audio and video equipment. Ran lights and sound for various productions.


School of Hard Knocks: 1994 – 2016

Over 22 years of real world experience in the graphic arts industry, from freelance to corporate and everything in between.

Northwest Christian College: 1996 – 2000

Pursued Bachelor of Arts, Music Ministry

Coeur d'Alene High School: 1992 – 1996

Diploma. Graduated with high honors.

Skills & Expertise

  • Art Direction

  • Typography

  • Graphic Design

  • Web Design

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator

  • InDesign

  • Illustration

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • QuarkXPress

  • Corel Draw

  • Logo Design

  • Photography

  • Retouching

  • Brand Development

  • New Media Marketing

  • Copywriting

  • Audio Editing

  • Audio Mixing

  • Audio Design

  • Music Production

  • Video Production

  • Songwriting

  • Composition

  • Arranging

  • Social Media

  • Publishing

  • Book Design

  • Blogging

  • Social Networking

  • Posters

  • Banners

  • Branding & Identity

  • Business Cards

  • New Media

  • Image Manipulation

  • Social Media Consulting

  • Design Consulting

  • Innovation Consulting

  • SEO


  • Advanced CSS

  • JavaScript

  • PHP

  • MySQL

  • Perl

  • Python

  • Apache