Chris Hunter is a fifteen year veteran of the digital arts world. He’s worked since 2001 in computer graphics focusing on graphic design, digital photography, magazine publishing, website development, creative direction and most recently digital cinematography and video editing. His clients span from Fortune 1000 companies to non-profit NGOs to musicians and artists. He currently lives in Middletown, Rhode Island and is the Creative Director and Owner of Collective Thought Media, and the Creative Director of The New England Publishing Group, a lifestyle content publisher located in South Eastern Massachusetts.
Chris began his journey in the digital arts world in 2000, graduating from Gibbs College with a degree in Visual Communications, focusing on print design, web development, typography, fine art, photography, 2D and 3D design, video editing, 3D animation and design / art history.
Upon graduating from Gibbs College, Chris immediately began working in the print publishing field, finding employment with Bristol’s East Bay Newspapers. There Chris learned the old school methods of paste-up newspaper layout, and the importance of attention to detail.
After quickly learning and growing with East Bay Newspapers, Chris moved onto PDQ Design Print Mail, located in Swansea, MA. Here Chris learned the true fundamentals of digital prepress. Working hand in hand with a creative director, pressmen and Customer Service Reps, Chris received a full foundation of knowledge in working with four color printing, spot printing, creation of film and paper negatives, advanced prepress techniques to go from vector to raster while color separating and preparing files for final press output.
After two years of working intensely on demanding digital prepress projects, Chris returned back to his print publishing roots in 2004 as he began working for the Edward Sherman Publishing Company, publishers of the Newport Daily News. Chris’ responsibility here included helping to manage a complex workflow consisting of thousands of ads a week across several newsprint and glossy publications. Chris excelled at advertisement design, PDF manipulation and preflighting, high resolution scanning, image retouching and color correction, web publishing and full color editorial magazine design. Chris also was responsible for award winning house and marketing campaigns for the Daily News and Newport Life Magazine.
At the same time, Chris became passionate about digital photography, starting on a small point and shoot, then graduating to a Canon 300D DSLR. With this camera, he took thousands of photos and began getting his work published in Newport Life Magazine and doing commercial work in Rhode Island.
In 2007, Chris moved on to become creative director for the Portsmouth based Affusion Group, a full service digital media company. Here Chris progressed as an artist and designer, and also began tackling complex web projects including intranets, CMS based websites, and advanced GUIs for various applications and websites. Chris also worked closely with the company owners on new business development, project management and eventually managed a staff of three as the creative director.
In 2008, Chris began a partnership with New England Publishing Group as an independent contractor, creating the brand identity, website and print magazine template for New England Golf Monthly, the #1 regional golf magazine in the country. He took on this responsibility while still maintaining a full time job in order to grow the freelance side of his business, and remain firmly in the print publishing industry.
In 2009, Chris took an opportunity to return to the print publishing world full time, and became employed with TriMed Media Group, located in Providence, RI. TriMed is one of the countries largest medical publishing companies, and has a half dozen titles related to various medical fields including Health Imaging, Cardiovascular Health, CMIO/Medical Technology and Molecular Imaging. Here, Chris was responsible for editorial magazine layout, eNewsletter creation, marketing campaigns, website interface design & development, video & audio editing and project management in a demanding and high volume workflow.
In 2011, after two years of working full time and completing 8 magazine issues a year for New England Golf monthly, Chris made the move to full time self-employment by strengthening his partnership with New England Publishing Group and leaving TriMed Media. Now fully self employed, Chris took on the full workload of magazine publishing and prepress services for NE Pub Inc. Additionally, Chris grew his freelance client base exponentially between 2012 and 2015, expanding his services to include full HD videography and post production / editing, technology consulting and computer build services, and most recently in the summer of 2014, aerial video and photography services.