Hi, I'm TJ Katopis. I am a graphic designer and presentation designer, as well as an experienced business consultant. Based on my unique combination of skills and experience, I am well-positioned to help clients build value through engaging presentation design, thoughtful brand identity, and beautiful corporate communications.
As a freelance presentation designer and brand consultant, I work closely with business development and design teams to elevate whole campaigns by creating persuasive high-dollar-value pitch decks, technical deliverables, and slide templates that resonate with audiences. I enjoy working closely with clients to scope out their visual communication needs, develop their ideas, and help them deliver a powerful message and clear call to action to buyers and other key stakeholders, including management, boards of directors, and the C-Suite.
Before becoming a full-time designer, I had been a client-facing business consultant and heavy user of PowerPoint for over 15 years, and held the position of Director at PwC. Throughout my career I have designed and produced hundreds of user-friendly and actionable print and digital business proposals, reports, and other business communications, most often in a clean, modern, and minimalist style. I am an award-winning public speaker, and have spoken extensively at conferences, panels, and other business events. I am also an experienced project manager with a keen eye for detail who thrives on a deadline.
Notwithstanding my corporate experience, I am a skilled designer as well. I was at PwC when it rebranded in 2010, and my experience with the new brand roll out inspired my decision to pursue a career as a full-time designer. I recently completed my graphic design certificate at the Shillington School, where I became proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop (which has greatly complemented my presentation design work). Shillington is an intensive full-time graphic design program taught in a studio-like environment with a heavy focus on brand identity and strategy, design principles, layout, typesetting, typography, color, concept development, story telling, and industry best practices.
Through my practical experience I have developed a holistic approach with a focus on all aspects of the presentation design process — including concept development, document design, brand strategy, speaker coaching, event support, and supplemental materials — and a structured process that provides a flexible framework and a proven formula for success for any type of client and communication challenge. I have worked in recent months for such diverse clients as an online investment advisor, an international auction house, a global advertising company, a digital consulting firm, an environmental standards group, a luxury footwear brand, and a leading beauty brand.
I am a member of the Presentation Guild, a non-profit professional organization for presentation designers.
Please take a look around tjkatopis.com to see samples of my work, blog, contact info, and links to my resume and portfolio, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @tj_katopis. Contact me to discuss your next big pitch or campaign!