Joel Mertz, Portland, OR


I arrange pixels.



I am driven by the the idea that visuals can be used to empower audiences and inspire them to act.

Lead Graphics Developer

Jaguar Land Rover North America
September 2014—Present Portland, OR

Lead designer of future-facing interactive infotainment concepts for world-class vehicles. Design, test and develop user-centered features for enhancing Jaguar Land Rover’s product offerings.

Multimedia Designer

Health Management Systems
January 2012—August 2014

Produced videos, animations and websites for one of Fortune 500’s fastest growing companies. Created a seven-story motion graphics project for NASDAQ in Times Square, crafted story-driven presentations for the board of directors and united 3,000+ employees through bold and colorful communications.

Multimedia Designer

Steelman Partners
October 2009—December 2011 (2 years 3 months) Las Vegas, Nevada

Produced special effects and 3D renderings for some of the world’s largest casinos (Sands Macau, Venetian, Hard Rock). Assisted with the creation of Red Granite’s production logo and animation, as seen in major-motion pictures (The Wolf of Wall Street, Dumb and Dumber To, Daddy’s Home).

Video Editor

Magaurn Video Media
September 2008—October 2009 (1 year 2 months) Portland, Oregon Area

Edited story-driven videos for a wide variety of Northwest area clients including Greenbrier, Nike and several non-profit organization. Learned grip, camera operation and how to captivate audiences through image and sound.


Video Production
  • Camera operation
  • Audio recording
  • Basic lighting and grip
Video Post-Production
  • After Effects
  • Premiere Pro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Cinema 4D
  • Video codecs and transcoding
  • Motion graphics

Front-End Development
  • Qt/QML
  • HTML5, CSS3, basic JavaScript
  • Linux
  • WordPress
  • Git
  • Basic PHP, MySQL
Web Marketing
  • Adwords, Bing Ads
  • Marketo (Automated Marketing)
  • Constant Contact

Graphic Design
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Microsoft Office
  • Social Media
  • Project Management
  • Google SketchUp
  • SharePoint


University of Oregon 2003—2008. Eugene, OR

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Multimedia and Design
  • Minor in Business
  • Completed Design in China, Study Abroad Program (Summer 2007)


International Association of Business Communicators

International Association of Business Communicators, 2015. Audio/Visual. Dallas, TX. Communication vehicles produced using sound, images, video, film, slides, CDs or a combination of these elements. May include video, audio, PowerPoint or other presentations, and films. Dallas Quill Awards.

International Association of Business Communicators

International Association of Business Communicators, 2015. Employee Engagement. Dallas, TX. Programs or strategies that profile the role of strategic communication as a driver in improving employee engagement. Entries must focus on the communication elements of these programs, which could include contribution to program development through various communication channels. Dallas Quill Awards.

DFW AMA Marketer of the Year 2015

American Marketing Association, 2015. Best Marketing Collateral, Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. Collateral created that successfully promoted and supported the sale of a product or service (i.e. white papers, presentations, annual reports, brochures, newsletters, business cards, etc.) both in print and/or electronic format. (Excludes direct mail.) View the winning animation here.

DFW AMA Marketer of the Year 2014

American Marketing Association, 2014. Best Marketing Event, Dallas and Fort Worth, TX. Includes any event (i.e. conference, trade show, workshop, fundraising event, social event, etc.) that successfully brought a good or service to the attention of its intended audience. View the winning animation here.