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About

 

Art Director

Designer

Photographer

With over 12 years of real life design experience from advertising, to branding, photographer to photo editor, non-profit to editorial, my design style blends together many schools of practice. My design sense pursues a passion for esthetics, a strive for simplicity of solution, an element of flow, function over fashion, timeless over trend.

As an artist I believe that learning is never over. But a constant state of breaking down and building up is a necessary state of being. observing, questioning, formulating. "knowing the rules and then breaking them." and starting all over again.

I balance my visual pursuit with my passion for being active in the outdoors. I enjoy climbing, mountain biking, and backcountry skiing and just moving among mountains. At the moment I call Colorado home. I often ponder philosophically with my faithful canine companion Rilkey. 


What people are saying

Erik Lambert  Information & Marketing Director, The American Alpine Club

This is our first time working with Randy. He was recommended to us by his previous employer, and we are completely satisfied with the quality, attention to detail, and timeliness of his work. We will hire him again in a heartbeat for our next design project.

Randy not only delivered work on time in an orderly manner, he also communicated clearly with us every step along the way. In the initial stages of the project he provided insightful art direction and was open to collaborating with us in‐person to help nail the design concept before moving forward. Randy didn't just take the easy way out and do the minimum necessary to finish the project. Randy went above and beyond providing valuable input through every stage of the project even if it meant more work for him.

"Randy brought the perfect balance of task and talent"

To top it off, Randy is a great designer with an eye for clean, functional, design. Our 100‐page project required a very specific blend of art and functionality. Randy brought the perfect balance of task and talent, and within days we had a functional template that exceeded our expectations. 


Jeff Achey / Editor at Climbing Magazine

I have been a magazine editor since 1992, and in the nearly two years I knew Randy Levensaler at Climbing Magazine, I found him to be the most positive and productive “team player” I ever worked with. 

Randy’s pure design skills were superb, and the work load he managed would have crushed many art directors, but what really stood out was the synergy we could generate, producing layouts that really hit the mark. 

"producing layouts that really hit the mark."

As Features Editor, I would try to articulate story themes I considered important, or a general feel or style, though I seldom knew exactly what would give me the look I was after. (Typical statement: “Maybe a treatment that’s a little Deep South, but not too over-the-top or hokey, and really show the landscape when you do the imagery.”) Then, in the next design round, Randy would produce a clean new layout that had just the feel I was looking for. He was almost always right on the mark. This happened countless times. 

Randy always had great ideas of his own and new elements to add, but never became stuck on presenting something a certain way, or overly attached to a the look of an early study. It was never a fight to move a design in one direction or another. He seemed to be able to manage this kind of teamwork with every editor in the office.

Many of our production cycles were extremely stressful, and Randy had a great way of working with me where we could blow off steam as needed, and cheerfully get our jobs done. I always felt like he placed great value on the quality of our working relationship. Of the half dozen art directors I have seen come and go with during my years in magazine work, Randy tops them all in being fun to work with, and capable of producing real synergy with a team. If I were starting up my own magazine next week, I’d hire him in a second.

Contact us

rlevensaler@gmail.com

303-709-7751

Po Box 876 Carbondale, CO 81623

 

Client List

Rock and Ice / Ascent

Trail Runner / Dirt

Climbing 

Urban Climber

Access Fund

American Alpine Club

Sierra Designs

Kelty

La Sportiva