Jake Fruend




I’m Jake: a freelance graphic designer in Chicago, a native of St. Louis, a theatre nerd, and a Pillsbury Cook-Off Winner.

Why though?

I moved to Chicago in 2009, and started my hustle in the city’s vast theatre community. A large majority of my projects are campaigns for non-profit performing arts organizations. Theatre was my first artistic love and — like great theatre — at the core of my work is a desire to tell stories, evoke emotion, and inspire action.

What’s on the table?


What’s still cookin’?

I’m currently learning the basics of animation & motion graphics with Adobe After Effects.
I’d also like to get more experience with hand-made elements.

Who do you know?

My current and former clients include Northwestern University, Chicago House & Social Services Agency, Project Fierce, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Kaleidoscope Vintage, Amy’s Candy Bar, Torch Singer Vintage, Flat Fifth Vintage, The Book Patch, Nicholas Senn High School, Williamson Health & Associates, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), Elixir Lounge, Hydrate Nightclub, the Joseph Jefferson Awards, the League of Chicago Theatres, and the following theatre companies:

Mary Arrchie Theatre, Jackalope Theatre, Raven Theatre, Northlight Theatre, About Face Theatre, Red Theater, Nothing Without a Company, The Wirtz Center for Performing Arts, Mercy Street Theatre, Compass Theatre Collective, The No Stakes Theatre Project, Block Street Theatre, The Electric Brain, The Kinematics, and The Neo-Futurists.

Who’s my favorite child?

My work with Raven, hands down.

There’s no ‘I’ in Fruend. Let’s talk about u.

Contact me, and let’s make something awesome.