About Me

I have spent my career making agencies work shine and have worked one-on-one with top creative directors and art directors to build successful campaigns and new business pitches. I have a proven track record working with top creative people in our industry.

Specialties: Retouching, Graphic Design, Layout, Photography, Typography & Pre-Press.
My expertise includes: print ads, corporate collateral, OOH, direct mail, pharmaceutical, web site design and asset creation, books and magazines. Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Acrobat, & F_Box Picture Shooter.

I am a seasoned professional with expertise in design processes, typography, re-touching, pre-press, and studio production, mounting and construction. As a designer, I wear many hats in the studio, and am comfortable under extreme deadlines. I am a dynamic, creative artist.

I have had the opportunity to work on the following accounts:

Heineken, Irwin-Vise Grip, Samsung, DirecTV, Toys R Us, Mercedes Benz, McCormick, Lawry’s, Beechnut, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Frexinet, PNC Bank, Lee Jeans, Pfizer, Bermuda Tourism, USTA, GlaxoSmithKline, Amtrak, Ad Council, Sephora, Microsoft, Lucent, Verizon, L’Oreal, Avaya, Avis, Nikon, MasterCard, Saab, GMC, Macy’s, The New York Times, Electrolux, ING, YES Network, Michelin, Hertz, Bayer, ExxonMobil, Bentley, Philips, Bank of New York, Hershey, Merck, Cigna, Mini-Cooper & J&J.

I have worked at the following companies, agencies and shops:

PRODIGIOUS Brand Logistics,Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, The Bloc, Elmwood Design, BBH, Edelman Digital, Mosner Photography, Pivot Healthcare, DirecTV & GAF Materials Corporation.

Mercedes BenzUSA, JuicePharma, 360i, Transperfect Translations, Sawtooth Group, Showtime Networks, Arnold Worldwide, McCann-Erickson, LOWE Worldwide, FUEL Digital, Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, TBWA Chiat Day, FCB Healthcare, MTV Networks, AGTseven, & DDB Worldwide.

MWES (Manufacturer Website Satisfaction) # 1 in Appearance.
JD Power – August 2014

Our team at Mercedes Benz USA was recognized for our Design and Retouching creative work on MBUSA.COM.


Vin Iandimarino, Team Leader. Visual Design, Digital & Print Production at Mercedes-Benz USA

“Richard is a highly talented and experienced retoucher. His skills are very polished and balanced. What also makes Richard a sought after artist is his ability to work independently requiring very little supervision, which is a testament to his professionalism. We relied on his expertise, his ability to balance multiple projects from initiation to completion and for his professionalism for many years at our in house agency at Mercedes-Benz USA.”

Nausica Orthodoxou, Project Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb

“I have had the pleasure of working with Richard and can attest to his high standards when it comes to his work. He is an excellent retoucher due to his extensive creativity, graphic artist /production skills as well as his expertise in photography.”

Celia Williams, Executive Producer at McGarry Bowen

“Richard is truly one of the most wonderfully talented, focused, dedicated and professional people I have ever worked with. While we were not colleagues working in the same department, our day to day tasks often gave us opportunity to work together on a project by project basis. It was always a fabulous experience. Additionally he is just a truly delightful man. He has a terrific sense of humor and is a kind and caring person. It is a pleasure to endorse him wholeheartedly. Any organization would be blessed to have him.”

Andrew Cahill, Creative Director – Tierney

“Richard is the kind of guy that makes your agency look better. In the studio, he is a jack-of-all-trades who can bring any idea to life and make every presentation shine. Aside from being a fantastic retoucher, he’s also smart and extremely detail oriented. Plus, he just so happens to be a heck of a nice guy to have around.”

Contact: toonkel.richard@gmail.com

Resume: Richard Toonkel Resume

My photography blog: backstreetwheels.blogspot.com

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