Dean Dunakin

Dean Dunakin


I’ve been a professional designer and musician in Chicago for close to twenty years, working in music production, visual design, and web design. In both commercial and artistic pursuits I really take pleasure in helping others fulfill their creative ideas, helping them connect with their audiences.

I have written, produced, designed for, and published music through many labels and agencies, landing spots with clients such as ABC, MTV, Discovery Channel, Food Network, Netflix, and Red Bull, and performed and toured with a variety of bands in the midwest. As a producer I balance my own vision with the reward of bringing out the voice of my collaborators. I started the Zen Dozer music label and studio to showcase and assist fellow Chicago artists in recording and self-releasing their music. I similarly co-founded the online boutique, Beatserv, to feature low-priced, but uniquely compelling and useful high-quality beats.

I’ve designed hundreds of pieces for album covers, concert posters, websites, and merchandise. I’ve worked freelance with many clients, but also have been integral in long-term teams at companies like Sears Holdings Corporation and Blick Art Materials.

photo by Emily Gualdoni Photography