Artisan is an interactive, digital, marketing and creative staffing agency. We advocate for the best talent, including graphic designers, web and mobile developers, UX designers, interactive learning consultants, project managers, and more. We nurture relationships with the best clients, from interactive agencies to small non-profits to major corporations.

Inc 500 logoIn 1988, before the ubiquity of the internet and the birth of online job boards, Artisan came into being as a creative staffing agency for freelance graphic designers, art directors, photographers, and illustrators in Chicago. By 1993, Artisan had tripled in size and was cited in Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation. We’ve continued to evolve ever since, becoming one of the most successful and influential interactive, digital, and creative staffing agencies not just in our hometown, but in the entire country.


Artisan’s revolutionary approach to the industry and continuous strive for excellence has helped it achieve success and garner attention along the way. This was further reinforced when Artisan was selected as a finalist to Ernst and Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2008.

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After winning our first prestigious “Best of Staffing “Award in 2010, we are glad to announce that we have continued with that tradition, and won yet again in 2014 and 2015 – in both categories: “Best of Staffing – Clients” and “Best of Staffing – Talent”. This ranks Artisan in the top 2% of all Agencies nationwide – thanks again to our wonderful clients and talent who have ranked us with the best of the best!



Our goal is to be the first choice for top clients and talent, and to build strong, ongoing relationships with top businesses and talent.

Artisan is now a respected authority and leader in the creative staffing industry. With offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati – and placing talent nationwide – we have a wealth of powerful client relationships and a tested reputation for talent advocacy. Today, Artisan serves 2,000 companies around the United States, along with thousands of skilled professionals in a wide variety of fields.

Whatever your business needs, we have the resources to facilitate the perfect match. The broad range of specialty professionals we represent and the close relationships we sustain make the difference. Thank you for reading About Artisan.