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Shado represents a biologically-engineered humanoid prototype calibrated to high performance specs for the ultimate in creativity and intellectual versatility.
Infused with the freshest ingredients for bold flavor and exceptional taste, Shado satisfies hunger for artistic satisfaction.

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Pixels, Paint, Paths, & Points

Shado Norstegaard
You can just call me Shado


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A mad scientist of experimentation and improvisation, Shado specializes in creating unforgettable visual experiences.

Shado has been editing video since the early 90s era of VHS tapes and A/B roll editors. The prominent rise of computer graphics soon democratized video production and Shado was on the front lines of the movement.
Today, Shado uses an arsenal of evolving tools and the latest technology to craft custom thematic environments guaranteed to impress.

Good graphic design is transparent. The medium IS the message and Shado takes command of whatever tools are necessary to convey the desired experience.

Graphic design is Shado's lifeblood and livelihood. As a small child, Shado was fascinated by the power of the logotype - the simple, bold black&white shapes that archetypally speak to us all on a cosmic level.
Years later, Shado came to realize that he didn't choose graphic design...it chose him, giving an ultimate purpose and direction to his creative tendencies.

An Illustrator is a DJ with graphics, quickly building revolutionary new ideas from remixed vector pieces.

Upon entering the sign industry in 2001, Shado immediately fell in love with vector illustration. Although somewhat initially intimidated by the learning curve of Adobe Illustrator, the program is now an indispensible daily tool.
Shado often creates entire works in Illustrator, avoiding Photoshop altogether, just for the sheer challenge. This stubborn trait eventually became a trademark of his style.

With over two decades as an audiovisual engineer and performance artist, Shado is a trusted name in visual entertainment.

Shado has a solid reputation as one of the hardest working and dedicated AV performers around, consistently doing whatever it takes to make an event successful.
Some of the acts and/or organizations Shado has provided AV support for include Bassnectar, White Stripes, Sub Pop Records, Decibel Festival, Esthetic Evolution, Iboga Records, Velvet Revolver, and more.

Video podcasting has taken the internet by storm and Shado is right at the forefront.

Shado produces regular video podcasts promoting artistic expression and progressive ideas. The experience has been invaluable toward developing confidence with emerging digital media.
By knowing the correct tools and workflow to get the job done, Shado can provide businesses with the latest viral marketing options to reach audiences in fresh and novel ways.

Why Choose SHADO?


"Don't be a wimp" is Shado's favorite saying from design school. One cannot truly be creative if there is fear of exploring, engaging, experimenting, and possibly even going back to the drawing board.


Being on time and delivering on schedule are imperative components of business. When inevitable problems do arise, having the integrity to be transparent is even more important.


Being a sucessful artist is presenting a mysterious yet compelling aura for the audience. Shado's insatiable curiosity for larger than life cinematic experiences is at the foundation of everything he does.


Shado has devoted a lifetime to finding equilibrium between beauty and utilitarianism in design, always seeking the ultimate pinnacle of function and fashion.


Doing well at a job is more than earning a paycheck. It means going above and beyond expectations. Shado is always on your side and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done right.


Warm and easy-going with an innate ability for finding the middle ground, Shado is a natural leader who thrives on direct communication and mutual respect.

What People are Saying

Courteous, flexible, and always professional. Shado's visual presentations never fail to amaze our attendees. In many cases it's half of the show!

Joe Evans, Seattle Psy Ops

What People are Saying

Shado's visuals completely set the vibe for the first Opulent Temple White Party and also for our 2nd Annual Wonderland event. I totally trust him to do great work. Book him!

John Allen, Opulent Temple

What people say?

I couldn't imagine working with anyone else!

Royce Owen, Summa Inc.

What people are saying

This is such an awesome display of the creative genius that flows through Mr. Norstegaard! He speaks my language! Highly recommended! Must watch!

Anthony Correia

What people are saying

SHADO has done visuals for a few of our shows now. Amazing visuals every time that really give the venue a professional look. We plan to continue working with SHADO for our future shows. I would highly recomend using their services for your events or promotional material.

Patrick Meagher, Cosmic Horizon
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