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On contract assignment with The Creative Group until end of Aug.

Actively seeking opportunities.

Contact me at nicholas@nicholasnelson.net 

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Profile: Highly creative, innovative and multi-talented Senior Graphic Designer with 14 years of experience in the creative industry.

  • Divergent “out of the box” thinker that is inspired by innovation, passion and technology
  • 14 years experience in Image Manipulation, Graphic Design, Print Design, Marketing, Branding, Photography, Project Management and Design Management
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a passion and desire for achieving high level results
  • Multifaceted communicator in a range of disciplines

Skills:

  • Ability to work independently/collaborate with others
  • Account management
  • Advanced file management/digital library creation
  • Advanced image manipulation, masking, color correction & restoration
  • Advanced photography/post editing
  • Advanced print management, preflight, color profiling, press checks, icc profiling, monitor calibration
  • Art Direction
  • Entrepreneur mindset
  • Effective in meeting deadlines/budgets while remaining flexible with changing needs/demand
  • Employee/Intern management
  • Managing/developing projects from conception to completion
  • Marketing campaign development/management; print, social, web
  • New technology/music geek
  • Proficient using Adobe CC 2014, PowerPoint, Keynote, MS Office
  • Project management of small to large projects, gnatt/work back charts
  • Strong conceptual creative skills,vendor/client relations, business sense
  • Strategical planner and thinker
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment -worked in many start-ups
  • Windows, Mac, Chrome platforms
  • WordPress, HTML and Front-end web development/FTP server/control adminPlease enquirer for examples of projects where skill-set was utilized

 

Professional Experience: 

Contract Designer, Los Angeles / San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA 2007 – Current
Various contracts as a graphic designer, marketing manager, presentation designer, design/project
manager and illustrator in a range of industries including: start-ups, ad and web/interactive
development agencies, entertainment and consumer products for short – long term projects.
Companies included: Method (home products), Jumbo Shrimp Advertising, The Creative Group, Solitude Creative Agency,
DS – IQ, BDA Inc. (merchandising agency), Night and Day Studios, Cadillac, Non-profits and Start-ups.

Contract Presentation Designer, BDA Inc., Seattle, WA, 2014 – On-going 
During short tenure proposed, tested and implemented a new digital interactive platform for
sales and new business development teams to present sales tools using media rich, interactive,
immersive smartphone and tablet based applications. In addition, creating and re-refreshing
digital presentations using Keynote, interactive PDF and PowerPoint applications.
*June-July 2014 – Package Design

Marketing Manager, Dilusso Homes – (Start up), Portland, OR 2013
Developed from ground-up and maintained creation of all marketing materials including;
branding, web, print, radio, tv, ads and campaigns. Marketing efforts brought in 3-5 home
purchases per month resulting in an increase of assets of 1.5M/month. Created company
cloud based communications system which improved employee productivity and communication
by 60% which resulted in -15% project delays and profits exceed projections by 18%.

Pre-Press/Sign Manufacturer, DWA Tradeshow, Portland, OR 2013
Worked with Portland’s only 100% green printer – Mutoh Value Jet using Mubio inks producing
large format flat prints/signs – 80’ banners on bamboo. Sign production, producing large format
trade-show presentations, lamination, vinyl lettering. Maintained tight time-lines that coordinated
with full production trade show events.

Senior Graphic Designer, Northwest Natural Products, Vancouver, WA 2010 – 2011
Developed and managed cohesive print/digital materials and illustrations for children’s gummy
vitamin consumer brand with an aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle by integrating games and
activities into the packaging and marketing materials. Worked closely with Brand Managers and
Creative Directors to conceptualize and produce award winning imagery. During my tenure, the
brand rose to the #1 best selling international consumer brand and held the spot for 6 weeks
and added 4 new products to the existing line.

Independent Design / Marketing Consultant, Nicholas Nelson Studios, Orange County, CA
San Francisco, CA / Portland, OR 2007 – 2010
Created and managed small boutique design consultancy that specialized in industries such as;
information technologies, start-ups, entertainment, food, medical and fitness. Services offered;
image editing, project management, business development, art direction, photography, illustration,
branding, web/multimedia, social media management and marketing. Clients included Sony, Ford,
Kontera Web Technologies and Method Products.

Senior Graphic Designer, San Francisco Chocolate Factory, San Francisco, CA 2007 – 2008
Brand management, packaging, web and marketing for 10 product lines.

Senior Graphic Designer, KTGY Group, Inc., Santa Monica, CA 2005 – 2007
Hired on as an assistant to the Graphic Designer; created and managed a graphic design
department for the companies new Los Angeles Retail Design Studio. There I co-created a 30
person company wide graphic design committee, an Environmental Graphic Design Studio,
and a company wide image library which was integrated into 6 satellite offices. I led the creation
and design of marketing materials, branding, trade-show graphics, environmental design,
photography, presentation boards/books, illustrations, multimedia presentations for the retail
division on accounts ranging from $2-15M.

Production Designer/Pre-press, Laguna Print, Laguna Beach, CA, 2004 – 2005
Typesetting letterheads, business cards, invitations, brochures, flyers, advertisements.
Setting up print plates, working with offset press, digital image ripping, laser printing and copying, blueprinting.

Contract Designer – Production/Layout Designer, Mariner Art and Design, Newport Beach, CA, 2003 – 2004
Worked with clients such as Taco Bell, Mountain Dew and Southern California Universities on marketing materials,
catalogs, print advertisement, package design and branding. Refreshed the company’s file management system and
increased productivity by 15% on average which helped increase profits within the first 3 months of implementation.

Graphic Designer, overnightprints.com, Santa Ana,CA, 2003
Worked with team of graphic designer’s on pre-press and quality control for newly established consumer print service.
Chosen to build the first company creative advertising campaign to promote services based on preliminary concepts presented to owner.

Creative Director/Business Development, Echo Productions, St. Paul, MN 2000 – 2003
Created a full-service visual arts studio for an established Hip-Hop, R&B, Metal, Rock and
Electronic music recording label. Managed photography, web/multimedia, and graphic design
for recording artists from conception to completion with budgets ranging from $50 – $50,000.
Produced branding for artist’s that went on to be signed by Sony and Jam Records.

Client List 

Alec Chase

Amazing Lives

Amore’ Fashions

Asia SF

Avila Design

Casino Touring Magazine Inc.

Champagne Room Night Club

Circle C Convenience Stores

Clark and Bardes Consulting Group

Copyrite Printing

Cricketgear Apparel

Design House 5

DJ AJ

D’urso Italian Delicatessen

Escape Ultra Lounge

Example Motion

Fan Slant

Forgotten Shanghai

JW Mills Management

Handy Fix It Handyman Service

HBS Media Group

Henderson Design Group

HQ Global Workplace

KTGY Group, Inc.

Kontera

Lavision Records

Motor Whiskey

Metropolitan Ford

Method Home

Obsidian Media LLC

Optimus Medical Group

Kohan Professional Consultants

Righteous Rebel Music

San Francisco Chocolate Factory

Sky Castle Media

Sony

TEDx

The Bird Night Club

The Olympic Club

Terrapin Events

VBN Architects

XDR Radiology

VAGADU Fashion Design Studio

Vertillence

Well Yoga Studios

Education:

The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis,MN

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, 2001

 

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Bachelor of Arts: Advertising Management | Minor: Design Management, January 2014

3.8 GPA – The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

 

Honors & Awards:

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars – 3.8 GPA

 

Affiliations:

Member of:
NAPP (National association of Photoshop Professionals
AIGA