Profile:


 

My experience as a visual artist spans 18 years and includes experience in a wide-range of accounts from architecture, agency, product, retail to fashion, technology, transportation and sports. I am a strategic, divergent thinker inspired by design thinking, innovation, user experience and technology. Storytelling, branding and customer-centric strategic creative solutions are at the forefront of my design ethos.

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: 


Art Director
Fierce Inc. Seattle, WA
  • Duties include; Design management and development for a team of 35 multifaceted industry leaders,
    innovators and game-changers. Art direction, advertising, brand management, design management, website management, social media management, conceptual design, campaign development,
    photography and lead design of all company advertising and marketing materials internally/externally
    for trade show, print, social and web.
  • Managed team of off-site/on-site freelance visual designers, copywriters, videographers, developers
    and photographers.

Senior Visual Designer
BDA Merchandise Agency, Seattle, WA
  • Duties include; Corporate branding, executive keynote and global presentation design, lead design
    for new business department, studio design for fortune 500 accounts, develop and implementation
    of global marketing design projects.
  • Highlights; Designed and developed a digital interactive platform for global pitch teams. Concepted, pitched and managed corporate brand clean up and update/creation of company-wide marketing, design and advertising on global scale.

Design Consultant
Los Angeles/San Francisco, CA / Portland, OR, Seattle, WA
  • Duties include; Various contracts as a graphic web/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.
  • Created and managed small boutique design consultancy that specialized in industries such as; Interior design, non-profit, architecture, product, retail, fashion, music, technology, transportation, sports, IT, startups, entertainment, food, medical and fitness. Clients included Sony, Ford, Kontera, Method, The Creative Group, Solitude Creative Agency, DS – IQ, Climos, Righteous Rebel Records, Cadillac, Jumbo Shrimp Advertising, and Tether Design Inc.
  • Managed team of off-site/on-site freelance visual designers, copywriters, photographers,
    accountants and developers.

Art Director
Dilusso Homes, Portland, OR
  • Duties include; Design and ground-up development of company brand, marketing management, brand management. Art direction of all marketing, advertising, social, web, print, radio, tv and campaigns.
  • Managed team of off-site/on-site freelance copywriters, videographers, developers and photographers.
  • Highlights; Marketing activities resulted in an asset increase of 1.5M/month. Developed company cloud based communications system to increase productivity and communication by 60%.

Graphic Designer
DWA Trade-show, Portland, OR
  • Duties include; Management of printing department, graphic design, sign production, large format
    printing, trade-show presentation design, vinyl lettering, press repair and maintenance.
  • Highlights; Concepted and pitched company growth strategy which included creation of marketing
    department, graphic design services and development of social media channels to increase revenue by +10%

Art Director
Avila Design Architecture, Berkeley, CA
  • Duties include; Management of creative department, large format presentation development, architectural illustration, art direction of 3D projects, marketing management, website management, internal/external communications, hiring and managing interns and creative staff members.
  • Highlights: Concepted and managed company wide re-branding and creative service offerings.

Senior Graphic Designer
Northwest Natural Products, Vancouver, WA 
  • Duties include; 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.
  • Highlights; The brand I was working on 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.

Senior Graphic Designer
San Francisco Chocolate Factory, San Francisco, CA
  • Duties include: Brand management, packaging, web and marketing for 10 product lines.

Senior Visual Designer
KTGY Architectural Design and Planning Firm, Irvine/Santa Monica, CA
  • Duties include; Management of creative department, brand management, trade-show graphics,
    environmental design management, photography, presentation design management, prototype
    development and architectural illustration on international accounts ranging from $2-30M.
  • Managed team of visual designers, illustrators and photographers.
  • Highlights; Co-created a 30 person company wide graphic design committee and environmental  graphic design studio. Hired on as an assistant to the designer and within 8 months promoted to manager of creative department for the companies new Los Angeles retail design studio.

Designer
Cricket Gear Apparel / Amore Fashions, Orange County, CA
  • Duties include; Management of relationships with local and international vendors, worked directly with clothing manufacturers, fabricators and silk screening of various clothing lines.
  • Highlights; Co-founded young, urban apparel company. Created and directed marketing, photography,
    project management and branding for 5 clothing lines ranging in styles from skateboarding to evening wear.

Production Designer/Pre-press
Laguna Print, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Duties include: 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
  • Duties include: Design of catalogs, print advertisement, package design and branding.
  • Clients included: Taco Bell, Mountain Dew and  70% of all Southern California Universities.
  • Highlight: 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
  • Duties include: Working with team of graphic designer’s on pre-press and quality control for newly established consumer print service.
  • Highlight: Chosen to build the first company creative advertising campaign to promote services based on preliminary concepts presented to owner.

Designer
Echo Productions, St. Paul, MN
  • Duties include; Management of creative department which included photography, web/multimedia, and graphic design
    for regional recording artists.
  • Highlight: Created a full-service visual arts studio for an established Hip-Hop, R&B, Metal, Rock and
    Electronic music recording label. Produced branding for artist that went on to be signed by Sony and Jam Records.


Education: 

AA Graphic Design, Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

BA Design Management, Art Institutes Portland/Seattle, 2010 – 2013
Completed 135 credits GPA 3.8

 


Honors & Awards:

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars – 3.8 GPA

 


Affiliations:

Member of:
NAPP (National association of Photoshop Professionals
AIGA
IxDA