As a graphic designer and artist, the past 25 years of experience have given me the pleasure to take part in diverse marketing campaigns for health care, liquor, retail sports, retail packaging and college university clients. I've enjoyed opportunities to manage projects, design and illustrate.
WORK HISTORY >>>
NICOLAS HOLIDAY INC. - Trumbull, CT
(Formerly known as Santa's Best Craft, LLC.)
Senior Graphic Designer, 02/2004 - Present
Manufacturer’s representative for General Electric’s seasonal merchandise.
The largest national supplier of holiday lighting.
-Responsible for developing General Electric's Christmas and seasonal lighting package layouts while exhibiting an eye for current design trends. Packaging includes a full line of light sets, pre-lit trees, indoor and outdoor figures and much more.
-Apply strong background skills in corporate identity to create trade show materials, point-of-purchase displays and product line icons.
-Create voice-over narration for online holiday lighting videos.
Clients include: Costco, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, Michaels, Sears, Walmart.
KZS/BRADY LEE - Trumbull, CT
Art Director, 12/2000 - 07/2003
Marketing and communications firm specializing in advertising and promotions.
-Launched internal art department and maintained fluid workflow of projects without sacrificing deadlines or quality.
-A broad range of projects were embraced, including illustration, design of logos, print layouts, packaging, website layout and developing creative themes for sales meeting presentations.
-Coordinated brainstorming sessions, client presentations, photoshoots and determined need for freelance staffing.
Clients included: Acme United Corporation, ConnectiCare, Mount Gay Rum, NewMil Bank, Outdoor Sports Center, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne.
THE DOUG ELY DESIGN GROUP, INC. - Fairfield, CT
Art Director, 04/2000 - 12/2000
Assistant Art Director, 04/1999 - 03/2000
Marketing and corporate communications design firm serving local, regional and national accounts.
-Worked with Creative Director to develop design concepts, layout and production of advertising, collateral and other print communications for a variety of business-to-business and consumer-focused clients.
-Required to generate sketched layouts and marker comps for Creative Director's approval before initializing computer layouts for client presentations.
-Managed assignments, which required art direction, design, production and close contact with printing representatives and clients.
Clients included: Bristol Babcock, Inc., Eureka! Tents, Iroquois Gas Transmission Systems, Philips Medical Systems, Ricoh, University of Bridgeport, vSimplify.
STARSTRUCK, INC. - Bethel, CT
11/1996 - 04/1999
Assistant Art Director, 04/1998 - 04/1999
Graphic Designer, 11/1996 - 03/1998
Catalog and Internet retailer of Major and Minor League merchandise and jewelers' supplies.
-Worked closely with owner to maintain corporate image while retaining artistic and graphic creativity.
-Designed various catalogs and brochures, including theme implementation, color scheme, photographic artwork and typography.
-Completed promotional brochures, inserts, advertisements and direct mail pieces within tight budgets and deadlines.
CONNECTICUT MAGAZINE - Trumbull, CT
Production Assistant, 06/1994 - 11/1996
Regional lifestyle magazine.
-Created advertisements. These responsibilities included coordinating work flow, working within deadlines, selecting artwork, scanning images and working closely with the Production Manager and advertising clients.
-Mechanical paste-up of advertisements and editorial columns throughout magazine.
ONLY CHILD DESIGN - Freelance Design
Owner/Art Director, 06/1997 - present
–Barber On Main, Christine Collin Interior Design, Dragone Classic Motorcars, Fine Lines Corporate Auto Spa, Flip Salon & Boutique, Global Realty Outsourcing, Healthy Choice Organic Mattresses, Piccirillo Landscaping, Sharon Kagabines Voice Talent, Skinny Pines Brick Oven Catering, Tina Dragone Clothing Boutique, Ty Andrew Music, Tri-State Underdecking: Most projects include creating a logo design, accompanying stationery and promotional concepts focusing on exceeding clients' expectations to communicate with their target audiences.
–Rutledge Books, Inc.: Develop jacket cover designs, promotional materials and book galleys for a variety of novels.
–Chips Family Restaurant: Develop mascot targeting children to promote their large variety of pancakes.
1990 - 1994
Square One Theatre Company - Stratford, CT: Positions included Stage Manager, Prop Stage Hand and Lighting Technician.
NOBLE DESKTOP, LLC. - New York, NY
Macromedia Flash MX, 2004
CREATIVE ARTS WORKSHOP - New Haven, CT
Painting, Printmaking, 2001 to 2003
SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY - New Haven, CT
Studio Art Major with Graphic Design Concentration, Theater Arts Minor - 1995
Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC)
2000 to 2005
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
New York Chapter, 1997 to 1999
TECHNICAL SKILLS >>>
Macintosh OS X
Colored Pencil Illustration