Being a good designer or creative director requires more than years of experience; it requires talent, a great understanding of current trends, and the ability to guide others and help turn concepts into reality. Many designers never have the opportunities I have had to work in and with such various industries and gain such direct and diverse experience.
May 2011 to Present
Spirit International produces an array of retail display/merchandising products and services with manufacturing facilities in the United States and China. Responsibilities include: develop creative display and retail design solutions that meet the selling/marketing objectives of clients and that advance their brand recognition through memorable customer experiences; create and implement company marketing initiatives and materials including press releases, brochures and website design/content; creative copywriting; maintain branding guidelines of company.
Clients include: Golfsmith, Haggar, JCPenney and Wal-Mart
Creative Director/Senior Designer
July 2003 to May 2011
Freeman is the largest North American trade show general contractor. Responsibilities included: lead creative teams in the development and design of graphics, exhibits/structures and other environments while maintaining branding guidelines of clients; develop client presentations that include animations, drawings and renderings; new product development; develop internal and external marketing themes; conceptual space planning; recruiting.
Clients include: McDonald’s, GE, Coors Brewing, Omni Hotels and NAMM
Senior Environmental Designer
March 2001 to January 2003
Ad-Ex is a custom exhibit design firm. Responsibilities included: assist in managing the daily activities of the Chicago office design department; design of custom built trade show exhibits/structures and interior environments; graphic design; presentation animations, drawings and renderings; generate marketing concepts and materials; space planning.
Clients included: Pfizer, Sunbeam, Learning Curve, and Butler/GUM
Senior Exhibit/Graphic Designer
The Design Agency
Arlington Heights, Illinois
May 2000 to October 2000
The Design Agency is a custom exhibit design firm. Responsibilities included: design of custom built exhibits/structures and interior environments; graphic design; presentation animations, drawings and renderings; develop marketing themes; space planning.
Clients include: Searle, Pfizer and AT&T
Director of Multimedia/Designer
January 1998 to May 2000
Freeman is the largest North American trade show general contractor . Responsibilities included: coordinate use of hardware and software for design department; assist design manager in various functions; design of graphics and trade show exhibits/structures using a modular building system and custom elements for various companies and associations; presentation animations, drawings and renderings; space planning; develop interactive/multi-media presentations
Design and Marketing Manager/Industrial Designer
St. Charles, Illinois
August 1996 to December 1997
DEK manufactured retail products, cable/wire management products and custom plastic molded parts. Responsibilities included: maintain corporate and divisional identities; create and maintain product branding; create, coordinate and implement marketing and advertising themes and materials; generate new product concepts; product development and management; packaging design and production for retail products; graphic design and production; internet/web site design and maintenance; point-of-purchase design
Stone Container Corporation
Oak Brook, Illinois
June 1995 to July 1996
Stone Conatiner produced containerboard and corrugated containers and related products. Responsibilities included: design of industrial packaging, consumer product packaging, and point-of-purchase displays (POP) through sketches, renderings, and CAD; concepts and drawings for new product development; organization of patent records into searchable database
3D Studio Max and Viz, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCAD, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Premiere, CorelDraw, Artios Workbench, Microsoft Frontpage, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe ImageReady, Macromedia Flash
Available upon request or http://www.hodgethedog.com
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