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  • Bliss Buter-Thompson

    Creative Director, Multi-faceted Conceptual & Structural Des...

    San Francisco, CA

Hello, my name is Bliss Buter-Thompson and I recently moved from Chicago to the East Bay where I am the Senior Designer at Honda Printing Solutions and Design Lead at Villea Design Corp.. These companies specialize in packaging design, development and production. There, I wear many hats and my skills include everything from Solidworks CAD development to pre-flighting graphics to procedural development. In July of 2016, I graduated Northwestern's Masters of Product Design and Development Management program. There I studied design thinking and innovation with a business and management twist. As an undergraduate, I received a BFA in Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art. This art, design and management background has provided me with a diverse skill set, entrepreneurial spirit, and a unique perspective. Please review my portfolio and resume below and reach out to me if you think we would make a good team!

Work Samples

  • Digital Paintings & Illustrations

  • 3D Modeling (packaging)

  • Packaging Concept Development

Work History

  • Design Lead

    • Liaison between US clients and team in China
    • Responsible for managing design projects of Fremont office
    • Structural and graphic design work, including packaging concept presentations, brochures, structural packaging design and prototypes, as well as developing brand and identity
    • Key player in launching the US design office by setting up a project management system, setting up procedures, brand identity, marketing strategy, hiring, building partnerships and so on
    • Promoted from Senior Designer to Studio Lead

  • Freelance Designer

    • Various
    • Chicago, IL
    • 2013 - Present (4 years)

    Elevate, Graphic Design 2017-Present
    H.I.S. Juveniles Inc, Packaging Development, 2016-Present
    P.U.R.R. Paws-Up Rescue and Resources, Logo development, 2016
    Starpoint Design, Graphic design and website development, 2016
    Honda Printing Solutions, Branding Exploration, 2016
    Chicago Comic Michael Meyers, Illustration, 2016
    Glyder.io, New product CAD modeling, 2016
    Ruja Florist, Client proposal, 2012, 2014, 2016
    Chicago Bike Buddies, Business card layout and fliers, 2013-2015
    JG Land Engineering, Logo Design, 2015
    Salmonberry's Emporium, Logo development, 2015
    Licking County Planning Commission, Sign graphics, 2014
    Lenox Corporation, Solidworks Modeling, 2013
    The Graphics Shop, Concepting, 3d modeling and rendering, 2013
    PalmerCash, Apparel illustrations, 2013

  • Lead Conceptual Designer

    • Design packaging and display specifications for customer presentation as well as manufacturing using Solidworks, Artios CAD and the Adobe Suite
    • Work with manufacturing vendors regarding design feasibility and best practices
    • Design internal marketing needs such as brochures, ads, email blast designs, sales materials and images for social media campaigns
    • Layout, modification and pre-flighting of customer supplied art for approval and production based on provided style guide documents.
    • Create mock-ups of packaging and displays
    • Perform photoshoots of package and displays and retouch photos for marketing purposes

  • Structural Packaging Design Lead

    • Lead client briefing and presentations
    • Ensure packaging quality is met by internal team as well as vendors
    • Work daily with a cross functional team of designers, project managers and salesmen over three nation wide offices
    • Create concept illustrations, sketches, 3d models, dielines and sample prototypes
    • Manage a team of 2 junior designers

  • Associate Creative Director

    • Burgopak USA
    • Chicago, IL
    • Aug 2005 - Jan 2014 (8 years 5 months)

    Burgopak, Chicago, IL

    Studio Lead--Structural Packaging
    January 2012-January 2014
    • Manage studio work flow
    • Direct and mentor team of up to 4 structural designers
    • Create and present concepts to clients
    • Lead brainstorming and critique sessions
    • Estimate and manage project design time lines & deliverables
    • Create concept illustrations, sketches, 3d models, dielines and sample prototypes

    Senior Designer
    • Direct and advise clients on initial concept design to final product
    • Collaborate with global production team to meet client quality and deadlines.
    • Create concept illustrations, sketches, 3d models, dielines and sample prototypes that client reinforce client branding and design specifications.
    • Modify client artwork per client requests.

    Associate Designer
    • Create concept graphics for clients
    • Engineer paperboard samples and die-lines to demonstrate design feasibility
    • Write, design, and illustrate assembly instructions for manufacturing vendors


  • Northwestern University

    • Masters Product Design Development and Management
    • 2014 - 2016

    Product design as well as management classes

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    • N/A (Design)
    • 2014 - 2014

    Graphic Design and Product Design continuing education classes.

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design

    • BFA Communication Design, Illustration
    • 2001 - 2005



GD USA Packaging Design Award, ADDY Award (Silver and Gold), HBA Prestige Award