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.. 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

  • 3D Modeling (packaging)

  • Creative Direction

Work History

Villea Design Corp, a Honda Printing Solutions company. Fremont, CA Design Lead www.villea-ips.com www.hondaholdings.com August 2016-Present • 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 TPH Global Solutions, Chicago, IL www.tphinc.com Senior Conceptual Designer September 2015-June 2016 • 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 Jansy Packaging, Chicago, IL www.jansypkg.com Lead Structural Designer January 2014 - September 2015 • 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 Burgopak, Chicago, IL www.burgopak.com 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 2007-2012 • 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 2005-2007 • Create concept graphics for clients • Engineer paperboard samples and die-lines to demonstrate design feasibility • Write, design, and illustrate assembly instructions for manufacturing vendors FREELANCE WORK: 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 Mike Seiders, Invitation structure consulting, 2012 Heavy Digital, Apparel illustrations, 2012 SKILLS: 3D modeling Artwork amends Creative direction Concept ideation Concept sketching Design management Dieline creation Digital rendering Drawing Ideation Illustration Kongsberg plotters Large format printing New product launches Product development Packaging Page layout Photo re-touching Prototyping Structural design Wacom tablet SOFTWARE: Adobe Illustrator Adobe inDesign Adobe Photoshop Artios CAD CAPE Pack Cinema 4d Solidworks Sketchbook Pro ADDITIONAL: • Packaging designs are recipients of the Graphic Design USA Packaging Award, the Regional Gold and Silver ADDY Award, the American Packaging Design Award and the HBA Personal Care Prestige Award. • Packaging featured on the Dieline website and in the book “Outside the Box: Cardboard Design Now”. • Illustration work featured on the front page of Coroflot, as well as on apparel for sale at Urban Outfitters and PBS.com. • Volunteer board member, mentor and organizer at Chicago Bike Buddies--a program dedicated to increasing bike safety by matching new and seasoned riders for hands on mentoring. • Volunteer mentor at Women Bike Chicago.

Education

  • 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

Specialties

Awards

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

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