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  • Darien Waggoner

    Graphic Designer • Illustrator • Surface Designer

    Seattle, WA

Creative by nature, Designer through discipline and Apparel Artist by chance, I am always exploring new creative ideas and I'm inspired by the talents of others. For several years, I have designed art and textiles for the apparel industry, decorating the clothing of men, women, and children from mass market to high-end retail. Some of my art has made interesting appearances including on NBA fundraiser tees to an appearance on American Idol.

Work Samples

  • Illustration

  • Textile Design

  • Graphic Design

Work History

  • Graphic Designer

    •Produced compelling graphic design solutions, illustrations, and textile/surface designs for a variety of clients.
    •Built successful relationships with clients to meet both graphic design and illustration needs.
    •Collaborated with apparel product development teams to create and produce graphics and textiles for apparel lines.
    •Designs retailed by Nordstrom, L. L. Bean, Gymboree, Tommy Bahama, A. Tiziano, Polar Graphics, and Crazy Shirts.

  • Art Department Coordinator (Lead Artist 2003-2009)

    •Coordinated and finalized projects with art department and designers.
    •Increased product sales by thoroughly researching and interpreting current trends for major apparel companies.
    •Consistently produced top sales products in the mass and mid-tier apparel markets.
    •Art Directed and oversaw training of new in-house artists and coordinated projects with freelance designers.
    •Administered and coordinated import sampling paperwork, print details, and overseas communication.
    •Created original art for screen prints, rotaries, embroideries, and other embellishments for a broad spectrum of clients.
    •Oversaw graphic design projects which included logos, hang tags, buyer look books, and product linesheets.
    •Worked with multiple licensed products, including Disney, Sanrio, and Paul Frank Industries.
    •Design retailers included Walmart, Kmart, Target, Macy's, Kohls, Meijer, Peebles, and The Children's Place.

  • CAD Designer

    •Developed original textile designs and apparel graphics for boys apparel and girls sleepwear.
    •Increased sales by updating product art for better appeal to customer wants and needs.
    •Coordinated with merchandisers, fashion designers, production planners, and trend forecasting team to develop high-end apparel design for the Nordstrom private label.
    •Researched and shopped customer market and reported on current market trends with design team.
    •Worked with NedGraphics software developing art, colorways, and repeats in printed, knit, and woven patterns.
    •Approved art strike-offs and fabrication lab dips and worked with manufacturers to ensure product quality.
    •Created buyer catalogues, presentation boards, and assisted in buy meetings.

  • Senior Artist

    • Sun Sportswear
    • Kent, WA
    • Jan 1995 - May 1999 (4 years 4 months)

    •Produced original concepts and designs for boys and girls sportswear.
    •Incorporated traditional Disney and Warner Bros. licensed characters into current trends and new art technique styles.
    •Managed approval process including close working relationship with licensors to meet quality expectations.
    •Set up production files for film output.
    •Designs retailed by JC Penney, Sears, Walmart, and Kmart.


  • The Art Institue of Seattle

    • Associate of Applied Arts Visual Communications, Graphic Design
    • 1993 - 1995