My cinematic counterpart once mumbled, "all I wanna do is go the distance." I share this sentiment knowing that a commitment to a strong work ethic, a hunger to learn, and keen determination will allow me use my talents within a creative environment again. I've poured my heart & soul into my craft since I entered the creative lifestyle as a bushy tailed teen. Now as a seasoned vet my goal is to keep living the dream, one pixel at a time, in this enormously letted space between heaven & hell.
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LIFE PHILOSOPHY "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." - Oscar Wilde EDUCATION The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications December 2004 APPLICATIONS Illustrator Photoshop QuarkXPress InDesign Dreamweaver Adobe Distiller Adobe Acrobat Pro Basic HTML Microsoft Office iWork Bundle Corel Draw Social Media Platforms VAuto DESIGN PROFICIENCY Display Ads Logo Design Editorial Layout Corporate Identity Collateral Materials Information Graphics Fleet Graphics Creative Writing Proofreading Photography EXPERIENCE Nov 2016 to Present Bosak Automotive Group - Highland, IN Automobile Photographer - Prepping, staging, and capturing new & used vehicles for dealership sale. - Operating a professional Auto Exact 360 photo booth. - Uploading digital images through VAuto industry software to the dealership's website. - Actively leading & upholding the process standard that all other dealerships under the Bosak brand are judged by. - Curating the 2016-2017 model year archive and ensuring the accuracy of make, model, and specific color of vehicles. - Providing suggestions to improve productivity and participating in various position training. - Troubleshooting issues with photo booth maintenance, contacting appropriate photo booth contractors, and keeping management abreast of process. - Ocassionally traveling (less than 10%) to other physical sites to assist in vetting vehicle inventory. 2016 to Present Region Rides Magazine - Valparaiso, IN Brand Ambassador, Writer, Graphic Designer - Supporting sales and delivery of a monthly publication. - Addressing client questions or comments. - Designing original advertisements that correspond to a client's purchased format. - Interviewing for feature articles and contributing written content as needed. - Proofreading for final output. 2013 to Present Chicago Brush Lion - Chicago, IL Social Media Specialist - Developing original digital content for a 100+ year old bronze lion living within vast, groomed vegetation of metropolitan Chicago. Real or fake, decide for yourself. - Implementing current social media trends to attract followers. 2007-2008 22nd Century Media, Inc. - Orland Park, IL Graphic Designer - Created advertisements for five local community papers. - Created conceptual materials to support sales staff. - Shared responsibility for structuring the ad design department. - Created special seasonal inserts, coupon booklets, media kits, editorial and classified graphics. - Prepared .PDF files for print. 2007-2008 NWI Entertainer - Portage, IN Contributing Writer, Graphic Designer - Developed original authored content and article layout for printed local nightlife publication. - Managed column's footprint on the company website. - Created advertisements for local vendors relative to publication print deadline. 2006-2007 Signature Graphics, Inc. - Chesteron, IN Graphic Designer - Created fleet vehicle graphics tailored for application to specific vehicles at the request of national clients. - Designed logos for clients corporate identity needs. - Communicated with "in-house" remote sales regarding clients. 2011 to Present Page Twenty One Productions Chief Creative Officer - Merging diverse visual techniques and disciplines to create visual splendor accross various channels. - Collaborated amongst creatives who specialize in diverse design-orientated disciplines on an open range of freelance projects. 2002 to 2015 R/S&D Appraisal Service Company - Highland, IN Chief Creative Officer - Updating identity for firm catering to automotive industry. - Maintaining continuity of stationary materials. - Troubleshoot technology discrepancies. 2012 RecycledLPs - Brighton, MI Freelance Designer / Page 21 Client - Designed basic stationary that emulates the vinyl materials used in the handcrafted recycled products sold in the company's online marketplace. 2011 to 2012 Brite Consulting - Highland, IN Freelance Creative Director - Providing creative direction to build the "Brite" brand and define identity standards & practices. 2010 Calumet Area Humane Society Design Donation - Created an identity for the cage sponsorship program. - Revamping a semi-annual newsletter that provides news about the happenings around the shelter. 2009 Dirty Little Customs - Northwest Indiana Freelance Design - Created identity package for upstart custom motorcycle shop. 2009 Mark Leyva For Congress / NWI 2nd Amendment Patriots - Highland, IN Freelance Designer - Developed a logo design and brochure for a grassroots not for profit organization supporting the rights of firearm enthusiasts. 2008 Zak's Crazy Eights Billiard Hall - Schererville, IN Freelance Design - Developed an identity scheme for a newly purchased recreational business. 2006 McDaniel Speed & Performance - Steger, IL Freelance Designer - Designed promotional materials for newly established automotive retail store. 2005 Madsen Performance Center - Momence, IL Freelance Designer - Designed logo and collateral materials for entrepreneurial aftermarket automotive fabrication shop. 2005 Illiana Hummer Club - St. John, IN Freelance Designer - Designed identity for non-profit truck enthusiasts club. - Designed promotional materials for club functions. 2005 Jennifer Lowe, Massage Therapist - Valparaiso, IN Freelance Designer - Designed business card and promotional flyer for recent therapist graduate. 2004 T.K. Industries - Mokena, IL Freelance Designer - Designed first-run, promotional rebate card for custom wood products company. EXTRACURRICULAR EDUCATION April 27, 2013 Moxie Con - Chicago July 31, 2009 | May 21, 2010 | June 9, 2011 Insight Design Conference July 7, 2008 N.A.P.P. Adobe InDesign Productivity Tour April 16, 2007 N.A.P.P. Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour June 2-4 2004 MacDesign Magazine's Annual Design Conference REFERENCES UPON REQUEST ***View my recomendations at: www.linkedin.com/in/davallon ***