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Designer / Illustrator
I am known for being energetic, creative, imaginative individual. A self-starter with good problem solving skills with several years of experience as a Graphic Artist / Designer / Illustrator creating and designing Point of Purchase Displays. Additional experiences include designing Trade Show Displays and creating artwork for brochures, print advertising, trade shows, marketing promotions and sale proposals.
JAMES R. MILLER
Livonia, MI 48154
POINT of PURCHASE DISPLAY DESIGNER
Creative, Skilled and Very Competent Experience Design Professional.
Known for Being Energetic, Imaginative and Through.
A Self-Starter Who is Good at Problem Solving.
Freelance Graphic Designer
2012 - Present
Responsibilities include creating, designing and producing art work to client’s satisfaction for projects ranging print advertising, brochures, point of purchase displays, exhibit materials and marketing collateral to illustrations and identity development.
Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos
Graphic Artist, 2012
A leader in the Gaming, Hospitality and Entertainment Industries.
Responsibilities include creating and designing internal and external print advertising for properties to include but are not limited to special events, in-house production, entertainment and corporate sales.
• Creating and Producing Internal and External Advertising for Casinos and Corporate Properties.
• Prepare Electronic Files for Pre-press. Print to Large Format Printer.
• Monitor Distribution of Printed Poster / Transparencies / Digital Files and Keep Property's Frames and Displays Updated
• Design and Supervise the Production of Displays / Merchandisers / Kiosks / Frames
Farmington Hills, MI
Graphic Designer, 2010
Designer and installer of Commercial Vehicle Graphics, Architectural Sign-age, Displays & Exhibits.
Responsibilities include creating, designing and developing illustrations and artwork for client approval and production art.
MDI (Marketing Displays International)
Farmington Hills, MI
Creative Designer/Illustrator, 1988 - 2008
A leader in the industry for Point of Purchase Displays and Temporary Traffic Control Products.
Portrayed extremely strong leadership skills, successfully managed multiple clients and projects, and gained significant experience in Point of Purchase Display Design, Graphic Design, Illustration and Client Interfacing.
Successfully Created, Designed and Developed:
• Corporate Identity, Branding and Advertising: Brochures / Catalogs / Print Advertising / Marketing Campaigns and Strategies / Promotional Item / Sales Presentations / Specification Sheets
• Point of Purchase Displays, Merchandisers and Kiosks / Point of Sales Sign-age / Trade Show Exhibits
• Environmental Graphics / Illustrations / Infographics / Photo Retouching
• Scale Models and Full Size Mock-ups
• User Guides, Assembly Manuals and Operating Instructions, Technical Illustrations
•• Worked closely with McDonalds and IMS, McDonald's Marketing Division; was part of a team that designed and produced the Point of Purchase Institute award winning “Happy Meal Merchandiser”. This campaign resulted in the largest single order in MDI’s history.
•• Designed a versatile, inexpensive and uncomplicated, reusable banner hanging system for the Gap. These efforts successfully met their needs that were not previously met by other suppliers; led to a long-term lucrative relationship.
•• Designed a custom display for Tween’s Limited Too brand. By using an innovative approach, an inexpensive floor stand was created and met the company’s budget requirements, exceeding their expectations.
•• MDI needed a new trade show booth to exhibit at the National Restaurant Association annual trade show. Working under a restricted budget, tight time frame and collaborating working closely with the MDI's marketing department, engineering team and prototype shop we designed, built the booth, custom displays, produced the graphics and supporting promotional materials. We met the project’s mandates and received accolades regarding the fresh clean look of the booth.
•• Working with Zone Design in Europe, produced illustrations and technical drawings based on detailed descriptions, these efforts led to system-wide roll out of an interior menu board system for McDonalds of Europe.
•• Responsible for concept design work for the General Motors Promotional Center Program. Designed wall frames and floor displays along with printed promotional sales materials, project specific web site and assembly and operating instructions. The success of this program led to other brand specific projects with General Motors.
College of Creative Studies
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Ford Foundation Merit Scholarship Recipient
Eastern Michigan University
Skilled in using Macintosh and Windows hardware/software programs
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat, Autodesk 3D Viz and MS Office
Samples of my work can be viewed at www.coroflot.com/jrsmiller
College for Creative Studies
- BFA Industrial Design
- 1977 - 1981