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Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Art Director
I like making things.
MATHEW AARON THOMAS Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Art Director Strangecandydesigns.com 935 Metropolitan Ave. #3R Brooklyn, NY 11211 Email email@example.com Phone 347.563.3403 EXPERIENCE FREELANCE 2008 – PRESENT Designer/Illustrator/Art Director Clients include Nautica Sportswear and Jeans, Carole Hochman Design Group, Bear USA, Erika Dray Designs, Concept1, Licensees of Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Guinness, Sol Beer, Mountain Dew, Amp Energy Drinks, Victoria’s Secret, and AC/DC. DIENASTY 2008 – PRESENT Art Director/Designer Street wear label out of Brooklyn, NY. Responsible for everything from design, production, and marketing. Designed t-shirts, stickers, labels, look book, website, and blog. CALVIN KLEIN JEANS 2001 - 2008 Men’s Senior Graphic Designer 2004 - 2008 Led the men’s graphic design team in developing 30-50+ mainline graphics for t-shirts and direct applications for knits and wovens each season in a 4 season calendar. Designed additional graphics for status denim line, CK39. Responsible for the development of label, trim, and POS graphics and for contributing artwork for in-house showroom. Additionally, designed numerous injection groups throughout the year. Supervised one full time design assistant and several seasonally booked freelance designers. Researched global trends in fashion, art, music, and culture through travel to London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo, Osaka, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles. Includes market research, making connections with local artists, musicians, designers, and retailers, photographing people and places, attending cultural events and institutions from underground rock shows and alternative art spaces to upscale dinners and international museums. Presented to men’s jeans design and merchandising teams research culled from journeys, using detailed inspiration boards created with the findings from those trips. Traveled to Lima, Peru to visit and work directly with factories on new techniques and production processes. Met regularly with representatives of print houses and printing factories to research and develop new techniques and fabrics. Attended Magic and Project trade shows on numerous occasions. Worked closely with Design Directors, Merchandising Director, Senior knits, wovens, and textile designers and production team to ensure that deadlines were met and projects were completed. Led graphics team in seasonal pitch meetings for upper management and sales team, including the Presidents of Warnaco, CKJ, and Sales. Interviewed, hired and trained three design assistants, providing support and opportunities to grow and excel. One of them went on to take over design duties upon my departure. Men’s Assistant Graphic Designer 2001 - 2003 Assistant to the Director of the Graphics Department, responsible for image research, creation, distribution, archiving and updating of production tech packs, color matching, printer color control, ordering office supplies, and maintaining schedules. FASHION INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Understand from firsthand experience the fashion design process from initial concept to showroom samples to final retail product. Includes an understanding of global trends, seasonal concepts, colors, fabrics, print and application processes, merchandising, and sales. EDUCATION Virginia Commonwealth University BFA, Sculpture and Painting, Art History Honors: Magna Cum Laude Cofounder of a number of student run arts organizations focusing on exhibitions and performance art productions. Managed and directed upwards of 20 artists for events. ARTS Participated in numerous group shows in NYC, Chicago, and Richmond, VA. SKILLS Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Painter, (X)HTML, CSS, InDesign. Drawing, painting, printmaking, stenciling, photography