"If you need someone to design and manage just about anything on a full time or freelance basis, I can help. I have over fifteen years of proven experience in the product design and fashion industries. Being flexible to adapt to diverse styles has lead me to develop several successful product lines over the years; likewise, my skills have allowed me to hold the positions of Art Director and Product Manager. My love of design and fashion, along with my abilities to learn fast and create unique art, have driven my career and established me as a quality producer. Throughout these years I have also accomplished a great deal from maintaining strong, personable business relationships, and have been involved in every step of the process from market research to launching new products. "I love what I do and it shows in all my designs."

Work Samples

  • Plush

  • Toy Design: Dolls and Playsets...

  • T-Shirt Graphics

Work History

Melissa Nerell Cell: (323) 599-6022/melnerell@yahoo.com/www.coroflot.com/melmel5 Creative Director/Graphic Designer/Illustrator SUMMARY: My passion is to create and design solutions for brands that will give them an edge above their competitors and will stand the test of time. I specialize in designing fun and beautiful graphics, passionately following fashion and lifestyle trends. Freelance Clientele: 2001 to Present Fashion Textile/ Pattern Design: Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox Studios, Warner Brothers, Sanrio, King Features (sold at Walmart), Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Speedo swimwear (kids prints sold at Target stores), Nordstorm, Clothestime, Hot Topic, Rampage, and Macy's T-Shirt Graphic Design: Forever 21, The Limited, Lane Bryant. Coca Cola, Barbie, Ross. Disney, Sparrow, T.J. Maxx, Wet Seal. Torrid, Hot Topic and Target Sportswear: Tomcat Couture (a division of Self Esteem) designed screens and embellishments on hoodies, sweatshirts and track suits Product Design: GMPC (accessories such as hats, belts, and plush for client's such as; Disney, Universal Studios, and Forever 21), Claire's (stationary & accessories), M.J. Carlyle & CO. ( designed accessories, belts, and handbags), Funrise Toy Corp. ( toys, plush, stationary, swimming pool items and giftware), Nakajima (back to school items, and handbags) Bestever Inc. ( pre-teen accessories, plush, apparel for dogs), Danu Corporation ( Plush and textiles), Fun Toys (Bathroom accessories, plush and fashion dolls) Jakk's Pacific & Petsmart (Pet products and toys) Branding Logo Design/Labels: Sparrow (apparel), Starling (apparel), Bratz Petz (Toys), Smart Q (vitamins), Billy Lures (fishing tackle), Glitterby Fairies (fashion dolls) Sales Presentations: Hale Bob (Paris Hilton Pet Couture-pet accessories) Packaging Design/Production: Grafix (toys), Punch Studio- for Home Goods, Ross, Michael's, and T.J. Maxx (gift boxes, scrapbook kits, soap boxes, journals, stationary, wrapping paper, and gift bags) Illustration Editorial Illustration: All about you Magazine: (created illustrations for a teen publication) T-shirt Illustration: Total Enterprises (hand drawn illustrations for T-shirts sold exclusively at Hot Topic) Full Time Positions: 2001- 2012 Digital Corp: Creative Director/Senior Graphic Designer June 2009- June 2012 Helped create an entire new toy division by sourcing toy manufactures in China all the way from development and design, working closely with every aspect of the line Created and managed twenty six products within a six month times period. I designed the products, lead the packaging and managed everything from the ground up Manage freelance designers and work to meet very tight deadlines Source factories and materials needed to complete toy lines Conducted market research and established strong business contacts Coin Star: Senior Graphic Designer January 2007- May 2009 Designed toys, stickers and displays for vending machine channels Created new products as well as managed existing programs Worked with vendors to create new product lines Strategic Partners: Senior Graphic Designer March 2006- January 2009 Designed CADS with licensed characters for companies such as Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox and Warner Brothers, using the textile program NED graphics MGA Entertainment Inc.: Graphic Designer February 2003- December 2009 “Bratz” licensing with a focus on dolls, sporting goods, plush, play-sets, figurines, snow globes, logos, textile prints for fashion doll clothes and products, giftware and lifestyle products. Created entire “Bratz Petz” line Managed the development of toy lines with overseas factories and satellite offices. P.J. Salvage: Graphic Artist June 2000- January 2003 Designing women’s apparel textiles and screen prints for companies such as Rampage, Hot Topic, Clothestime, Nordstrom, Disney Vintage and many other clothing chain companies SKILLS: Computer Skills: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Flash, Solidworks, Rhino, NED graphics, Power Point, Excel, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office Apparel Graphic Design: Graphics, Textile, CADS, Trend Research Product Design: Toys, Gift, Sporting Goods, Plush, Pet Products, Accessories Fine Art: Hand Drawing, Illustration, Painting, and Sculpting EDUCATION: April 2012 Private Solidworks Training March 2001 Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design-Brooks College of Design June 1998 Airbrush Course- Private Tutor May 1996 Regional Occupation Program- Job Training in Special Effects April 1992 Sculpture and Life Drawing courses-Golden West College References Available Upon Request

Education

Brooks College of Design

Specialties

Awards

Awards for best new product 2010 Designed the Bratz Pets that made the company MGA, Millions. I design and help create award winning products of all kinds.

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