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Michael P. Zansitis
Santa Monica, CA
Objective: To obtain a challenging position that will utilize my education, experience and abilities. Available for Freelance, Collaboration & Full-Time Opportunities.
Highly experienced with numerous creative and artistic concepts and techniques related to:
Art: Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration, Color Theory, Branding & Identity, Logo Design, Apparel, Product & Package Design, Original Typography, Writing, Copy & Editing, Photography, Music, Film
Web: Analytics, Design, CSS/HTML/Programming, Social Media, Content Management, Wordpress, SEO
Apparel: Strong comprehension of garment construction and design utilizing various styles, graphics, materials and techniques in direct relation to current markets and trends. Experienced with trend forecasting, tech packs, lookbooks, sourcing, eco-responsibility and various markets including action sports, streetwear and contemporary fashions.
Printing: Skilled in all aspects of print production and processes including various separations, digital prepress, offset four color process, spot color, digital and
Branding & Identity: Ability to always conceptualize without boundaries and take new approaches in order to revise a project to the point of utmost completion, resulting in a significant, cohesive logo and identity package, designed to attract and engage viewers on a deeper level.
Writing: Dynamic abilities in all aspects of English language arts, including storytelling, creative visualization and conceptual development, along with proofreading, editing and copywriting.
Marketing & Advertising: Inherent understanding of sales, marketing, advertising and promotional strategies, including various guerilla, viral and traditional methods that can be utilized in any successful business operation, with a focus on increased viewership and profitability.
Computer: Extensive knowledge of Macintosh and PC operating systems including diagnostics, hardware, troubleshooting, repairs, network systems, UI/UX, applications and mobile platforms. Experienced with many software programs including all versions of Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office.
Management: Ability to coordinate multiple projects, problem solve, and motivate peers and staff members alike to achieve consistent, high quality results. Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, with the capacity to work independently, within a team and with individuals at all levels.
Business: Effective command of accounts, budgets, taxes, sales, proposals, tight production deadlines and schedules, copyrights and trademarks, estimates, shipping and distribution.
Self-Employed: New York - California 2007 – 2013
Operated as a freelance graphic and apparel designer while creating, owning and running several independent brand concepts specializing in action sports and streetwear styles. Produced and wrote a series of graphic novels and children’s book themed projects during this period as well.
Central Press: Millbrook, NY 2010
Learned skills necessary to operate and produce all aspects of process and digital printing including separations, layout, promotional materials and book design,
die-cutting, embossing and front office skills.
Crocodile North: Salem, NY 2006
Functions included producing architectural designs, illustrations, concepts and CAD drawings necessary to create major renovations, woodworking and remodeling for private and commercial clients.
State University of New York at Fredonia
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design 2006