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Art Director/Graphic Designer
New York, NY
New York, NY
Graphic Designer/Art Director with experience across a large range of design and art directing roles including print, broadcast, environmental, direct mail, web and social media. Demonstrated ability in developing concepts, branding, corporate, editorial and B2B and B2C design. Excellent communication skills and proven experience producing high quality content in collaboration with marketing partners and external vendors. Manager of art and production teams.
Full Time Experience ALEX Brands (ALEX Toys) Northvale, NJ 2010-Present Graphic Designer Graphic design and art direction for a family of brands that includes some of the most highly recognizable and award winning toys in the industry— Alex Toys, Poof, Slinky, Scientific Explorer, Ideal, and Zoob. Brand marketing, interactive and ecommerce graphics, advertising and marketing concept and design, packaging, catalog, outdoor and tradeshow design, POP, conceptualization and design of store and outdoor billboard signage/graphics. Partner with international B2B and B2C marketing teams, retailers and consumers. Art direction of fashion and still photoshoots. Work on multiple projects simultaneously in a wide variety of media. Collaborate with sales teams, outside vendors, and product designers. -Redesigned inhouse marketing plan plus 360 page full color catalog. Initiated and designed social media and e-newsletter marketing campaign. -Created banding and style guide for foreign store interior design and POP displays. Warner Brothers New York, NY DC Entertainment (DC Comics) 2007-2010 Art Director, Creative Services and Custom Publishing Designed a variety of marketing projects, advertising, POP and store collateral, custom comic books, childrens and adult trade books, chapter books, collected edition and graphic novels. Analyzed client requirements, established and ensured adherence to project timelines and budget constraints. Collaborated with production teams and writers. Received special recognition from Christopher Nolan, Director of Batman Returns, for design of DVD box set booklet. Designed comprehensive collateral program for projects for Batman Returns motion picture, working with marketing teams in California. MAD Magazine 1995-2007 Senior Designer/Associate Art Director Designed departments and features for MAD, MAD Classics and MAD Kids magazines from initial concepts and sketches through completion. Created products and packaging for promotional and licensing products, such as toys, games, display, signage, websites and books. Conducted auditions with models, researched and hired stylists, and art directed photo shoots on location. Art Directed food styling and created props.Presented ideas within group environments in cover concept meetings. Conceptualized with editorial staff, illustrators and production teams. Special recognition by Barry Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers, for concept design of 9/11 magazine cover. Received Warner Brothers Carrot Award 2001 for achievement and quality performance, by taking on position as acting art director for 8 months in emergency situation. Managed art department of 5 designers, plus numerous in house freelancers and production designers. Wrote and reviewed annual performance reports with art staff. Reduced art costs by 50% by initiating and managing in house photo retouching and photography. Managed illustration pool of 150 people, constantly researching and bringing in fresh talent. Purchased stock photos and illustrations. Researched and maintained directory of illustrators, photographers and outside vendors, including prop makers, models and stylists. Sesame Workshop (Children’s Television Workshop) New York, NY 1992-1995 Assistant Art Director Designed and art directed marketing, advertising and publishing projects for Muppets and Sesame Street. Design of 321 Contact magazine and Sesame Street magazine. Freelance Experience 1995-Present Conceptualization, design and production for numerous freelance projects in entertainment, music, education and corporate industries. All jobs handled from initial client contact through print production. Design of large format signage, advertising, logos, banners, posters, T-shirts, websites, marketing and banner design, corporate identity, invitations, press kits, advertisements, catalogs, brochures and packaging. Illustrations and prop creation for a variety of projects. Clients include: The Grateful Dead, Gov’t Mule, Burger King, Warner Brothers, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic inc., Popular Science Magazine. Software Skills Expertise in InDesign, Photoshop,Illustrator, Acrobat/Preflight Experienced in Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS, Microsoft, Office including Word, Excel, PowerPoint Well versed in Macintosh and Windows, Mailchimp , Constant Contact, varius social media programs Education MFA Art Education New York University New York, NY BFA Fine art/ Educational studies The University at Albany Albany, NY ASC Advertising/ Graphic Design Fashion Institute of Technology New York, NY
New York University MFA The University at Albany BFA Fashion Institute of Technology ASC