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New York, NY
New York, NY
Award-winning interactive and graphic designer with 8 years experience and entrepreneurial spirit. Renée has worked on websites for top entertainment, financial and restaurant industry clients in UI design, site architecture, identity development and collateral design.
Professional Experience Interactive Designer (Contractor) > LiveNation New York, NY/2008 • Designed web interfaces and e-marketing templates for entertainment industry clients including Madonna, Motley Crue and Rhianna. • Developed sites with CSS styling and HTML. • Worked with client managers, art director, and programmers to complete each project under aggressive deadlines. • Worked with existing back-end XML architecture to provide efficient customized solutions. Manager of Interactive Design > Karen Morstad & Associates Greenwich, CT/2006 - 2008 • Designed and developed interactive assignments for this marketing and advertising agency, including web interfaces, navigation, email products and online ad campaigns for clients in the financial services and publishing industries, including RBS. • Successfully redesigned large-scale websites for clients including InvestmentNews, Pensions & Investments, Atlas Energy Resources and the 5th largest banking company in the world. • Organized resources, technologies and production schedules. • Worked with account managers and clients to identify goals and requirements. • Efficiently learned new technologies and best practices. • Designed interface frameworks to interact with existing CMS. Creative Director/Owner > Sharktooth Creative New York, NY/2005 – present • Founded this boutique design firm with a core offering of identity development, web design, photography, stationery systems, interiors, email campaigns and album art. • Administered all aspects of business including creative direction, production, sales, project management and client relations. • Managed one full-time employee and several contracted designers. • Prepared two QSR restaurants for national expansion. • Clients include NYC restaurants, professional service firms, private equity funds, retail stores and creative professionals. Director of Design > Starwich, Inc. New York, NY/2004 – 2005 • Won GDUSA Best Interactive for Design of Starwich.com. • Developed style standards for internal and external marketing of this rapidly growing restaurant company from inception to a multi-unit presence. • Designed all collateral, campaigns, corporate communications, packaging, presentations, merchandise, signage, e-newsletters, photography, advertisements and the website. • Worked closely with the CEO and Interior Designer to keep visual identity consistent. Senior Instructional Graphics Specialist > Ithaca College Ithaca, NY/2001-2003 • Produced promotional multi-media projects for the college including logos, posters, publications and videos. • Digitally archived works of art. • Assigned larger-scale projects due to approaching each design challenge from multiple perspectives and translating client goals into successful products. Graphics Intern > NBC New York, NY/Summer 2002 • Trained on AfterEffects with New Media Department. • Researched and sourced reference materials and media for broadcast on Nightly News, Dateline, and Today under tight deadlines. • Assisted with 3D digital lighting design. Publication and Recognition • Photography published in Business 2.0, Time Out New York, k9, Nation’s Restaurant News, Zink, Restaurants and Institutions, Gotham, Hamptons, Country Club Quarterly, HX, and eGullet.com • Two GDUSA awards for Interactive Design, for starwich.com and sharktoothcreative.com/2006 • Multiple photographs exhibited in Stamford Downtown Special Services urban art shows, Stamford, CT/2004-5 • Animations and short films Official Selections in several film festivals and online Technical Proficiencies • Adobe Creative Suite • HTML, CSS, Flash • Final Cut Pro • Sound mixing and editing • Photography • English and intermediate French Education Bachelor of Science in Cinema and Photography Ithaca College Ithaca, NY/2003 Magna cum laude, minors in French and Writing, Dean’s List, Oracle Honors Society IES Paris and Atelier Nicholas Poussin Paris, France/2003 Semester abroad, studying fine art and art aesthetics and analysis.