Aug 2012 - Present (9 years 4 months)
Design & illustrate projects for Gartner Studios’ diverse portfolio of “social celebration” products such as retail stationery, licensed digital designs, greeting cards, party decor, and baking products. Since early 2013, my primary focus has been Gartner’s Tylina Foods division of specialty baking products, such as the Duff Goldman line of baking mixes, decor, and tools. Responsibilities include product development, design retail packaging & POP displays, art direction for food styling & photography, copywriting, sales & marketing materials, social media, pre-flight print production, and attending press checks.
Apple Valley, MN
Jun 2011 - Jul 2012 (1 year 1 month)
Designed and illustrated a variety of products for the scrapbooking and paper craft market. Products included pattern papers, die-cut ephemera, stickers, stamps, albums, fabrics, and packaging. Additional responsibilities included pre-press print production, copywriting, and promotional materials.
New Brighton, MN
Dec 1998 - Jun 2011 (12 years 6 months)
Collaborated with educational content and marketing teams to design educational and decorative products for the classroom and other learning environments. Product families included activity books, learning charts, banners, bulletin board sets, games, stickers, flash cards, trimmers, and posters.
Sep 1996 - Dec 1998 (2 years 3 months)
Worked closely with teams of educational software producers, engineers, and writers to develop character design, character animation, digital set design, backgrounds and interface artwork through the use of both traditional and computer-based graphics and animation tools.
New Hope, MN
Jan 1990 - Sep 1996 (6 years 8 months)
Co-managed all aspects of design and production for a wide variety of child-focused products and promotions for Mello Smello’s four internal divisions. Prior to my art director position, I served as a Staff Cartoonist/Designer (March 1990 through December 1994), designing and illustrating products, promotions and POP displays from concept through printing.