Senior Product Designer
Jan 2015 - Present (6 years 7 months)
Maui Toys acquired by Jakks Pacific. Focus shifted to product design. Duties include art directing freelance designers and developing product concepts in conjunction with licensing partners.
Jan 2009 - Dec 2014 (5 years 11 months)
Developing packaging, product, and advertising/sales collateral for the activity toys market. Creating multiple design comps for various vendors and exploring the most efficient solutions for varied display venues. Coordinating with overseas offices to work out production capabilities for product designs and incorporating feedback into design concepts. Designing and preparing signage for in-store displays and trade shows. Product photography for catalogs and sell sheets. Hired as graphic designer. Promoted to art director in 2013.
Senior Graphic Designer
Aug 2002 - Feb 2008 (5 years 6 months)
A Multi-tasking position supervising a team of designers in various print and packaging projects for the fourth largest toy company in America. Conception and designing product packaging and accessories. Designing products and managing development from prototype to final production. Art directing photography shoots. Story development, screenwriting and visual design for broadcast television animation property. Acting as a department liaison [for animation property] between Creative department, and other company divisions (Sales, Marketing, Product Design, Product Management, Overseas Production). Development and distribution of creative assets and marketing material to other departments. Traditional/digital illustration for product packaging and concept proposals.
Assistant Art Director
Apr 2001 - Jan 2002 (9 months)
Prepared comps and presentation materials for a Fortune Global 500 company. Responsible for interviewing and recruiting designers and programmers for large-scale multimedia projects. Implementing company website utilizing Macromedia software (Flash, Dreamweaver, Freehand). Project management requiring co-ordination between design team, programmers, and client representatives.
Web Designer/Flash Animator
Mar 2000 - Jan 2001 (10 months)
Designing and animating characters for interstitial transitions on web broadcast entertainment. Storyboarding and character designs for animated series. Pre-visualization and animatic production for title sequences. Brainstorming on character and series development. Promotional materials comps for Fortune 500 companies. Website design for major television and film personalities using Adobe and Macromedia design software.
Graphic Artist/ Animator
EMA Multimedia Inc.
Oct 1997 - Jan 1999 (1 year 3 months)
Design and animation for award winning DVD design company. Screenwriting and concept development for film and television properties. Computer animation utilizing Adobe Aftereffects. Animation layout, storyboarding and character design. DVD menu design and experimental interactive design development
UCLA Art Staff
Jan 1996 - Jun 1998 (2 years 5 months)
Staff artist for award wining collegiate news publications. Required producing editorial cartoons and graphics for articles on a daily basis. Collaboration with writing and editorial staff on graphic themes and design layouts. Designed illustrations and produced paintings for special issue covers.