designer and art director with a broad range of creative skills including
design and development, illustration, animation, and photography. Experienced
in the creation and development of merchandising/sales and marketing materials,
product development, project and people management. Skilled on Mac and
PC platforms in Photoshop, Quark, Illustrator, Freehand, Flash, Word,
and Acrobat. Knowledge of Dreamweaver, ImageReady, Fireworks, HTML, Excel
VAN AUSTEN CREATIVE,
SAN LEANDRO, CA 2002 - Present
- Manage a full-service
design, illustration, and multimedia communication company.
- Deliver innovative,
effective, and visually stunning products of the highest quality to
my clients and vendors.
- Produce award-winning
advertising for my clients (Addy Awards 2003).
MDC VACUUM PRODUCTS CORPORATION, Hayward, CA 2001
Senior Graphic Designer
- Develop full color
product catalogs for print and web. Duties include design and layout,
creating/revising technical drawings, photo manipulation, and managing
product photography. Collaborate with marketing director and web programmer
to develop, compile, and update content for web site and intranet.
- Design, layout, and
prepare for output a variety of marketing and product support items
including: corporate newsletters, departmental/corporate presentations,
CD-ROM catalogs, magazine ads, direct mailers, trade show graphics,
technical bulletins, instructional manuals, and product graphics.
San Leandro, CA 1999 - 2000
- Collaborated with
art director and merchandisers to concept and design apparel and product
graphics for entertainment licenses and inhouse lines. Researched marketplace
trends, generated project estimates and developed multiple projects
and product lines within constraints of time and budget.
- Designed and created
a variety of marketing materials and product presentations for print,
interactive CD-ROMs and interactive PDF presentations. Spearheaded the
company's first database driven catalog.
- Assumed responsibility
as art director in their absence. Trained artists in methods, techniques,
and digital file organization methods.
WILD BRYDE JEWELRY,
El Sobrante, CA 1996 - 1999
- Managed three areas:
marketing materials, custom, and product development. Collaborated with
marketing and manufacturing to plan, organize and execute projects.
Supervised in-house staff of two designers and a production artist;
art-directed production and assembly; coordinated the activities of
outside artists and vendors.
- Responsible for the
planning and implementation of art department goals and projects. Successfully
planned and produced six programs to meet the year’s goals. Each program
included a new jewelry line of approximately sixty-plus new designs,
wholesale and retail catalogs, price list, ad-slick, full color retail
poster, magazine and newspaper advertising, product packaging and P.O.P
displays. Produced the company’s first full-color catalog.
- Designed product
and marketing materials from initial concept-and-design phase to completion.
Worked directly with clients on their custom projects.
DAVIS LIQUID CRYSTAL,
INC., San Leandro, CA 1992 - 1996
- Managed the creative
and product development departments. Collaborated with marketing and
manufacturing to plan, organize and execute projects. Supervised one
full-time employee and a number of outside artists and vendors.
- Responsible for the
production of marketing materials, product packaging, new products and
the product development program. Managed multiple projects from concept
and design through development for production.
DAKIN, INC., San Francisco,
CA 1990 - 1991
- Designed and constructed
high-end prototype toys and gifts for overseas manufacturing, including
large, plush stuffed animals, collector dolls, and toys, mobiles and
musicals for the BabyThings™
- Responsible for product
development/evaluation, subcontractor supervision, material acquisition,
pattern development and cost analysis.
- Produced in excess
of 20 costume prototypes for the Ginny doll series for overseas
- Worked on licensed
products including prototypes of Walt Disney collectors’ edition
of Beauty and the Beast, United Feature Syndicate, Inc.’s Garfield®,
and Famous Amos’ plush Cookie dolls.
FREELANCE & CONTRACT
- BOSTONREED.COM: Designer,
creator and art director for web graphics and printed materials including
corporate identity package, catalog illustration, advertisments, tradeshow
- SAFEWAY ADVERTISING
and PRODUCTION DIVISION: Designed ads, posters, brochures, various collateral,
and created product illustrations. Assisted art director and senior
designers on special assignments.
- DIRECT IMAGES: Assisted
Art Director in interactive CD-ROM layouts as "Quark Specialist"
putting finishing touches on navigational and informational graphics
and text. Managed prepress CD-ROM construction for Acrobat conversion.
- EASON COMMUNICATIONS:
Created concepts, designed and illustrated advertising and marketing
materials (newsletters, brochures, catalogs, mailers, advertisements
and tradeshow materials). Orchestrated projects, collaborated with clients,
marketing and vendors from concept to finish.
- AIRLINERS MAGAZINE:
Conceived layout designs and created spreads, graphics and logos.
- FISHER PRICE TOY
COMPANY: Developed prototype toy design and constructed the model.
- SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC
BOX COMPANY: Designed and developed animated music boxes and water globes
for overseas manufacturing.
DIVISION: Designed and created three-dimensional prototype models for
a line of children’s light-switch plates.
- LORIMAR TELEPICTURES:
Designed, constructed and animated stop-motion working models, props,
and sets for the internationally-syndicated GUMBY television
series (2-year project).
- WILL VINTON PRODUCTIONS:
Assisted in animation, designed and built clay models and props used
in a nationally-televised NIKE commercial and Will Vinton’s Festival
Visual Design, minor in Architectural Studies -- University of Oregon
and design classes -- The Revere Academy
American Association of University Women
Member, Western Art Director’s Club
Member, ASIFA (International Society of Animators)
Co-founder/member, Trans-bay Flash Club (Flash Animation User Group)