General info

Minneapolis/St.Paul, MN

My love of art brought me to Minneapolis to study at MCAD and to explore the wide range of art and music the Twin Cities has to offer. While in school I honed my fine arts, film and graphic design skills.

Since then I have gained extensive retail design experience. Specifically, I spent 8.5 years growing the Best Buy brand in a range of media, including work on the Sunday circular, Reward Zone incentive program and national promotions/ campaigns. Following my tenure at Best Buy, I spent 2.5 years with Room & Board's brand experience team designing everything from logos to in-store signage to catalogs and mailers to web pages and emails. From there I took the position of Art Director/Designer at the Steinhauser Group, Art Directing photo shoots, creating covers for the Sunday circular and having a part in overseeing Target's weekly insert design via creating style guides and blue sky visions for campaigns such as Back-To-School and the Holiday circulars.

Currently I'm looking for the next great gig.

I am never far from the design world and I am always seeking out new projects to work on

Specialties: Art Direction, Photo Shoots, Print and Web Design, Illustration, Creative Suite Applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and even... Quark Xpress


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Experience

  • Art Director/Graphic Designer
    Minneapolis
    Jun 2009 - Present
    Freelance Art Director/Graphic Designer

    As a freelance graphic designer I worked on a number of various projects across the design spectrum. Examples include:

    TSG + Target
    Art Direction

    DJ Jake Rudh Website
    www.jakerudh.com/

    Room and Board
    Illustrations for children's activity book
    Press checks for catalog

    ICING by Claire's
    Photography
    Photoshop re-touching
    Signage

    American Standard
    Illustrations for Professor Toilet
    www.professortoilet.com

    Vita.mn
    MadMen Season 3 Premiere advertising

    Antidote X
    Sell sheet design for rSmart
    Trade show graphic production for Novus Autoglass

    A Fine Grind Coffee
    Packaging design

    Froehling Anderson
    Logo and identity package design

    Title Wave Music & Video
    In-store promotions
    POS design

    The Amazing Alonzo Paperback Exchange
    Ad design
    Brand materials

  • Art Director/Graphic Designer
    Minneapolis, MN
    May 2015 - Aug 2015
    Digital People

    CONTRACT ASSIGNMENTS INCLUDE:

    Select Comfort for Sleep Number

    WEB DESIGN
    Web Pages
    Monthly Email
    Banner Ads
    Email Communication

    http://www.sleepnumber.com

  • Art Director/Designer
    Robbinsdale, MN
    Sep 2010 - Feb 2015
    The Steinhauser Group

    Art direction and design collateral materials for Target. Examples include:

    Art Direction for the Sunday circular
    Direct photo shoots working closely with photographers and photo stylists
    Design concepts and layouts
    Direct designers, production artists, copywriters to execute concepts and
    designs to brand and client expectations
    Perform production and design tasks as needed

  • Graphic Designer
    Golden Valley, MN
    Sep 2006 - Feb 2009
    Room & Board

    Conceptualized, designed and produced several types of marketing materials for consumer and professional audiences. Examples include:
    PRINT DESIGN
    Annual Catalog
    Summer Mailer
    Store Signage
    Magazine Ads
    Company Communications
    Logo Design
    Technical Illustrations
    Color Correction & Press Checks

    WEB DESIGN
    Web Pages
    Monthly Email
    Banner Ads
    Email Communication

    http://www.roomandboard.com

  • Art Director
    Richfield, MN
    Jan 1998 - Aug 2006
    Best Buy

    Conceptualized, designed and produced a wide range of Best Buy marketing collateral for external and internal audiences. Examples include:

    Art Direction on the Sunday circular
    Designed logos and branding projects for vendors by request
    Directed photo shoots
    Led designers, production artists, copywriters and assorted freelancers to
    execute concepts and designs to brand and client expectations
    Performed production tasks as needed
    Logo and Branding design for Reward Zone and Best Buy's credit
    card program
    Magazine ads
    Brochures
    Store signage
    Materials for promotions and events

  • Instructor - Digital Imaging
    Minneapolis, MN
    Mar 2009 - Jun 2009
    Miami Ad School Minneapolis

    As the Digital Imaging instructor I taught primarily PhotoShop, but also included principals of design and advertising in my lectures and in-class assignments.

Education

  • Advertising and Design
    Minneapolis, MN
    Jun 1995 - Nov 1997
    Brown College

    Degree in Advertising/Design

  • Minneapolis, MN
    Aug 1992 - May 1995
    MCAD

    Studied one year of fine art studies and one year of film.

Software


  • SOFTWARE

    Adobe PhotoShop
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe InDesign
    Quark XPress
    Microsoft Office

Additional Skills


  • ADDITIONAL SKILLS

    Illustration
    Screen Printing
    Photography
    Photo Retouching
    Keynote

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  • AWARDS

    HOW Magazine October 2009 - 2009 Promotional Design Awards: Love Diary - Holiday 2008

    HOW Magazine February 2008 - 2009 Consumer Merit Award - Room & Board Catalog 2007