Owner / Creative Director
Drama Queen Graphics LLC 2011 present
Annapolis, MD I dramaqueengraphics.com
n Conceptualize and execute all brand-related products for theaters including logos, collateral, direct mail, digital art, websites, and signage n Work directly with clients and manage virtual freelance artists n Orchestrate and implement marketing strategies and social media presence Clients include professional and non-professional theaters, colleges, and arts organizations. Co-Creative Director / Senior Designer
Herrmann Advertising Branding Technology 2009 present Annapolis, MD I herrmann.com
Art Director (1995 2009) I Designer (1990 1995) I Production Artist (1989 1990) BRAND DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN
I’ve been the primary design force on most branding projects. I construct and then develop our brands as they apply to websites, annual reports, brochures, direct mail pieces, all manner of collateral and indoor & outdoor signage. Clients include law firms, banks, health care providers, social service agencies, real estate developers, performing arts groups and more.
ADVERTISING DESIGN AND WRITING
Generating concepts as well as headlines, I’ve written for television, radio and print. For me the visual and written components are often inextricable. My goal is to present a graphic that has integrity and impact.
CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTION
I direct studio photoshoots as well as on-location, working side by side with clients, photographers, and stylists. My background as a theater director provides added skill in working with often amateur models.
As Co-Creative Director, I supervise and mentor junior artists and coordinate with account managers.
Working with in-house web programmers, I specialize in visually engaging online experiences. As branding and messaging characteristically drive our designs, I focus on aesthetics as well as functionality.
VIDEO, ANIMATION AND RADIO
Whether live or animated, I conceptualize, write, storyboard and direct the project collaborating with a videographer/animator. My live video work is often part of larger branding campaign (usually in the health arena), and is used both online and off. Most animated video work centers around holiday e-cards for law firm clients. Graphic Designer / Public Relations
Catholic Social Services 1988 I Anchorage, AK I csalaska.org n Designed newsletter, collateral and presentation materials for outreach. Graphic Designer / Volunteer Coordinator
Bean’s Cafe 1987 1988 I Anchorage, AK I beanscafe.org n Branded Bean’s Cafe, an Anchorage soup kitchen, by developing a logo, letterhead, newsletter, & fund raising. Bean’s still uses many of these materials today. n Coordinated community volunteers
James Gallagher creative direction I graphic design I illustration my career
I’ve spent the bulk of my career with Herrmann
Advertising Branding Technology, a design firm
whose small size necessitates self-direction and
encourages flexibility and versatility.
In 2011, I married my love of design with my love
of the theater and founded Drama Queen
Graphics, a niche design company that provides
graphics to performing arts organizations.
skills & strengths
n Concept creation and messaging
n High proficiency in the Adobe Creative Cloud,
n Skilled digital manipulation via Photoshop
n Proficiency in Keynote and SquareSpace
n Illustration with a flair for comic book-style
n Photoshoot direction
n Storyboard art
n Theater training
n Brand and website auditing
The Communicator Award of Excellence (2)
2015 & 2013 Annual Report, Cardinal Financial Corp. The Communicator Award of Distinction (4)
Davey Awards - Silver Award
National Healthcare Advertising Awards (3)
Health Campaigns for various Maryland counties
Printing & Graphics Association Mid Atlantic
Excellence in Print, 2012 Annual Report, Loeb & Loeb Government Finance Officers Association
First Place - 2012 Annual Review Metropolitan
Washington Airports Authority
This is a sampling of my awarded work for Herrmann Advertising between 2012-2016.
The University of Notre Dame
College of Arts and Letters
BA with Honors
Double Major: Graphic Design; Art History