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Creative, detail oriented with experience in package design in corporate environments. Ability to take projects from concept to finished product. Project manage all design projects from small projects to global level projects implementing brand standards for all countries. Core Compancies: Analyze and streamline workflows, manage design projects and creative staff, experience in print production standards and production requirements, knowledge of traditional & digital photography, managing photoshoots and web design standards.
7/2008 – 1/2012 Unilever Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Design Manager – Slim Fast, Hellmann’s & Wish-Bone
Responsible for successfully developing and executing creative concepts for assigned projects/ad
dates including incorporating corporate standards related to page building. Project Management of
all work at key stages of project dates to meet company and management expectations. Assisted in development of design standards ensuring continuity. Communicate verbally and in writing, create accurate timeline reports, deliver project presentations, shares information and ideas with others, assisted in the creation of design briefs. Target and achieves results, set project goals, prioritize tasks, overcome obstacles, sets team standards and responsibilities, provide leadership/motivation, develop the design portion of project timelines. Insure that work is completed and approved on time. Report timing issues to the Senior Design Manager and Marketing Process Leader. Attend weekly project management meetings, work closely with the production assistants to insure a seamless transition between design development and production/execution. Recognize problems and respond systematically gathers information, sort through complex issues, seeks input from others, addresses root cause of issues, makes timely decisions, can make difficult decisions, uses consensus when possible, communicates decisions to others. Understand specialty equipment, keeps knowledge up-to-date, is a technical resource for others, follows technology practices and standards.
Accomplishments: Direct the design process for Slim-Fast creating a new brand image for North America & Europe. Develop new product packaging for Hellmann’s & Wish-bone. Direct all product photoshoots and product retouching.
7/2005 – 2/2008 Kiss Products Inc., Port Washington, New York
Senior Art Director
Design and develop visual identity packaging and advertising for new products and existing product lines. Create new logos for new product lines. Set up & direct photoshoots, cast models, negotiate modeling fees and usage. Direct and manage staff & freelance designers by providing design direction. Provide press and color approvals on all brands, manage budgets and timelines for packaging and advertising projects.
Accomplishments: Develop new product packaging, manage creative staff and packaging design direction, create new brand images for existing lines to add new markets in North America & Europe. Create and manage all photoshoots, provide design direction for web and print.
3/2004 – 7/2005 - Freelance Package Design/Production
Specializing in digital photography for web and print, package design, production and graphic design. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Andrew Jergens Co. – John Frieda Division, L’Oreal USA: Redken Labs LLC, Maybelline LLC, Crystal Clear Industries
2/2002 – 3/2004 Spice Market Inc., New York, New York
Senior Graphic Designer/Manager Creative Services
Manage a 3 person creative services dept. Provide creative direction for new packaging and collateral material. Design and maintain 8 catalogs and sales materials. Approve design standards for product lines of Victorian Ribbon, Country Naturals, Aromatherapy, Sea Jewels, Fragrant Home and Autumn Collection. Develop brand identities and logos for new products and product lines. Hire & direct photographers, illustrators and freelance designers. Direct in-house digital photography for catalogs, sales materials and the web. Maintain budgets for all projects and dept expenses. Provide direction for printers and manufacturers domestically and internationally.
Accomplishments: Create new product lines and packaging from concept to finished product, develop new product presentations, direct all digital photography developing photo design standards for all brands, redesign and administer company web site.
6/2001 – 2/2002 Westport Corporation, Pinebrook, New Jersey
Packaging Manager – Creative Services Dept.
Manage the art process and production standards for all brands. Conduct weekly meetings with brand mangers for development of new packaging. Create timetables for organizing the development of new packaging for specific seasonal promotions. Strategic development with brand mangers and art directors for new package development, collateral and promotional material. Specify package materials for quality, cost effectiveness and esthetics, sourcing local and global suppliers for our international offices. Review pre-production samples for quality control, art direction product specifications.
Accomplishments: Develop new packaging and institute packaging standards for all brands, standardize communications between the US and manufacturing in China and Hong Kong.
4/2000 - 6/2001 Dean Witter Morgan Stanley, New York, New York
Web Designer Creative Services
Responsible for designing and maintaining intranet and extranet web sites using the programs of Dreamweaver, Flash 4, Fireworks, Photoshop and Illustrator. Working with HTML, Java and Perl programmers on various sites. Provide traditional corporate graphics for creative services, analyze and update training manuals for Illustrator and Quark Xpress.
4/1996 - 4/2000 L'Oreal, Inc., New York, New York
Art Director Packaging Redken Labs
Responsibilities for the management of creative projects from concept to finished product, develop design and layouts for packaging, promotion, p.o.p. display and trade ads. Establish and approve specifications and standards for product lines creating a strong corporate ID for each line in both domestic and international markets. Communicate and interact with marketing and education departments and outside design services.
Advising and developing corporate website, utilizing various programming languages. Knowledge of WWW server installation. Additional duties include analyzing the creative dept. computer systems and recommendations for making the system more productive.
Accomplishments: Revise all package lines for Redken Labs, instituting design standards for all brands for Europe, North America and Japan. Evaluate brand communications between the USA & Paris making them more cost effective and more efficient. Developing intra-department tracking and production standards for al projects.
University of Bridgeport - BA
School of Visual Arts - Graphic and Package Design
NYU Worldwide Web Development