Objective

Obtain a permanent position – or a long-term contract assignment – as a Creative/Art Director for Integrated & Digital Media, with a company that values creative passion, imaginative intelligence, technical prowess, and innovative storytelling as paramount to their business and their clients' businesses.

Summary

Digital and Integrated Art/Creative Director with in-depth agency and corporate experience; hands-on management/direction style, leading teams of 1 to 20; years of client-facing pitching and selling concepts, then guiding/managing client expectations in both B2B and B2C sphere; nationally recognized innovative leader in integrated, interactive media design and implementation across all touchpoints; award-winning UX creation.

{The Wordy Version: Ideally, I want to become an integral part of, and help lead, a team of people who seek continually to advance the development and innovative implementation of new media technology; a team where I can bring outstanding and multi-faceted design experience that traverses all media types (and pushes then expands the boundaries of traditional, common graphic and information design). I want to work within – and possibly lead – a team of creatives. I wish to become a part of a company that considers intelligence, taste, talent, leadership, presentation excellence, a strong work ethic, personality and PROVEN RESULTS to be an integral part of – and woven into the fabric of – their business.}

Career Skills & Experience

Experienced in a broad range of creative positions where I lead, mentor, create, innovate, design, manage, and conceptualize integrated and digital communication solutions. At any given time, I have my hands in the soup of interactive media of all types (web sites, destop, mobile, App UI, and responsive), integrated campaigns, User Experience, User Interface creation, and integrated media.

  • Interactive media designer with UX, UI, and user-focused design expertise
  • Established team leader, Creative Director, mentor, and team "inspirer"
  • Leads integrated initiatives working with teams of email marketing, UX, IA, IT, creative teams, and management
  • Award-winning graphic designer, with 20 years experience with print, interactive media, digital video, and website development for clients including Redbox, Allscripts, Ford, Motorola, Evian, Dannon, IBM, Ameritrade, and countless companies and organizations
  • 17 years experience as the "hands-on" Owner + Creative Director of a digital media design company
  • Excellent presentation skills, with 20 years experience presenting and pitching to clients and audiences
  • Ability to create budgets, guide creative staff through the entire creative development process, and work as the point person that communicates to the client, the account staff, and the production team
  • Proven expertise and innovative leader in design, creative branding across all deliverable media outlets & formats
  • Successfully led design and implementation of social networking/marketing programs, Internet
    advertising & marketing, and online learning & education programs

PROVEN RESULTS: Partial Client List & Successes

KEY: CD = Creative Direction, AD=Art Direction

Wolters Kluwer/CCH: Integrated Web/Print — CD/creative management/design
Redbox: Integrated Web/Print — AD/design
Allscripts: Web+UI+UX — AD/Website design
Accenture Experience Agency (AXA): Web Design, UX — AD/design
Northwestern University: Motion Graphics/SFX — AD/production
Furst Person: UI/UX/Heuristics — UX/UI analysis
Dannon Bottled Water: Interactive — CD/design/programming
EVIAN: Interactive — CD/design/programming
Motorola: Interactive — CD/design/programming
IBM: Web – online audio playback — CD/interface design/programming
Accenture: CD-ROM multimedia presentation — CD/design/programming
Ford Motor Vehicles: Web/Flash banner ads — AD/design/programming
Bud Lite Super Bowl ads: Flash banner ads — AD/design
ALL Major Automobile Manufacturers: Flash interactive ads — CD/design/programming
Ameritrade: Flash banner ads — AD/design/programming
Nortel Networks: Motion gfx/video — CD/design/animation/video editing
Bentley Systems: Motion gfx/video — CD/design/animation/video editing
IPIX (www.ipix.com): Identity/print/website — CD/design/programming
Tornadovac (www.tornadovac.com): Website — CD/design
Equity Office Properties: Interactive Annual Report — AD/design/programming
Dynegy (www.dynegy.com): Website concepts — CD/design/concepting
Metromail/Experian (www.experian.com): Website — CD/design/programming

CCH, a part of Wolters Kluwer (Contract, on-site)
Creative team management; responsive website design; CMS design and implementation; integrated design of email, social media, landing pages, microsites, and print material; initiated responsive design for email campaigns, increasing response rates and ROI; UI/UX design; CMS recommendations and design for large-scale site deployments

Redbox (Contract, on-site)
Created design and layout for an online Facebook game that users played during March 2013. The game was based on NCAA's "March Madness" men's basketball tournament brackets, and users voted on movie matchups.

Allscripts (Contract, on-site)
Art Director for new Allscripts.com responsive website. Created layouts for all size breakdowns, including desktop, mobile, and tablet. Communicated with IT and with Creative and Company Management to implement the architecture design.

Accenture Experience Agency (AXA)
Consulting Art Director, creating responsive website design concepts for a global hotel client.

Motorola
Designed the interface for the Motorola Multimedia Group web site, which showcased the possibilities of broadband Internet using Motorola's cable modem, the SURFboard™. Created fully customizable interactive laptop presentation that showcased the possibilities of going online using cable modem technology.

Evian Bottled Water and Dannon Bottled Water
Successful launch of Dannon Bottled Water was aided in part by multimedia laptop presentations shown to investors and distributors. Evian modular laptop presentation helped Evian succeed in its goal of being served in restaurants instead of tap water.

IBM
Created one of the first web sites to utilize streaming audio, and was designed and programmed to demonstrate the power of IBM's Tsunami™ server technology.

Accenture
Created a self-running, business-card CD-ROM that introduced the world to the rebranding of Anderson Worldwide as Accenture.

J Walter Thompson (Detroit), Ford Motor Vehicles
Art directed/concepted design and interactive functionality for dozens of different Flash-based banner ads for Ford Motor Vehicles

DDB Needham, Bud Lite Superbowl ads
Consulted with DDB Needham for the creation of the popular "Bud Bowl" website, an online game played on line in conjunction with the Bud Bowl advertising that took place on Super Bowl Sunday.

Major Automobile Manufacturers (Chevy, Buick, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hummer, Nissan et al)
Designed and programmed many rich-media, online interactive Flash banner ads for auto industry giants such as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Cadillac, Lincoln, Ford, Mercury, and Hummer, among others.

Ogilvy & Mather: Ameritrade
Developed Flash banner advertisements for Ameritrade, which established Ameritrade as an early leader in the world of online trading.

Nortel Networks
Created award-winning tradeshow video for Nortel Networks: "What Do You Want the Internet to Be?"

Bentley Systems
Developed complex video backdrops for the Bentley Systems Worldwide Users Conference, which won silver Telly Awards two years in a row.

IPIX (www.ipix.com)
Developed branding for the IPIX corporate name and logo; designed and developed web site.

Tornadovac
Developed initial site architecture and interface design for Tornadovac web site.

Equity Office Properties
Created an on-line, Flash-driven annual report (unheard of at the time), which utilized video, audio, and animation to present the information.

Dynegy
Acted as consulting art director to establish an on-line presence for one of the world's largest
energy providers.

 

RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Internet Design Group Manager, 04/2013 – 10/2013 (Contract)
Wolters Kluwer/CCH
Riverwoods, IL
Services/Work Completed: Creative team management, responsive website design, integrated design of email, social media, landing pages, microsites, and print material; initiated responsive design for email campaigns, increasing response rates and ultimately sales; UI/UX design; CMS recommendations for large-scale site deployments

Interactive Art Director, 05/2012 – ongoing (contract work, Chicago area)
Redbox, Allscripts, Chicago Tribune, APICS, BOOM! Advertising
Chicago, IL area
Services/Work Completed: Creative team management, website design, mobile/tablet app design, print design, UI/UX design, email design, development of the above mentioned interactive work.

Principal + Creative Director, 3/1996 – present
No Ink, Inc.
Chicago, IL, and Everywhere
Services/Work Completed: Websites, motion graphics, interactive, print, identity campaigns, Internet-related marketing and advertising materials, CD-ROM design and programming, DVD design and programming

Creative Director, 03/1994 – 02/1996
Ahrens Interactive Studio
Chicago, IL
Services/Work Completed: Creative/Art direction, CD-ROMs, interactive laptop multimedia design and programming, early website design and programming, print collateral

Graphic Designer, 7/1992 – 03/1994
Bukur Design Group
Chicago, IL
Services/Work Completed: Senior graphic designer for all print-related materials

EDUCATION

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
M.S. Rhetoric and Technical Communication, 1991

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
B.S. Biological Sciences, and Secondary Education Teaching Certification, 1998

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

At the request of one of my references, I have removed their contact information. I can provide specific references on request, or you can download my resume/CV in the upper right corner of this page— both versions contain references on the last page.

 

NOTE: If you look in the upper right corner of the screen, you can download PDF files of the shorter resume (3 pages), which is current, but also view a more detailed, longer resume (5-6 pages).

- Tim