Experienced creative leader with a background in editorial, agency and retail. Advanced experience in art direction, graphic design, visual merchandising and environmental design. Collaborative team player with succinct communication skills at multiple levels of leadership. Experienced people manager with an entrepreneurial leadership spirit. Strong interpersonal skills coupled with exceptional communication and presentation skills. Flexible and creative problem solver known to embrace change and react with speed and agility. Proficient in computer and software applications including Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp, CaptureOne, MS Office and Keynote.
Creative & Art Direction | June 2018–present; Columbus, OH
WD Partners: Contract Creative Director; November 2018–March 2019. Partnered with agency principals on a major retailer client’s brand experience strategy and shopper mindset personas. Collaborated and ideated on experience design concepts including visual presentation, branding, space planning and communication hierarchy. Oversaw visual merchandising and environmental design for special projects.
Lane Bryant: Contract Art Direction; June 2018–November 2018. Set the seasonal art and brand direction for holiday 2018 and spring 2019. Partnered with Creative Director and Copy Director on creative concepts. Art directed photo shoots for campaigns and digital assets. Designed window displays and interior visual presentations. Coordinated with outside vendors (photographers, fashion stylists, hair & make-up artists) to bring the seasonal creative vision to life. Partnered with creative and marketing leadership on the look, tone and feel of print and digital executions. Concepted pop-up shop for Girl With Curves capsule collection. Managed and mentored graphic designers.
Global Visual Design & Concept Manager, Luxury Retail | May 2012–June 2018; New York, NY
Concepted windows and visuals for Luxury stores worldwide including flagships in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo.
Designed and oversaw the execution of seasonal window concepts for Collection, Purple Label, Black Label and Home brands; ensured consistency between interior and exterior visual presentations.
Graphically rendered window sets and interior visual displays and guided field team and contractors on build-outs.
Directed illustrators and graphic designers to develop creative for window displays and in-store signage.
Sourced imagery for inspiration and commercial usage; managed legal approvals and secured usage rights.
Collaborated with merchandising and marketing to design collateral for in-store marketing, promotions and events.
Resourced and procured set elements for store displays and events including props, wall coverings, lighting, rugs, etc.
Determined most appropriate production methods, vendors and materials for each project.
Sourced and managed relationships with vendors including fine artists and photographers; negotiated fees and usage.
Managed and negotiated budgets and team expenses in partnership with department head and financial partners.
Assisted with window installations and interior changeovers as-needed (rigging, prop styling, art installation).
Managed and mentored a team of designers and freelancers.
Art Director & Graphic Designer | June 2011–August 2013; New York, NY
Ralph Lauren: Concepted and designed global visual creative directives and in-store signage.
Latina & Billboard: Art director for magazine editorials. Concepted monthly stories with section editors. Art directed photo shoots. Sourced stock imagery. Designed covers and page layouts. Oversaw print production for quality.
Grey Advertising: Concepted and designed print ads including photo retouching, image editing, type and color selection. Clients included DDF Skincare and Pantene.
Senior Art Director, Special Issues | January 2003–June 2011; Chicago, IL
Art directed 12 annual Playboy special-edition magazine issues; oversaw design and photography for the entire book.
Reviewed and monitored the progression of color separations to ensure premium print quality.
Partnered with the Digital Content Manager to develop and produce website creative and assets.
Consulted with foreign editions to utilize creative and design assets for global publications.
Concepted and proposed ideas with swipe inspiration for photos, covers, hair & makeup and wardrobe styling.
Oversaw development of photo asset management tool, making the Playboy image archive accessible companywide.
Managed and mentored creative team including graphic designers, photo editors and art assistants.
AMBROSSI & ASSOCIATES
Art Director | June 1999–June 2001; Chicago, IL
Art directed direct mail and catalog materials.
Produced initial concepts, directed fashion photo shoots, edited film, designed layouts and oversaw print production.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design.