A versatile creative professional with a reputation for dynamic and imaginative energy – seeking to combine a genuine love for great design with a never-satisfied drive for creative impact. Some key traits I bring to a professional design environment are:
Big picture vision with grit to take a project from sweeping panorama to pixel perfection.
Never take your eye off the prize. Ability to stay on task. Take home the biggest trophy. Enjoy it. Start again.
Give credit where credit is due. Recognize the accomplishments of my team members. Celebrate their victories as I would my own.
Deliver The Goods
Bring the full-force of creative energy and problem-solving discipline to every assignment.
Project launch. Exploration of creative brief. Work with stakeholders, content leads and copywriters to establish a timeline.
Sketch & Ideation
Research, inital sketches and digital mock-ups. Investigate multiple solutions. Evaluate for effectiveness and impact.
Design & Build
Execute design direction and all related work flow. Ensure brand compliance and brief realization throughout the process.
Testing & Presentation
Usability testing. Brief and creative match check. Presentation to stakeholders.
Milestones In My Evolution
Oct 2015 - August 2016
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Responsible for creative direction of e mail marketing campaigns, intranet web sites, brochures, posters and interactive presentations. In this role I led a team to establish a new global identity for the Human Resources division of HPE.
October 2000 - October 2015
The Art Institute of Dallas
Instructor (School of Design)
Responsible for class instruction, course creation, as well as art direction and critical evaluation of student work. Functioned as a guide and mentor for developing creatives over a 15 year career.
June 1994 - Oct 2000
Richard Mullins Design
Art Director | Owner
Freelance photographic art direction, illustration and graphic design. Clients included: Promotional Products Association, Women’s Apparel Service, Children’s Apparel Service and CompUSA.
Oct 1991 - June 1994
Harcourt Brace College Publishers
Worked in coordination with the in-house marketing team to produce advertising collateral to be used in product promotion. This role involved execution of concept, art direction, print management and creative design. Also, the responsibility for vendor relations, budget control and press checks.
Top 4 programs I use
The cornerstone of my digital creative life. I use it for everything from logo design to complex digital illustration & UI/UX layout.
For all pixel-based images this is where I go, starting from original photos, scans or stock photos. Any kind of image manipulation I do in here. Also, creating animated gifs.
For multi-page documents and interactive pdf books I rely on the power of InDesign's sophisticated pagination system and robust style sheets.
I use DreamWeaver exclusively for it's code editor mode. I like the highlighting and code color schemes and also that it is integrated into the Adobe CC universe.
A knowledge nerd always seeking to learn more
San Francisco Art Institute
M.F.A. | Painting
It was a great honor to study art at S.F.A.I. While the discipline of painting was the main objective it was art criticism that informed much of my experience there. Attended 1997 to 2000.
The University of Oklahoma
B.F.A. | Advertising Design
At O.U. I learned the old school way with press-on type, refillable Rapidograph pens, cork-back rulers and 100 thumbnails for each idea. On crisp autumn days I can still smell the spray mount and paste-up wax. Attended 1983-1987.
Collin County Community College
Here I am enrolled in front-end development classes. In addition I take on-line training courses on Treehouse and Lynda.com to keep up with new developments in my profession. Currently taking: Javascipt.