ELLEN SMILER CREATIVE / aka. Gillis & Smiler Design
1996 - present
Owner, Creative Director and Photographer. Oversees all aspects of design, photography, creative direction, management and supervision, new business development, vendor and client relations, office administration, proposal writing and account management.
2009 - present
Founder, Creative Director and Inventor. Founded new business inventing innovative products for children to encourage healthy eating habits and positive behavior. New business development - including complete branding systems and package design, as well as product development from conception to final prototyping.
2006 - 2009
Founder, Creative Director, Illustrator and Photographer. Founded new business creating original art for juvenile wall décor. New business development, branding and tradeshow marketing. Oversses all aspects operation, design, production and fulfillment.
FREELANCE DESIGNER & ART DIRECTOR
Sargent & Berman Design
1995 - 1996
Art Director and Designer. Brand development and management, including logo, print and packaging design for: Sarah Lee baked goods packaging, Diedrich Coffee, Princess Cruises, Big Bad Beetle Borgs, and Power Rangers.
STERLING GROUP / New York
Senior Designer. Brand development and management on such accounts as: Seagrams, Frito-Lay, Nabisco, Quaker and Miller Brewing Company. Team member in marketing strategy, nomenclature and focus groups for major product and packaging launches.
ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE
ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN / Pasadena, CA & Vevey, Switzerland
1992 - 1994 / B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Packaging
MARCHUTZ SCHOOL OF ART / Aix-en-Provence, France
1991 - 1992 / Painting, Illustration and Art Criticism
UCSD / San Diego, CA / 1988 - 1991