Work experience

 

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.

 

BODHI BEANSTALK

​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.

 
LOLLYDOODLE

​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
Pyramid Sales

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

1994-1995

 

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.

Skills

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

GRAPHIC DESIGN

LOGO DESIGN

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE

ILLUSTRATION

COPYWRITING

PRODUCT DESIGN

NOMENCLATURE

HANDS-ON COMPING

LETTERPRESS

Education

 

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

 

 

 

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