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Vincent Garma  
Creative Manager/Art Director
Visionary Art Director. Master of trends. Systems-oriented leader. I have nineteen years of experience designing and directing for packaging and product design, merchandising, advertising, and corporate identities.

My professional background involves designing and developing licensed products and packaging for large national brands, such as Warner Brothers, Peanuts, Knott's, Kellogg's, Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Betty Boop, and Elvis. From entertainment to retail, online to consumer goods, I'm skilled at merging selling strategy with targeted design for a variety of industries. You'll find my product lines selling at big-box retailers, including Target and Walmart. I have also worked on architectural art installations for Disney, Hilton, Delta, and numerous hospitality and private residences. 

My work experience also includes senior management, supervising, and training a fully staffed art department. I can lead and inspire your design team to achieve new levels of success for your company and clients.

Currently available for freelance and full-time positions.
- Over fifteen years of professional art direction, graphic design and product packaging experience for in-house creative departments
- Expert at designing and developing licensed product and packaging materials for major industries, including entertainment, retail, and consumer goods
- Superior skills in all aspects of design, layout, color composition and typography
- Seasoned in concept development, brand identity maintenance, style guidelines and graphic production processes 
- Strong skills in illustration, both hand-drawn and digital
- Specialized background in toys, memorabilia and souvenirs targeted to every demographic from children to seniors  
- Strong interpersonal skills in managing department personnel and communicating across all departments
- Experienced directing, scheduling, training, and assigning tasks to designers and production artists
- Seasoned in project management, time-management and problem-solving techniques
- Experienced team member skilled at working independently on projects from start to completion 

- Expert in the Mac platform, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and ImageReady
- Knowledge of Quark, HTML, Flash, Dreamweaver, Word, Excel and Mac OS X
- Operation and troubleshooting large format printer/cutter
- Strong Mac troubleshooting skills

 UCLA EXTENSION - Combined Certification in Graphic Arts and Computer Design
 L.A. VALLEY COLLEGE - Fine Arts Major, Music Minor
 CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH - Fine Arts Major, Music Minor
- Pioneer of Masters of Design class
- Completed certified management training


ULTRAGLAS INC. - Chatsworth, CA 2010 - 2012 and 2013 – 2017
Creative Manager - full-time
- Producing artwork for the production of high end glass designs for private and hospitality use
- Working creatively with Disney and a variety of architectural clients for large installations and entry monumentation
- Maintaining and organizing of templates and digital art library
- Operating and maintenance of oversized printer cutter
- Managing marketing and branding materials
- Instrumental in rebranding and social media strategies
- Oversee redesign of print and promotional materials to comply with brand

WIRELESS ONE DISTRIBUTORS - Chatsworth, CA 2012 - 2013
Graphics and Marketing - full-time
- Producing artwork for the print and digital email blasts.
- Overseeing and directing vendors to produce packaging and marketing materials
- Maintaining and organizing of templates and digital image library
- Overseeing and directing freelance artists and photographers as needed
- Product photography and color correction of digital images
- Design of product instruction booklets and packaging inserts.
- Developing print and digital catalogs for sales and marketing

VINCENT GARMA DESIGNS - Valencia, CA   2008 - 2010 and 2017 - Present
    Designer - freelance project based
- Product and package design 
- Flash asset design
- Souvenir design
- Catalog production 

CREATIVITY INC. - Van Nuys, CA   2006 - 2008
    Art Director - full-time
- Performed lead role in the design, art direction, illustration, and concept development of products and packaging
- Art directed packaging for large product lines at major national retailers, including Target, Michael's, and Walmart
- Established policies, implemented best practices, and enforced standard operating procedures within the Creative Department
- Developed and launched successful eco-friendly product line
- Managed multiple, concurrent projects in different stages
- Problem solved in both the creative and administrative architecture
- Met tight deadlines on a daily basis
- Trained, supervised, and provided art direction for full-time and freelance personnel

PINNACLE DESIGNS - San Fernando, CA   2000 - 2006
    Associate Art Director - full-time
- Conceptualized, designed, and coordinated licensed products for large national brands, including Warner Bros. Universal Studio, Graceland, Charles Schulz, South Park, and The Simpsons
- Created original illustrations and artwork
- Juggled short-turnaround jobs with longer, more complex projects
- Trained designers in use of Photoshop and Illustrator

    Digital Draftsman, Web Design - full-time and contract
- Hand drafted and digitally drafted design work


SANTA CLARITA KARATE - Saugus, CA - 2008 - 2013
- Design, Production, and Website work - contract work

- Design, Production, and Website work - contract work

ULTRAGLAS INC - Chatsworth, CA - 2012 - 2013
- Design and Production work - contract work

LANE STREET PICTURES - Hollywood, CA - 2010
- Design and Production work - contract work

PINNACLE DESIGNS - San Fernando, CA - 2010
- Senior Graphic Designer - temporary contract work

CREATIVITY INC. - Van Nuys, CA - 2009 - 2010
- Graphic Design and Production - contract work

GUITAR CENTER (through 24 Seven) - Westlake Village, CA - 2008
- Production work for catalog - contract work

INTERNATIONAL IRONWORKS - Commerce, CA - 2000 - 2006
    Digital Draftsman, Web Design - contract work
- Contracted to design and maintain corporate website



Vincent Garma
Full-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Art Direction, Design
Industrial/Product, Web/Multimedia
POST DATE: 03.25.2020
Porter Ranch, CA
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