Experience

Sr. Interactive Designer
Philips Design // design.philips.com
November 2007 Present

  • Author competitive studies, wireframes, design comps, prototypes, and style guides
  • Provide art direction to designers, ensuring usable, compelling visual design consistent with defined strategy, corporate branding and messaging
  • Establish design and style guides as the visual design lead responsible for the Philips Worldwide Online Store, 2008 Philips CES, 2007 and 2008 Philips interactive annual reports, and Norelco Shave Everywhere sites
  • Travel internationally to present design deliverables, prototypes, and provide on-site design, usability, and information architecture services
  • Advocate and ensure user-oriented design methodologies
  • Combine experience with technology, usability, and design to produce innovative interfaces and progressive visual experiences

Art Director
Sagepath // sagepath.com
December 2006 November 2007

  • Acted as the creative lead and designer for traditional and interactive marketing initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies including: The Coca-Cola Company; Future Brands/Jim Beam International; Home Depot; Newell Rubbermaid; NAPA Auto Parts; Sears; and United Parcel Service
  • Authored design briefs, wireframes, storyboards, and proof-of-concepts
  • Collaborated with clients from conceptualization and production through delivery
  • Assured the quality of outgoing deliverables
  • Met with clients to assess requirements and present deliverables
  • Attended marketing summits, conferences, and trade shows to promote new business and strengthen existing client-agency relationships
  • Directed lifestyle and product photo shoots
  • Collaborated with clients on-site, providing design, usability, and information architecture consulting services

Sr. Web Designer
Spunlogic (now Engauge) // engauge.com
May 2006 November 2006 (Contract Position)

  • Participated in and led design meetings informing the project and account managers of current design trends, technologies, and capabilities
  • Collaborated with Information Architects to produce wireframes and documentation
  • Designed large-scale websites, ecommerce solutions, landing pages, user interfaces, and email templates, for clients such as: Anheuser-Busch; TBS; Cartoon Network; Georgia Aquarium; City of Atlanta; Intercontinental Hotel Group; and Choicepoint
  • Mentored junior designers in refining their designs to be visually compelling while integrating established usability principals and current SEO practices
  • Developed the front-end of websites and web-based user interfaces using complex CSS, Java, PHP, DHTML, XML, and Flash

Sr. Graphic Artist
InfoMentis // infomentis.com
November 2005 May 2006 (Contract Position)

  • Combined executive stakeholders philosophies and strategies into a coherent brand
  • Established and maintained relationships with print and development vendors
  • Designed promotional materials such as t-shirts, mugs, greeting cards, etc.
  • Designed interactive and static business models to relay concepts and principals
  • Managed materials produced by instructional designers to ensure proper conveyance of the corporate brand
  • Designed sales collateral, corporate website, style guide, branding kits, email marketing campaigns, e-learning modules, and Powerpoint presentation templates

Graphic Artist
KnowledgeStorm // knowledgestorm.com
May 2005 November 2005 (Contract Position)

  • Worked closely with Business Development, Products, Marketing, and Technology executives to establish business requirements for B2B interactive initiatives
  • Established and maintained relationships with print and development vendors
  • Conducted in-depth formal and informal design review sessions
  • Complete design and maintenance for the entire network of websites and website syndications with more than one million unique visitors each month
  • Conducted formal usability and functionality testing on the network of sites
  • Initiated AJAX methodologies in the design and development of web-based applications

Web Designer II
Interland
July 2003 April 2005

  • Designed and developed nearly 200 B2C websites for small and medium-sized businesses
  • Combined extensive knowledge of web hosting, CSS, Java, ASP/.NET, HTML/DHTML, PHP, and Flash to design and develop unique web presences

Education

Bachelor of Science
Boston University // bu.edu
Class of 2003

  • Computer Science degree with additional focus in German, Fine Arts, and Human Factors
  • 3.7 Graduating GPA

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • American Marketing Association (AMA Atlanta)
    AMA Atlanta is the premier source for marketing information for Atlanta's community of marketing, advertising, public relations, communications, and direct marketing professionals across all markets. // ama-atlanta.com
  • Professional Association for Design (AIGA)
    AIGA is the premier place for design—to discover it, discuss it, understand it, appreciate it, be inspired by it. // aiga.org
  • Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association (AIMA)
    The Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association serves as a beacon for interactive marketers to be inspired and connect. // atlantaima.org
  • Business Marketing Association (BMA Boston)
    The Business Marketing Association represents a lifetime of expertise in marketing and communications. // thebmaboston.com

Volunteer

  • AID Atlanta
    AID Atlanta’s mission is to empower Georgians with HIV/AIDS to live independent, productive lives and to deliver world-class educational programs that help stop the spread of HIV by reducing at-risk behaviors in targeted populations. // aidatlanta.org
  • Shakespeare Tavern
    A place out of time; a place of live music, hand-crafted period costumes, outrageous sword fights with the entire experience centered on the passion and poetry of the spoken word. // shakespearetavern.com
  • VOX Teen Communications
    VOX Teen Communications is a non-profit
    youth-development organization located in
    downtown Atlanta, GA, dedicated to giving teens the skills and resources to raise their voices. // voxrox.org

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Competencies

  • Art Direction
  • Branding
  • Brand Positioning
  • Brochure and Collateral Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Graphic Design
  • Design
  • Design for Mobile Devices
  • Email Marketing
  • Information Architecture
  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Market Research
  • Quality Assurance
  • Resource and Time Management
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Usability Testing
  • User Advocation
  • User Experience (UX) Design
  • Web Development
  • Web Hosting
  • Wireframes

Computer

Chaz is familiar with the following programs:

  • Adobe Creative Suite, including Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop
  • iMovie
  • Lotus Notes
  • Mac OS 9 and X
  • Microsoft Office, Including Access, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, and Word
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Quicktime Pro

And the following technologies:

  • Actionscript and XML
  • CSS "tableless design"
  • DHTML / HTML
  • FTP
  • Java and JSP
  • PHP
  • Real Streaming
  • SSH
  • Terminal Services

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