brian blevins

Me in Washington Square Park – photo by Andrew Coughlin

RESUME


SUMMARY

Accomplished graphic designer and creative manager of digital and print projects. Skilled in creative and project management, photo retouching and restoration, digital art, copywriting, logo and brand development, and art direction. Effective in working with cross-functional teams on interactive projects for high-profile brands as well as managing fellow designers and production artists.

EXPERIENCE

NBC ENTERTAINMENT MARKETING & DIGITAL | Universal City, CA
Senior Digital Designer | NBC Digital | Sept 2016 – Present (contract)

  • Create promotional assets for NBC on its official site and platforms.
  • Develop “series art” explorations for current and upcoming series and specials.
  • Work closely with UX and Social designers to ensure brand consistency.

DISNEY INTERACTIVE | Glendale, CA
Manager, Creative Services | Disney Infinity + Mobile Games | Sept 2014 – July 2016

  • Established, maintained, and managed the visual direction, brand identity, and production quality of projects ranging from Disney Infinity packaging and digital marketing to submission assets for mobile and console games.
  • Acted as Lead Designer and Art Director on a fast-paced, high-volume team.
  • Executed projects from inception to completion, from initial creative brief/work order through final delivery and asset management.
  • Hired, trained, and coached a team of full-time and contract designers and artists.
  • Retained most projects in-house, reducing outsourcing expenses and lead times and increasing brand consistency and on-time deliveries of assets.

DISNEY INTERACTIVE | Glendale, CA
Associate Manager, Design Services | Mobile Games | Jan 2014 – Sept 2014 (contract)

  • Collaborated with Manager, Design Services, and Product Marketing Managers on the design and production of mobile app submission and marketing assets.
  • Developed creative ideas, roughs, mock-ups and final designs and mechanicals and maintained corporate and brand standards.

WALT DISNEY PARKS & RESORTS ONLINE | Glendale, CA
Visual Designer | Disneyland.com + DisneyWorld.com | Apr 2013 – Sept 2013 (contract)

  • Executed interactive and mobile designs based on established style guides.
  • Annotated specifications to aid developers and qa teams.
  • Recommended best practices for Retina graphics for internal and external teams.
  • Created outstanding visual design that met both UX and business requirements.

APPLE INC. | Cupertino, CA
Interactive Production Lead | Apple.com | Feb 2012 – Feb 2013

  • Oversaw graphic production for software and app (iOS, OS X, iTunes, and iWorks) launches and updates, as well as addressed QA image issues and optimization.
  • Co-led production team to ensure high-quality assets for standard/Retina displays.
  • Collaborated with editorial, design, traffic, content, development, publishing, and international teams to meet production goals and ensure efficient file handoffs for global Apple sites.

ABC DIGITAL MEDIA | Burbank, CA
Designer – Production | ABC.com + Oscar.com | Feb 2010 – Feb 2012

  • Managed daily graphic requests for home page, newsletters, and sponsorships.
  • Ensured consistent and current branding across all digital projects, based on on-air and print logo, keyart, and photography.
  • Collaborated with designers, developers, and producers to create custom, cross-promotional elements which resulted in increased traffic and user engagement.
  • Designed wallpapers, email blasts, sponsorship banners, and seasonal graphic content for Oscar.com.

YAHOO! ENTERTAINMENT | Santa Monica, CA
Production Designer | Yahoo TV, Movies, Music | Aug 2009 – Feb 2010 (contract)

  • Partnered with producers and writers to create content graphics including homepage and slideshow images, newsletters, sponsored programs, added visual variety while maintaining consistent branding and adherence to style guides.
  • Assisted Y! Music with photo research and asset management.

ABC DIGITAL MEDIA | Burbank, CA
Production Designer | ABC.com + Oscar.com | Feb 2008 – Apr 2009 (contract)

  • Coordinated with the design, editorial, and video teams to create daily graphic updates for the homepage and Full Episode Player.
  • Worked closely with marketing team to create assets for their weekly email newsletter, The ABC Insider.
  • Produced promotional elements for content partners including Hulu, AOL TV, and Yahoo! TV based on on-air and online priorities.

WALT DISNEY INTERNET GROUP | Burbank, CA
Designer | FamilyFun.com + Wondertime.com + Family.com | July 2006 – Oct 2007

  • Collaborated with lead designers, illustrators, and producers to prepare production art, printables, and banner ads for Disney’s trio of popular parenting sites.
  • Managed daily, weekly, and monthly graphic updates and weekly email newsletters for FamilyFun.com.
  • Provided art direction on photo and video shoots.
  • Researched entertainment, travel, and stock photography.

SIGHTMEDIA | Los Angeles, CA + San Jose, CA
Owner + Designer | Freelance Projects | Oct 1999 to Sept 2014

  • Designed and produced interactive and print projects.
  • Produced, edited, and encoded online audio/video clips.
  • Wrote and copyedited site content.
  • Served as webmaster for a wide range of clients and sites.

SOFTWARE

Photoshop | Illustrator| InDesign | Lightroom | Dreamweaver | After Effects
Premiere | Experience Design | iOS | OS X | iTunes | iWorks | Office | Mac/PC

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS | Denton, TX
Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television/Film | Cum Laude
Additional Coursework in Art History, Mass Media Law, and Screenwriting


For a printable version of my resume, click here.
For a printable version of my portfolio, click here.