Christopher E. Harrison
Art Direction, Fine Arts, Illustration, United States
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Contact details
818 Upton Avenue North
Tel: 651 503-9426
Brief Summary
Objective: To utilize my skills in brand building, design and print production to create successful marketing collateral for my clients.

Graphic Design, Strategic Development, Concepting, Art Direction, Photo Direction, Sketching/Illustration, Presentation Skills, Broadcast Art Direction

Computer Design Software Experience
Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, QuarkXPress 4, Adobe InDesign CS,
Dreamweaver MX (Apple Macintosh OSX)

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Minneapolis, MN
October 2004 - Present
Full Time Desktop Publisher/Graphic Designer
Duties: Newspaper layout and design. Small space advertising design for small to mid-sized business clients. Concept and design of special newspaper sections and promotional collateral.

Freelance Art Director/Graphic Designer
Minneapolis, MN
October 2002 - December 2004- Current
Duties: Graphic design and print production included creating print collateral and website layout design for agency clients. Was responsible for the design and layout for one issue of industry publication (Format magazine.)

Best Buy Corporation
Bloomington, MN
December 1997 - October 2002
Full Time Broadcast/Print Art Director
Duties: Art Director for TV broadcast branding commercials (24 spots) from concepting to post production. Also developed storyboards and presented creative to clients and vendors. Supervised post-production staffs. Developed national print campaign (appeared in Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, People.) Clients included Microsoft. Designed sales kit and print ad for business-to-business giftcard incentive program. Photo direction for newsprint and magazine brand print ads. Created program for internal charity fundraiser program.

BBDO Minneapolis
Minneapolis, MN
November 1996 - September 1997
Advertising Agency Art Director Intern/Assistant Art Director
Duties: Developed national print campaign and outdoor advertising for communications client (Airtouch/Verizon). Directed photo shoots and designed advertising layouts. Speculative work for food client Hormel. . Assisted senior creatives in concepting and production.

Architectural Alliance
Minneapolis, MN
February 1996 - August 1996
Graphic Designer/Marketing Assistant
Duties: Created print collateral for promotion of firm and architectural projects. Assisted senior architects and Marketing manager in print production. Was responsible for developing marketing materials on a daily basis.

Art Academy University San Francisco, CA
Master's Fine Arts Graduate Program – 2007

Brainco Creative Workshops/MSA Minneapolis, MN Art Direction/Visual Conception
Certificate of Completion - 1997

School for Communication Arts Minneapolis, MN Computer Graphics Design/Desktop Publishing
Certificate of Completion - 1993

Columbus College of Art and Design Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree - Retail Advertising Design - 1987

Increased brand awareness 10% over 4 year period

2007 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide Annual
Luerzer's Archive

2002 Bronze Print Award
IFRC/ACT Anti Discrimination Campaign -
2001 RAC Award

Broadcast TV ad - Best Buy
2000 RAC Award
Broadcast TV ad - Best Buy
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Libraries
Best Buy Co.
Science Museum of MN
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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