Lauren Houston
Graphic Design, New York New York United States
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Brief Summary
I have been working as a commercial artist since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. Over the years I have established a stellar base of top-notch clients. I enjoy tackling a wide array of creative challenges, including masterminding phenomenal restaurant interiors, creating style guides for licensing properties, illustrating decorative repeat patterns, and designing interactive panels and icons for mobile applications and websites.
Disney Publishing
Classic Media
Victoria Secret
Vanilla Star Jeans
Baby Gap
HIT Entertainment
Professional Experience

HBO – NEW YORK CITY                                                                        
February 2009 - Currently
Support Licensing and Product Development team by designing style guides, apparel graphics, inspiration boards, and marketing collateral. Curated and retouched thousands of images of HBO original series, films, and sports events for the redesign which launched in January 2010. Prepared daily visual content for web, mobile, and social media platforms showcasing the programming and strengthening HBO’s brand presence.

HASBRO, INC. – PAWTUCKET, RI                                                                     
May 2005 - Currently
Designed badges, patterns, icons and illustrated backgrounds for Mr. Potato Head, Tonka, My Little Pony, Play-Doh, Transformers and WotWots licensing style guides. Illustrated animals, icons and patterns for Baby Alive apparel.

ANNA KARDELEVA FOR PURE MAGNETIK – NEW YORK CITY                                
May - June 2012
Illustrated control panel and interactive knobs and sliders for a mobile platform application.

DISNEY PUBLISHING – White Plains, NEW YORK                                     
March 2006 - May 2012
Designed several printed books and publications for a variety of ages featuring Disney’s biggest stars. Developed a branded look for all Playhouse Disney Handy Manny titles and created a style guide for distribution to publishing licensees.

BABY GAP – NEW YORK CITY                                                                        
July - November 2008
Conceptualized and illustrated badges in established brand style for Summer and Fall 2009 infant body suit collections.

THE MADHATTER & CEDAR – WASHINGTON D.C.                                
January 2009 - April 2010
Designed and managed production and installation of environmental graphics, large scale sculptures, and decorative wall art for two restaurants interiors with very distinct looks.

SHELLY ADVENTURES – NEW YORK CITY                                        
Fall 2005, January - July 2008
Art directed a team of creative professionals at this boutique design studio on a style guide project for Scholastic’s WordGirl which included original character art, a packaging program, badges, patterns, and product concepts. Designed trade show booths for Scholastic and style guide supplements for the Scholastic properties Clifford the Big Red Dog and Maya and Miguel.

TODD THOMAS – NEW YORK CITY                                                                                 
August 2008
Designed and managed printing of 42-page book showcasing Todd’s Spring 2009 collection.

HIT ENTERTAINMENT – NEW YORK CITY                                                
March 2008 - August 2008
Designed apparel graphics, product concepts, logo, hang tags and 26-page style guide for Barney retro collection. Created apparel graphics and presentation boards for Shaun the Sheep teen collections.

VICTORIA’S SECRET – NEW YORK CITY                                        
Fall 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Designed custom repeat patterns and spot graphics for garments and props featured in the annual televised fashion shows.


CLASSIC MEDIA – NYC                                                                        
March 2006 - November 2007
Senior designer for this international children’s entertainment company. Responsible for all creative deliverables for key brands such as Lassie, Gumby, and George of the Jungle. Responsibilities included directing outside agencies in the development of style guides and websites as well as hands-on design of DVD packaging, advertisements, promotions, press-kits and event graphics. Worked with marketing team on trade show booth design and ads.

MECCA STUDIOS – NEW YORK CITY                                         
August 2000 - February 2005
Principal designer/illustrator for the Baby Einstein franchise. Responsible for character design, hands-on development of print and web-based style guides, and designing and illustrating over fifty Baby Einstein books. Other projects included promotional materials for Radio City Music Hall, logos for Sirius Satellite Radio and collateral for various marketing campaigns.
HASBRO INC. – PAWTUCKET, RI                                                          
January 2000 - August 2000
Full-time apprentice for the Corporate Creative Group. Projects included corporate collateral re-design, ad layouts, character illustration and package design.

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