Chris Italiano
Art Direction, Savannah Georgia United States
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Brief Summary

I am a creative designer, thinker and artist working with a vast array of clients and discipline, through the use of color, type, imagery and invention- the goal... to create amazing, assorted, irreplaceable and memorable design and illustration not just for branding, logos, web, print and packaging- but for everything I find an interest in; through the phenomenon of life.

As Senior Designer at Built, I worked on projects for our Apple specific product line, restyled the sub brand "BYO", Bring Your Own and styled and art directed many photo shoots for catalog and marketing.

Recently as Art Director of Casabella, I have branded and redesigned product lines that are successfully integrated into stores or brand lines such as Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Williams Sonoma, Sur la Table, Chef Central, King Arthur Flour, Restoration Hardware, Keith Haring Foundation, Martha Stewart, Lowes, Home Depot and Walmart. My experience encompassed everything from identity and consistency, new product and style and color ideas, packaging concepts, presentations and production (working with China, Brazil and the USA).

As Design Director; I inspire a creative, problem solving studio, while maintaining close relationships with suppliers in Hong Kong, Brazil, Boston and New York. The work has garnered awards and received recognition from Designed Defined (International Housewares Association), Time Magazines Green Annual 2009, Core 77, Real Simple magazine, Pantone and Apartment Therapy.
Built NY • Tail Activewear • Savannah Country Day School / Horizons Savannah • Panoram Wine Importers • Royce Learning Center • KFC/ Homeless Authority • South Magazine • Sabre Technologies • CogoBlue • Shaw • OSPAC • Morgen Industries • Hayward Pool Products • Target • Chef Central • Jet Aviation • Crate & Barrel • CitiGroup • Williams Sonoma • Federal Direct • Roosevelt Hospital • Manhattan College • Food Lion • Whole Foods • Airmatic Compressors • Wakefern • Lowes • Real Simple • Kubysis • ICOI • Walmart • Martha Stewart • Keith Haring Estate • Estee Lauder • Panoram Wine Imports, Skyy Vodka, Wild Turkey, Bowmore Islay, Aperol, Lance Snacks, Snyders Pretzels, Archway Cookies, Stella D'oro
Professional Experience

June 2011–Current
Freelance Designer/ Illustrator. Savannah, Georgia
Ownership and operation of a freelance studio that provides identity, print, web, packaging, photography and illustration to a
variety of clients.
Selected Clients: Tail Activewear, Savannah Country Day School / Horizons Savannah, Panoram Wine Importers, Royce Learning Center, KFC/ Homeless Authority, South Magazine, Sabre Technologies, Jet Aviation, Savannah Soccer, Shop Rite (Wakefern), Hayward Pool Products, ICOI, ISPBX, Shaw Umbrellas, Royce Leather, TerraBite, Precision Fence, Teranova Offshore, Deron Schools, American Bulb, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Kubysis.

April 2011
Built NY. SoHo, New York City
Senior Designer
Responsibilities: Catalog, Promos, Advertising, E-marketing, Marketing Ideations, New brand styling,
Photo shoot art direction (both product and model).
Accomplishments/Recognitions: Built NY catalog for Apple branded products, restyle “BYO” sub brand.

November 2008-March 2011
Casabella. Congers, New York
Art Director/ Studio Manager
Responsibilities: Branding, packaging (PDP and dimensional), product styling, website, color forecasting and trends; including store, trade show, web presence and marketing (advertising, copy writing). Develop and create product lines. Managed relationships with vendors and point person on product line/ production approvals and issues and material usage. Interaction with printers (overseas and local), factories, sales and marketing departments to ensure creative quality, budgetary and time line compliance. Art directed and managed photo shoots and product styling. Direct supervisor of 3, responsible for performance evaluations and compensatory review. Creative counsel to industrial design staff of 4.
Accomplishments/Recognitions: Design Defined (IHA, 2010. Be Gourmet), IDEA (2010), Wired Magazine, TIME Style & Design’s GREEN DESIGN 100 (2009), Pantone (IHA, 2009), Real Simple, Core 77 and Apartment Therapy. Window displays for Bed, Bath and Beyond- NYC. Created greater presence in Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, Sur La Table, ACE, Lowes, Williams Sonoma, King Arthur Flour, Crate and Barrel.
Selected Work: Be Gourmet (In-house brand and product line), Artist Collection (Keith Haring, Ryan McGinness), Wayclean, eclipse, Clean Living (Walmart), Spotless (Bed, Bath and Beyond), Real Simple (Bed, Bath and Beyond), Martha Stewart, Food Network.

June 2008
Party City Corp. Rockaway, New Jersey
Responsibilities: Created branded product packaging, environments and displays, signage, POP, POS, sales and media advertisements and direct mail.
Accomplishments: Designed 2008 Corporate Halloween Bash (Dallas, TX) concept and style. Designed and directed photo shoot for introduction into Denver Broncos “Game Day” stadium magazine. ECO party product line.

May 2008
Scott Kay. Teaneck, New Jersey
Freelance Designer
Responsibilities: Freelance project designer for Trade Show booth, Catalog, Brochure material and Advertisements.

May 2001 - May 2008
Dynamic Inc. Clifton, New Jersey
Art Director
Responsibilities: Art direction, design, conceptual development and project management for print and web from concept to completion, brand identity, direct mail, brochures, newsletters, magazines. Photo shoot art direction and styling, copy writing. Managed staff of 2.
Accomplishments: Collaborated with clients from a broad spectrum of industries (pharmaceutical, medical, financial, sports, construction, local politics) to create rich, communicative visual solutions.
Selected Work: Citigroup, Chase, Gateway Energy, Roche, John Eddie, Morgen Industries, Manhattan College, OSPAC, Rooselvelt Hospital System- NYC, Airmatic, National Vision Administrators.

August 2000 - March 2001
Shonfeld’s. Hackensack, New Jersey
Senior Designer
Responsibilities: Design, packaging, catalogs, advertising, product styling and direction.
Managed staff of 3.
Accomplishments: Re-established relationship with Target and Chef Central by developing private label branding and products (Being, Gourmet Elements).
Selected Work: Being, Gourmet Elements, Max Brenner.

November 1998 - August 2000
C.M. Jackson Associates. Ramsey, New Jersey
Designer / Production Artist
Responsibilities: Design, packaging and production layout
Selected Work: Wide range of Private Label products for Food Lion, Kash n’ Karry, Piggly Wiggly, Shop Rite (Wakefern), Grand Union and A&P.

May 1995 - November 1998
Atlantic City Coin & Slot. Pleasantville, New Jersey
Illustrator/ Sign Painter/ Screen Print Manager
Responsibilities: Created/ designed concept illustration presentations to full scale airbrushed signage, murals and slot machine design. Responsible for the production of printed (screen & digital) signage and slot display glass. Concept, research & product development. Color management. Managed staff of 2.
Accomplishments: Helped create envirographics studio based in Las Vegas.
Selected Work: Signage/ Slot Design and Sculpture; Road Rally (Trump Plaza), Pearl Diver (Harrahs), Worlds Fair (Trump Worlds Fair), New York/ New York.

January 1994 - February 1995
Hayward Pool Products. Elizabeth, New Jersey
Model Shop/ Research and Development
Responsibilities: Assisted in design and engineering of filters and components.
Design and create working samples for testing.
Selected Work: Perflex- diatomaceous earth filtration systems, Filtration simplification and molding and production testing and issues and problem solving.

July 1991 - October 1991
L.A Illustrations. Fair Lawn, New Jersey
Inhouse Freelance Illustrator
Responsibilities: Illustration layout and preparation to final airbrushed pieces.
Selected Work: New Jersey Lottery, Macys, Hewlitt Packard, Reckitt Benckiser (Lysol Brand).

2010/12 Savannah College of Art and Design (MFA- pending), Savannah- Georgia
2007 Montclair State University (BA), Montclair- New Jersey
7/1997 • 8/2002 Milo School of Computer Graphics, Totowa- New Jersey
1992 Ocean County College, Toms River- New Jersey
1989 Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore- Maryland

Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Freehand MX, Flash, Dreamweaver, Lightroom, Fireworks, Acrobat, Strata Design 3D CX6, Quark 7, I also dabble in Solidworks.

* Studio & Project Management * Color Theory * Packaging/ Presentation Concepts * Airbrush Illustrator

AIGA • Art Directors Club • NAPP • Jefferson Township, Historic Committee • CCA, Coastal Conservation Association

::    Lecturer {St. Thomas Aquinas College}

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