Recent Work

About Me

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My strengths as a designer include a broad range of creative skills and experience; a passion for design, and desire to improve; an ability to act as a user advocate throughout the design process; and an ability to look at design problems holistically. My work ethic and dedication to efficiency have led to promotions given within a year of start date at last two employers.

I am also adept at sketching, sketch modeling, and using a variety of software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Rhino, 3D Studio Max and others) to successfully communicate concepts and ideas.

User Interface experience includes creating wireframes, Flash models and working with Android developers. Proficient working in HTML, CSS, Flash and incorporating JQuery and Javascript.

Product design work includes award-winning infrared sauna designs, experience working directly with engineers and manufacturing, and consulting to imrpove a brand's product offerings.

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Experience

Staples Promotional Products

2014-current - Senior Art Director

Goal is to shape strategic creative direction for client accounts - providing design concepts and working with Art Directors, Photography, Prepress and printing to properly execute.

2013 - Art Director

Work includes working with clients, website design and building, print work and project management tasks.

Otabo Footwear

2013-current - Footwear Consultant/Designer (contract)

Work ranging from concept development and design, to providing complete technical packages for manufacturing team.

Unlocked Inc.

2013-2014 - Designer (contract)

Designed and built website, created several digital presentations and designed several products for company whose goal is to create furniture for school children in impoverished areas of the world.

Sunlighten™ Inc.

2009-2013 - Designer

Title changed to reflect larger role, with large range of projects. Primary focus was designing control panel GUI, shaping future product lines, working on miscellaneous design tasks and managing other design personnel.

2008-2009 - Print Designer

Worked on numerous design projects with marketing department, with a focus on print materials and branding.

Xtep Footwear

2011 - Footwear Designer (contract)

Worked on several design concepts with work ranging from initial sketch development, to full technical packages.

University of Kansas Endowment Association

2007-2008 - Designer (contract)

DeepThought Design

2006-2007 - Web Designer

Get in Touch

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Overland Park, Kansas

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dvandervalk@gmail.com