Contact:  ricofdk@gmail.com 

 

EDUCATION

PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NY – M.F.A. in Writing (Graduate Assistant – Thesis on Design) 2018
Connecticut Institute of Art, Greenwich, CT – Major in Commercial and Fine Arts 1994–96

 

JOB HISTORY:   

Freelance Design - Resident Art Director/Graphic Designer

Rolling Stone Magazine    November 2015-November 2017
• Promotional items (Promo invites, power point covers and web banners)
CLIO Silver Winner 2016 – Dos Equis, Most Interesting Man, Final Interview (Adios Amigo) 

Poets House, New York, NY    September 2014–present
• Promotional items (Print ads, signage, outdoor banners and web banners) 

SEVENTEN28.com    December 2013
• Full layout design for website and mobile devises – (webpages, Logos and banners) 

Urban Word NYC (Promotional items – print and digital materials)    August 2012–present
• ARTITUTE: Workshop, educating teenagers with Graphic Design tools to create posters based on social activisim. 

Penmanship Books (Book Cover design)    December 2009–present

 

 Art Director

J. Walter Thompson (JWT), New York, NY     July 2008–August 2015
• clients include: Estée Lauder Companies (Aramis, Tommy Hilfiger, Aerin Lauder, Tory Burch, Donna Karan, Coach, and more) 
• performing concept development and design of communications programs that include advertising, collateral (story boards, brochures, book covers, mall banners, interior wall art, flyers, direct mails, sales sheets), identity (logos and letterheads) and packaging
• collaborating with creative directors and brand managers to craft then produce video shorts in addition to gift endings for international marketing, digital platforms and in-store promotions
• overseeing edits on t.v. commercials in multiple languages (copy, images, and special effects) 
• revising old dies for new design appearance
• selecting typography, color, illustrations, photography and other imaging
• assisting in selection of art, stock photography, voice over talent and artist procedures
• developing event-specific logos and sales promotional pieces 

 

 Production Designer

Laird and Partners, New York, NY    March 2005–June 2008
• clients include: GAP, Nautica, Juicy Couture, Vera Wang, Bottega Veneta, DKNY and Schweppes
• supervising production team work flow and finalizing files
• generating ad layouts and paste-up
• dispatching of ads into system for production
• coordinating typesetting, photography, artwork and printing
• preparing release files to printers and various international trade publications
• running proofs (checking print films for matching colors) 
• producing printouts, comps and mock-ups for presentations

 

 Senior Production Artist

Marc Ecko Enterprises (Ecko Unlimited), New York, NY     November 2002–March 2005 
• supervising production team work flow and finalizing files
• generating ad layouts and paste-up
• dispatching of ads into system for production
• coordinating typesetting, photography, artwork and printing
• preparing release files to printers and various international trade publications
• running proofs (checking print films for matching colors) 
• producing printouts, comps and mock-ups for presentations
• communicating with clients and co-workers in the sales departments
• coordinating with printers and various vendors
• maintaining hard disk storage and tape back-ups
• ability to successfully meet deadlines 

 

 Production Artist

Ziccardi Partners Frierson Mee, New York, NY    January 2002–August 2002 
• clients include: Bravo TV Network, Radio City, Charles Schwab, Ellen Tracy, Mandy, Millennium Hotel, Mumm, Fortunoff, Midori, Lillet and Loews Hotel 

 

 Designer/Production Artist

Masius (Clarion Marketing, INC.), Greenwich, CT    December 1999–October 2001
• division of D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles
• clients include: IBM, Fleet Bank, CapitalOne, Advantest, Commonfund, Hubbell, Symbol, USCO 

 

 Computer Skills:

• Adobe Creative Suite–InDesign / Illustrator / Photoshop / Acrobat (PDF) 
• experienced with desktop publishing systems, including graphic design, powerpoint, sketch, webflow, web app layout, web banners, page layout and photo retouching. 
• Microsoft Word, FontAgent, Font Book and Suitcase

 

 INTEREST + ACCOLADES

CLIO Award / Nationally Ranked Spoken Word Artist / Academy of American Poets Contest - Honorable Mention / Best of the Net Anthology Nominee (poetry) 2017