Jesse mellon

 
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Seasoned art director with 20 years agency & CORPORATE experience

I'm a designer by nature. Growing up in the woods of Pennsylvania, art was an outlet that quickly turned into a passion. After attending art school at the Art Institute in Pittsburgh, I started working as a graphic designer for client-side companies like Accuweather and Vivendi. I've built identity systems for MP3.com and worked with clients like Sony while at Sapient. I now apply my branding and identity expertise client side to build brands.

 
 
 

EXPERIENCE

Resume (PDF)
Sample sheet (PDF)

SUMMARY

  • Art director/Graphic/UI designer with 20 years experience in online and offline marketing platforms, programs, and campaigns for biotech, entertainment and big data clients

  • Design team leader who translates business goals into relevant, engaging visual marketing. Mentor junior designers

  • Collaborate with creative directors, marketing executives, engineers, UX designers, and developers

  • Hands-on creator of responsive websites, multimedia campaigns, video, outdoor, mobile, and print collateral

  • Data-driven artist immersed in issues of color, composition, iconography, typography, usability, information architecture and navigation, among others

  • Program advisor for Art Institute of San Diego Graphic Design program; member of University of California San Diego Extension User Experience Design program advisory committee; UI advisor to Mingei International Museum IT committee. Member and reviewer, AIGA

 

EDUCATION

B.S. in Graphic Design, Art Institute of Pittsburgh (emphasis on visual communications and advertising design)

 

TECH SKILLS

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe InDesign

  • Sketch

  • HTML

  • CSS

  • Microsoft Office

 

EXPERIENCE
MANAGER OF CREATIVE SERVICES
JUNE 2018–present | NST PR | San Diego, California

  • Oversee all graphic design—from marketing collateral, to defining and extending corporate identity for roster of clients, including WD-40 and McDonald's

  • Special focus on establishing and maintaining high-level identity systems (employing Adobe's Creative Cloud libraries), allowing consistent, efficient use of branded materials across multi-touchpoint campaign collateral

  • Manage all aspects of the design process, including contractors, vendors, and freelancers

ART DIRECTOR + MANAGER OF CREATIVE SERVICES
November 2014–April 2018 | Sequenom (biotech) | San Diego, California

  • Oversaw all branding and design for pioneering biotech company

  • Established branding and guidelines for new and existing products

  • Collaborated with product managers, executive leadership team, vendors, partners, and developers to ensure brand vision was realized for projects including websites, brochures, tradeshow booths and package designs

  • Worked with external agencies to establish and formalize corporate standards for color, typography, iconography, photography and logo usage

  • Coordinated UX, design, and development efforts to create and beta-test national healthcare provider portal

 ART DIRECTOR + UI DESIGNER
November 2008–November 2014 | Teradata (big-data analytics) | San Diego, California

  • Designed and directed implementation of user interfaces for database-performance applications

  • Collaborated with clients, supervised and mentored junior graphic designers, and worked with developers and UX team to ensure individual deliverables supported company's overarching business goals

  • Crafted and refined branding, iconography, information graphics and UI controls; contributed graphic design to marketing collateral

  • Performed competitive audits; conducted visual explorations; generated screen comps, fleshed out wireframes and developed scalable icon, color, and UI systems; defended use of white space; compiled red-line annotations; tested and optimized with clients and global QA teams

  • Contended with scalability challenges–when 10 icons became 20, dug deep for symbols not already used

ART DIRECTOR
November 2006–November 2008 | Eventful (digital media) | San Diego, California

  • Established visual voice of multichannel campaigns for artist clients from Peter Gabriel to Infected Mushroom; promoted social-media platform with 20+ million users. Collaborated with clients and agencies; led team of graphic and UX designers

  • Concepted and directed campaign creative; delivered/optimized analytics-informed landing pages, banner ads, emails; designed custom web portals for music artists

  • Built easily customizable email templates, formulated tests (fueled by campaign analysis and metrics), tested multiple iterations and recalibrated creative based on results

  • Revamped Eventful website; re ned logo; forged identities for brand extensions; composed style guide

GRAPHIC DESIGN MANAGER + GRAPHIC DESIGNER
November 2003–November 2006 | Sapient (marketing + tech) | San Diego, California

  • Managed team of designers and developers for Sony’s consumer electronics web presence; partnered with client, project manager and UX lead to build websites, emails, landing environments and online advertisements

FREELANCE ART DIRECTOR + GRAPHIC DESIGNER
November 2008–present | San Diego, California

  • Created brand identity and collateral for startups and small businesses

  • Formed and managed cross-functional teams

Resume (PDF)
Sample sheet (PDF)