James Blackburn

3rd

Previous positions

  • Graphic Designer at Arc LLC
  • Graphic Designer at appleone

Education

Saddleback College, , Graphic Design

 

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Background

Summary

Hello! I’m James and I’m a Graphic Designer. I have had various roles across different industries, but my passion to create art, in any sense, helped shape the person I am today. Through my Graphic Design training and drive, I am always experimenting and learning all forms of art to keep my audience engaged. I am looking for a company that utilizes my skills and appreciates my efforts by constantly challenging me. I am consistently learning, improving and striving to be the best version I can be for the company I work for. I have loved art and technology since I was a child. It took some trial and error in other industries, but ever since I received my first comic book (X-men) and my first computer (an e-machine with a smoking fast internet speed of 56k dial up), I knew that Graphic Design was were my heart lay. Fun fact: I traveled through most of Asia and the Pacific Islands before I was 21.

Experience

  • Graphic Designer

    Arc LLC

    December 2017 – June 2018(6 months)

    Graphic Designer Arc llc DEC 2017 – june 2018 • Re-Branding: Company-wide, graphic overhaul to refresh the clients image • Brand Style Guides: Compose style guides to include CMYK, logo usage, and correct typography • Multiple Print and Digital Mediums: Print and digital ready designs for small and large format

  • Graphic Designer

    appleone

    May 2017 – December 2017(7 months)Orange County, California Area

    • Social Media: Created posts, and ads for multiple clients across multiple sites. (i.e. Instagram, Facebook ad and like posts, twitter, youtube profiles, etc.) • Company Style Guides: Compose style guides to include CMYK, logo usage, and correct typography • Multiple Print Mediums: Print ready designs for small and large format • Digital Assets and Templates: Searching, composing and creating digital assets for ads and powerpoint presentations.

  • Graphic Designer

    Centon Electronics/OTM essentials

    December 2015 – April 2017(1 year 4 months)Orange County, California Area

    -Project Management: Determining assets and timeline requirements needed to meet deadlines -Package Design: Create packaging to meet client design guides -Pre-Press: Creating production ready files for the Mimaki and Xerox printing machines -Production Efficiency: Template creation to create consistency and 0/0 on die cutter -Vendor Research: Contact vendors and licensors to compare costs, lead times and quality -License Management: Submit concepts to licensors and update designs to meet marksheets -Social Media: Consistently create engaging visual content that stays abreast of current trends -Design Mock-ups: Create digital concepts for clients/companies -Printed Layouts and Designs: Flyers, handouts, brochures and catalogues -Web Design and Publishing: Creating digital assets, and publishing for company/client websites -Client Design: Create designs that adhere to client concepts, marksheets, design guides and ideas -Re-Branding: Company-wide, full graphic overhaul to be relevant with today’s trends -Clients include: Target Nordstrom Barnes & Noble Macy’s MicroCenter Douglas Stewart Amazon Office Depot Fry’s Wal-Mart as well as direct to consumer, custom orders Centon Electronic, Inc. is an American privately held, multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, sells and supports flash memory products and other computer-related memory products. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, USA. Centon serves an international network of distributors, resellers, retailers and OEM customers on six continents. The company also provides contract manufacturing and supply chain management services for semiconductor manufacturers and system OEM.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Graphic Design

    April 2011 – November 2015(4 years 7 months)United States

    For various companies I was responsible for both print and web based design ranging from magazine ads to restaurant menus to full websites and online catalogs. My online portfolio can be found at samoanjim.comuv.com -Global Edge Productions: Website and Logo -The shop @ show ready fabrication: Social Media -OC Artwalk: Social Media -Neffex: Logo and branding -Vdance: Logo and branding -Brian Schneider: USMC Mural -Mackays Jams: Re‐branding for Package Design -Mariscos Centenario: Restaurant Menu -Combat Vending: Logo, Branding and Stationary Design -Road Warrior 360: Logo, Branding and Stationary Design -Nigerian Presidential Candidate Buhari: Ad Campaign -Eve of Art museum: Ad Campaign -d’LUX magazine: Multi Page Layout -Boogie Bands: Multi Page Layout -AJ&P: Multi Page Layouts -Raw Kulture: Shirt Designs -Andrew Jansen and Partners: Full Internship -House of Designers: Full Internship Many more available upon request

  • Facilities Co-ordinator

    Passy-Muir

    March 2010 – May 2013(3 years 2 months)1212 McGaw Irvine CA 92614

    -Asset Management: Labelling and tracking of usable tools and machinery -QMS: Inventory system research, development, and implementation -Production Planning and Coordination: Plan according to customer needs and company resources -Inventory Management: Transacting and tracking inventory in order to have full visibility -Point-of-Contact for all vendors: Researching and contacting vendors to ensure the best deals as well as any dispute resolution -Purchasing: Coordinating with selected vendors to receive goods on time Passy-Muir is a manufacturer of Tracheostomy & Ventilator Swallowing and Speaking Valves. We at Passy-Muir believe that communication is the essence of the human spirit; it is essential to individual rights and dignity. We are committed in our efforts to offer tracheostomized and ventilator dependent patients a step towards independence and dignity through speech.

  • Production Co-ordinator

    Interface Catheter Solutions

    January 2008 – March 2010(2 years 2 months)Orange County, California Area

    -Production Planning and Coordination: Plan according to customer needs and company resources -Asset Management: Labelling and tracking of usable tools and machinery -QMS: Inventory system research, development, and implementation -Inventory Management: Transacting medical tubing Interface Catheter Solutions provides balloon catheter development and production solutions for catheter manufacturers worldwide from finished device manufacturers to component device companies. Headquartered in Southern California and solely focused in the balloon catheter market, Interface presents a vertically integrated approach to maintain repeatable and consistent production processes for high quality, high yield balloon catheters.

Education

  • Saddleback College

    Graphic Design

    2013 – 2015

    Activities and Societies

    Deans list two years in a row

Skills & Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Vendor Management
  • Illustrator
  • Graphics Layout
  • Manufacturing
  • Project Management
  • Forecasting
  • Graphics
  • Logo Design
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Purchasing Negotiation
  • Production Planning
  • Color Theory
  • Microsoft Office
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Mac
  • Quality System
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • InDesign
  • Oil Painting
  • Process Improvement
  • Medical Devices
  • Troubleshooting
  • Purchasing
  • Photoshop
  • Inventory Management
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Design
  • WordPress
  • System Administration
  • Typography
  • Product Development
  • Information Technology
  • Adobe Muse
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • User Interface Design
  • Shopify
  • Materials Management

Courses

Saddleback College

  • Package Design
  • Professional Graphic Design Practices
  • Oil Painting
  • Photoshop Graphic Design
  • App Design
  • Print Making
  • Digital Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design 1,2, and 3
  • Illustration 1 and 2
  • Pre Press

Honors & Awards

  • Graphic Art Display

    OC Artwalk

    August 2015

    Won a contest to receive an art booth to display my graphic art at the LA Convention Center during the World of Dance Festival for the past 2 years.

  • 2014 Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship Award

    Bernard Osher Foundation

    2014

  • 2015 Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship Award

    Bernard Osher Foundation

    2015