Joe Griffin

  • Art Director/Graphic Designer
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Graphic Design

Previous positions

  • Marketing and Communications Graphic Designer (TES) at UC San Diego Health
  • Senior Graphic Design Specialist (Creative Director) at Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control

Education

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, BFA, Communication Design/Graphic Design

Background

Summary

Art Director/Graphic Designer • Experience with collateral, advertising and publication design • Excellent client relationship skills and interpreting client feedback • Ability to translate ideas into compelling visuals • Team leader, team player willing to collaborate with other designers • Solid understanding of pre-press and printing process • Through knowledge of composition, color, typography, branding and design philosophy Specialties: Computer Knowledge InDesign CC2019 PhotoShop CC2019 Illustrator CC2019 Acrobat Professional MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint Additional Skills Thorough Knowledge of Photography Talented photo illustrator Experience with photo retouching and altering Color Correcting Capable of Art Directing Video and Photo Shoots Software and Hardware Trouble Shooting

Experience

  • Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer

    Art Director/Graphic Designer

    September 2017 – Present(2 years 1 month)San Diego, California

    • Working as a freelance artist while searching for a permanent graphic design position • Cover art design for Grammy-nominated blues band; Menu design and logo update for restaurant; Direct mail and marketing pieces for hair salon; Exterior and interior signage for construction firm • Past 18 months more than two dozen photographs displayed in galleries located in Las Vegas, New York, Barcelona, Berlin, Athens, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Madrid, Cape Town, Tel Aviv, Vienna, Belgrade and a few more cities • Completed manuscript of nonfiction novel, submitting for possible publication this year

  • Marketing and Communications Graphic Designer (TES)

    UC San Diego Health

    April 2016 – August 2017(1 year 4 months)Greater San Diego Area

    • Hired as a contract graphic designer to work on the branding and marketing projects for the opening of the Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, California and other projects as needed by department personnel • Designed flyers, brochures, pull-up banners, postcards, flyers, mailers, bio-cards, rack cards, event t-shirts, draw-string backpacks, pocket binders, name badges, signage, invitations • Designed collateral material for the Moores Cancer Center Survivorship Celebration Event, which included an 11 x 6-inch mailer postcard, a 48 x 86-inch pull-up banner and an event pin • Designed collateral material for the Mental Health Matters Community Education Series, which included event identity and color scheme, several event flyers, speaker bio-flyers, 48 x 86-inch pull-up banners, invitations, web banner ads and mobile banner ads

  • Senior Graphic Design Specialist (Creative Director)

    Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control

    2011 – 2015San Diego, CA

    • Developed entire brand identity of the Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control, giving the center an accurate military-based, artistic appearance that reflects the professionalism of the work produced by the members of the organization • Created the entire Psychology Health Pathways (PHP) brand identity being used by Navy and Marine Corps, including original logo design, color palette, stationary package, display banners, Power Point template slides, training manuals, training uniform shirts, media package, binders, brochures… • Redesigned the center’s quarterly newsletters into sophisticated, branded entities • Created all collateral for annual conference including signage, displays, brochure, tablets, pens, lanyards, portfolios, display backdrops, website ads and banners, Power Point slide templates… • Designed, illustrated and installed large wall murals displayed in the halls of the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Marine Base Camp Pendleton office buildings • Designed all display and tradeshow banners • Designed media package including one-sheet bio pages, brochures and informational handouts • Design all social media visuals and banners for the website • NCCOSC event, media and product photographer

  • Art Director

    San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine

    2008 – 2010

    • Redesigned San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, giving it a sophisticated and modern look to compliment the editorial and images of upscale homes and unique gardens featured in the publication • Designed the majority of the monthly editorial features and departments • Worked directly with editors, writers and photographers to design each monthly publication so that the layout and design accurately illustrated the stories • Wrote copy and designed in-house advertising, marketing and collateral pieces to promote different programs aimed at increasing sales and improving the company’s community-profile • Worked directly with the production coordinator to ensure accurate color rendition from web press printing • Executed a vast amount of photo illustrations, photo retouching and color correcting to enhance the quality of images displayed in the publication • Small products photographer

Education

  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

    BFA, Communication Design/Graphic Design

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Studio Art
  • Brochures
  • Graphic Design
  • Pre-press
  • Illustrator
  • Posters
  • Artwork
  • Photography
  • Art Direction
  • Graphics
  • Logo Design
  • Postcards
  • Marketing
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • InDesign
  • Photo Shoots
  • Image Editing
  • Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Typography
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Brand Development
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Cover Art