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Shawn Rossi

Creative Director | Senior Artist

Austin, TX, USA
Hello, my name is Shawn Rossi. I have been working professionally in the Creative Industry for over 18 years. I am a multidisciplinary, hands-on Creative Director + Designer + Artist, who is very passionate about: art, design and conveying a client's message. In short, a modern day Renaissance Man. I am devoted to using my skills, knowledge, and experience in the Creative Industry by contributing as a team leader/member in creative problem solving. Achieving this with professional experience in 3D/2D animation, motion graphics, photography, illustration, web design, print design and multimedia authoring.

It all began much earlier than 17 years ago. My first money made from my art came in the third grade. My classmate, Derek, offered me $40 for my hand-crafted, Mother's Day present we created in Art Class. In turn, he gave me the one he created. My stomach turned as I gave my Mom Derek's wreck of an art project. It was short-lived as she smiled and said, "Thank you for the wonderful present!" Two things I learned with that Mother's Day project: colors could have pretty names like "lavender" and I could make money off of my art.

A graduate of the Art Institute of Houston and The School of Communication Arts, I began my career in the trenches of Graphic Design. I started out working on multiple weekly/daily newspapers and magazines. I learned the importance of working fast and efficient. My humble beginning was a launching pad for a career that spanned all disciplines of the Creative Industry. I have held positions as: Media Specialist at Datacom Textron (The world's leading multi-industry Fortune 500 company), Senior Art Director at Aspyr (The leading Macintosh Entertainment Publisher) and Creative Director / Owner of Reaction Studios. My clients include (but not limited to): Dr Pepper, Ford, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Denver’s Children’s Hospital, Sprocket Design+Build, Medtronic, Nicorette and Advertising/Marketing Firms.

When I am not behind the monitor with my Wacom Tablet in my lap, I am outdoors. I currently live in Denver, Colorado where I enjoy: snowboarding, cycling, running, camping, traveling and merry making. My motto is work hard and play harder.
Work Experience
Denver, CO, USA
 
Creative Director | Lead Artist
Reaction Studios offers clients the ultimate in creative services. Reaction is a boutique design studio working on projects across all of the creative disciplines; 3D/2D animation, motion graphics (broadcast and film), photography, illustration, web design, print design and multimedia authoring. Reaction has worked with a variety of clients. Our clients include (but not limited to); Dr Pepper, Ford, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Denver’s Children’s Hospital, Sprocket Design+Build, Medtronic, Nicorette and Advertising/Marketing Firms.

My responsibilities include Creative Direction and Project Managing. I am heavily involved as a Senior Designer/Artist while managing contractors and freelancers. I am also, responsible for all duties involved with day-to-day business.
Austin, TX, USA
Sep 2000Jun 2004
Senior Art Director
Aspyr is a leader in the Macintosh platform computer games. In addition to the Mac, we also produced; PC, XBOX, PlayStation2 and Nintendo DS platform games. My responsibilities were the creation and direction of all art related projects. Packaging design for the games which included; box, manual, CDs/DVDs, jewel case any other related items. Web site design and management. Logo Animation. Magazine Ads that run in internationally known magazines such as; Macworld, MacAddict and Mac Home. Trade show graphics and design. All of this was completed from a remote, out-of-office location, which speaks volumes of my scheduling and communication skills
Everett, WA, USA
Feb 2000Sep 2000
Datacom Textron
Media Specialist
Datacom TEXTRON (now RIFOCS Corp.) is a leading supplier of fiber optic test equipment, components and cable assemblies for the commercial telecommunications, data communications, military and aerospace markets. My responsibilities included; web design and management, Flash design/authoring, Director CD/DVD ROM authoring and other multimedia projects. These projects focused on Sales Tools, Marketing and Advertising.
Austin, TX, USA
Sep 1998May 1999
Precision Forensics
3D Artist / Animator
Precision Forensics creates accident reconstruction and product failure analysis for law firms. My responsibilities were to work closely with Engineers and take their data to create animation for court cases and multimedia projects. I accomplished this by utilizing 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and animation of scenes to precise accuracy. Our standard was 1/10th of a second accuracy in real world/time recreations. Media Icon is a sister company of Precision Forensics. My responsibilities with Media Icon included print, web and multimedia design.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Oct 1996Oct 1998
Wallace Marx and Associates
Director of Graphics
Wallace Marx and Associates (now Kantar Media) provides clients with Advertising Expenditure, Creative Advertising, and Media Monitoring data. My responsibilities were the management of the Graphics Department. Creating new standards and procedures for the department. Managing up to 6 designers on three different shifts. Graphic design, photo correction, image quality/accuracy, data collation and image scanning.
San Antonio, TX, USA
Feb 1995Aug 1996
Primetime Graphics
Senior Graphic Designer
Primetime Graphics is a publisher for newspapers and magazines in the San Antonio Market. My responsibilities included working on various publications and projects; San Antonio Medical Gazette (weekly newspaper), San Antonio Medicine (monthly magazine), magazine/newspaper advertisements, newsletters, Privilege Savings Coupons, corporate identity, digital/traditional illustration and various other design projects.
Education
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Sep 1996Aug 1998
School of the Communication Arts
Certification of High-End 3D Graphics
School of High-End Animation, motion graphics, video editing and special effects. Specialized in 3D with Autodesk 3DS Max and Autodesk Softimage.
Houston, TX, USA
Sep 1993Jan 1995
Associates of Visual Communications
School of traditional fine art and graphic art.
Languages
 
English (Native)