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Cordell McCurdy

Las Vegas, NV, USA
Graphic artist, art director, designer and dork, lured to the industry by the siren songs of amazing album art, packaging, graphic novels, comic books, video games and the magic created by a bevy of printing processes.

... but the kid in me just wants to grow old drawing dragons, telling tales and enjoying corn flakes.
Work Experience
USA
May 2005
Owner, Chief Creative Officer
My excuse to play with art and design, eventually delivering quality and comprehensive ideas in a visual and tactical format — somewhere between goofing off and showing off.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA
Jun 2008
Sound Ingenuity
Creative Director, Art Director, Designer (contract/freelance)
Rebranding development, revised collaterals — including apparel graphics — and full website overhaul/development and maintinance.
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Nov 2012Dec 2012
MGM Resorts International
Illustrator (contract/freelance)
Cartoon character designs for 31 spot illustrations, used in a team building video for all MGM Resorts worldwide. Vector illustrations with attributes available for independent animation.
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 2004Aug 2012
Art Director
Branding and multi-collateral development for entertainment and off-broadway touring performances — both established and developmental projects, including: Troika Entertainment: CATS, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Come Fly Away, Movin' Out, ELVIS LIVES and Le Rêve Casting — Bally Technologies casino gaming and systems development: product brand development and advertising, real estate, hotel/casino branding and promotions as well as standardizing internal workflows, hardware/software training and Mac-based systems admin.

Roles included: art direction, graphic artist, designer, front-end web design, project and production management, prepress and production artist, assets coordination, creative direction, systems administration, IT specialist and technical support, data security, office maintenance and client side technical support and relations.
Wilmington, NC, USA
Jun 2011Aug 2012
Realizing Your Creative Life
Creative Director, Art Director, Desiger (contract/freelance)
Branding and advertising design for professional creative coaching service.
Henderson, NV, USA
Sep 2007Jun 2008
Amplified Magazine
Creative Director
Editorial, advertising, web design and photography for interviews and concerts for music related, internet-based magazine. Short-lived, three-man startup venture.
Singapore, Singapore
Nov 2006Feb 2008
Universal Sourcing and Marketing
Creative Director, Art Director, Designer
Branding system, showroom branding, collaterals — including corporate suite and website maintenance, and print advertising for Singapore based, outdoor lifestyle furnishings and accessories dealer.
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Mar 2006Mar 2007
My Hope Chest
Art Director, Designer
Non-profit breast cancer reconstruction foundation.

Run for the Hills Poker Run 2006 & 2007. Event branding and marketing collaterals, including: entry form, flyers, POS displays, apparel graphics, directional signage, vinyl banners.
Education
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Sep 2002Mar 2005
The Art Institute of Las Vegas
Bachelors of Science . Graphic Design
Summa Cum Laude . Salutatorian . President's List . Dean's List . Merit Scholarship . Mentor
Skills
 
graphic design, Branding, typography, illustration, HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, photo manipulation, Iwork, Ilife, art direction, production, QuarkXpress, MS Office, Powerpoint, CSS, Editorial design, Digital Art, corel painter, Adobe Dreamweaver, Color theory, character design, Word, Excel, Vector Graphics, Concept art, Adobe Flash, Prepress, Graphic Art, Layout, storyboard, concept design, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photo retouch, sequential art, costume design, Mac OS 10, brand identity systems, Visual narrative, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Photo Compositing, Adobe Edge Animate