Darrin Stephens

Artist II

Austin, TX, USA
A designer and illustrator, a Adobe Certified Expert, with over 16 years of design experience and the last 10 years working at an educational institution. Worked with a spectrum of clients Texas A&M, McGraw-Hill, Prentice Hall, W.W. Norton, Wiley, TY, and University of Tennessee. Holds a B.S. in Graphic Design from Union College, Lincoln NE. Lives in Texas with his wife and their 3 boys and draws cartoons.

Work Experience

Everi

Artist

Responsible for sketch storyboarding, artistic design, and animation for casino games including: video, stepper slots, and video poker.Produces colorful, vibrant, inviting sets of graphics as part of a singular theme.Imitates many different styles, including Warner Bros, early Lucasarts Games, Hanna-Barbara, Speed-Racer, Tex Avery, etc. Translates line-art sketches to useable Illustrator vector-graphic format with an eye towards organized layers and objects that other artists can easily extract and manipulate
April 2016 - Present Austin, Texas, United States

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Multimedia Project Coordinator

• Monitoring and tracking workloads of himself and Multimedia Project Specialists to ensure design assignments due dates are met and communication task status to eLearning manager

• Create and maintain a library of eLearning templates

• Create the current style guide for all of the eLearning modules

• Serve as the primary multimedia design point of contact for project assignment and division-related queries

• Keeping Divisions up on the latest industry trends and technologies

• Develop graphics, animations and simulations for web, mobile and print

• Collecting and analyzing data and preparing reports
October 2010 - April 2016 Texas, United States

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Senior Multimedia Artist

• Monitoring and tracking workloads of himself and Multimedia Project Specialists to ensure design assignments due dates are met and communication task status to eLearning manager

• Create and maintain a library of eLearning templates

• Create the current style guide for all of the eLearning modules

• Serve as the primary multimedia design point of contact for project assignment and division-related queries

• Keeping Divisions up on the latest industry trends and technologies

• Develop graphics, animations and simulations for web, mobile and print

• Collecting and analyzing data and preparing reports
July 2006 - October 2010 Texas, United States

Ecoquest International

Lead Multimedia Specialist

• Creating interactive presentations for web and CD-ROM

• Designing and managing the websites

• Created and animated a cartoon series to showcase EcoQuest products
July 2003 - October 2005 Tennessee, United States

NetLibrary

Lead Multimedia Specialist

• Developed a system of design solutions for converting a suite of social studies textbooks to a digital format, while maintaining a design consistent with the original printed textbook

• Collaborated with the founder of MetaText and a team of developers to create intuitive interfaces for the online textbook system, which includes a store, registration forms and course syllabus

• Created custom page designs for college level textbooks from multiple disciplines converted to the MetaText platform. Clients included W.W. Norton, Wiley and McGraw-Hill

• Carried out the development of demos of learning tools from concept to execution using html, javascript and interactive Flash animations to enhance online versions of textbooks and the end users learning experience

• Identified relevant technologies to be used in tandem with the MetaText system
March 2000 - May 2003 Colorado, United States

Automated Systems

Graphic/Web Designer

• Designed and maintain their personal websites, including asiweb.com, terrascan.com, insitebanking.com

• Designed flyers, brochures and ads and in charge of the weekly mailings
June 1999 - April 2000 Nebraska, United States

CNI Newspapers

Graphic Designer

• Designing ads, logos, banners, maps and charts for the newspaper, contract publishing and commercial print divisions

• Responsible for and output of the weekly classified section for the newspapers

• Scanning 4C, imaging film and correcting and preparing files for film output
September 1997 - June 1999 Oregon, United States

Education

Union College

B.S. Graphic Design

August 1990 - May 1995 Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Adobe After Effects, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Flash/Animate CC, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Basecamp, Communication Skills, CSS, Digital Illustration, E-Learning, Graphic Design, HTML, Instructional Design, Logo Design, Multimedia, Social Media, Storyboarding, Team Leadership, Teamwork, User Interface Design, Web Design,

Certifications

2015 Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CC
2016 Adobe Certified Expert in Illustrator CC