Theo Chilicas

Principal / Creative Director at Swerve Creative

San Francisco, CA, USA
I am a seasoned veteran with over eight years of experience in advertising and design. I deliver the highest quality of work while enhancing my client relationships. I am able to maintain brand consistency across all communication platforms with exceptional attention to detail. I possess strong leadership skills but am also a strong team player who encourages creative interaction and calculated risk to achieve client objectives.

Work Experience

Swerve Creative

Principal / Creative Director

Swerve Creative: Principal and Creative Lead for all things visual.

Swerve Creative offers a wide range of services from Web, Print, Advertising, Copy Writing, Illustration, Logos and Branding. I collaborate with with top notch industry professionals to deliver high quality results.

• Spearheaded lead development, concept, design and direction.
• Established enduring relationships with clients: Worked closely with clients to create vision, conceive designs and deliver results beyond their expectations.
• Managed end-to-end business operations: Managed all strategic, financial, quote/bid, outsourcing and administrative functions.

Swerve Creative's client list includes: Sensient Natural Colors Canada, Luidia, WildAid, CIAQ, Wrips Natural Sports Wipes, Seton Medical Center and SoFit! Functional Fitness.
June 2003 - San Francisco, California, United States

Electronics For Imaging

Senior Visual Designer

Electronics For Imaging: Senior Visual Designer

I have been one of the two leads that have elevated and refreshed the EFI corporate identity:
• Developed concepts and designs for tradeshow exhibits, annual reports, advertisements, corporate brochure and extensive collateral systems, direct mail pieces and homepage interactive banners.
• Lead on complete redesign of a 20,000 page corporate site leveraging interactive communications to deliver an 'on-brand' experience. Project included all design and functionality elements, as well as managing client expectation, managing vendors and hand off to a newly hired web team in India.
• Industrial Design for EFI Products (EFI PrintMe Mobile). Also lead for PrintMe Mobile sub-identity branding to fit into EFI's overall branding.
• Rebranded acquired companies across all media fronts.

EFI's sub brands include: Fiery, VUTEk, Jetrion, Digital StoreFront, Pace and PrintMe.
December 2006 - April 2012 San Mateo, California, United States


School Of Visual Concepts

Completion of Graphic Design Curriculum

SVC is an amazing design school. All classes are taught by working professional in lieu of a full time facility. This sets SVC apart by having the professionals who will be interviewing you in the future actually be your mentors today. SVC also stresses the importance of hand crafted skills and conceptual thinking, as opposed to starting concepts and designs in the computer. I still stick to this method. The best ideas are born through stream of consciousness and sketching.
2001 - December 2004 Seattle, Washington, United States

University Of San Francisco

Bachelor of Physical Science

I abandoned the idea of being an artist and majored in science because I was fascinated with problem solving. I enjoy the mental stimulation of a difficult challenge and the path to the correct solution. Little did I know, years later, I would be able to do both in Design!
1995 - 1998 San Francisco, California, United States

Core Competencies

• Creative Probelm Solving: Capacity to use critical thinking and a creative approach to achieve the desired outcome.

• Project Management: Ability to evaluate information and quickly implement changes. Planning, organizing, monitoriing and controlling all aspects of a project.

• Flexible and Adaptive: Seek and welcome others' ideas and accommodates new situations. Ablility to handle mltiple tasks at one time.

• Team Oriented: Capacity to interact effectively with others both in a one on one basis and in groups, which includes understanding and responding to the needs of others while working as a team member to achieve shared goals.