Chuck Thurmon

Creative Director / Branding

Houston, TX, USA
As a designer I love thinking conceptually and enjoy exploring new ideas, and making sense out of uncertainty. By approaching design with a strong grasp on strategic objectives combined with a high level of creative energy, I help inspire and produce exceptional design solutions that generate impact and meet or exceed all marketing and branding objectives.

Background

From ad agencies to design studios to in-house creative departments, I have worked in numerous, creative driven work environments that demand high levels of responsibility and professionalism. In the process I have developed the extensive project management skills necessary to produce, coordinate and steer the creative for corporate identity systems, print collateral, websites, and advertising and branding campaigns. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more.

Work Experience

Random Sky Studio

Principal / Creative Director

Random Sky Studio is a two-man, one dog team specializing in innovative print and digital design. With sound strategy and creative energy we work closely with our clients to build a strong relationship that enabled all their branding and marketing objectives to be met.
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Created the visual identity and all branding standards for the Rice University MBA School of Business. Designed and produced all marketing and recruitment brochures in addition to online marketing collateral, including website design (front-end), email, banner ads, and other digital assets.
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Created identity, main website, direct mail, displays, and various print collateral for nAbleMD. Also designed icons and UI for their primary software application.
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Created marketing campaigns for the nonprofit Pride Houston. This included logos, print ads, posters, microsites, outdoor, merchandise, social media, and blogs.
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Shaped and supported creative vision for various businesses including Texas Instruments, Sprint PCS, and Memorial OB/GYN. Projects ranged from identity to print and digital collateral.
September 2012 - Present Houston, Texas, United States

Rice University

Assistant Director of Design

Responsible for leading the concept development, design and execution of printed and digital design for Rice University Public Affairs Office.
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Lead and principal designer on the rebranding of the main university identity, the university's centennial anniversary identity, and "Rice the Next Century," a $500 million dollar capital campaign.
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Responsible for the creative design, art direction, and production of Rice Magazine, the flagship quarterly university publication. In addition to a high level of design, this required a strong attention to detail, organization, and time management
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Initially hired to provide the creative direction, design, and production for all of the university's major recruitment brochures. This included all admissions pieces for undergraduate and graduate enrollment as well as numerous individual departments.
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Worked with in-house and freelance photographers to schedule and shoot all required photography
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Managed the student interns maintaining the photography database
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Established strong relationships with external vendors with an emphasis on working within budget and on schedule
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Participated in each phase of all assigned projects from pre-production to final delivery while ensuring all creative reflected the university's branding standards
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Designed static and multi-frame online banner ads
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Designed event materials including booths, signage and collateral
February 2004 - August 2012 Houston, Texas, United States

Random Sky Studio

Creative Director / Principal

March 2000 - February 2004 Houston, Texas, United States

Rice University

Senior Graphic Design

February 1997 - March 2000 Houston, Texas, United States

Loucks Atelier, Inc.

Senior Graphic Designer

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Lead designer in the conceptualization and implementation of all studio projects.
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Designed solutions that met marketing strategies and objectives for a wide range of clients including overall branding, identity, print, trade show, media and interactive applications.
January 1990 - February 1997 Houston, Texas, United States

Education

Louisiana Tech University

Bachelor of Fine Arts

1980 - 1985 Ruston, Louisiana, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Layout, Print Supervision, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Brand Strategy, Budget Estimation, Client Management, Concept Direction, Creative Direction, Design, Direct Mail, Editorial Design, Final Production, Identity, Logo Design, Mac OS, Newsletters, Photo Art Direction, Posters, Social Media, Web Design,

Capabilitites

• Brand Strategy
• Client Management
• Budget Estimation / Schedule
• Concept / Design / Layout
• Photo Art Direction
• Print Supervision

Software / Mac OS

• Adobe InDesign CS6 / Expert
• Adobe PhotoShop CS6 / Expert
• Adobe Illustrator CS6 / Advanced
• Adobe Acrobat Pro / Intermediate
• Apple iMovie / Intermediate

Recognition

• Print Regional Design Annual
• Communication Arts Publication
• Art Directors Club of Houston
• Graphis Letterhead Annual
• Shreveport Ad Federation
• Regional Addy Award