Ben Garthus

Freelance Art Director

Brooklyn, NY, USA
Ben Garthus is a seasoned graphic designer with over 15 years of experience, specializing in food packaging for both large brands (i.e. General Mills, Unilever, Nestlé) and small brands (i.e. Brooklyn Delhi, Edenworks, Meal Maison). He has served as an art director and branding expert in the following areas: packaging, logo & corporate identity, POS display, interior graphics, print collateral, advertising and web.

Work Experience

Freelance

Design Director

Design logos, corporate identity, packaging, POS displays, print collateral, direct mail, interior graphics, print ads, display banner ads and websites for a range of clients from local startups to international corporations.

Select Agencies: Wallace Church, Clark McDowell, Cornerstone, Cuticone Design, Workshop Branding

Select Brands: Unilever, Nestlé, Pepsi, Bryers, Good Humor, Klondike, Duncan Hines, Levi’s, Bic, Gracious Home, Brooklyn Delhi, Cocktail Crate, Steve & Andy's, 1732 Meats, Meal Maison, The City Bakery, BlogTalkRadio, Edenworks, Jenkins Jellies, Salumificio Cicala
September 2008 - New York, United States

Baker Associates

Design Director

Led a team of designers working on nationally and internationally recognized brands to take projects from concept to production on time and under budget. Worked on the redesign for the entire suite of General Mills Cereal brands.

Select Clients: General Mills, Con Agra, Hostess, Nestlé, Kraft, Cereal Partners Worldwide, Capris Sun, Kool Aid, and Caribou Coffee.
July 2004 - September 2008 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Tool Studios

Graphic Designer

Created logos, corporate identity systems, print collateral, direct marketing and advertising design for a range of local and national clients.
September 2001 - May 2004 Boulder, Colorado, United States

Education

University Of Minnesota

MFA in Sculpture

August 2008 - May 2011 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

University Of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

BFA in Graphic Design and Painting

September 1995 - May 2001 Eau Claire, Wisconsin, United States