Brian Yap


Alameda, CA, USA
I am a visual and idea jack-of-all-trades, with experience as a creative director, designer, illustrator, product designer, as well as a print production, retouching and digital-imagery specialist. As part of any team I contribute greatly to the capabilities of visual execution and design as well as bringing a strategic level of thinking to any project.

I truly believe that concept and execution walk hand in hand in terms of importance no matter the project, and have consistently fought to set high standards for both in my work.

Along with a strong, almost obsessive work ethic, I believe in having fun and being inspired. Working as part of a team is as fulfilling for me as handling a project solo, and I have been part of teams that range in size from a few people to 25-30. In many of these environments I was called upon or took the lead role in directing creative, and generating ideas.

Work Experience


Creative Director

November 2014 - Present California, United States


Senior Visual Designer

June 2013 - Present Santa Clara, California, United States

Boxing Clever

Creative Director

February 2007 - May 2013 Missouri, United States

4 Alarm Studio

Senior Designer

Joined small group responsible for high-end imagery and comp support for local and national agencies. I have worked as both a digital specialist and senior designer for agency projects as well as direct to client projects. Clients include Bacardi, Tecate, Budweiser, Shell motor oil, Heineken, Anheuser Busch, and Corzo; as well as projects like event posters for local venues, CD and LP packaging, website design, and print materials.

While my role in this agency/studio shifted dramatically as we moved into working directly with clients as a full service creative group, I consider the ability to "do" paramount to our success so far and always look to bring on creatives with similar backgrounds.
February 2006 - February 2007 Missouri, United States

Elan Polo

Design Director

Responsible for the design of new a soccer/fashion fusion-style line of apparel to coincide with the launch of a casual shoe line. I worked with sourcing agents and apparel developers to create sample lines, directed trade show booth design and consulted with retainer agency involved in marketing. I also created all in-house marketing materials, brand graphics and catalogs for the shoes and apparel for this brand. This job also entailed frequent travel for marketing research as well as trade shows and product sourcing meetings.
February 2005 - February 2006 Missouri, United States

Zipatoni(now Rivet Global)

Art Director

I worked on the New Business Team at Zipatoni in a hybrid role of art director and production specialist, utilizing all skills to work on all new business pitches and new client projects. This job involved every aspect of the creative visual process from comp to presentation to execution. In this role I had the opportunity to direct photoshoots, design client programs, and create digital comps. In the time I was on this team, we garnered work from Jim Beam, Maytag, White Castle, Winchester, Baci candy (Nestle UK) and several promotions added to the Miller and Energizer brands.

After that I transitioned to working as part of the team responsible for Energizer, White Castle and Viactiv. This move gave me the opportunity to learn more about working with a brand on a daily basis. I was able to lend digital and traditional illustration skills to the team while developing as a brand art director. I was also very involved in new business pitches and working with the visuals in new client assignments.
October 2000 - February 2005 Saint Louis, Missouri, United States

Trendmasters INC. (now Cepia)

Senior Product Designer

Concepted, developed and designed toys and products for a variety of licensed product lines including; Powerpuff Girls, Dexters' Laboratory, Osmosis Jones, Cartoon Network, Spy Kids, Godzilla (Movie and Animated series), Halloween, Christmas, Easter, Coca Cola, Tootsie Roll, and M&M. This included everything from original concepts to semi-engineering packets sent overseas. I was senior to 15+ designers and responsible for supervising workflow, communication meetings and brainstorming as well as working with packaging and R&D divisions to help with any support requests.

I also helped push a traditionally classic, art department towards using graphics software in their workflow as well as working as a designer in the marketing department for the last year I was with the company. I was responsible for design of marketing materials for sales personnel, PR promotions and media events. This included designing product feature sheets and whole-line marketing booklets, early conceptual logo design, concept and design of domestic and international sales ads, warranty cards , coupons, event booth displays, in-house presentations and catalog one sheets.
October 1995 - October 2000 Missouri, United States


Adjunct Professor

I was asked to teach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in the Art and Design department and have had a rewarding time working with students to create relevant projects that focus on design, typography and illustration in the upper level of their coursework.
August 2011 - Edwardsville, Illinois, United States


Virginia Commonwealth University

Communication Arts BFA

VCUarts is ranked the #1 public university arts and design program in the country (US News & World Report)

Communication Arts is the study and exploration of the qualities, disciplines and technologies that enable us to create and communicate with insight, vision and voice. Students create visual solutions using a variety of media such as illustration/digital/ electronic imaging for print, television, film and the web.
Many graduates and faculty are nationally and internationally honored illustrators, artists, and designers.

The prestigious Society of Illustrators 2006 National Scholarship Competition in NY accepted more works by VCUarts Communication Arts students than any other university in the U.S.

School information:
Virginia Commonwealth University | School of the Arts
325 North Harrison Street
PO Box 842519
Richmond, VA 23284-2519
Phone: 804-VCU-ARTS (804-828-2787) | 866-534-3201 (toll free)
Fax: 804-828-6469
August 1988 - May 1993 Richmond, Virginia, United States


English (Native),


International Design Awards

Gold in multimedia category for Beck Poster Collaboration


International Design Awards

Gold in poster category for Beck Poster Collaboration


Adobe - Design Achievement & MAX Awards

customer success profile


Adobe Systems Max Conference 2011

Panel Speaker


Davey Awards

Gold Award - Adobe Ideas Blog Illustration


Davey Awards

Silver Award - TUACA Perfect Chill POS/Poster/Case Card


Saint Louis Addy's

Silver - O'Fallon Brewery 02 A O'Fallon Packaging Hemp Hop Rye

The Communicator Awards

Vintage Vinyl “Anvil” - Poster


STL Egotist

featured creative


Spoon Graphics

Art and Design Inspiration


John Nack On Adobe




Direction Photography, Packaging Design, Product Design, Adobe Creative Suite, Advertising Print Design, Conceptual Key Art, Creative Direction, Digital Manipulation, Directing Video, Illustration,

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