Chris Young

Art Director & Senior Graphic Designer

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Art Director and Senior Graphic Designer with more than 20 years of experience. I have a passion for designing both print and websites and enjoy seeing my vision translated into different mediums. Please see my portfolio-based website at the address above, and if you like what you see, let's talk.

Please see my LinkedIn page for my work experience, education and other info:
http://linkedin.com/in/chrisyoung43

Work Experience

Chris Young Design

Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer (freelance)

Design and art direct projects such as identities, websites, annual reports, advertising campaigns, promotional pieces, packaging, editorial layout, tradeshow booths as well as ongoing consulting.

Achievements:

Gardens British Columbia's new identity, which includes a logomark, brand standards guide, print collateral, ads and a fully-responsive website. Gardens British Columbia is a coalition of public gardens working together to promote British Columbia as a tourism destination for garden visits and experiences.

Freelance design clients include:
Industrial Brand Creative, Latitude Agency, Gardens British Columbia, Cycling British Columbia, The Salient Group, Coercion Design, Chum Television (CityTV Vancouver), Free Agency Creative, Twin Fish Creative, Blenz Coffee, Peoples Jewellers and more.
December 2008 - British Columbia, Canada

Tugboat Group

Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer

Design and art direction for projects including identities, websites, advertising, packaging and corporate collateral.

Clients include Windset Farms, Jind Fruit, Mink Chocolates, British Columbia Construction Industry Training Organization, Forestry Innovation Investment, Reimer Alliance, Vista D'oro Farms & Winery, Broadband Network Three (BBN3), British Columbia Conservation Foundation and the 'Bear Aware' program.
September 2010 - June 2014 British Columbia, Canada

Coercion Design

Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer

Conceptualize, create and produce branding and collateral for Coercion, and award-winning design studio who’s main focus is on many of Vancouver’s high-end condominium developments and historic conversion projects.
Materials include branding, identity work, brochures, websites, presentation folders, stationery, and specialty promotional items.

Achievements:
Using my web experience, I brought Coercion closer to a full-service studio, which previously concentrated on print projects within the real-estate marketing sector. This resulted in many more websites staying within Coercion’s studio – keeping the project’s branding more on-point. Full corporate website redesigns for Intracorp, The Salient Group and the Townline Group of Companies, as well as websites for some of those developer’s projects.

Clients:
The Salient Group, Townline Homes, Intracorp, Bogner Developments, Mosaic Homes and more.
October 2006 - November 2008 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

World Bicyle Sports (MacNeil Bikes, Ten Pack Distribution, Metro Jam BMX Contests, Chase BMX Magazine)

Art Director, Graphic Designer

Created and supervised all design and promotions for MacNeil Bikes, Ten Pack Distribution, the Metro BMX Jam contest series, and Pivotal Seats.

Duties included:
Producing brand identities, catalogues, posters, websites, copywriting and website news updates, studio product photography, and everything under the sun.

Oversaw design, editing and production of four full length action-sport commercially released DVDs (The MacNeil Video, MacNeil San to Van tour video, Ten Pack Evolution, Props Metro Jam video)

Achievements:
While wearing many hats, and utilizing several skill-sets across multiple platforms, I elevated the worldwide recognition of the many brands that World Bicycle Sports promoted. This includes their in-house bicycle brand MacNeil Bikes; their Canada wide distribution company, Ten Pack Distribution; their patented Pivotal seat/seatpost combo accessory; and the professional BMX Metro Jam contest series in Singapore, Toronto and Vancouver over 5 years; and also the infamous Red Bull Elevation contest series in Guadalajara and Whistler over 4 consecutive years.
2002 - 2007 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Twin Fish Creative

Senior Graphic Designer

Created promotional collateral and advertising campaigns for a largely corporate client base.

Clients:
Future Shop, Masev Communications, Stormtech Outerwear, Champion Sportswear, Ryders Eyewear and more.

(Freelance position turned into full-time position)
2001 - 2003 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sheldan Wood Creative Associates (SWCA)

Senior Graphic Designer

Created annual reports, identites, advertising campaigns, brochures, presentation folders, packaging, websites, and tradeshow booths

Clients include:
BC Rail, Sun Peaks Resort, Forbes Medi–Tech, ReturnAssured.com, SoBe, Cool Canadian Water and Virgin Cola.
August 2000 - October 2001 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Education

Conestoga College

Graphic Design and Advertising

Design program covered all elements of graphic design and advertising; design, layout, packaging, pre-press, typography, illustration, photography, plus design fundamentals and art history electives.
1990 - 1994 Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Languages

English (Native),
French (Beginner),
Spanish (Beginner),

Skills

Art Direction, Company Branding, Corporate Branding, Corporate Identity, Creative Services, Environmental Design, Event Management, Event Planning, Graphic Design, Graphic Standards, Interactive Media, Logo Design, Print Collateral, Website Design,