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CYNTHIA MURNANE

Director of Brand & Design

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Award-winning Creative Director with over 18 years leading major strategic
brand initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. I specialize in branding, brand strategy,
visual and verbal identity systems, and integrated marketing campaigns.

CREATIVE DIRECTION AND MANAGEMENT
Strong creative and strategic leadership aligning teams of 16+ people across
multiple media channels and projects. Disciplined management of timelines,
deadlines and budgets.

BRAND STRATEGY AND IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
Deep understanding of Fortune 500 brands. Hands-on knowledge of branded
programs including research methodologies, brand strategy development,
brand identity, look and feel and launch activities for some of the world’s largest brands.

ADVERTISING AND MARKETING LEADER
Integrated and results driven brand and campaign development including:
strategy, design, writing, web, TV, digital motion, print, collateral, direct mail,
digital and social media and media planning. Use and understanding of
metrics for measurement.

Work Experience

AURACLE BRANDS

Creative Director, Principal

Auracle is a company that I founded in 2006. As Creative Director and Owner, I have led numerous company launches for our clients and developed marketing and advertising programs. My duties cross many disciplines including all aspects of creative development, brand research, brand strategy development, account planning and client service. I regularly manage teams of up to 16 people and an array of vendors to accomplish sophisticated media needs for our clients. My areas of expertise for Auracle include competitive research, strategy development, naming, brand identity, web development, print and television advertising, digital marketing, social media, print collateral, pop/pos materials, signage and environments. I regularly oversee media planning and management of advertising budgets ranging from small -1.2 million per year.

KEY CLIENTS: UMe Credit Union, Athenix/Body Sculpting Institute, Long Beach Airport, Directed Electronics, Excel National Bank, Porsche/N. America, La Curacao, Chevrolet, Denny’s Restaurants, Toyota and Artistica Furniture.
2006 Long Beach, California, United States

Goodby Silverstein And P

Senior Art Director

As a special assignment I spent three months helping to lead the design work for the Chevrolet collateral launch team at Goodby Silverstein & Partners. Duties included development of initial look and feel strategy, photography planning and art direction, and design for the Chevrolet print and online materials.
April 2011 - July 2011 San Francisco, California, United States

Landor Associates

Senior Designer, Design Director

As a full time Design Director at Landor, I led projects and creative teams for clients such as BP, Charles Schwab, and FedEx. Projects typically included development of a new visual identity, look and feel, brand voice and corporate guidelines. Applications spanned print, online, digital, and environmental. Specifically, I led the corporate identity group team for the launch of BP during 2000-2001, traveling regularly between New York and London to manage the project and eventually helped to transition that business to Landor's London office. I also lead CI teams for the launch of Charles Schwab and ongoing retainer client FedEx.

KEY CLIENTS: BP, Charles Schwab, FedEx, Motorola, Dow Corning, New Mexico State University, Lincoln Mercury, Jaguar, FedEx Kinkos.
January 2000 - October 2005 San Francisco, California, United States

SHR PERCEPTUAL MANAGEMENT

Senior Designer

SHR worked with many Fortune 500 clients developing brand strategies, visual identities and also using their proprietary brand testing methodology: Visual Positioning. While with SHR I developed brands and testing programs for many large clients. The visual testing process helped me hone my understanding of brand perception cues, how various audiences process information differently and gave me an understanding of testing methods and metrics.

KEY CLIENTS: Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kohler, Mary Kay, GMC Trucks, Ford, Celebrity Cruises, Tauck Tours.
March 1998 - December 1999 Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Publicis & Hal Riney

Art Director

As an Art Director with the design group at Hal Riney & Partners my duties ranged from collateral development, packaging, digital and environmental projects. Key projects included the launch of Saturn.com, identity development for Bellagio and Beau Rivage Resorts (Mirage Resorts/Steve Wynn) and packaging and collateral for the launch of Sprint PCS.

KEY CLIENTS: Sprint PCS (launch), EV1 (launch), Saturn, Mirage Resorts, Westmoor Farm.
1996 - 1998 San Francisco, California, United States

Education

California College Of The Arts

Bachelor of Graphic Design

1992 - 1995 San Francisco, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Classes

1990 - 1991 Pasadena, United States

University Of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Fine Arts

1989 - 1991 Los Angeles, California, United States

Awards

Marketing Association Of Credit Unions

Gold

2012

Rebrand

MERIT

2012

Clio

Silver

2001

British Design & Art Direction (D&AD)

Merit

2001

Graphis

Featured

1999

ADDY Awards, SF Show

silver

1998

AIGA - The Professional Association For Design

National Brand Experience Board

AIGA - The Professional Association For Design

Los Angeles Board

Skills

2d Animation, Advertising, Art Direction, Brand Strategy, Branding And Visual Identity, Corporate Branding, Creative Direction, Design, Digital Marketing, Direct Mail, Team Leadership, Web Design, Web Development, Writing,