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Dan Colgan

Fort Collins, CO, USA
I'm Dan Colgan, a Colorado-based digital design professional with a background spanning Fortune 500 companies and top ad agencies including Young & Rubicam - Wunderman, Ogilvy & Mather, Wilson Sporting Goods, Beam Global and Sears Holdings among others. I focus on creating clean functional design solutions through interactive, web design, and brand identity.

When I'm not creating on the computer, you can find me exploring on a bike or a board, shooting live concert photography, or traveling to new places.

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I'm currently available for contract work.
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Specialties:
Digital Design
App Design
Brand Design

Work Experience

Avocet Communications

Interactive Art Director

As an Art Director for Avocet, it is my responsibility to expand digital brand influence for each client by using a variety of channels including Email, SEO, SEM, Content Curation, Strategic Creative, Social Media, Mobile UX / UI, Print, Corporate Identity and Web Design.
May 2014 - Present Longmont, Colorado, United States

Dan Colgan Design

Owner / Design Director

Past freelance clients:

TechGrayscale, Faction Media, Colorado Air Tech, DMX Direct, Linden, Cengage Learning, Western Union, The iCenter, Tukaiz, Entertainment Cruises, Greater Chicago Area Currency Exchanges, Goodwill
April 2008 - Present Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Gr8ful Giveback

Co-Founder / Creative Director

October 2014 - Present Steamboat Springs, Colorado, United States

Bounder

Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer

Bounder is a concierge application for the iPad Mini that allows hotel guests access to both in-room amenities, as well as local catered data for events and activities at the touch of a button.
February 2013 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tool Studios

Contract Web Designer

Tool Studios is an integrated graphic and web development branding company offering corporate identity, package design, web design and development, print collateral, advertising services and highly technical enterprise integration. Client's include Cateye, Apex Ski Boots, Eduss, Be Colorado, HumanEsources, Relevant Stories, Canna Advisors and many more.
December 2013 - March 2014 Niwot, Colorado, United States

BioHealth Laboratory, Inc.

Contract Graphic / Web Designer

I was responsible for creating and establishing user experience design elements, site rebranding initiatives, structured site maps and wireframes, style guides, transactional emails and internal pre-launch testing throughout the rebrand of the site. Magento and Wordpress CMS were used alongside Basecamp for project management.
June 2013 - August 2013 Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

National CineMedia

Contract Interactive Designer

Serve as the creative lead on projects assigned by the Director of the Design Department. Provide graphic design services for: corporate collateral, b2c and b2b print materials, online/website design and mobile app interface design. Design creative assets, storyboards for video/onscreen animations and ads. Coordinate with internal clients and EVP of Media to develop strong design solutions in a timely manner.
May 2013 - May 2013 Centennial, Colorado, United States

Wilson Sporting Goods

Contract Designer

Team Sports division of Wilson Sporting Goods. POS, POP, product packaging.
March 2013 - April 2013 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Sears Holdings Corporation

Contract Web Designer

Web Designer for the Sears.com homepage, viewed by half-a-million users daily. Focusing on UX / UI digital design, consumer brands, e-commerce design, responsive designs for web and mobile, and overall brand experience.



Develop templates, style guides, mockups, and user-interface specifications to effectively conceptualize and communicate detailed interaction behaviors and high-level design strategies.
 Provide input as a cross functional dynamic team member to define the overall user experience strategy/road map and user-centered responsive design processes. Manage a dynamic workload to balance priorities with deadlines to effectively meet project needs.

 Optimize files for front end development team hand-off.

Build and conduct testing, to validate designs through customer traffic test and learn pilot processes using Adobe Scene 7.
 Monitor user experience changes across competitors and other leaders in digital commerce to ensure we maintain an innovative user experience which keeps pace with customer expectations.
July 2012 - March 2013 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States

Ogilvy & Mather

Contract Digital Designer

Worked as a Digital Designer on email marketing files, templates, wireframes, and Flash Web banner ads for brands including CDW, Ashford University, and Huggies.
July 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Young & Rubicam Group

Contract Digital Designer

As a digital designer for the Burger King account, I was responsible for production, key lines, Photoshop retouching, digital marketing and layout design. Print, mobile, and web marketing materials included billboards, in-store menus, drive through menus, digital web banner ads, and mobile smart phone advertising.
June 2012 - June 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

HIMSS

Contract Email Designer

Design responsibilities included using Dreamweaver to design and revise email blasts targeting both existing members, and potential new members in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Responsible for email marketing design, email design templates, email wireframe design, Flash web banner design, and various print design projects.
May 2012 - June 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Beam Global

Contract Production Designer

While at Beam Global, Inc. - Internal Ad Agency PROOF - project time management and communication skills were essential in working with senior management and the Production team to produce point of sale and promotional marketing materials for over 40 brands under the Jim Beam Spirits & Wine company name. Responsibilities included photo retouching, keylines, layout, and pre-press checks for FTP server upload.
April 2012 - May 2012 Deerfield, Illinois, United States

APICS

Contract Designer, Web & PPT

I had the task of designing the print materials for the APICS annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. The 40+ page attendee booklet was designed with wayfinding icons, infographics, schedules and maps. Corporate brand guidelines were maintained while creating weekly powerpoint presentations, web-based display ads, animated banner icons and buttons for the website.
July 2010 - October 2010 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Dbp | Chicago

Lead Designer

Design responsibilities as the lead designer included commercial print materials for corporate clients and small businesses. Managed client and print vendor relations. Resolved Mac IT issues and improved digital capabilities including server organization and file backup systems. Collaborated with local print vendors to design and brand high security payroll checks and money orders for ADP, PLS and other Chicago Currency Exchanges. Supervised the production of art work and press checks during proprietary security printing of payroll and money order checks with up to 18 security layers, including abrasion and blacklight verification technology. PLS money orders - Zero counterfeiting fraud with over 10,000,000 issued.
November 2010 - April 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Olive Street Design

Graphic Designer

Logo design, brand design, business cards, brochures, magazines, flyers, pamphlets, posters, book cover design and book layout, illustration and the list is always expanding.
August 2010 - February 2011 Elmhurst, Illinois, United States

Education

Bradley University

Graphic Design, Marketing

Peoria, Illinois, United States

Awards

Bradley University Marketing Project Springboard

1st Place - ToldMi lifestyle application (2010) brand design, logo design

2010

Bradley University Marketing Project Springboard

1st Place - Matchio crowd sourcing app (2009) art direction, brand design and development

2009

Skills

Adobe Acrobat, Adobe InDesign CS5, MIcrosoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe CS5; Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Brand Awareness, Brand Consistency, Brand Development, Client Communication, Color Separation, Corporate Branding, Corporate Identity, Creative Development, Creative Direction, Creative Problem Solving, Creative Strategy, Digital Photography, Dreamweaver, Email Marketing, Fonts, Ftp, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Keynote , Letterhead, Logo Design, Logos, Mac Systems, Marketing, Organization, Outdoor Advertising, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Project Management, Social Media, Team Problem Solving, Typography, User Experienc, Vector, Web Design, Website Production,