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David Willson

Creative director, writer, designer, illustrator

Jupiter, FL, USA
561-644-4327
I am an experienced creative professional with a flair for precise, dynamic, results-oriented concepts.

I have filled the role of publication editor-in-chief, section and page editor, feature writer and art director, as well as advertising agency creative director, art director and design studio president. As such, I have managed groups of creative professionals, recruited talent, managed processes such as campaign development, publishing, executing bids and overseeing printing contracts, supervised production, researched and purchased new technology, reported to top management and been actively involved in business development and client relations.

I very much look forward to discussing any senior creative contribution I can make in either publishing or advertising.
Experience
Boca Raton, FL, USA
Feb 2000Jul 2000
American Media, Inc.
Art Director
I was hired as the Art Director for six crime magazine titles acquired in the purchase of Globe Communications. I redesigned the publications for mass distribution to a broader consumer audience. During this time I also worked as a design editor for other titles produced by American Media, such as The Globe, The Star and the Weekly World News.
West Palm Beach, FL, USA
Sep 1993Feb 2000
NACORE International
Creative Director
I was Creative Director for the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (NACORE). My creative duties included: art director of Corporate Real Estate Executive magazine, an award winning monthly association magazine about corporate strategic management; design of brand and marketing collateral for NACORE membership campaigns and trade shows and creative director of web site development. I also designed and produced catalogs, brochures, advertisements and signage for NACORE educational division The Institute for Corporate Real Estate.

Management duties included creative staff management, hiring recommendation, vendor services management, computer graphics equipment management, planning and purchasing. I did not report directly to the CEO, but participated in top level marketing strategy sessions and board level presentations.
Palm Beach, FL, USA
Mar 1992Present
Editorial Cartoonist and columnist
I have produced one editorial cartoon per week and occasional feature illustrations for the Palm Beach Daily News on a freelance basis since they first launched a Sunday editorial page in 1992, and continue to do so. I also write a weekly column entitled Cartoonistry.

I also write occasional features as well as a regular column and blog entitled Cartoonistry, which takes a look at recent Palm Beach history through the metaphor of my past cartoons.

I have received three “Excellence in Editorial Cartooning” awards from the Florida Press Club.
Lantana, FL, USA
Aug 1991Sep 1993
American Media, Inc.
Design Editor
I was hired as a member of an entrepreneurial division that was charged with developing new publications. We also helped to develop a prototype all-digital production path that was later implemented throughout all AMI owned operations. On this team, I participated in launching Soap Opera Magazine and Country Weekly Magazine, as well as other concepts that didn't make it through the development process.

Duties included Macintosh networked layout and production, copy editing, photo editing, caption and headline writing, and illustration.
Education
Greenville, NC, USA
Jul 1969Aug 1972
East Carolina University
None attained
I attended the Art School at East Carolina University with a BFA major in commercial art and a minor in painting. During this time I also served as Managing Editor and Cartoon Editor for the student newspaper, The East Carolina University Fountainhead. I also served as Vice President and Rush Chairman for Sigma Chi Delta social fraternity.

I accepted a job offer and left to pursue my career prior to receiving a degree.
Awards
 
American Society of Business Press Editors
Excellence - Publication Redesign
 
American Society of Association Executives
Excellence - Publication design
 
Association Trends
Excellence - Publication design
 
Florida Magazine Association
Charlie Award - multiple categories
 
Communication Concepts
APEX Award for Excellence
 
Publishing & Production Executive and Printing Impressions
Multiple Gold Ink Awards
 
Printing Industries of America
Excellence in 4-color magazine
 
Addy Awards - Palm Beach and Broward County, FL
multiple awards
 
International Hotel Sales & Marketing Association's Advertising Awards
Two Bronze Awards for Newspaper and Magazine Advertisement
 
Florida Press Club
Three awards for excellence in editorial cartooning
Languages
 
English (Native)
Skills
 
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Indesign, Bid Process Managment, Cartooning, Creative Director, Creative Division Magagement, Creative Staff Hiring, Creative Staff Management, Illustration, Internal Communications, Microsoft Office, Painter, Photo Direction, Photo Optimization, Photo Retouch, Photo Retouching, Pre-press Management, Prepress, Press Check, Production Management, Public Speaking, Publication Launch, Publication Redesign, Purchasing, Quark, Senior Art Director, Senior Editor, WACOM Stylus Tablet