Derek Emerson


Portland, OR, USA
Over 20 years of design experience. Work encompasses all areas of project management and design, from concept to final production.

Work Experience


Founder/Creative Director

Founded dedstudios, a creative collective that combines design and technology to help our partners communicate their message. Focus on corporate identity, branding and interactive solutions.
2007 - Present Portland, Oregon, United States

5th Gear Advertising

Associate Creative Director

Responsible for developing creative for an agency specializing in housing, real estate and property development.
September 2005 - February 2008 Culver City, California, United States

Big Imagination Group

Art Director

Developed and executed creative concepts for an advertising/branding firm specializing in packaging, publication, editorial design, corporate identity, media and web-based solutions. Clients range from quick-serve restaurants, financial, health care and environmentally conscience companies.
September 2004 - November 2005 California, United States

Discus Dental

Senior Designer

Designed packaging, collateral, direct mail, editorial design, print advertising and product branding for dental care company. Worked with brand managers to maintain the consistant design and message through all communications.
November 2001 - September 2004 Culver City, California, United States

Brand 33

Freelance Designer

Freelance Designer. Designed packaging, collateral, direct mail, editorial design, and corporate identity for an agency specializing in healthcare. Worked with clients to maintain the credibility and integrity of their brand in all of their materials.
2001 - 2001 Torrance, California, United States



Responsible for developing design and communication solutions for the leading satellite entertainment service in the US. Projects included designing logos, newsletters, brochures, advertisements and various collateral material for their broadband service.
January 2000 - September 2001 California, United States


Project Designer

Responsible for developing both product and packaging solutions. Worked closely with licensesors, such as Nickelodeon and Disney, to incorporate their established brands into exciting games and packaging. Supervised the project from the creation of initial concepts, marketing, problem solving with designers and engineers to final production.
1999 - 2000 California, United States

Hill + Knowlton

Senior Designer

Worked in conjunction with client and account executives on initial concept and logistics of projects. Designed logos, press kits, newsletters, brochures, advertisements and various collateral material. Employed freelancers, photographers and vendors in order to ensure timely results.
1996 - 1999 California, United States


University Of Akron

Commercial Art

Akron, Ohio, United States

University Of California - Los Angeles

UCLA Extension Graphic Design

California, United States


Sales & Marketing Council Of Los Angeles

Best Color Ad for a Masterplan Community


Sales & Marketing Council Of Southern California

Best Brochure for Masterplan Community



Published logos Volume 3



InDesignCS, LllustratorCS, Mac OS X Windows XP, Microsoft Office Suite, PhotoshopCS, Quark Xpress,