Eric Akeson

Graphic Design, Web Design, Direction

Martinez, CA, USA

Work Experience

LeChat Nail Care Products

Art Director

Design packaging graphics, labels, multi-page print assets, posters, brochures, manage other designers, select printer resources, update and maintain branding standards.
May 2018 -

Akeson Design

Owner/Director

Graphic design service for print and websites. Print projects have included advertisements, apparel graphics, billboards, books, brochures, calendars, campaign materials, catalogs, CD packaging, event banners, logos, packaging, posters, product labels, and vehicle graphics. Website design projects include ecommerce, restaurants, schools, real estate, a national historical association, a health care district, a music venue, and many others.
1990 - Martinez, California, United States

Wilmer Fong & Associates

Graphic Designer contractor

In-house contractor at Wilmer Fong & Associates in Oakland. Quickly became their “#1 Contractor” working on high-visibility, major brand packaging and labels. Also became WFA’s first outside contractor to work in their satellite office inside Clorox offices, working on Clorox brand packaging.
1997 - 2000 Oakland, California, United States

Institutional Financing Services (IFS)

Graphic Designer/Department Manager

In-house contractor at Institutional Financing Services (IFS), fundraisers in Benicia (My role was Graphic Designer, then in 1994 I was hired full-time as Creative Manager). Created brochures, labels, and posters for multiple countries with offset print-runs from 30K to 1M; trained for press checking, received award for ‘Best Employee’.
1991 - 1996

Flexo Packaging Services (FPS)

Graphics Department Head

Flexo Packaging Services (FPS) in San Leandro (Graphics dept. head) Hired to create an art department for the new company that provided flexographic printing plates to the packaging industry.
1988 - 1990 San Leandro, California, United States

GB Products

Graphics Department Head

GB Products in Concord (Graphics dept. head) managed crew of three creating graphics for some offset printing but primarily for flexographic packaging artwork.
1983 - 1988 Concord, California, United States

Education

Los Medanos College

Studied at Los Medanos College focusing on, and taking all Commercial Art, Graphic Design, and Computer Graphics courses from 1982 to 1989. These Computer Graphics courses were the first of a new curriculum being offered anywhere in Northern California, our class being the very first of that curriculum. We started with the core process of cut and paste and ink-to-board, and continued with some of the earliest Adobe Creative Suite versions including Illustrator and Photoshop. I have continued and progressed my skills over the years up to this day.
1982 - 1989 Pittsburg, California, United States

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Premiere Pro,