Rene Flores

Illustrator - Graphic Designer

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Specializing in illustration, graphic design and animated interactivity for rich media applications and websites.

Work Experience

Macmillan Learning

Digital Illustrator

Created illustrations to accompany science questions for online learning spaces, including homework questions and e-textbooks for high school and college. Worked with subject matter experts to ensure that illustrations conveyed scientific topics accurately. Tracked and routed artwork requests, revisions and approvals through JIRA project management software. Designed page layouts for e-textbooks using Apple iBooks Author. Assisted in organization of online digital asset management system.
May 2011 - Present Texas, United States

Liaison Resources At Freescale Semiconductor

Senior Art Director

• Designed and produced a wide variety of innovative and creative solutions for web, multimedia, event, and advertising design for all areas of Freescale's marketing operations.
• Translated marketing objectives and broad strategies into creative and compelling collateral that reinforced Freescale's brand structure.
• Worked closely with internal sales specialists to develop user interface and overall look & feel for proprietary sales software tool.
January 2011 - May 2011 Austin, Texas, United States

Austin Community College

Multimedia Developer

• Created usable, unique interfaces for ACC web pages and micro sites including the support site for Austin Cooks, the popular instructional cooking show on ACC-TV.
• Designed and copy-edited full color 16-month wall calendar promoting the Instructional Design Services division at ACC. More than 1,000 calendars were printed and distributed to faculty and staff at all Austin campuses.
• Created original graphics and interactive animations in Adobe Flash for online lessons in college-level biology course.
October 2008 - May 2010 Austin, Texas, United States

University Of Texas At Austin

Web Graphic Designer

• Created unique, usable interfaces for the UTOPIA web portal – a collection of gateway sites to the collections of the University of Texas at Austin.
• Worked closely with UI specialists to incorporate established usability guidelines and accessibility standards into UTOPIA sites for maximum readability and functionality.
• Art directed two graphic designers and two webmasters to ensure design consistency across sites.
• Created graphics standards for all online and offline UTOPIA branding and marketing materials, including web sites, HTML emails, brochures, posters, trade shows and promotional items.
May 2003 - August 2007 Austin, Texas, United States

Liaison Creative Services At AMD

Web Graphic Designer

• Ensured online and offline graphical brand consistency across multiple marketing initiatives and reseller channels.
• Developed unique visual solutions for a wide variety of marketing materials including micro sites, HTML emails, brochures, posters, trade show graphics and promotional items.
• Managed projects from concept to completion.
• Collaborated with product managers and production team to estimate budgets and project schedules.
• Presented and sold creative concepts to internal clients.
March 2002 - November 2002 Austin, Texas, United States

Prodigy Communications

Visual Designer

• Created unique usable interfaces for Prodigy community Web pages.
• Worked closely with software development team to design a Prodigy-branded user interface for a desktop instant messaging client.
• Ensured corporate brand consistency across various media and campaigns including Web pages, HTML-based emails, printed documents and other promotional materials.
• Brainstormed with writers and marketing specialists to provide creative direction in promotions and campaigns.
• Presented and sold creative concepts to internal clients.
June 2001 - February 2002 Austin, Texas, United States

Human Code

Multimedia Artist

• Identified client objectives and translated them into effective multimedia business solutions.
• Designed look & feel of Web sites and interactive product CD's, often as Lead Designer, giving direction to other artists or designers.
• Presented and sold creative concepts to internal and external clients.
• Ensured integrity of visual designs across computer platforms and Web browsers.
June 1998 - March 2001 Austin, Texas, United States

VersaCom

Art Director

• Created visual design for client Web sites.
• Designed print-based marketing materials and managed all phases of production process, including design, layout, electronic pre-press and press checks.
July 1996 - February 1997 Austin, Texas, United States

Texas General Land Office

Graphic Designer

• Designed user interfaces and original graphics for Web sites, video promotions and stand-alone interactive kiosk.
• Created graphic design and illustrations for books, brochures, newsletters, posters and other promotional materials.
• Executed all phases of print production process, including design, layout, electronic pre-press and press checks.
• Designed logos and identity solutions for a variety of agency and partnering public sector programs.
June 1991 - July 1996 Austin, Texas, United States

Education

Yale University

B.A.

Art major with a focus in Graphic Design
August 1987 - June 1991 Connecticut, United States

Awards

IITAP

Bronze Award, Website - "Transforming Lives Through Resilience Education"

2006

American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards

Gold Addy Team Award, Website (humancode.com)

1999

New Media Magazine

Invision Award - Gold Medal, CD-ROM - "Halliburton TKO"

1998

National Association Of Government Communicators

Blue Pencil Awards First Place, Promotional Print Campaign - "Texas Coastal Wetlands"

1995

National Association Of Government Communicators

Blue Pencil Awards First Place, General Interest Brochure - "E-Source"

1994

Skills

CSS, Digital Illustration, Flash, Osx, Windows, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Digital Photo Editing, Digital Photography, Digital Scanning, HTML, Macintosh, Photoshop, Traditional Illustration,