J Freeman Robinson

Designer + Illustrator

Washington, DC, USA
J. Freeman Robinson is a multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator in the Washington D.C., Metro area.

He's spent over ten years designing for and leading in-house design teams for professional sports, arts & cultural, and retail institutions. His projects include branding, design, and illustrations for clients including Black & Decker, the New York Knicks, New York Liberty, Madison Square Garden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, United States Bartenders Guild and Whole Foods Market.

Work Experience

Freeman The Artist Inc.

Owner + Principal

Present District of Columbia, United States

Fannie Mae

Freelance Senior Designer

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Porter Novelli

Freelance Senior Graphic Designer

District of Columbia, United States

Checkers Drive In Restaurants, Inc.

Graphic Designer II

Helping to conceptualize and creation of brand communication elements, such as point-of-purchase signage, billboards, print ads and various merchandising materials. Develops designs based on current advertising campaign and continually develops and broadens ideas throughout all brand communication.
Florida, United States

Hillsborough County Government

Visual Design & Brand Identity Manager

Providing guidance and leadership to county administrator’s overall efforts and initiatives related to the Hillsborough County’s brand identity, graphics and branding across varying platforms. Developing creative solutions and directing photographers, photo shoots, and other specialized vendors. Meeting with client departments and making recommendations on project parameters, goals, tactics and best practices.
Tampa, Florida, United States

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Manager of Creative Services

Overseeing and implementing art direction in the design of ticketing, advertising, corporate sales, community relations, venue services, promotional, digital and print materials. Coordinating the preparation of creative marketing and advertising materials, to include writing, editing, layout, proofreading and project management for all departments. Providing functional guidance, mentoring advice and /or training to less-experienced creative staff.
Florida, United States

The Madison Square Garden Company

Art Director

Helped lead with the development and design of all advertising and design needs for the New York Knicks and New York Liberty as it supports collateral for Marketing Partnerships, Corporate Hospitality / Suite sales, Merchandise and Food & Beverage Departments. Designing of all needs as they relate to their accounts; including collateral design, logo development, print advertising, outdoor, display, packaging, web development and more.
New York, New York, United States

Western Beef

Art Director

Created all marketing materials: advertisements, brochures, menus, posters, logos, signage and point-of-purchase materials with the goal of promoting and refining the Western Beef, Inc. brand. Accomplish key tasks, including but not limited to, designing, obtaining approvals, managing changes for all jobs, overseeing freelancers and giving art direction and ensuring all jobs are completed on time. Establish graphic standards and participate in their development. Working with printers to get projects and producing specials, support signs, and poster programs. Act as a continuous source of creative ideas and solutions to increase store sales and brand awareness through marketing and promotional opportunities.
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Mid Island Mortgage Corp

Graphic Artist

Worked closely with the Advertising Manager assisting with a variety of tasks such as print production on marketing materials including direct mail, ads, postcards, newsletters, flyers. Edits and updates on multiple websites, minor troubleshooting and preparing files for press.
Westbury, New York, United States

Whole Foods Market

Store Graphic Artist

Created all in-store signage by hand and using a computer including but not limited to chalkboards, product and store signage, event flyers, posters, and calendars. Working with décor team to report missing or broken décor and other permanent signage. Producing weekly and monthly specials support signs, regional and national sign and poster programs.
Miami Beach, Florida, United States

Education

Nassau Community College

AA IN LIBERAL ARTS

August 2004 New York, United States

School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

BFA IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

December 2006 New York, New York, United States

Awards

Create Awards

SILVER AWARD in the Advertising/Art Direction (A01-A59), Collateral Advertising, Other category

2008

Create Awards

SILVER AWARD in the Advertising/Art Direction (A01-A59), Collateral Advertising, Poster category

2008

ADDY® Award

Silver ADDY® Award in the Client/Advertiser category

2008

Skills

Adobe Acrobat, Advertising Creative, Art Direction, Basecamp, Brand Development, Branding &, Catalogs, Concept Development, Corporate Branding, Corporate Identity, Creative Suite, Digital Illustration, Digital Media, Direction Illustration, Excel, Graphic Design, Graphics Adobe, Graphics PowerPoint, HTML, Identity Brochures, Illustrator, Image Manipulation, Indesign, Interaction Design, Layout, Logo Design, Logos Motion, Mac Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Packaging, Photography QuarkXPress, Posters 
Dreamweaver, Pro 
Word, Team Leadership, Team-oriented, Typography, Vector Illustration , Vision Creation, Web Design, WordPress 
Filemaker,

Favorite Quotes

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius

"We don't know where it goes. We don't really care."
― Bob Ross

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
― Andy Warhol