Mike Schulze

Seattle, WA, USA
Hello...
I'm Mike Schulze, a senior level art director & graphic designer working in the Seattle area. I have several years experience developing and producing identity, brand design, advertising, marketing and communications work for national clients both large and small in a variety of industries.

My strengths include not only a passionate knowledge and hands on approach to design, but also an analytical ability to think strategically and solve complex business, information and communication problems (i.e. information architecture, product line organization/configuration, product naming etc.). I'm extremely organized and detail-oriented but also very down to earth, a clear communicator and capable of giving or taking direction tactfully.

Over the last 15 years I've been primarily focused on my passion for packaging design with a recent stint at Starbucks and now full time at Costco Wholesale. I've collaborated with other designers, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators and web developers to make even the most complex and confusing products visually appealing and accessible to the everyday consumer.

Work Experience

Costco Wholesale

Senior Packaging Design Specialist

Global packaging design and production for Kirkland Signature branded products and Costco seasonal items.
November 2021 - Present

Costco Wholesale

Contract Packaging Designer

Packaging design and production for Kirkland Signature branded products and seasonal items.
November 2020 - November 2021 Washington, United States

Costco Wholesale

Contract Packaging Designer

Packaging design and production for Kirkland Signature branded products and seasonal items.
December 2019 - March 2020 Issaquah, Washington, United States

Starbucks

Contract Production Designer

Starbucks Global Creative - Production design for packaging, Reserve card, seasonal promo signage and menus.
April 2019 - December 2019 Washington, United States

Starbucks

Contract Senior Packaging Designer

Starbucks Global Creative - Packaging design for a wide range of brands across U.S. and global markets including new products, holiday packaging, ready to drink products, point of sale food, club and consumer packaged goods updates.
January 2017 - June 2018 Washington, United States

Starbucks

Contract Senior Packaging Designer

Starbucks Global Creative - Packaging design for a wide range of brands across U.S. and global markets including new products, holiday packaging, ready to drink products, point of sale food, club and consumer packaged goods updates.
December 2014 - April 2016 Washington, United States

Schulze Creative

Freelance Art Director & Graphic Designer

Clients: LEER, Behr, LG Surfaces, Corona Tools USA, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Fiberon Decking, Hanwah Solar, ParexUSA, WindCrest, Lifetime Lumber, California Faucets, Read Products, Mikron, REC Solar, Chamberlain Group Inc., Basecamp Communications, Foundation Bank, Decker Consulting Engineers.
April 2009 - Present Washington, United States

Purdie Rogers

Senior Art Director

Senior Art Director
Design lead on successful new business pitches, creative development of corporate and brand identities, advertising, collateral, packaging and website design for a marketing agency specializing in the residential/ commercial building and luxury home products industries.

Clients: Sharp Solar, LG Surfaces, Corona Tools USA, Lasco Bathware, Johns Manville, Potlatch, Boise, Simpson Strong-Tie, Willamette/Weyerhaueser, Atrium Windows, Custom-Bilt Metals, WindCrest, iFloor, Marvel, Cedar Valley Shingles, LiteTouch, First Mutual Bank, Fran Nordstrom Guild.
February 2002 - April 2009 Washington, United States

Schulze Design

Freelance Graphic Designer/AD

Freelance Graphic Designer
Design and production work for clients and agencies in both Seattle and Atlanta. Projects included identity development, collateral design, tradeshow design, advertising and web design.

Clients: Purdie Rogers, FCB, DDB, Copacino, Willamette Industries, Meeker Cedar Shakes, Oasis, Harrison Hospital, Worldwide Wood Network, Zindaware, Optio Software, A Better Image, BKV Advertising.
October 1999 - February 2002 Washington, United States

Gordon Bailey & Associates

Production Artist / Junior Art Director / Art Director

Art Director
Creative support for Senior Art Director including concept development, photoshoot direction and focus-group observation. Designed new corporate and brand identities, continued supervision
and execution of all production activities for collateral design, packaging, p.o.p., naming,
product advertising, direct mail and web design.

Assistant Art Director/Production Assistant
Supported Senior Art Director in concept and design of a broad range of communications materials for foodservice team of a strategic marketing and communications firm. Managed, streamlined and executed error-free, time and cost saving production activities including quoting, estimating, traffic, scheduling, execution of mechanicals in addition to pre-press and printing coordination with vendors.

Clients: Tyson/McCarty Foods, Iceland Seafood Corporation, Flavorite Labs, Tenneco Packaging, UniPro Foodservice, Hoffman, Giles Enterprises/Chester Fried Chicken.
May 1995 - September 1999 Georgia, United States

DMP Advertising

Art Director & Designer

Art Director & Designer
Assisted Creative Director in concept, design and production of identities, print materials and advertisements.

Clients: All About Sleep, Chassie Post Gallery, Dogwood Brewing Co., Interweb, Gingiss Formalwear, Primrose Schools, Summit Bank.
July 1994 - May 1995 Georgia, United States

Education

University Of Georgia

BFA Cum Laude - Graphic Design

Athens, Georgia, United States

Skills

Art Direction, Brand Design, Brand Identity, Corporate Identity, Creative Direction, Graphic Design, Identity Design, Logos, Logotypes, Marketing Design, Photo Retouching, Print Design, Print Production, Web Design, Adobe Creative Suite, Branding & Corporate Identity, Custom Typography, Photo Shoot Direction, Print & Web Marketing, Print Advertising, Print Production Management,