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Christopher Olimpo

Freelance Art Director

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
I'm a Freelance Art Director and Entrepreneur based in Montreal.
My work (and passion) lives at the intersection of creativity, technology & business.

Work Experience

Critical Hit - Concordia University

Expert Mentor in Art Direction & UX/UI design

Critical Hit is an incubator that hatches experimental, avant-garde, unique, and otherwise innovative games. It is a partner to Concordia University's Hexagram Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Bringing together artists/researchers of Fine Arts, Arts and Science, Engineering and Computer Science within an environment fostering leading edge work in a broad range of interdisciplinary domains relating to new media art, design and technology.
June 2014 - Present Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Olimpo

Freelance Art Director

This is my Montreal-based design studio where I currently help startups and companies execute strong ideas. When a client approaches me with a project, I create & lead teams of talented indie professionals tailored to their needs. Together we create marketing campaigns (web + social media), websites, indie games, concept art, illustrations, branding, photography and corporate videos.

• Ensure client needs are translated into detailed briefs and product specifications
• Partner with multifaceted freelancers to oversee the creation of varied creative projects
• Develop unique concepts that can be clearly communicated to clients, team and end users
• Anticipate and design for user needs by incorporating research, strategy and analytics
• Encourage a collaborative culture within new and dynamic teams
• Accomplish beautiful final works that can be felt and understood

Notable clients include: Saputo, Ask Men, Concordia University, reelyActive (Internet of Things Startup) and Labatt Breweries
2007 - Present Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lazy Nuke

Art Director, Concept Artist & Game Designer

In my role as Art Director for Lazy Nuke, I collaborated with Co-Founders in the areas of Game Design and Lead a team of 3D artists and animators during the production of a video game title for Mobile and Nintendo platforms.

• Conceptualized new game mechanics
• Assisted in writing a detailed Game Development Document
• Created concept art for characters, weapons and environments
• Introduced project management software to maintain clear communication, delegate tasks as a group and ensure milestones were met.
May 2013 - January 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

GoAirly

Creative Director

During my time as Creative Director at GoAirly, an innovative travel booking startup part of the D3 Incubator. I collaborated with the founders and team of developers to take the product from ideation to delivering a groundbreaking user interface.

• Developed the GoAirly brand.
• Developed multiple user interface mock-ups and prototypes.
• Lead the creative portion of a focus group presentation of the GoAirly product.
• Provided marketing insight with founders and marketing student volunteers.
• Introduced new project management software and techniques to enhance team productivity.
July 2013 - December 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Lockheed Martin

Technical Illustrator

I joined Lockheed Martin as a technical illustrator, an entry level creative position which required me to create 2D graphics for military simulations. During my 3 years of employment there I have had the opportunity to grow and work on incredible projects, from developing sophisticated 3D models of complex naval equipment, to training staff on design fundamentals & software and eventually completely re-branding Lockheed's product VISTA simulations. All of which was only possible through the development of strong relationships built between the creative and software development team.

• Successfully completed +1000h 3D projects of complex military equipment.
• Successfully Trained Staff in 3DS Max and Photoshop.
• Was asked by team to Implemented Process improvements, by creating a written guideline to my techniques and workflow.
• Successfully created marketing material for international trade shows., i.e., video demo reel, print media, web advertising.
• Re-designed the UX & UI of our main software.
• Re-Innovated the brand of our VISTA simulations products (still in production today).

Security Clearance: Level ll Secret - ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations
August 2010 - September 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Plant

Comics Editor

Re-vitalized a dying Comics section by:

• Re-designing the sections brand.
• Writing & illustrating comics of my own.
• Advertising & networking to increase awareness, readership and submissions.
• Editing & filtering submissions to ensure topics covered were in line with current trends.
• Ensuring that pages were designed and ready for press on a weekly basis.
• Designing for the future and allowing future editors to redefine the sections look while maintaining the formats advantages.
August 2008 - May 2010 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

BBW International Inc.

Team Leader 'On Call'

• Supervised Staff of 20+ at Special events with hundreds of attendees.
• Ensured proper product promotion.
• Delegated tasks and assigned roles

Events, e.g., Bell Shareholders Event, Microsoft Trade Show, Mitsubishi City Chase, The Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreal Auto Show
2005 - 2010 Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Dreamsgate Pictures

Concept Artist

//Focused on character design for the film: The Other Side / De L'autre Coté
July 2008 - August 2008 Montreal, Canada

Education

Dawson College

DEC Illustration & Design

September 2006 - May 2010 Montreal, Canada

Georges-Vanier

DES+ Musical Comedy Concentration

September 2001 - June 2006 Laval, Canada

Languages

English (Native),
French (Fluent),
Portuguese (Conversational),

Skills

Art Direction, Branding, Graphic Design, Illustration, Project Management, User Interface Design, Web Design,

Work Featured in

Abduzeedo // February 08, 2011

Interviewed by Fabio Sasso, Senior Graphic Designer at Google
- http://abduzeedo.com/beautiful-sketches-chris-olimpo

Publications

Working Title & Co. and Basheer Graphics Books // 2012

Featuring my Logo work — Book titled: Character x Branding

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The Plant // 2008

Strong Contributor — Writer for the News and Arts&Culture sections

Public Speaking

Illustration & Design Graduates - Dawson College // March 10, 2014
Workshop on a talk entitled "The modern creatives portfolio."

Journalism Graduates - Dawson College // May 04, 2012
Requested to present, inspire and give career/creative advice to students on Layout Design, Branding & Publications

Illustration & Design Graduates - Dawson College // May 27, 2012
Invited as an honorary alumni to give a speech to the graduating class of 2012