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Christopher Olimpo

Freelance Art Director

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
514.812.5215
I'm a Freelance Art Director and Entrepreneur based in Montreal.
My work (and passion) lives at the intersection of creativity, technology & business.
Experience
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Jun 2014Present
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.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2007Present
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
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
May 2013Jan 2014
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.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Jul 2013Dec 2013
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.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aug 2010Sep 2013
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
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aug 2008May 2010
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.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20052010
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
Canada
Jul 2008Aug 2008
Dreamsgate Pictures
Concept Artist
//Focused on character design for the film: The Other Side / De L'autre Coté
Education
Canada
Sep 2006May 2010
DEC Illustration & Design
Canada
Sep 2001Jun 2006
Georges-Vanier
DES+ Musical Comedy Concentration
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