Thom Barbour

PRINCIPAL, BARBOUR CREATIVE, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Creative Director, graphic designer and photographer working remotely and primarily with non-profits, academic institutions, foundations, and arts organizations. In this capacity I work closely with development officers, marketing groups, and individuals to create effective marketing campaigns that mirror client needs.

I have worked on small projects that benefit young students all the way up to national policy makers and large-scale galas and events for our nation's veterans, arts institutions, and charities. As a solo creative director/designer or as one member of a larger creative network, I understand the structure of working within tight branding parameters and deadlines, pushing to expand those parameters when justified, and bringing fresh ideas to established events.

Work Experience

NGPA

Creative Director / Graphic Designer

Creative Director of print and electronic materials for the world's largest, professional association of LGBT pilots, aviation professionals, enthusiasts, and their allies.

Collateral includes: brand identity, producing a monthly e-publication (NavEgaytor), and quarterly print magazine (Contrails), media kit, two-sheets, advertisements, social media video, and PowerPoint presentation slides.

Preparing all aspects of a multi-page publication including: layout, original imagery, text editing, proofreading, advertising spec oversight, digital file preparation, and working with printer to appeal to expected audience and incorporate themes of the organization and its mission.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-publication process.
February 2016 - Present Minnesota, United States

Ourenergypolicy.org

Graphic Designer

Produce print and electronic media for this non-partisan organization that facilitates energy policy dialogue and provides outcomes as a resource to national policymakers, the media, and the American people.

Develop print and electronic collateral including: announcements for lecture series in NYC, one off events at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., two-pagers on specific talking points, image correction and digital manipulation of personalities as needed to fit branding.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process. Communicate with client and third party vendors regularly to ensure accuracy and make immediate changes under tight deadlines.
February 2015 - Present Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Community Food Connections

Graphic Designer

Create branded content for Arizona's "Best" (Phoenix New Times, Phoenix Magazine) and a Top 10-ranked national farmers market, located in downtown Phoenix.

Branding created to ignite interest in community revitalization, economic development and showcase local agriculture, artists, and small business in the heart of the city, including: flyers, on-site signage, digital billboard files, static ads and animated video for social media, banners, tote bags and other swag.
2015 - Present Arizona, United States

The Proper Beast Charcuterie

Creative Director / Marketing Director

Responding to a need for locally sourced meat and provisions, I co-created The Proper Beast Charcuterie. The business specializes in Arizona-raised, hormone-, antibiotic-, preservative- and filler-free meats without MSG or added nitrates.

Duties include creation of brand identity and guidelines, print and electronic collateral, social media ad campaigns, local outreach and press releases.

Create a presence at local markets that encourage interaction and information exchanges between The Proper Beast and its customers.
2014 - Present Arizona, United States

Porter Square Books

Graphic Designer

Brought in to assist with branding "renovations" and continued our partnership through additional logo work and branding for affiliate groups (poetry writers, book clubs, and the PSB Foundation) associated with the bookstore.

Collateral produced includes: logos, invitations, advertisements, step-and-repeat banners, file design for merchandise, etc.
2013 - Present Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

The Mission Continues

Graphic Designer

Art Director for the annual gala fundraiser to support veterans transitioning to civilian life after service.

Collateral includes: brand identity, one-sheets, two-sheets, sponsorship packets, electronic and print invitation suite, oversize banners and pop up stands, and 52 program booklet.

Generate original imagery to appeal to expected audience and incorporate themes of the organization, the event, and its mission. Imagery correction for supplemental, existing images provided by the client.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process.
2013 - Present St. Louis, Missouri, United States

City On A Hill Charter Public Schools

Creative Director / Graphic Designer

Design print collateral for the charter school’s Tutor Recruitment campaign and Annual Gala fundraiser including invitations, program booklets, logo/branding development and improvements.

Receive and assess provided imagery and text to coordinate an audience-appropriate design system to meet the organization’s goals and mission. Efforts have aided in the institution’s ability to exceed fundraising expectations each year since 2008.

Creative Director for a unified branding/identity system for the three collective school campuses in Massachusetts.
2008 - Present Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Citizen Schools Boston

Creative Director / Graphic Designer

Creative Director for the national headquarters’ gala fundraiser to support extended-day educational instruction for urban, underrepresented populations in Boston. In 2011, brought on board to produce the same for New York.

Collateral includes: brand identity, sponsorship packets, electronic and print Save the Date cards and Invitation suite, oversize banners, gobos, and 52-page program booklet.

Generate original imagery to appeal to expected audience and incorporate themes of the organization, the event, and its mission.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process.

Creative Director for the 2012 Expanding Opportunities publication.
2010 - 2016 Massachusetts, United States

Citizens Schools Texas

Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer for the fledgling satellite location fundraiser to support extended-day educational instruction for urban, underrepresented populations in and around Houston.

Generate original imagery to appeal to expected audience and incorporate themes of the organization, the event, and its mission.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process.
2014 - 2015 Houston, Texas, United States

Citizen Schools New York

Creative Director / Graphic Designer

Creative Director for the satellite location annual gala to support extended-day educational instruction for urban, underrepresented populations in New York.

Collateral includes: brand identity, sponsorship packets, electronic and print invitation suite, oversize banners, gobos, and 52-page program booklet.

Generate original imagery to appeal to expected audience and incorporate themes of the organization, the event, and its mission.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process.
2011 - 2015 New York, New York, United States

Massachusetts College Of Art And Design

Creative Director / Graphic Designer / Consultant

The MassArt Annual Fund. Re-branding of the annual fundraising event for the college including printed cards and electronic e-minders.

Creative Careers Conference (C3). Creative Director for brand identity and all print media during this annual 2-day conference to support alumni in finding unique ways to use their art degrees for unconventional success.

Annual Art Auction. Created the 80-page catalog for the annual event, the college’s main fundraiser.

Consultation and file creation for large-scale vinyl lettering for exhibition signage and graphics.

Create collateral for special events including programs, postcards and posters for the departments of Career Services, Exhibitions, Student Activities, and Admissions.

Consult on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the process.
2000 - 2014 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Company One

Graphic Designer

Work with the client to produce print collateral for various city-wide media outlets including newspapers, billboards and large-scale displays.

Utilize provided imagery and/or create new images collaboratively to produce a cohesive marketing strategy for various productions and events including classes, galas, and theatre productions.

Adhere to strict timelines and budgets as collateral went through necessary channels toward completion.
2004 - 2014 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Josh Beckett Foundation

Graphic Designer

Developed logo/identity and all print collateral for the annual Beckett Bowl event to raise funds for pediatric services at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Created a versatile design strategy that remained consistent for the client’s needs leading up to and during the event including: branding identity, logo development, half- and full-page magazine advertisements, site specific promotions, 31-page commemorative program, tickets, banners, auction signage, credentials, and projected presentations.

Consulted on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process. Communicated with client and third party vendors regularly to ensure accuracy and make immediate changes under tight deadlines.
2010 - 2012 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

The Mark Wahlburg Youth Foundation

Graphic Designer

Developed all print collateral for the 2011 fundraiser.

Collateral included: sponsorship packets, electronic and print invitation suites, oversize banners, signage, projected presentations, 36-page program booklet, and 12-page celebrity BioBook.

Consulted on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process. Communicated with client and third party vendors regularly to ensure accuracy and make immediate changes under tight deadlines.
2011 - 2011 Massachusetts, United States

Cristie Kerr Womens Health Center

Graphic Designer

Creative Director of all print collateral for the 2011 Liberty Cup, a 2-day golf event to raise funds for the Cristie Kerr (LPGA) Women’s Health Center and other Jersey City, NJ community organizations.

Collateral included: brand identity, sponsorship info packets, electronic and print invitation suites, oversize banners, projected presentations, 28-page program booklet, and 16-page celebrity Bio Book.

Consulted on timelines to organize and understand expectations of all parties in the pre-event process.
2011 - 2011 New Jersey, United States

AS220

Photography Instructor

Taught introductory, 4-week class on B&W film processing to adult students.

Prepared exercises/developed materials to help students understand photographic concepts and the development process.

Set-up the darkroom, followed OSHA guidelines for working with toxic materials, and monitored inventory.
2010 - 2011 Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Show Me Campaign

Graphic Designer

Designed 16-page booklet for Grammy®-winning musician John Legend’s foundation to support efforts to ensure that every American child can access quality education.

Organized provided images and text according to the client’s needs to meet print deadlines.
2010 - 2010 Massachusetts, United States

Education

Massachusetts College Of Art And Design (MassArt)

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Graduated with Departmental Honors, the highest honor the college confers upon its graduates.

Received the MassArt Foundation, Inc. Award of Excellence for strong conceptual project.
2006 Massachusetts, United States

Skills

Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Excel, Lightroom, MS Office , MS Office: Word, Powerpoint, Wacom Tablet,

PUBLICATIONS & PRESS

"Best new meat shops, seafood markets in Phoenix bring fresh take on tradition". Arizona Republic, April 2018
"Gilbert Farmers Market delivers with local food, stellar food trucks and family fun", Arizona Central, February 2018
"IPA Bratwurst", Phoenix Magazine, June 2017
"Things We Love", Geeks Who Eat (blog), April 2016
"Handcrafted Charcuterie", Eat Beat, Phoenix Magazine, February 2016
"Weekly 'Downtown Sundown' at Phoenix Public Market adds new flavors to city life", The State Press, November 18, 2015
"The Proper Beast Charcuterie on using Local Ingredients & Making Sausage", The New Times, July 21, 2015
"AZ365" photo series, The Arizona Republic, July 2015
Design Funny: A Graphic Designer's Guide to Humor (HOW Books, 2015)
Runner-up, Professional Photography, Creative Quarterly Issue #38, 2015
Runner Up, Professional Photography, Creative Quarterly Issue #35, 2014
"Add Some Flare to your Backyard Barbecue", Sonoran Living Live, Channel 3, Phoenix, 2014
First Place, Card Design (Humor), PsPrint, 2014
Second Place, Card Design (Humor), PsPrint 2013