Michael Stack

Freelance Graphic Designer & Animator

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Location:Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Phone: 302-479-0218
Website: http://web.me.com/stackfamily/M!_Portfolio/PORTFOLIO.html
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/michaelstack
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Kudos
4.5
2 Skills
$25
Rate/Hr
Michael R. Stack
Graphic Designer Seeking a Collaborative & Sustainable Work Environment?

Objective:

To deliver dynamic results in all forms of digital display and print media.

Education:

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Visual Communications - May 1972
The Art Institute European Studies Program - November 1972
Macintosh Training - August 1988

Related Experience:

Fine Times Magazine / Event Promotions?Co-create a monthly entertainment magazine based in Wilmington Delaware. We not only created the magazine, but because of the magazine’s huge popularity among “Boomers,” we birthed an entire nightlife community in a City that rolled up the sidewalks at 5 o’clock. The City of Wilmington used the vibrant entertainment mecca we’d created, as part of their pitch to entice corporations to re-incorporate in Delaware. We also created city-wide parties called “Loops,” connecting dozens of art and entertainment venues with ?a free “Magic Bus.” These movable endless parties became all the rage, and the most famous of them, the “Halloween Loop” and the “Art Loop,” survive to this day, as yearly events draw throngs of partiers from ?the tri-state area.

Melton Communications / Advertising Agency ?As the “Baby Boomers” aged and started to settle down and raise families, we did too. The publisher of Fine Times asked me to co-create a full service ad agency. Melton Communications was formed to take full advantage of the business and property development boom the city was experiencing.

Hired Gun “Have Mac — Will Travel” ?Over the years, my experiences have provided me with the ability to drop into any business environment, analyze the inner workings and market potential, tweak infrastructure, re-brand if necessary and roll-out a more competitive company or product. From start-up to Fortune 500, image is everything. I simply do what needs to be done.

Computer Skills:

I am familiar with all facets of print and pre-/post-production design, using whatever applications that are needed to achieve efficient project completion. Quark Xpress, InDesign, Illustrator, PhotoShop, Flash, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, MS Office, iWork , Cinema 4d, Final Cut Pro Suite and After Effects.

Employment:

2010–present SM3 • Wilmington, Delaware - Freelance Graphic Designer/Photographer/Illustrator/Animator ?Developing CD/DVD cover art and content, presentation images, motion graphics, brochures, and posters.

2001–2009 grafikpharm • Wilmington, Delaware - Senior Art Director/Photographer/Illustrator/Animator ?Developing display, print and web media for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, and chemical industries, ?we were charged with the task of protecting brand identity, while remaining compliant with cGMPs and all new FDA print and digital media content regulations.

1999–2001 Graphic Arts Services • Wilmington, Delaware - Designer/Photographer/Illustrator ?Responsibilities were mainly to develop more effective marketing/communication tools for a wide variety ?of clients. Rebranding “Graphic Arts Services” as “grafikpharm” in 2001 to better compete in the global arena, ?we were inundated with work, but we never said “no” to any challenge. From posters to trade show exhibits, ?and product roll-outs through “Brand Champion” informational support for Pharmaceutical reps in the field, because of our wide range of services we were always in high demand.

1998–1999 Aztec Copies, Inc. • Wilmington, Delaware - Creative Art Director/Systems Coordinator?Lead the start-up effort as Creative Art Director, building services infrastructure, and brand awareness in the tri-state marketing area. Offering street level walk-in professional graphic design services and production, Purchased, set-up and maintained a Mac based network in a print-on-demand environment. The job entailed meeting with clients to develop custom graphic design solutions, while directing and troubleshooting production issues.
1997–1998 i.design • Wilmington, Delaware - Freelance graphic consultant ?Creating a wide range of custom marketing tools and digital images for clients coast-to-coast.

1996–1997 Citation Graphics, Inc. • Moorestown, New Jersey and New Castle, Delaware - Art Director ?Developing marketing materials for Citation and its many clients including Holt, Rinehart & Winston in Austin, TX, Philadelphia Sports Teams, Comcast, and Donald Trump’s Casinos and events in Atlantic City.

1994–1996 Kodak Imaging Services, Inc. (KIS) • New Castle, DE - Art Director/Creative Services, Supervisor?KIS was a wholly owned subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company. Part of my job was to create marketing tools that targeted the core businesses of facilities management, and Print-On-Demand. The other parts of the job were to oversee an artist staff of 11, work closely with the other 100 or so employees at the eastern hub of the KIS network, field design requests from all the other 450 KIS facilities worldwide and create designs for all of Kodak’s strategic partners like Motorola, Linotype-Hell and HP. KIS was sold to Citation Graphics in 1996.

1991–1994 Push Button Studio/Push Button Graphics • Wilmington, Delaware - Art Director/Sales Rep ?This was my own three person graphic design studio, gaining insight and a healthy respect for the management side of the graphic design business. Clientele consisted of mostly land developers, marketing firms, and financial institutions. Word-of-mouth was our only marketing tool, and because of it, business ?was booming.

1990–1991 Exhibits East, Inc. • Wilmington, Delaware - Art Director/Graphic Designer?This was my first digital design job, producing computer generated graphics for trade shows, exhibits, and museum displays. Was honor to serve on the inaugural board of directors, as chair of marketing, for the Delaware Children’s Museum.

1989–1990 Reagan National Outdoor Advertising • Wilmington, Delaware - Art Director/Graphic Designer?The chance to go fast and go really big, successfully satisfying the demands of 8 sales representatives, by producing effective/attractive outdoor advertising, designed to communicate well at 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

1986–1989 Melton Communications • Wilmington, Delaware - Partner/Art Director/Graphic Designer?Co-created a brand new ad agency and successfully shifted the focus from entertainment, to development. ?Worked closely with the city of Wilmington, large-scale developers and builders to create effective marketing ?campaigns for multi-million dollar projects.

1980–1986 Fine Times Magazine • Wilmington, Delaware - Partner/Art Director/Graphic Designer?Part of the co-creative force behind this area’s first entertainment monthly, serving Delaware, South Jersey, and Southeastern Pennsylvania, creating special entertainment events, and media buzz. Because of Fine Times nightlife became a major cottage industry. Having a vibrant nightlife scene helped the city to convince corporations, the likes of Disney, General Electric and major credit card companies, to re-incorporate ?in Delaware.

References:

Bonnie Burkert • 302.540.4975
Jay Mahanna • 302.388.8303
Ed Dwornick • Aztec Copies • 302.545.1993
Stacey Pierson • Garden Media Group • 610.444.3040
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Animation