Kristian Cole Wheelwright “K.C.”
Graphic, Web, Print, Interactive, Motion, and Experience Designer.
Areas of Experience:
<CORE> 20 years creating compelling static and interactive advertising, architecting ingenious customer experiences, inventing new ways to catch your eye(s), building brands, and making an impression…
<SKILLS> Art Direction, Interactive Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Motion Design, Photography, Illustration, Animation, UI, User Interface Design, UX, User Experience Design, Branding, Web Development, Video Production, Story Telling, Story Boarding, Email Marketing, Interaction Design, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, Advertising, Integrated Campaigns, Logo Design, Color Correction, Color Calibration, Color Management, Prepress, Printing (Digital & Offset), Audio Engineering, 3D, Content Management Systems, Red Lines, Accessibility, Putting Stars in a Box, Teamwork…
<APPS> Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash Professional, InDesign, Acrobat, Lightroom, Audition, Fireworks, Media Encoder, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Cubase, Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, 3DsMax, Maya, Online Commerce/CRM/ERP systems, MySQL, Amazon Services, NetSuite, CMS systems, WordPress, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Google Ad words, Google Analytics, Yelp…
(1996 – Now) Integrated Designer / Developer @ Ethium, Seattle WA
Developing brands with production of compelling integrated advertising, corporate collateral, social content, and strategic marketing solutions for clients such as University of Phoenix, Living Social, Nascar, Hewlett Packard, Phillips, Darigold, Microsoft and many others.
(2011 – 2015) Experience Designer @ Plump, Seattle WA
Creation and operation of a local sustainable urban brand. Main duties included; Design and maintenance of 11 social media websites, driving sales and getting real-time consumer feedback and metrics. Other duties included; Product design, packaging design. Ad design, budget and schedule print ads and AdWords strategies, network promotional events, gorilla marketing, retail sales, customer service relations management, online review moderation, managing and scheduling employees, creating and submitting architectural drawings and plans to the Department of Planning and Development for permitting on signage and construction of a retail store, and providing a premier consumer and customer service experience.
(2011) Rich Media Designer @ Amazon.com, Seattle WA
Designed and developed interactive ads, animated banners and landing pages for clients such as, Visa, Gear of War, Philips Norelco and TomTom.
(2009 – 2011) Integrated Designer @ Publicis in the West, Seattle WA
Designed and developed branded rich media advertising, integrated campaigns, interactive ads, and social media websites for clients such as Chevy, T-Mobile, HomeAway and Hewlett Packard.
(2006 – 2009) Lead Multimedia Designer @ Brooks Sports, Inc., Bothell WA
Lead the redesign of the Brooksrunning.com ecommerce website. Designed and developed the monthly homepage refresh. Design and develop interactive solutions like the famous Shoe Advisor and the Lab Rat Application. Other duties included video production, lifestyle and product photography, print ads, live model and multimedia presentations.
(2006) Multimedia Designer / Consultant @ Explore Consulting, Bellevue WA
(2005 – 2006) User Experience Designer @ Microsoft, Redmond WA
Establishing the art direction, developing the functional specifications and interface design of the “M3” (My Mobile Media) application for managing personal media across desktop and mobile platforms.
(2004 – 2005) Designer / Consultant @ Axis Creative, Seattle WA
Working directly with business owners and project managers to provide focused media solutions. Other duties included managing prepress production for Vanguard Press a full service printing company.
(2001 – 2004) Interactive Art Director @ Visual Graphics Inc., Mukilteo WA
Designed and produced web sites, multimedia presentations, animated interfaces, motion graphics, illustrations, trade show displays, magazine ads, catalog covers, brochures, folders and various other printed and digital media. Primary responsibility included defining the project scope, budget, and timeline for all multimedia and web jobs. Other duties included but not limited to; network administration, color calibration, running image setter, rip, backup/disaster recovery, and photography.
(2000 – 2001) Interface Designer @ Mackie Designs Inc., Woodinville WA
Worked directly with engineers, producers and Greg Mackie to design the flagship interface, graphics, control surfaces, interface components, and simulated visual renderings of an advanced 256 channel digital professional audio workstation.
(1999 – 2000) Rich Media Designer @ Nordstrom.com, Seattle WA
Established design direction and production of all animated web banners and rich media advertising. Devised and implemented an efficient real time review process increasing the overall productivity of the web advertising team.
(1998 – 1999) Interactive Designer / Illustrator @ Sierra Media Inc., Everett WA
Designed and illustrated digital and printed marketing and promotional materials for various clients such as Nike and Espresso Connection.
(1995 – 1998) Graphic Designer / Key Operator @ Kinko’s Inc., Woodinville WA
Designed marketing pieces and business stationary, managed digital printing, ran copiers, finishing, and bindery equipment, placed and completed customer orders, ran the rip and register (pos), and managed computer services.
Education & Training
(2008 – Current) Environmental Resource Engineering @ University of Washington / Cascadia Community College / North Seattle Community College. Focus on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
(1997 – 1998) Multimedia Associate in Applied Arts & Sciences @ Shoreline Community College. Digital Video Production, Digital Audio Production, HTML and Java Scripting, Design.
(1996 – 1997) Certificate of Computer Graphic Design Proficiency @ Everett Community College. Graphic and web design, Publishing, English.
(2008) Action Script programming for Flash @ School of Visual Concepts, Seattle WA
(2007) Advanced Adobe Illustrator training @ Lake Washington Technical College, Kirkland WA
(2004) Maya 3D @ Henry Cogswell College, Everett WA
(2003) Microsoft Office Business Solution Seminar
(2003) Microsoft Customer Relations Management (CRM) Seminar
(2002) Adobe InDesign: Adobe InDesign Software its workflow and integration
(1997 – 1998) Kinko’s Training Center: Digital Printing, 110% Customer Satisfaction, Copyright protocol
Live music, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, architecture, gardens, light, gravity, exploring forgotten places, and inventing new ways to utilize wind, hydro, solar power and other renewable energy resources.