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BRIAN ELLIS MARTIN

Resumé, professional cv, career highlights, where i've been

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Resumé, professional CV, career highlights

MSNBC (Comcast/NBC Universal)
Head of Product

New York City, June 2014–August 2015

Cultivate, ideate, design and build original, engaging cross-platform digital products and experiences while guiding the UX, design and development teams through delivery. Working closely with C-suite and T-suite executives and a wide range of editorial, video, design, collaborative teams, launched a new video viewing experience blending live linear TV streams, video on demand and interactive social community. Brand strategy and design of an original content channel and 16 new shows: shift by msnbc. Led collaboration to envision suite of native apps incorporating social newsfeed and "TV everywhere" video viewing, personalized and synchronized with the core site experience, msnbc.com (product suite launches Q1 2016).

Brand Bravery, Inc.
Principal, Executive Creative Director

New York City, 2005–2008, 2010–present

Brand Bravery is an independent consulting firm founded to take on short and long-term contract positions, providing creative strategy leadership and hands on creative/ UX /design. Clients include: American Greetings, McKinsey, Cardstore, PCA Skin, Ancestry, Generations Network, happygreenbee, Fast Search, Bodum, Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper, Custom Solutions, Corporate Executive Board and Hello Housing. Most of these assignments have involved significant onsite management and team building and presence.

CNN
VP, Executive Creative Director

Atlanta, New York City, 2008–2010

Creative and User Experience vision holder for all CNN-related digital products including CNN.com, iReport.com, mobile, apps, international, live video, multimedia interactives and video on demand. Presided over the multiple award-winning re-design of CNN.com and the CNN iPhone app launch, among many other projects. Managed the Design and User Experience 25+ member internal teams and multiple external agency relationships. Recipient of multiple major awards, including the Peabody, the Edward R. Murrow, and Gold Award from Society of Publication Designers.

the4 [creative network]
Principal, Executive Creative Director

New York City, 1999-2008

A visual communications
design studio collective focusing on brand development, digital user experiences and print for clients including: Spiegel, AOL, Nike, The New York Times, The Shooting Gallery, Bloomingdale’s, Mervyn’s, Maybelline, AGA Marketing, NPR, DoubleAgent, Worknowledge, Beautility, Twig New York and Gilman Architects, Also worked an 8-month on-site contract with Sapient in San Francisco, as creative director for the Nordstrom and Hallmark clients.

THINK New Ideas (An Omnicom Agency)
Vice President, Executive Creative Director

New York City, 1997-1999

One of the original digital agencies in the country and ranked top ten by Adweek the years I was there, THINK was an integrated strategic marketing and technology solutions provider. I was creative vision holder for the core digital capabilities for the company, managing a staff consisting of 25+ full-time (and external teams of up to 25) art directors, designers, site builders and copywriters. Clients we won and maintained Agency of Record relationships included: Time Inc., IBM, Gillette, Proctor & Gamble, Oracle, Silicon Graphics, Rockport, Avon, NFL Players Inc., Chase, Millstone Coffee and Heinz.

Microsoft
Art Director, Senior Designer

Redmond, Washington, 1996-1997

Creative vision holder for Rifff, one of the MSN ‘shows’ (subscriber-only content sites). Focused on interactive music and set within the concept of a virtual recording studio, collaborated with a celebrity musical artist (including Philip Glass, Herbie Hancock, B.B. King, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper and Graham Nash). Responsible for the overall creative and brand direction of the project and its image, developing the user experience and UI, hiring and managing design and production teams, collaboration with producers, developers and musicians, and designing episodes.

Marquand Books
Senior Designer

Seattle, Washington, 1995

Marquand Books specializes in the design and production of fine art books, museum catalogs and gift publications, for clients such as The Art Institute of Chicago, Hyperion and Rizzoli Books. My job involved the art direction, design and project supervision on a number of large simultaneously produced books. Works produced include: Fabergé in America, William Morris: artifacts/glass, Louise Bourgeois: drawings and observations, Picturing the south, and Shall we dance?

The News Tribune
Features Designer, Illustrator

Tacoma, Washington, 1994-1995

Responsible for art direction, design, photo editing and illustration for the cover of SoundLife, which is the daily news features (arts, entertainment and lifestyle) tabloid-sized magazine in The News Tribune (a 130,000+ circulation daily newspaper). I also provided page designs and illustrations for other features sections on a variety of subjects. Worked entirely on a sophisticated state-of-the-art Mac publishing network, with extensive daily use of Quark Xpress, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Cornish College of the Arts
Art Instructor

Seattle, Washington, 1991-1996

Instructor of illustration and drawing to design students in a four-year BFA program. Also served as faculty advisor/ design department coordinator for the 1991-1992 school year, where I was responsible for advising the entire graphic design and illustration student body, coordinating and maintaining individual curriculums and class schedules.



The Bon Marché (Now Macy's)
Art Director / Designer

Seattle, Washington, two years

Freelance Graphic Artist / Illustrator

Seattle, Washington, 5 years; Chicago Illinois, 3 years

Publications International, Ltd.
Art Director / Designer

Lincolnwood, Illinois, one year

BEC Advertising
Art Director

Chicago, Illinois, one year

American Passage Media Corp./Seattle FilmWorks
Art Director/ Graphic Artist

Seattle, Washington, five years

awards + recognitions

  • American Advertising Federation (AAF), 2012, Featured speaker: "Brand Bravery in the Digital Age," Cleveland, OH
  • Society of Publication Designers, 2010, Gold Award, Website of the Year (digital only), CNN.com
  • Peabody Award, for Excellence in Journalism, CNN, 2008 Elections
  • Edward R. Murrow Award, 2010, 2009, Best Website, CNN.com
  • Webby Awards, 2011, Best Online Film & video mashup; Official Honoree in categories: News/Handheld devices, Best Visual Design & Function, Best Navigation/Structure
  • .Net Magazine, One-on-one interview, How we built CNN.com, 2010
  • Webby Awards, 2010, Official Honoree, News, Best Practices and Best Political Site categories, CNN.com
  • Webby Awards, 2009, People’s Voice Award, CNN.com, Official Honoree, Live Video & Broadcast
  • EPpy Awards, 2010, Best Network TV-Affiliated Site, CNN.com, Best Community Service Application, iReport.com/Haiti
  • Institute of Design at Stanford ("the D school"), 2010, Featured panelist Redesiging Journalism.
  • Online News Association, 2010, Winner, Breaking News, large site; 2008 Winner, General Excellence award, Finalist, Multimedia Feature
  • American Business Awards, Stevie Awards for Best Home Page, Best Video Site; Finalist for Best Interface Design, Best Overall Web Design (CNN.com)
  • MacWorld App Gems Award, 2009, Best News App, CNN iphone app
  • Society of Publication Designers, selected juror
  • CableFAX Best of the Web Awards, 2009, two awards, one honorable mention
  • Effie Awards, 2010, Gold Award, CNN.com/Facebook Inauguration collaboration
  • EPpy Awards, 2009, Best News Web Site, CNN.com; Best Politics Blog,The CNN Political Ticker, CNN.com
  • Webby Awards, 2008, Honorable Mention, CNN.com
  • Davey Award, Silver, corporate website, fastsearch.com
  • CASIE Award, Best Packaged Goods Web site, Avon.com
  • Top Ten Interactive Agencies, THINK New Ideas, AdWeek, two consecutive years
  • The One Show, Selected juror
  • Web Marketing Association Awards, 4 awards, including Best Consumer Goods Site
  • New Media Invision Awards, Silver Medal, creative direction, online corporate identity, Gillette.com
  • The One Show 1997, 2 awards of excellence for interactive creative direction
  • MindOn! AIGA conference, Seattle Art Museum, featured speaker
  • AIGA Bookbuilders, gold award, Louise Bourgeois: drawings & observations; award of excellence, Fabergé in America
  • Print National Design Annual
  • Ford Foundation Scholarship for Fine Art, University of Washington
  • Society of Washington Artists Exhibition, Best of show award

education

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    University of Washington
    School of Art
    Five-year BFA
    Seattle Washington

clients

  • American Greetings, CNN, Nordstrom, MSNBC, The New York Times, McKinsey, Single Stop, Spiegel, Bloomindale's, Microsoft, AOL, Nike, Proctor & Gamble, Bloomingdales, Mervyn's, PCA SKIN, Ancestry, MyFamily.com, Federated Department Stores, AGA Catalog Marketing, The Seattle Times, Heinz, Rolls-Royce, IBM, Hallmark, Cardstore, Hello Housing, Oracle, Silicon Graphics, Avon, Rockport, Gillette, Twig New York, Gilman Architects, Worknowledge, The United Way, Seattle Repertory Theater, Hyperion Press, Corporate Executive Board, Chase, NFL Players Inc., France Telecom, Thames & Hudson Publishing, happygreenbee, Arteluna, Berkshire Natural Resources Council

digital / product

customer-centered UX & graphic design, project planning & leadership, breakthrough creative, strategy, agile process, responsive, mobile/responsive-led design thinking, Creative Cloud, analyitical problem solving

branding & identity

brand architecture, content strategy, voice development, positioning, personality, taglines, logo design, brand bibles, icons & logomarks

print & packaging

editorial, book design, brochures, collateral, packaging, advertising, point of sale, billboards, labels, posters, stationery, cards, concepts, prototypes

image making

photo art direction, photo shoot direction, style boards, renderings, high fidelity mockups, editorial illustration, photography, fine art, multimedia imagemaking, concept videos

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