About

James Bates – Graphic and Web Designer

Over twenty years of design and layout experience in print, web and motion graphics. A very highly creative graphic designer with a passion for the printed page as well as the motion that goes beyond it. Efficient, goal-oriented team player as well as a self-starter with strong desire to contribute to client goals. Confident in client meetings, handling client files, overseeing staff and workflow management.

Skills: Logos, Brochures, Graphic Design, Direct Mail, Posters, Creative Strategy, Social Media Marketing, Motion Graphics, Typography, Packaging, Corporate Branding, Interactive Advertising, User Interface Design, User Experience, Email Marketing, Pre-press, Corporate Identity, Video Editing, Illustration, Concept Development, Business Cards

Tools & Technologies: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, HTML, WordPress


Work Experience

The Go Solution | Creative Services Manager
As the Creative Services Manager at The Go Solution, I am the lead designer on all projects and work closely with the marketing and sales to create website design, online ads, and print materials. I have also generated videos for websites and landing pages and company PowerPoints.

March 2014 - Present | Texas, United States
DMN3 | Designer/Developer
As Designer/Developer at DMN3, I have worked on many different projects and for a wide range of clients, collaborating with account executives and production mangers, to consistently produce award-winning pieces. Our clients include both business-to-consumer and business-to-business. Some of the industries that I have worked with are, oil and gas, real estate, financial services, residential energy, healthcare and retail. I have produced a variety of print and web projects including direct mail packages, postcards, self-mailers, logos, brochures, posters, email, rich media web banners, and landing pages. I have also generated videos for websites and landing pages.

January 2008 - March 2014 | Texas, United States
Natural Graphics, Inc. | Graphic Designer
One of five in house graphic designers, my responsibilities include designing signage, identity branding, brochures, letterheads, and stationary design for high end multifamily apartment homes. I enjoy working closely with production and printers to insure a quality product. Using such programs as Photoshop, QuarkXPress, InDesign, Illustrator, and Canvas.

January 2005 - January 2008 | Texas, United States
ADV Films | Graphic Designer/Project Coordinator
Responsibilities included DVD and VHS packaging designs, advertising and promotional pieces to accompany the packaging product, worked alongside Edit and Authoring Departments on DVD menus and motion graphics, coordinator for all marketing and European projects as well as created identities for new shows and other required properties, and created company promotional pieces. Utilized such programs as Photoshop, QuarkXPress, InDesign, After Effects, Flash, Illustrator, Premiere, Image Ready, and Bryce.

January 1999 - January 2005 | Texas, United States
Fogarty Klein Monroe | Intern
Assisted Art Directors with many advertising projects such as ads, promotional pieces, storyboards, and identities. Worked alongside the Art Director to learn effective ways to solve the problems of each project. Also mounted project and artwork for presentations, and produced comps to show to clients.

January 1998 - January 1999 | Texas, United States

Education

The Art Institute of Houston | Associate of Applied Science Degree, Graphic Design
January 1997 - January 1999 | Texas, United States
Lone Star College-North Harris | General Studies
January 1994 - January 1995 | Texas, United States