Rob D'Amico

I'm

About

With a career spanning more than 30 years, Rob’s depth of experience allows him to apply a broad skill set toward a variety of digital projects. He’s well versed in print design, art production, web design and coding, video editing, animation and photography.

Rob D'Amico

I've had my fill of 2020. How about you?

“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” — Steve Jobs

2020 will go down in history as one of the most challenging years faced by businesses. For some businesses, the corona virus pandemic was like a death knell, for others it was transformative. Regardless of how your business was impacted, the pandemic forced many to think differently. Working virtually with technology for most of my career has put me in a position of being a catalyst for change. Creatively thinking different is what I do, and it's what I bring to the table for every project.

I provide services in the following areas:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design and Development
  • Photography
  • Animation
  • Logo Design
  • Publication Design
  • Video Acquisition and Editing
  • Freelance

Skills

One of the benefits of having a long career in the graphics arts industry is that many of the digital tools used, like the Adobe Creative Suite, are like second nature to me. In fact, I've been using some of them since they were beta software! I know you’re probably saying something like “geez, this guy must be old!” However, something Henry Ford said helped me to appreciate age is a frame of mind. He said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.” I'm inspired by Ford’s saying because it keeps me on a path of continuous learning and perfecting the tools of my trade.

Photoshop Version 1.0
Photoshop 90%
Illustrator 85%
InDesign/Quark Xpress 85%
Final Cut Pro (FCPX) 80%
HTML 80%
CSS 80%
JavaScript 65%
After Effects 75%

Resume

One of my college professors use to say, “Your resume should never be finished". That being said, here's the current state of my work-in-progress.

Summary

Rob D'Amico

Formally trained in Commercial Art, Design and Photography at Central Michigan University, Rob has been designing and developing a wide range of communication materials for more than 30 years. Rob's experience developing digital communications, UI/UX simulations, web applications and more have provided him many wonderful opportunities.

His work has received numerous local, national and international awards, including the inVision Award (NewMedia Magazine), the International Crystal Award of Excellence (The Communicator Awards), the Renaissance Award of Excellence (IABC - Detroit), and the Literacy Achievement Award (LITSTART, MLI).

Education

Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Major Concentrations:
Design, Commercial Art and Photography

Macomb Community College, Warren, MI

General Studies in University Prep  

  • Photo Editor of the college paper
  • Dean's List: 3.74 GPA

Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Supplemental Studies

  • Marker Rendering Techniques, Air Brush Illustration

Continuing Education

  • Data Tech Institute: Advance Troubleshooting for the Macintosh
  • Color Across America/Thomas Monroe, Inc.: Calibration, Trapping, Film Quality and Color Correction
  • MacroMedia, Inc. (ADOBE): Advanced UI Design, Interactive Media, Advanced Programming Techniques

Professional Experience

Multimedia & Graphic Designer

Freelance Multimedia Designer, Detroit, MI

  • Lead in the design, development, and implementation of digital and printed communication materials.
  • Provide counsel on all aspects of the project.
  • Assessment of all graphic materials to ensure quality and accuracy
  • Oversee production budgets ranging from $5,000 - $125,000

Graphic Department Supervisor, Creative Director

Carlson Marketing Company, Automotive Division, Troy, MI

  • Directed, managed and implemented digital migration of graphics department over 48-months
  • Created and implemented ongoing training program for art production and digital design staff
  • Delegated tasks to the 16 members of the design team and provided counsel on all aspects of the project.
  • Supervised the assessment of all graphic deliverables in order to ensure quality and accuracy of the design
  • Oversight of production budgets ranging from $25,000 - $500,000

Art Director, Pre-Press Production

Ameritech Publishing / Words & More, LTD.

  • Designed and produced 89 directory enhancement publications annually using digital and traditional art production workflows.
  • Supplied logo design, publication design, ad layouts, typography, illustration, photo retouching, sales and marketing communications, trade displays, color separation and print coordination for large commercial printer.
  • Oversight of production budgets ranging from $1,000 - $12,000

Portfolio

Here are just a few samples of projects I've completed recently. You can also take a look at a narrated version that I put together containing some additional samples.

  • All
  • Print
  • Web
  • Photo
  • App
Meditoons

Meditoons

Mobile App

ILoveOils

I Love Oils, Inc.

Web eCommerce

Birchtree Home Builders

Birchtree Home Builders

Print & Digital

Mini in Motion

Automotive

Photography

Logo Design

Logo Design

Print & Digital

Playing Field

Playing Field, Inc.

Identity Package

Ally Financial

Ally Financial

Print & Digital

JCI Studio Zero

JCI Studio Zero

UI/UX Simulation

GMUR&R

GMUR&R

Print

CreatiVE Services

I've been providing design, web and photo services for more than 30-years. I can plug into your existing team as freelance to provide a very selective skill-set or as a creative partner managing every aspect of your communication project.

Publication Design & Production

Business Cards, Brochures, Manuals, Catalogs, Books, PDF, ePub, Printed & Digital

Website Design & Development

Single & Multi Page, Social Media, Search Optimization, AdWords, B2B, B2C, eCommerce

Photography & Video Production Services

Portrait, Product, Social, YouTube, Capture, Edit, Retouch, Compress & Post

Testimonials

Jody Sherwin

Jody Sherwin

Owner, CAP/DIGI

I have worked with Rob in a professional capacity for over 20 years. He consistently delivers exceptional creativity and superior design to every project. What I enjoy and appreciate most about working with him is his adaptability. He takes input and feedback on initial design work very well, and then consistently over-delivers on projects. It's a bonus that he does this all with a very pleasant, collaborative, and supportive demeanor. I am always looking forward to the next opportunity to get Rob involved on my projects.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Senior Vice President - Business Development, Quorum Information Technologies

I've engaged Rob's services numerous times over the years - mostly in the area of creative design work. He has an outstanding ability to truly understand the business goals and messages you are trying to convey and create a "look" and "theme" that delivers them. Rob comes up with very creative and visually appealing concepts, and works well with you in the "back-and-forth" process to get to the final result. I highly recommend Rob's talents!

Peter Bagwell

Peter Bagwell

Owner, ILoveOils.com

Rob always comes through for us in crunch time situations and continues to impress us with up-to-date knowledge of internet technology and most importantly: creative marketing solutions.

Contact

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