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Erika Givens | Elance
 
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Erika Givens

Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer
   United States
  |   San Diego, CA

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Overview

I've been working in illustration & graphic design (both corporate in-house and independently) for most of my career. My style incorporates a range of aesthetics, themes, and mediums, but an overall component in all the work is acute attention to detail. The magic is in the details! As a freelance/commissioned artist, my objective is to continue to push myself artistically while nurturing my love of image-making and illustration.

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Portfolio

Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (pen, pencil, watercolor,...
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book (pen, pencil, watercolor,...
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book about the seasons...
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book about the seasons...
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book about the seasons...
Lead Illustrator illustrations for children's concept book about the seasons...
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday gift calendar - each month-specific layout features...
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday gift calendar - each month-specific layout features...
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday gift calendar - each month-specific layout features...
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday gift calendar - each month-specific layout features...
Lead Illustrator character illustrations for children's book concept (illustrator,...
Lead Illustrator character illustrations for children's book concept (illustrator,...
Lead Illustrator character illustration (pen, colored pencil, oil pastel, fabric, felt,...
Lead Illustrator character illustration (pen, colored pencil, oil pastel, fabric, felt,...
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday card set (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Designer/Illustrator holiday card set (illustrator, photoshop)
Lead Illustrator personal stationery set (illustrator)
Lead Illustrator personal stationery set (illustrator)
Lead Illustrator personal stationery set (illustrator)
Lead Illustrator personal stationery set (illustrator)

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After graduating in 1999 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca., I began working as a Senior Designer at the Nokia Design Center, responsible for everything from branding, identity, exhibit, and package design, to category development, multimedia art direction, and technical team management. My work in production, art direction, and copywriting at Nokia Design won an award at the New York International Film Festival, and was recognized in I.D. Magazine and several publications around the world. I later moved to other creative pursuits, taking on a variety of challenging projects at Bluemint Associates, SMWM Inc., Smart Design LLC, and Phillipe Becker Design.

In 2004, I launched Gleaux (pronounced glow), a San Francisco-based graphic design studio. My work at Gleaux has been widely acknowledged in print, television and online media, such as the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Oakland Tribune, InStyle Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7 Magazine, and NBC's Today Show to name a few. After contributing design collections to online retailers such as Minted.com and TinyPrints/Shutterfly, Gleaux received 1st place in Minted's 2009 Holiday Card Design Challenge, as well as, two Editor's Choice Awards in the 2013 Minted/West Elm Art Challenge.

After relocating to San Diego...

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Employment

GLEAUX ART & DESIGN
Owner, Creative Director
2003 - Present
STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN, ILLUSTRATION, INVITATION DESIGN CLIENTS // INDIVIDUALS, BUSINESSES Principle designer for custom invitations collections with services ranging from...
PHILIPPE BECKER DESIGN INC.
Freelance Senior Designer
2004 - 2004
[ STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN STRATEGY, NAMING, PACKAGE DESIGN, BRAND IDENTITY ] CLIENT // T MOBILE Designer for the EasySpeak Pre-Paid package for the Nokia 3595
SMWM INC.
Senior Designer
2003 - 2003
STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN ARCHITECTURE, URBAN DESIGN, PLANNING CLIENT // THE GALLERIA DALLAS Lead designer for the identity redesign of the Galleria Dallas. Responsibilities included creating new...
SMART DESIGN, LLC.
Freelance Senior Designer
2003 - 2003
STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE, BRAND COMMUNICATION CLIENT // SMART DESIGN Lead designer for the Smart Design Smart Survey website
BLUEMINT ASSOCIATES
Freelance Senior Designer
2002 - 2003
STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN BRAND STRATEGY, DESIGN CONSULTANCY CLIENT // ALBERTSONS Art director, food stylist, and graphic designer for the Albertson's Frozen Foods Premium Packaging Line.
NOKIA DESIGN CENTER, NOKIA MOBILE PHONES, INC.
Designer, Senior Designer
1999 - 2002
STUDIO SPECIALIZING IN INDUSTRIAL, INTERACTIVE, GRAPHIC, COLOR AND MATERIAL DESIGN FOR MOBILE PHONES CLIENT // NOKIA, ASIA PACIFIC Lead researcher/designer of global internal marketing...

Education

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SANTA BARBARA
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies & Pol Sci
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ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design & Packaging
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ACADEMY OF ART COLLEGE
Postbaccalaureate Program, Graphic Design
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illustration
graphic design
photoshop
illustrator
children's books
invitation design
abstract art
maps
character illustrations
hand lettering
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