Nick Gamma  /  Design Director  /  203.615.2294  /  nick@nickgamma.com
Experience
Design Director  / Viacom Catalyst - Creative + Strategy  /  2005 - Present
Establish and drive brand awareness for our internal and external clients through brand development and promotional campaigns. Direct, execute, design and develop a high volume of award-winning creative including websites, mobile apps, digital ad campaigns, experiential marketing, 360 video, trade show booths, identity systems, annual reports, national trade ad and OOH campaigns, renewal campaigns, packaging and more. Work directly with our video and motion graphics team to produce promotional spots. Design and direct high profile projects for the CEO of Viacom. Pitch creative direction and rationale directly to clients. Management of budgets for individual projects, freelance designers, illustrators, and photographers. Hire, direct, manage, and develop a multi-disciplinary staff of up to five full-time art directors and designers, as well as freelancers and interns. Ensure and maintain an award-winning level of work among all designers. Serve as the in-house studio photographer. Work directly with the SVP of Catalyst and the VP of Design.

Creative Director - Owner  / Hops & Branding /  2014 - Present
Create meaningful craft beer brands that connect with consumers through design and branding the differentiate. Work directly with local breweries, craft beer festivals, craft beer bars and restaurants. Work with breweries to establish their identity and brand. Design of logos, bottle labels, can labels, merchandise, promotional materials and social media elements. Understanding of all print and production processes including direct to can and shrink wrap. Working knowledge of TTB and beer regulations. Featured on OhBeautifulBeer.com among some of the world’s finest beer packaging.

Senior Art Director  / Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp. /  1998 - 2005
Art direct and design CD packaging for recording artists of different genres, from concept to finished product. Art direct and produce over 40 photo shoots in various locations. In charge of producing entire photo shoots, hiring photographers, hair and makeup artists, clothing stylists, catering, booking travel and photo studios as well as negotiating all contracts. Work directly with high profile recording artists and management including, A Tribe Called Quest, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, BDP, KRS-ONE, Too $hort, Buddy Guy, Matthew Sweet, Weird Al Yankovic, 311, Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince and many others.

Art Director  / Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp. /  1995 - 1998
Art direct and design CD packaging for recording artists of different genres, from concept to finished product. Direct and produce photo shoots. 

Graphic Designer, Manager / Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp. /  1990 - 1995
Design and layout music packaging and prepare files for printing. Manage the art department, supplies and general needs. 

Skills
Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe LightRoom, Wordpress CMS, Limited Knowledge of HTML and CSS, Visual Design for Web & Mobile, Studio Photography, Workfront, Keynote, Powerpoint

Education
Fashion Institute of Technology, Associates Degree, Advertising Design 1984-1986
Fashion Institute of Technology, Upper Division, Advertising Design 1986-1988 
Instituto Europeo Di Design, Graphic Design, Milan Italy 1987-1988 
Noble Desktop, HTML & CSS 2014 
Noble Desktop, Certificate, Visual Design for Web & Mobile 2015

Recognition
Gold Award Packaging - Connecticut Art Directors Club Awards, Featured speaker - Art Directors Club Tulsa OK, Print Magazine Design Annual, Multiple Gold, Silver & Bronze CTAM Mark Awards, Multiple Creativity Awards, The Best CD Cover Book, Hatch Show Print Show Poster Book, EgoTrip Book of Rap Lists, The Book of Hip Hop Cover Art, Oh Beautiful Beer.com, CT Bites.com, Interviews in Egotripland, Uproxx and The 16oz Canvas - The Art of Craft Beer Podcast 

Other
Instructor - Advanced Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design/New School, Continuing Ed. Instructor - CD Package Design, Parsons School of Design/New School, Continuing Ed.
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