J. Hilgers Design

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Creating stunning visuals and eye-catching designs has been a passion of mine for nearly a decade. Through traditional instruction, client experiences, and a self-driven learning style, I have worked to excel in a variety of design areas - everything from 3D modeling and product design to compositing and photography to illustration and layout.

My experiences in environments ranging from student-run design firms to independent contract work to an entertainment advertising agency have taught me to work with and adapt to different design processes and workflows to not only produce quality work, but to do so in a professional and timely manner. I take pride in going well beyond the minimum requirements of a project and delivering work that I'm excited about.
Bachelor of Arts, McPherson College
May, 2019
McPherson, KS
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Photography, and Studio Art
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion
GPA: 3.99/4.0
Art Director, The Refinery
July, 2019 - Present
Sherman Oaks, CA
Junior Designer July 2019 - December 2019, Junior Art Director January 2020 - December 2021
Create key art for theatrical and TV/streaming
Create original concepts and execute print campaigns
Create social and out-of-home breakouts of key art
Design original title treatments and logos for branding and poster projects
Independent Contract Artist, Squadron Posters
June, 2015 - Present
Troutdale, OR
Create vector artwork based on the specifications and feedback of clients
Adapt designs into multiple sizes and formats suitable for print and web
Work via a Project Manager
Self-manage long-term projects
Operations Director, Etch Marketing & Design
January, 2016 - May 2018
McPherson, KS
Create and refine processes and timelines for branding and print projects
Format and consolidate briefs, contracts, and invoices
Act as an Account Manager on client projects
Set long-term goals and objectives as part of a strategic plan for the firm
Manage current employees and hire new employees
Served as Graphic Designer from 07/15-12/15
Sales Representative, Vector Marketing
July, 2015 - January 2016
Wichita, KS
Acquire and communicate with customer prospects
Worked with customers to answer questions
Demonstrate products
Write and submit orders
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Premier Pro
Adobe After Effects basics
Autodesk Inventor
Web Analytics & SEO Tools
Cinema 4D basics
InDesign Certified Associate
"Frame Work" Exhibition, Gallery XII
“Beauty in Decay” Photography, Ceramics, & Design Gallery Exhibition
5-State Photography Competition of Hays Art Council
Friendship Hall Art Exhibition
Best in Show: Graphic Design, 2018
McPherson College Visual Arts Student of the Year
Winner, 2018
Refinery Creative Film Advertising National Internship Contest
1st Place Winner, 2017
Photographer’s Forum National Best of College Photography Competition
Finalist, 2017
Wichita Professional Association for Design Competition
Best Photography, 2017
Global Enterprise Challenge
Proposal Winner, 2017
Great Plains Photographers Photo Competition
1st Place Farm and Ranch Life, 2017
Friendship Hall Art Exhibition
Best in Show: Graphic Design, 2017
Prairie Arts Exhibition
Merit Award, 2017
Photography II Juried Competition
1st Place Product, 3rd Place Nature, 2017
Friendship Hall Art Exhibition
Merit Award, 2016
Wichita Center for the Arts and Arts Council
Arts Council Award, 2015
Additional clients not necessarily included in my portfolio:
Kansas Academy of Sciences
Central Kansas Conservancy
Men in Harmony Barbershop Quartet
Eagle’s Nest
United Methodist Church @ the Well
Global Women’s Project
Kansas Entomological Society
McPherson College Athletics
Maize South High School

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