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Darren Strecker
Darren Strecker
Reclusively Outgoing
Indianapolis, United States


Darren Strecker

Owner - Strecker Graphics - Design and Illustration Indianapolis, IN

Strecker Graphics Clients Include:
Creative Converting
Trends International
Prima Games
Indianapolis Motor Speedway/IndyCar
BIC Graphics
Johnson County Recycling District
ECO Parking Lights
ISEN Foundation
ClothesPin Films

Art Director - Creative Services Department
SGI LLC., Indianapolis, Indiana
• Developed the overall design direction for all internal and external company print communications
• Implemented procedures and processes for the flow of work though Creative Services
• Photographed product and assisted with image uploads for custom web portals
• Designed product packaging and die lines for pharmaceutical clients print projects
• Worked with vendors and production department to ensure smooth delivery of product
• Assisted sales and office managers with branded presentations for both internal and client facing use

Product Manager - Poster Division - Marketing Department
Trends International, LLC; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Managed the product line for a 1500-sku mass market focused poster division
• Created a yearly line plan to track the production of 30 posters per month
• Worked directly with national clients to secure product approval
• Provided direction to the art department in design and image selection
• Negotiated with printers, image providers, artists, and display manufactures
• Helped develop marketing procedures and processes internally
• Worked with retailers to create promotional displays for major movie releases
• Traveled nationally to represent the company at trade shows, conventions, and meetings

Senior Designer – Art Department
At-A-Glance/Mead & Trends International, Inc.; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Worked as a designer for all product lines before moving exclusively to posters
• Assisted the creative manager with schedule and delegation of design projects
• Promoted to senior designer for all product lines after 3 years
• Trained junior designers on product development and department procedures
• Organized and maintained server files, archiving and internal printing
• Worked with licensing and marketing departments to meet national deadlines
• Produced 150 sports, entertainment, and specialty posters annually
• Developed corporate logos, signs, trade show banners, catalogs, sales material, and product mock-ups

Designer/Illustrator – Creative Services Department
MacMillan Publishing/MacStaffing; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Designed national magazine advertisements, corporate sales material • Created clip art and character designs for corporate use
• Illustrated package cover for software CD
• Assisted designers with printing and mock-up creation

Art Director/Designer – Art Department
Promotional Marketing Group, Inc.; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Managed up to 3 designers and their workflow
• Arranged material and print buying
• Developed corporate identities for 3 separate companies
• Created and produced screen printed and embroidered product
• Worked with photographers and printers to produce catalogs for sales at a national level

Output Technician/Proofing Assistant
LaserSystems, Inc. – Film Output/Prepress; Beech Grove, Indiana • Ran second shift proofing department
• Produced matchprints for client approvals
• Assisted with file pre-flight, film processing and stripping

Artist/Production Assistant
The Barn Woodworks – Sign Design/Production; Fortville, Indiana
• Created sign designs and illustration for carvings
• Assisted with redwood and foam sign production
• Laid out patterns, cut frisket, sandblasted, primed and painted signs

Freelance Illustrator
Various Organizations and Companies; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Drew caricatures for Indianapolis Indians, 500 Motor Speedway, Kona Jacks
• Created show flyers for local bands and events
• Designed characters for various promotions
• Illustrated elements to aid in logo development
• Developed comic covers and panels for events
• Used 3D modeling software for technical drawings and product mock-ups
• Participated and volunteered in Primary Colors events: Toy Show (3 years) and Art Vs Art (5 Years)

Attended Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana Graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts
Minor in Journalism/Advertising
Educational Highlights:
Helpdesk Technician (2 years)
Freshman Orientation Coordinator (2 years)
Weekly Cartoon – Ball State Daily News
Deans List 1994


Art DirectionIllustration3D ModelingGraphic Designart

Software proficiency

DAZ Studio
DAZ Studio