Resume

ehaldi@gmail.com  | LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/erik-haldi/ Summary

An idea shaper, creative problem solver and vision keeper focused on delivering entertaining, innovative and best selling interactive experiences and merchandise. Designer, Artist and seasoned leader of creative teams. Trusted partner to internal staff, outsource groups and major brand licensees. Believer in the idea that you can have fun and still get things done.

Work History

China Manufacturing Direct | Mill Creek, WA | Creative Director Jan 2016 -Present

Design and Manufacturing Agency for entertainment industry and licensed collectibles

    • Design of collectible merchandise for purchase and gifts
    • Storytelling through conceptual product pitch
    • Manufacturing detailing and prototyping of merchandise and packaging
    • Asset creation and management

Dillon Works | Mukilteo, WA | Concept Designer Oct 2014 – Dec 2015

International interactive design, fabrication and installation shop that you gotta see to truly understand (Dillonworks.com)

    • Custom design of distinctive, client–based interactive installations
    • Storytelling through cohesive, engaging experiences
    • Graphic incorporation, creation and execution including layouts, illustrations, logos and renderings
    • Pitch creation, documentation and client management

Freelance | Mill Creek, WA | Game Designer / Artist / Illustrator / Entrepreneur Sept 2013 – Present

Contract work: Mobile Game Design, Art production

    • Creative business strategy and brand extension opportunist
    • Interactive game design and documentation
    • Logo design / Illustration
    • Pitch creation and presentation
    • User Interface wireframe design

Big Fish Games | Seattle, WA | Senior Producer / Designer May 2009 – Sept 2013

PC/Mac Download, Mobile: Fairway Solitaire, Hidden Expedition: Devil’s Triangle, Uncharted Islands and Smithsonian: Hope Diamond

    • Lead teams of 10-20 people
    • Game design and documentation
    • Prepare and give concept pitches
    • Writing – story, dialogue, in-game communication
    • Visual development and direction
    • Outsource negotiation, direction and administration
    • Relationship management with licensees (Smithsonian Institution, Harlequin)
    • Project Budgeting and scheduling
    • Career development and personnel management
    • Studio Leadership Committee

Humongous Inc. / Atari. Inc. | Bothell, WA | Creative Director April 2005 – Feb 2009

Console, Handheld, PC/Mac and Mobile: Backyard Sports, Character Catalogue

  • Determine franchise direction with Executive leaders
  • Manage insource and outsource development efforts
  • Collaborate on creative content in all facets of content and branding
  • Character Design and Style Guide
  • Present product vision to business partners, licensees, retail buyers, 1st party hardware, press, public trade shows
    • NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS
    • Target, Costco, Game Stop
    • Microsoft, Nintendo, Apple
    • Bloomberg News, SI Kids, Wall St. Journal, Mad Magazine
  • Mentor and train designers
  • Create and supervise promotional video shoots with professional athletes
  • Direct Backyard Sports children’s book series as licensee (5 volume)

Humongous Entertainment | Bothell, WA | All Around Team Player  April 1996 – April 2005

PC/Mac, Handheld: Backyard Sports, Humongous Adventures (Pajama Sam, Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Spy Fox, Big Thinkers)

    • Game designer
    • Art lead, Animator
    • UI design Lead
    • Production artist/animator

Colorés International | Redmond, WA | Graphic Designer / Production Artist April 1990 – 1993

Windsock manufacturer: Original designs, license and promotional

    • Specialty windsock design creation
    • Logo design
    • Photo shoots and Sell-sheet layout
    • Pattern creation
    • Artwork prep

Education Sept 1988 – Dec 1990

Art Institute of Seattle | Seattle, WA | Ambitious Student

Associates of Applied Arts: Visual Communications

Skills

    • Team leadership
    • Product and Packaging Design
    • Interactive design
    • Art / Audio / Design direction
    • Production Management
    • Targeted and timely feedback
    • Creative writing and documentation
    • Visual development
    • Illustration / Storyboarding
    • User Interface design
    • Logo design
    • Contract negotiation / Contractor management

 

3 comments

    • Hi Kindra,

      Thanks for emailing me, I am glad you like the Bruin Football Logo. I can probably help you with your football logo project. Can you give me a little more information about what you are looking for? What level of football is the team (kids, high school etc)? How is the logo going to be used (t-shirts, helmets, uniforms, printed materials etc). When do you need it? What is the mascot or theme you want to go with, I am assuming that something along the lines of the Bruin Logo, but any other information would be helpful. I am assuming that you have a budget for your project, but having some of this other information will help me understand the how to estimate a cost for you.

      Thanks again for reaching out, it’s fun when people respond to my artwork. It’s best to email me at ehaldi@gmail.com. I’ll be able to get back to you more quickly if you use that.

      Cheers
      Erik

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