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Full name

Allison Choppick

Title

Graphic Designer

Location

Vancouver, BC

Blurb

GRAPHIC DESIGNER + ILLUSTRATOR + SNOWBOARDER + MOUNTAIN BIKER

Biography

I’m a full-time freelance graphic designer, illustrator and artist that likes to decorate T-shirts, snowboards, and posters with whatever crazy designs pop into my head. (But don’t let the bright colours fool you- I also do a lot of corporate work!)

I’m always taking on new projects, so if you have something coming up and think we’d work well together, shoot me an email: allison.choppick@gmail.com.

Clients

WHISTLER BREWING BOWEN ISLAND BREWING MONSOON VODKA HEY Y'ALL HARD ICED TEA ROCKIN RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL ILLUMINATION MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL GLOBAL MIND ELEVATION SNOWBOARDS GILSON SNOWBOARDS RATHER BE DOG WALKING BETTER PAINTING PHYLETIC LIFESTYLE CLOTHING LIFEMARK INVESTMENTS THE CREEKSIDE STRAYS DEREKMEETSWORLD.COM SHIMANO CAMPSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL BODY TEMPO FITNESS ONE LIFE APPAREL CHASINGPOW.COM ST. MARYS MEM. HOSPITAL FOUNDATION STRATFORD RIBFEST THE STREAMING NETWORK

Specialties

Illustration, Graphic Design, Art, Web Design, Responsive Design, Mobile Design, Apparel Design, Print, Branding, Corporate Design, Snowboard Design, Logos, Editorial

Experience

Graphic Designer (contract)

Whistler Brewing Co.

Vancouver, Canada · Jan 2015 – Mar 2015

I was hired on as the contract graphic designer, and was quickly immersed in creating internal sell sheets, promo material, posters, signage and social media graphics for all of the Whistler Brewing drinks. There were loose brand standards in place already, so it was my job to build on those and give the brand some punchy, eye catching new material that would appeal to the targeted demographic.

Graphic Designer (contract)

Bowen Island Brewing

Vancouver, Canada · Jan 2015 – Mar 2015

I was hired on at Bowen Island to work on the same elements as I was at Whistler- print collateral, in-store signage, and social media headers and posts. The brand had the elements in place already, but, like the Whistler brand, it needed an update. I worked with the existing elements to revamp the designs, using bolder styles and more relevant layouts.

Graphic Designer (contract)

Rockin' River Music Fest 2015

Mission, BC · Oct 2014 – Ongoing

I occasionally take on contract work from design firms that need an extra hand on a project; this was one of those. I was hired to take control of all design elements, which included posters, ads, highway road signs, illustration, character design, campsite badges, and t-shirts. There was no set look to the project, and I had complete creative control… so, being an illustrator, I decided to go in that direction. I decided on a cute, illustrative theme that would make the music festival easily identifiable, and that would look good across the board- on ads, merchandise, and decorative posters.

Artist (contract)

Gilson Snowboards

Pennsbury, PA · Oct 2014 – Dec 2014

The guys at Gilson Boards contacted me about putting some art on their snowboard decks- the owner is a bird lover, and my bird art sparked his interest. I was given the green light to design 3 different decks, with one being put into production for this past season and two held over until next winter.

Graphic Designer and Web Designer (contract)

Rather Be Dog Walking

Toronto, Canada · Mar 2014 – Jun 2014

I was hired alongside my fiancé (a web developer, and co-owner of our web business, www.twobudgies.com) to design and implement a new look for their website and logo, with the intent to bring it up to date in both image and usability.

Graphic Designer (contract)

Phyletic Lifestyle Clothing

Edmonton, Canada · Jan 2014 – March 2014

I worked with the guys at Phyletic Lifestyle Clothing for a few months, where I was in charge of branding the company (it was new at the time), and then creating art for their first line of active wear. I then went further, and developed the colour palette for their Summer 2014 line of t-shirts, both for men and women.

Graphic Designer and Concept Artist

Trench Marketing Projects Ltd.

Stratford, Canada · May 2012 – May 2013

One half of the company sells large inflatable advertising products and characters, and the other half specializes in small scale advertising and business-related signage/print. As the designer for both companies, I was responsible for small jobs like logos and branding on already-designed products and apparel, as well as the impressive 50' tall custom-designed inflatables, for which I was the concept artist and renderer.

Graphic Designer and Web Designer

Prevail Music

London, Canada · Apr 2011 – May 2012

I did all of the graphic and web design for the bands we signed, as well as for the company itself. When I was designing for artists, it was important to brand them so they’d appeal to their target audience. When I was doing design for the company, a more corporate, refined look was needed.

Digital Colourist (contract)

Conceptual Pathways

Stratford, Canada · Jan 2011 – April 2011

I was hired on contract by Conceptual Pathways as the colourist for a series of character illustrations for a piece of software called Powernoodle. There were approximately thirty historical characters in use for the game-themed online-meeting software, and I was to take the existing illustrations (which were no more than line art at the time) and add colour digitally. Using my Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet, I vectorized the pencil sketches, created the line art, and chose the colours for each one based on historical documents, the software’s existing colour schemes, and possible applications (and therefor possible contrasts), and then added base colours, highlights and shading.

Graphic Designer

Wilson Trophy

Mississauga, Canada · Feb 2010 – Oct 2010

Wilson Trophy was a national supplier of provincial/state-level sporting event trophies and awards. I initially came on to design type-focused plaques, but ended up rotated between design and production.

Junior Graphic Designer

Black Cat Advertising

Scarborough, ON · Jan 2007 – Oct 2008

I was one of many designers in this small advertising firm. My jobs usually entailed bits and pieces of bigger jobs, such as photo editing, layouts, type editing and copy writing, but very often I’d be pulled into a campaign, and would be assisting lead designers from start to finish.

Graphic Designer

Designs Beyond Words

Hamilton, Canada · March 2006 – Jan 2007

I was the in-house graphic designer at this two person sign shop, and spent my days working on business cards, flyers, signage, car decalling, and direct mail pieces. I was also somewhat of a secretary, as I was the first person clients dealt in the business.

Education

Graphic Design

Seneca @ York U

Toronto, Canada · 2002 – 2006

Skills

Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Print, Apparel Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Art, Character Design

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