About Misha Banner

I am a highly motivated, seasoned, analytical, senior, talented, award-winning creative director and designer with 14 years of experience. My design aesthetics are elegant and minimalistic, with bold, fun elements.
I obtain outstanding client and team communication skills. I take pride in my leadership and coaching skills.

  • Mobile first design strategy and vision: Strong understanding, that modern user is moving more toward fully mobile experience Creating fluid designs that look and work great on any screen possible
  • User first philosophy: Creating user interfaces that are easy to understand and navigate even for the least tech-savvy people
  • Working knowledge front end development: HTML, CCS, and JavaScript certified to understand coding limitations
  • Strong knowledge of print design: Experience in designing printed marketing materials and publications Ability to set up print-ready files
  • Photography and video editing skill: Experienced in portrait, event, and product digital photography, using a DSLR camera. Video editing in Adobe Prime Pro and Adobe After Effects
  • Digital animation: Skilled in Tumult Hype to create animated videos and web animation
  • Independent thinker with a teamwork set of mind: Great at taking initiative and working on the project from the start to the end Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skill

Experience:

Entrust Energy – Art/Creative Director (marketing)

December 2017 – Present

Responsible for transforming company’s vision from analog to digital. Developed and executed a creative strategy for three corporate brands. (Entrust Energy, Power of Texas and Enserve Inc.)

  • A lead role in user interface design for 2 mobile 1st websites
  • UX design of “My Account” portals for 2 brands. Responsible for strategy, concepting and wireframes development
  • Lead for all deliverables in the brands “My Account” UI design. Completed concept and execution in less than two months
  • Complete redesign and overhaul of brands transactional emails, promotional emails and print letters
  • Complete design to implementation of brands transactional emails for Power of Texas brand. Over 75 individual pieces to be completed in less than two months with testing and execution
  • HTML and CSS development of transactional emails and landing pages. Over 160 total pieces
  • Complete brand refresh of Entrust Energy, which included a redesign of all printed and digital elements
  • Developed complete creative vision for both brands
  • Developed several marketing videos from concept to inception for both brands
  • Won 2018 American Inhouse Design Award for Entrust Energy transactional email
  • Won 2018 American Graphic Design Award for Power of Texas digital moving guide
  • Mobile first design has helped lift growth initiatives to drive digital revenue by 300% in last 6 months

Houston Chronicle (Hearst) – Head of design (marketing)

November 2015 – December 2017

Responsible for B2C and B2B creative strategy of Houston Chronicle’s marketing team Worked a combination of internal and client creative work Lead to a team of 4 in-house and 2 of site designers through Houston Chronicle’s transformation from mainly print to digital

  • Performed UX analyst of existing chronmarketing.com website
  • Developed wireframed forchronmarketing.com based on UX analyst and research
  • Design chronmarketing.com UI and built prototypes
  • Developed chronmarketing.com portal using HubSpot CMS
  • Completely redesigned publication’s newsletter and transactional email
  • Designed animated web banners for external clients such as Papa John, Mattress 1 and dozens of other corporate clients
  • Lead UI design project for real-time a high school sports score app
  • Created promotional videos for Houston Chronicle’s marketing department
  • Complete rebrand of Culinary Stars Event, including logo, print, and digital ads and mobile first WordPress website
  • All campaigns are tied to digital revenue and monetized for ongoing growth

John Manlove Advertising – Digital team leader / Lead UX/UI designer

March 2015 – November 2015

  • Responsible for designing and developing WordPress websites, such as GalvestonIslandCoffee.com and Mcadermatology.com
  • Used my UI/UX skills to design and develop HTML landing pages and promotional emails for clients including The Woodlands, Woodson’s Reserve and others
  • Designed and developed animated web banners for the clients
  • Assisted with video editing using Adobe After Effects
  • Communicated directly with clients via phone or email
  • Delivered art direction to designers based on clients feedback
  • Trained designers on digital tools and techniques
  • Designed user interface for several iOS apps, such as My Classics app for buyers and sellers of classic cars

MWH Public Relations – Senior graphic and web designer

August 2014 – February 2015

  • Responsible for design for both printed and digital marketing materials for clients such as Ron Raynold, the state representative
  • Used my UI/UX to design and develop digital marketing element including WordPress websites and promotional emails to clients such a DMELECTRICALINC and Got Dirty Blinds

Bella Terra Cosmetics Group – LLC graphic and web designer

September 2013 – July 2014

  • Responsible for a wide variety of design projects including print and digital
  • Performed product photography and photo editing, directing model photo shoots
  • Desed product packaging and setting files up for printing
  • Used UI/UX skills to wireframe, design and develop digital promotional materials such as email

Dreyfus Printing Graphic – Designer/Production Assistant

May 2012 – August 2013

  • Responsible for print and digital projects
  • Set up files for printing
  • Run printing and binding machines
  • Design and developing of Dreyfusprinting.com

Anna Belaya’s Fashion Theatre – Art director / designer / photo editor

January 2007 – August 2011

  • Designed and developed promotional emails
  • Designed and prepared for printing marketing materials
  • Directed and performed model photography, photo editing
  • Provided art direction to a team of 5 designers

Freelance Creative Director / UI and UX Designer

March 2005 – Present

  • Responsible for all the communication with clients
  • Producing wireframes and design mock up based on client’s needs
  • Reviewing mock ups with the client and producing final work based on their feedback
  • Developing websites, such as Nationalglassproducts.com and Thefoodtrucklady.com in WordPress
  • Researching market and latest tools trends

Personal:

Passionate about fitness and healthy cooking – Chibi style painting – Instagram Influencer – iPhone Photography – Design for fun – Collector of crafted bar soap – Fashion enthusiast

Education:

  • BA / Graphic Design / Taganrog State Radio University
  • BS / Computer Software Engineering / Western Governors University

 

Certifications:

  • CIW Java Script Specialist (Prometric)
  • CIW Web Design Specialist (Prometric)
  • CIW Web Foundation Associate (Prometric)

  

Awards:

  • 2018 GDUSA American Graphic Design award
  • 2018 GDUSA American In-house Design Award