About Misha Banner

Award-winning and nationally recognized creative director and visual designer with 14 years of experience. Specializes in leading creative teams in a transition from traditional to digital design. Ability to recognize the strongest skills in each team member and capitalize on those. Adopts easily to both the business and creative sides of an environment. Uses analytical thinking to develop a creative strategy that improves brand image and generates sales. Ability to clearly communicated abstract design concepts to a client.

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.) Used UX research and design skills to lead web application projects. Used market research and Adobe Creative cloud skills to develop branding packages, including logo, brand guide books, email templets and more. Used UX/UI and front end developing skills to create over 75 transactional and marketing emails. Used communication skills to deliver a creative vision to the leadership team and to provide a business vision to the creative team. Used mobile-first approach to increase digital revenue by 300% in 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 . 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. Used UX research and design skills to redesign marketing.chron.com website. Used CMS developing skills to build a HubSpot website and landing pages. Used UX/UI skills to lead mobile app design process. Used communication skills to deliver a creative vision to clients and to provide a client’s goals and feedback to the creative team.Used market research and Adobe Creative cloud skills to develop branding for several events. Used UX/UI and front end developing skills to create landing pages, transactional and marketing emails.

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

March 2015 – November 2015

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. Used WordPress developing skills to build several websites. Used leadership and mentoring skills to train design team. Used Adobe Creative cloud and animation skills to design digital advertising. Used communication skills to deliver a creative vision to clients and to provide a client’s goals and feedback to the creative team. Used Adobe After Effect and Adobe Prime Pro skills to perform video editing. Used UX/UI skills to lead mobile app design process.

MWH Public Relations – Senior graphic and web designer

August 2014 – February 2015

Used Adobe Creative Cloud skills to design print and digital advertising. Used WordPress developing skills to build several websites. Used UX/UI and front end developing skills to create landing pages, transactional and marketing emails.

Bella Terra Cosmetics Group – LLC graphic and web designer

September 2013 – July 2014

Used Adobe Creative Cloud skills to design print and digital advertising and packaging. Applied UX/UI and front end developing skills to create landing pages and marketing emails. Used digital photography and photo editing skills to perform product and model photography. Used print production knowledge to create ready to print files.

Dreyfus Printing Graphic – Designer/Production Assistant

May 2012 – August 2013

Used Adobe Creative Cloud skills to design print and digital advertising and packaging. Used digital photography and photo editing skills to perform product and model photography. Used print production knowledge to create ready to print files.

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

January 2007 – August 2011

Used Adobe Creative Cloud skills to design print and digital advertising and packaging. Applied UX/UI and front end developing skills to create landing pages and marketing emails. Used digital photography and photo editing skills to perform model photography. Used print production knowledge to create ready to print files.

Freelance Creative Director / UI and UX Designer

March 2005 – Present

Used UX research and design skills to lead web application projects. Used market research and Adobe Creative cloud skills to develop branding packages, including logo, brand guide books, email templets and more. Applied critical thinking and judgment skills to hire designers and developers. Developed and managed project budgets. Hired and managed outside vendors. Used Adobe Creative Cloud skills to design print and digital advertising and packaging. Used digital photography and photo editing skills to perform product and model photography. Used print production knowledge to create ready to print files.

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