Daniel P. Johnson
I am an experienced, skilled, and dedicated Graphic Designer, with diverse experience in design, photography and the digital photo retouching field. I have a passion for understanding the needs of the client as demonstrated by my innovative graphic design and photography. I excel at creating impactful and meaningful photographic solutions to problems by working collaboratively with the production team to get just the right image, file type and settings for the final output in print, the web and on mobile. My goal is to create the appropriate mood and emotion on the part of the client that will lead to increased sales. I have achieved this many times by working closely with vendors and by saving Oleg Cassini Inc. money in the booking of lighting and photographers covering our twice a year bridal events.
SKILL SETS AND CORE COMPETENCIES:
● Art Direction ● Print Design ● Print & Web Image Preparation ●Book Layouts ●Image Retouching ●The Enhancing & Photo Compositing of images ●Photography Skills: ●Lifestyle Photography ● Studio Lighting ● Portrait & Product Photography ●Digital Photography, Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR), videography, Video editing, Motion Graphics. Branding ● Print & Digital Advertisements ● Press Kits ●Collaborative Client Relationships ●Strong communication skills Traditional Drawing & Painting ●sketching ●hand drawing ●rendering ●Adobe CS5 & CS6 Suite & Adobe CC (Including: ●Adobe Photoshop CC ●Adobe InDesign CC ●Adobe Illustrator CC ● Adobe Flash CC ●Dreamweaver CC ●Flash ●Acrobat CC ●Fireworks ●Motion Graphics ●Microsoft Office: Word and Power point, ●Communication skills ●Logo Design ●Visual Design ●Responsive Web Design ●Typography ●Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Creative Suite ●Print Design ●Adobe After Effects ●Capture One ●Quark Express ●Apple iPhoto ●iMovie ● Apple Final Cut Pro ●Affinity Photo ●Blender 3D ●iWork ●iDVD ●GarageBand ●Bryce 3D ●Type Styler ●Microsoft Office Suite ●Combustion ●Mac & PC Platforms ●Prepress ●Preparation for Final output ●Work collaboratively with clients to enhance the graphic design experience by suggesting work arounds, alternative file formats, and layout design variations ●Verbal Communication ●Problem Solving ●Creative Direction ●Scheduling
Semi-Retired but accepting Free-lance work. 2022
Unemployment / Pandemic assistance June 2020 - July 2021
UBER Technologies Driver: June 2019 - March 2020
I drove for Uber in the New York metropolitan areas.
OLEG CASSINI INC., New York, N.Y. Oct 2010 to June 2018
Art Director, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Digital Retoucher, Illustrator.
Successfully served as the company’s Graphic Designer and Photographer responsible for creating, artwork, retouching and enhancing a wide variety of studio, product, lifestyle, and model photography. Excels at photo compositing images into diverse backgrounds and settings.
Meticulously prepares images in a timely manner for both print, digital and mobile use.
Spearheads book design, production, and layout for Rizzoli books including:
“Oleg Cassini The Wedding Dress” (3 editions) and the newly revised: “A Thousand Days
of Magic, Dressing Jacqueline Kennedy for the White House” both by Oleg Cassini.
Photographed and create the layouts for Oleg Cassini’s fragrance advertisements, the website,
and Neiman-Marcus published scent strips appearing in many of their catalogues.
Designed advertisements for C Magazine, Boulevard Magazine Inside Weddings, Manhattan Bride,
Town & Country, Indulge Magazine and 25A Magazine of Long Island.
Conceptualized and created press kits featuring the Oleg Cassini suit collection as well as look
books for our Bridal gown collections appearing on the Internet on Brides.com, Bridesuk.com.
Photographed and the retouched images for The Oleg Cassini Crystal Collection viewable at the Bed Bath & Beyond and Dillard’s websites.
Prepared Oleg Cassini images for the web for use on the David’s Bridal website.
IMAGEMAN PHOTOGRAPHY, Weston, Connecticut Oct 2010 to June 2018
Freelance Photographer & Digital Retoucher
I have created diverse types of lifestyle photography with a focus on portrait, corporate, product, and wedding photography. I also collaborate with engaged couples to capture the perfect engagement photographs.
I focus on many diverse special occasions as the event photographer.
Contributes technical and creative expertise through photo restoration and photo compositing services, in addition to the retouching and restoration of old images.
GIBBS COLLEGE, Norwalk, Connecticut Sept 2003 to Jun. 2006
Graphic Design Instructor, combining Illustration, Photography & Retouching techniques.
Dedicated to developing curriculum focused on teaching students how to maximize the use of programs including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Focus on photographic enhancement techniques carried out in Adobe Photoshop and the basics of Adobe Illustrator. Simultaneously led courses in design, figure drawing, and object drawing classes utilizing live models.
SUNY PURCHASE COLLEGE, Purchase, NY Sept 1993 to Jun. 2003
Computer Graphics Instructor
Diligently led classes teaching basics to best practices in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Additionally led multiple Continuing Education Courses for adult students, which included the popular Introduction to the Internet course.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
May 1993: Masters in Fine Arts & Art Education, Queens College of the City of New York, N.Y.
May 1980: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration, Parsons School of Design, New York, City, N.Y.
2000’s: Flash & Action Script Coursework, School of Visual Arts, New York City, N.Y.
Ongoing Life Drawing & Painting Classes: Salamagundi Club NYC N.Y., Art Students League, NYC, N.Y.,
The Reilly League of Artists, White Plains, NY,
The School of Visual Arts, NYC, NY
●Graphic Artists Guild
● Portrait Photographers of America
● National Association of Photoshop Professionals (Kelby One)