Michael D. Grandison
Art Direction + Graphic Design
I’m a dedicated and accomplished Art Director + Graphic Designer with nearly twenty years of experience in advertising and graphics. Throughout my career I have earned the respect of both colleagues and clients by keeping an open mind, taking pride in my work and remembering to maintain a good sense of humor.
Highly skilled in Adobe Creative Suite (CS5) — Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat on Mac OS X.
Art Director + Designer
Michael Grandison Design, Foothill Ranch, California
October 2010 - Present
Clients include Kia Motors America, Honda Automotive, Mitsubishi Motors, L&M Marketing, 3 Wire Design,
Alcone Marketing Group, Studio Z Advertising & Design, G3 Creative
Design and art direct the layouts and final production of automotive collateral print projects. On site freelance design and production work on various projects (using Adobe CS5). Created photorealistic renderings of WWII and modern flight decks/bases for the display of scale model aircraft (using Photoshop).
Senior Art Director
Doner Advertising, Newport Beach, California
February 2000 - October 2010
Clients included Mazda North American Operations, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant, Del Taco
Helped to elevate the Mazda brand by producing high-end automotive product brochures, including concepting design solutions, art direction of photo shoots, retouching and press checks. Then translating the designs to showroom materials, direct mail, dealer ad planners and paint & fabric guides. Produced key frames and collateral for Del Taco. Collaborated in the overall redesign of Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurants ads, direct mail and collateral. Consistently received praise from clients for outstanding work.
Fahrenheit Advertising & Design, Huntington Beach, California
January 1998 - December 1999
Clients included Macerich Properties, NewMark Merril, Pacific Retail Trust, MGE UPS Systems, SDI Capital
Designed and produced retail advertising, print collateral, seasonal promotions, direct mail, special events, site maps, newsletters and sales materials for retail shopping centers and developers. Worked with the team on the redesign of packaging for MGE product line.
Younge West, Fullerton, California
October 1996 - December 1997
Clients included Hunt-Wesson, Peter Pan, Nestlé, Bridgford Foods, Noble Restaurant Group, Platinum Guild USA
Designed and managed the print production on variety of projects including free-standing inserts, ads, product brochures, menus, point-of-purchase materials, retail packaging, sales materials and newsletters.
Morrison, Lee & Stevens, Irvine, California
March 1996 - October 1996
Clients included Unocal, Arco - AM/PM, Standard Pacific, TRW, Local Real Estate Developers
Design and print production work on a variety of clients and projects, including brochures, point-of-sale materials and ads.
Alcone Marketing Group, Irvine, California
June 1994 - March 1996
Clients included The California Lottery, Burger King Corporation
Designed and produced scratcher tickets, sell-sheets, point-of-sale materials and other collateral pieces.
Graphic Designer & Production Artist
Daniel Sweet Design, Laguna Beach, California
October 1993 - June 1994
Clients included Quiksilver, Counter Culture, Club Sports, Boyd’s Wheels (Hot Rods & Collectable Cars)
Design and production work, including color separations for silk-screening, T-shirts and other apparel.
Platt College, Irvine, California - Graphic Design & Computer Graphics
Graduated August 1993
California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California - Graphic Design
Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California - General Education, Fine Arts and Graphic Design