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I am a graphic designer and web designer with experience in many disciplines. I design for print, web and video. I love making beautiful motion graphics and video, print, functional and engaging web sites. Additional powers include illustration and fine art. I make original surrealist and expressionist drawings and paintings, and am available for commissions.

Above all, I am an artist. I bring the passion for beauty and craftsmanship necessary to transform any project from an adequate solution into an inspired creation.

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Graphic Design
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San Francisco creative and performing arts

An essential part of San Francisco's world-famous performance and creative culture is its burlesque and drag scenes. I've designed several series of graphics and promotions for Radio Valencia, Red Hots Burlesque, and others. Here are just a few examples.

Logo Design

Narked Records

Integrating existing artist branding, I created graphic design, press releases and web deliverables for various Grammy-nominated musicians on Narked Records in extremely short turnaround times.

Erickson

During my tenure in the marketing department of Erickson Living, I implemented branding, ad campaigns, and graphic design across a diverse set of related properties, including landing pages, Facebook tabs, banner ads, news/health blogs and corporate web sites.

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP)

Graphic design for online fundraising helped draw a large supporter response and moved NLCHP's action-based funding goals forward significantly. I provided volunteer web support to NLCHP from 2006 to 2013.

Motion Graphics
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TechBargains.com branding videos

I integrated TechBargains.com branding into slick, engaging animations used for video reviews and news.

Tommy V's product video

Product Video with custom animation and sound production: Tommy V's Swamp Strength Insect Repellent.

Web Design and Development
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The Legendary Pink Dots

The Legendary Pink Dots, a world renowned experimental post-rock band, had a web site that was built years ago using Joomla and lacked an easy upgrade path. I built a new Wordpress web site for the band and lovingly migrated decades of content from the old site. I crafted a beautiful Wordpress child theme in collaboration with the site's visual designer, impementing the cover art from a recent album as the principal visual theme. View Online

SF Squared

SF Squared is a personal training company featuring online event registration and an e-newsletter built in, as well and slick graphic design, consistent branding implementation and streaming multimedia content.

Wordpress Small Business
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AFI: Architectural Film Installations

AFI: Architectural Film Installations features a content-first approach to display their visual work - including videos. View Online

TechBargains.com

The TechBargains web site was built over a decade ago using legacy HTML code which had to be completely re-engineered to use modern HTML 5 and CSS3 markup. The modernization to the interface and usability of the site added great value to the ancient web site property; TechBargains was purchased by Ziff Davis in 2013.

   
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résumé

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Skills

  • Wordpress blog / CMS design and development
  • Joomla blog / CMS design and development
  • Adobe Creative Suite / Creative Cloud
  • Final Cut Pro, After Effects, and many other non-linear video and timeline editors
  • Traditional painting and drawing media
  • CSS 3 / HTML 5 markup standards
  • XML / XHTML web design/development
  • Javascript, jQuery scripting and animation
  • MySQL database development
  • PHP web programming
  • ASP/VBScript web programming
  • ColdFusion web programming
  • Solid writing and proofreading ability
  • Windows and Macintosh operating systems

employment

Eddie Rifkind Design:
2002 - Present

Principal

  • Wordpress web sites for small business
  • Logo design for small business
  • Commercial animation and sound production for video
  • Promotional graphic design for grammy-nominated musicians
  • Joomla web development for a world-famous alternative band

Exponential Interactive / Techbargains:
2011 - 2013

Web Designer

  • Redesigned ancient enterprise-level web site to be more readable and useable, permitting it to be acquired into the PCMAG Digital Group by Ziff Davis, Inc. in 2013
  • Created integrated marketing campaigns utilizing on-page interactive advertising, social media, video, email blasts and print media
  • Produced animated, branded video titles, end screens, and promotional videos
  • Modified Wordpress widgets and plugins for affiliate web sites.
  • Coordinated with international programming team and local media team

Erickson Living:
2007 - 2011

Web Designer and Developer

  • Designed and programmed enterprise-level ASP company web sites for marketing department
  • Deployed and customized Wordpress web sites
  • Developed Wordpress CMS news web site
  • Administered user profiles for content team and outside readership
  • Developed forms to populate registrant data into external CRM.
  • Developed usability and accessibility standards based on Section 508 requirements
  • Developed and deployed multimedia to streaming servers using custom Flash applications and Facebook API

Ecendant Interactive (formerly Direct Affect Marketing):
2004 - 2007

Web and Interactive Designer

Designed, maintained and enhanced client web, multimedia and print marketing for the real estate industry. I became the “go-to” person for various technical issues and techniques involving the production of presentations, digital proofs and general computer use. I worked confidently in direct collaboration with peers and supervisors to deliver impactful multimedia, web and print products to our clients on unforgiving deadlines.

  • Created, edited and produced promotional videos for clients
  • Developed sales kiosks using Flash animation and multimedia integration
  • Created Addy-winning multimedia CD-ROM handouts and direct mailers
  • Created Flash web animations and web sites
  • Consulted on software purchasing decisions
  • Trained interns and evaluated their progress
  • Attended creative meetings and actively discussed design, function, and project strategy
  • Wrote small copy on the fly
  • Collaborated with designers and programmers in a fast-paced, high-end marketing firm

Webworks Design Company:
2002 - 2004

Web Designer

  • Designed, maintained and enhanced client web sites, logos, and print materials
  • Worked directly with clients and prospects to crystallize their vision and reach objectives through web presence and consistent branding
  • Developed custom HTML and Flash presentations

The Baltimore Sun:
2000 - 2001

Web Producer, SunSpot.Net

  • Maintained and enhanced The Baltimore Sun's web site. Managed daily news content
  • Photographed and videotaped major news events
  • Developed custom HTML, Real media and Flash presentations
  • Produced graphic design for featured stories and sections

XIGroup (formerly X-change Interactive):
1997 - 1999

Lead Web Designer

  • Created corporate identity, logo design, custom illustration, web sites and online banner ads for the company and many of its clients
  • Coordinated and collaborated with freelancers and other team members
  • Online adaptation of Bellsouth's 1998 corporate sourcebook
  • Web site, illustration & character development for Giant of Maryland's "Apples for the Students Plus" program

education

Maryland Institute, College of Art:
1989 - 1994

Bachelor of Fine Arts degree

   
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recommendations

“Phenomenal — If there was a way to describe Eddie's work at TechBargains in one word, it would be phenomenal. Eddie came in and not only revamped the design of the Techbargains website, he produced visual assets for infographics, webpages and videos in a matter of hours instead of the days or weeks that we'd previously experienced. I'm glad to have worked with him, and hope that his pursuit of his art is extremely successful.”

— Jeff Haynes
Editor, Techbargains

“In his several years with Erickson, Eddie brought a unique blend of design and web development together to find solutions to all web challenges. He is very analytical and works to find workaround solutions utilizing his programming knowledge, but is also an excellent designer with a keen eye for design. Eddie was able to take any project assigned to him and complete it on time and always exceeded client expectations. He was always a pleasure to work with and was admired and well liked amongst all his peers. If we had the opportunity to work with Eddie again in the future, we would most certainly welcome it.”

— Jon Gold
Webmaster, Erickson Living

“Eddie is a rare breed who possesses both the artistic and the analytical in spades making him an amazing asset to every project team he's a part of. He has a brilliant mind brimming with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all things web--from development to design. What makes Eddie extra valuable is his generosity and patience when it comes sharing his skills and teaching others.”

— John Makowski
Creative Director, Erickson Living

“Eddie Rifkind is a very intelligent and dedicated individual who is especially gifted in web development. His fun and positive attitude and expertise in what he does makes working with him very pleasant and highly productive. I've been working with him on several web projects for over a year now, and on every project, he has proven himself to be an effective creative thinker and a problem solver. Thanks for being such a good comrade, Eddie.”

— Oz Ozel
Web Designer, Erickson Living

“Eddie Rifkind was my coworker at Ecendant Interactive. We've worked together on multiple successful advertising campaigns. Eddie's ingenuity and problem solving ability made each project a pleasant journey. He's the kind of designer who will find a way to resolve any challenge. Eddie works with fantastic efficiency. He has taught himself a lot of things that an artist would normally stay away from like HTML, JavaScript, ColdFusion and many design programs. His technical abilities far exceed a Graphic Designer's skills so he's a true Jack of All Trades. His sense of humor and easy going personality made him the life of our office. It is unfortunate that he had to leave our company due to his relocation to Baltimore.”

— Diana Onet
Art Director, Ecendant Interactive

   
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