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nick gamma  

Creative Direction + Strategy + Branding / 203.615.2294 /


Design Director / ViacomCBS Creative + Strategy / 2005 – 2020 /

» Lead, manage, direct, design and develop a high volume of large & small           scale creative projects from concept to execution while collaborating             with teams of 2-8 people


» Strategically establish and drive brand awareness for internal and external     

   clients through brand development and marketing campaigns


» Hire, direct, mentor, and lead a multi-disciplinary staff of up to 5 full time art 

   directors and designers, as well as multiple freelancers and interns


» Manage budgets for individual projects, freelance designers, illustrators &



» Projects include, national trade ad and OOH campaigns, activations,

   experiential marketing, websites, mobile apps/UX design, digital ad

   campaigns, social media elements, logos, identity systems, annual

   reports, packaging and more

Creative Director - Owner / Hops & Branding / 2014 – present

» Build small businesses by creating meaningful craft beer & distillery 

   brands that connect with consumers through design and branding


» Partner with clients to establish their identity and brand through

   crafted evaluation


» Design of logos, labels, cans, merchandise, social media and websites


» Knowledge of all print and production processes including direct-to-can,

   label and shrink wrap printing


» Working knowledge of TTB and beer regulations

Senior Art Director / Jive Records, Zomba Recording Corp. / 1998 – 2005

» Art direct and design 100+ music packages for recording artists within

   Rap, Pop, Rock, Blues and Gospel genres, from concept to finished



» Produce and direct 50+ photoshoots throughout the United States 

   and Canada. Responsible for hiring and negotiating contracts with

   photographers, hair/makeup artists, clothing stylists, catering,

   booking travel and photo studios


» Work directly with high-profile artists and management including, A Tribe

   Called Quest, NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, BDP, KRS-ONE, Buddy Guy, Weird

   Al Yankovic, Matthew Sweet, and Fred Hammond


Adobe Illustrator CS, Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe InDesign CS, Adobe LightRoom, WordPress CMS, Elementor, Adobe XD, Limited Knowledge of HTML and CSS, Visual Design for Web & Mobile, Studio Photography, Workfront, Keynote, Powerpoint, Mailchimp

UX Design - Heuristic Analysis, Research, Affinity Mapping, Empathy Maps, Personas, User Stories, User Flows, Sketches, Wireframes, Prototyping, Usability Testing


Associates Degree / Advertising Design - Fashion Institute of Technology 

Exchange Student / Graphic Design - Instituto Europeo Di Design, Milan Italy

Certificate / HTML & CSS - Noble Desktop

Certificate / Visual Design for Web & Mobile - Noble Desktop,

Certificate / UX Design - Springboard


Gold Award Packaging - CT Art Directors Club

Print Magazine - Regional Design Annual 2009

Gold & Silver CTAM Mark Awards

Platinum & Gold Promax BDA Awards

Platinum & Gold Creativity Awards

The Best CD Cover Book

Hatch Show Print Show Poster Book

Ego Trip Book of Rap Lists

Book of Hip Hop Cover Art

Oh Beautiful

30 Best-Looking Beer Cans in America -

Interviews with 16oz Canvas, Egotripland & Uproxx

Record Packaging of the Year - 2 X Nominee - Gospel Stellar Award


Instructor - Advanced Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design/New School,

Instructor - CD Package Design, Parsons School of Design/New School, Continuing Ed.

Featured Speaker - Art Directors Club Tulsa, OK

Panel Speaker - Design Night Out - Drink, Hartford, CT

Guest Lecturer - Sacred Heart University - Branding, Fairfield, CT

Guest Lecturer - New York City College of Technology - Pro-Social, Brooklyn, NY

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