Marxmith Vita

Names / Aliases:

Mark Lynn Smith, Marxmith, Mr. Smith, Mr. Mark, Marky Mark, Marky Warky, X-wings, Chicken Soup, The Soupster, Nassus of Monassus, The Smithster, Rick, Ark, Art Vandelay.

Occupation:

Graphic Design Bull Rider.

Experience:

Entertainment Retail Enterprises – 2006 to 2010 – Creative Manager of the art department. Graphic design, illustration, and production art. Catalog photography. Fixture Planograms. Product mockups and turnarounds. Retail line presentation materials including catalogs, fliers, business cards, and video presentations. Working with companies including Mars Candy, Margaritaville, Harley-Davidson, Indian Motorcycles, Peeps, Toby Keith, and Universal Studios Orlando.

Disney Design Group – 2005 to 2006 – Merchandise Graphic Designer. Graphic Design, Illustration, and production art for Walt Disney theme park resort merchandise, retail signage, and package design.

Education:

University of Utah – 2001 to 2005 – BFA degree in graphic design. Emphasis in graphic design, logo design, drawing, layout, illustration, and typography.

Salt Lake Community College - Associate of Science in general education. Emphasis in life drawing and graphic design.

Skills:

Expert knowledge design software (primarily photoshop and illustrator). Design, layout, drawing, painting, digital inking, photo retouching, digital mockups, 3d renderings, etc.

Drawing and Painting – Proficient at drawing and painting in many different mediums and with different software (photoshop, illustrator, painter, etc.).

Photography – Use of digital SLR cameras (primarily for catalog/product photography).

Presentations – Use of After Effects, iMovie, iDvd, Garage Band, Acrobat, Keynote, and other software programs.

Web Design – Use of photoshop and illustrator for graphic design and animated gifs. Rudimentary html knowledge.

Construction/mockup – Book binding, leather-craft, paper-craft, painting, sculpture and modeling skills for creating three dimensional mock-ups of packages, catalogs, displays, wall hangings, etc.

Other work experience/skills/Miscellaneous:

Retail Store Management – Best loss prevention for the Walt Disney Company in the entire United States while working at The Disney Store in Salt Lake City. Execution of planograms, store visuals, and fixture changes. Expert knowledge of store merchandise, operating procedures, theme park passport sales and information.

Hobbies include: Costuming, prop building, writing/blogging, web design, home brewing, weightlifting/exercise, film/television history, video games. Favorite foods: French Fries, pizza, gyros, jalapeños, and spicy/hot foods. Favorite Films: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Avatar, Aliens, and Pixar films. Favorite Band: U2.

Recent Interests: Longboarding, C.O.D. Modern Warfare 2, outdoor photography, podcasting.