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San Jose, CA

Specializing in event stationery (but not limited to), my goal is to give you the opportunity to express your personality and style through design that exemplifies you. With over 10+ years in the design world and loving every second of it, coupled with my innate nature to help others, and being the planner at heart that I am, allow me to provide a one-of-kind design experience. Simply stated, Rita Alexis Design is smitten with all things design.

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About Rita Gunderson

Creatively driven yet strategic and logical. To be honest, I am most happy when I am creating. I am an ambitious human who loves to let my creativity lead each brainstorm while allowing each idea to foster more ideas. The quote by Scott Adams I love to hold myself to as a designer is "Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep." I thoroughly develop a creative concept/solution to every design challenge with the client's goal in mind, as well as keeping my design integrity. As the employee who earned the award, "I'll have that to you yesterday," working efficiently and diligently is how I'm hard-wired. I have the ability to push through pressure while managing multi projects and keeping a keen eye to detail.

Developing the best work, coupled with impeccable work ethic, is the only way I function. Anything less just isn't acceptable. I'm proud to say that I am able to mesh in with almost any design team, leading or following when necessary (and people say I'm genuinely kind, which I think it's pretty awesome). I continually yearn to grow as a designer, manager, and as an individual, always keeping the mission to share my creativity with the world.


Background

EXPERIENCE:

3marketeers Advertising, Inc.
Art Director  |  October 2017 - Present

  • Lead all art direction, design, and every aspect of creative process.
  • Manage a team of designers and programmers
  • Design for the web and work directly with programmers to ensure art direction and user-ability is up-to-par
  • Lead designer from concept to production.
  • Continually elevate design standards and production flow.
  • Conceptually bring new and fresh ideas to the team.
  • CLIENTS: Google, Microsoft, Align, Sage Intacct, Chevron, Cognizant, etc.

3marketeers Advertising, Inc.
Associate Art Director  |  September 2014 - October 2017

  • Assist the art director with all art direction, design, and every aspect of creative process.
  • Lead designer from concept to production.
  • Continually elevate design standards and production flow.
  • Conceptually bring new and fresh ideas to the team.
  • CLIENTS: Shell, Cisco, Align, Adaptive Insights, CompuCom, Salesforce, Zendesk, eTrigue, Panasas

HH Global for Google 
Senior Designer and Art Director  |  February 2013 - August 2014

  • Art director and design lead of a team of designers on-site at the Google Headquarters.
  • Production manager for all print projects that run through our print management side.
  • Implemented processes, trained design team on design basics and pre-press, manage and mentor design team.
  • Earned two times the design business.
  • Integral design direction in the launch of the Google Fiber brand.
  • Clients: Google Fiber, Google My Business, Google SMB Americas, Google Shopping Express

Schipper Design+ 
Lead Designer  |  July 2006 - February 2013

  • Lead designer for all things design: logos, stationery, advertisement and brand campaigns, web design, packaging, print collateral.
  • Start from creative brief to pre-press checks at the vendor.
  • Meet with clients and handle all advertising placements.
  • Clients: Natividad Medical Center, Robson Homes, Red Blossom Farms, Lula's Chocolates, Artichoke Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Winchester Mystery House, Chateau Julien Wine Estates, Pacific Plug and Liner

GAS Creative Group 
Senior Designer II  |  August 2005 - September 2006

  • Designed posters, handbills, T-shirts, promotional items, client-designer relationship development, process of quotes.

EDUCATION:

California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design,
2002 - 2006/2007
Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian

  • Kappa Delta Sorority (Athletic and Scholar Chair, Panhellenic Executive Board)
  • Associated Student, Inc.
  • Golden Key Club

Alisal High School
1998 - 2002
Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian

  • Associated Student Body (Clubs and Organizations Chair, Senior Class Secretary)
  • CSF Seal Bearer
  • Scholar Athlete
  • Softball and Volleyball teams

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DESIGN ACCOLADES:

ACADEMIC AWARDS:

  • Julien McPhee Scholar (Valedictorian), Dean’s List at Cal Poly Pomona

  • Valedictorian & CSF Seal bearer at Alisal High School

SPORTS AWARDS:

  • MVP for Alisal High School volleyball (3 years), softball (1 year) and flag football (1 year)

  • Second team Monterey Bay League for volleyball and softball

AGENCY Logos


Google


AGENCY WEB FRONT-END DESIGN


AGENCY PRINT DESIGN


AGENCY PACKAGING


PERSONAL PROJECTS


PERSONAL INVITATION DESIGN