works by todd hilgert

Résumé

references upon request

Education

MFA : GRAPHIC DESIGN
Vermont College of Fine Arts
Thesis: Gay and Tired: The History of Queer Art & Design
2015-2017 | Montpelier, VT

BFA DESIGN: INDUSTRIAL DESIGN with distinction
The University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design
2005-2011 | Lawrence, KS


Experience

FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR
Clients include McGraw-Hill Education
July 2018 - Present | Jupiter, FL
Producing creative and technical illustrations for McGraw-Hill Education print and web products for middle and high school students.

MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
Graphic Designer
June 2017 - Present | Jupiter, FL
In-house graphic designer for Maltz Jupiter Theatre and the Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts. 

Lead design work for 2018/19 Season materials including new brochure and show art with a new, sophisticated sensibility in line with the theatre's image and clientele. This new collateral helped achieve record subscription numbers months ahead of past seasons.

Lead layout, illustration, and art direction for Marquee Magazine. Our publication used compelling visuals and creative storytelling to help educate patrons about the theatre and the dramaturgical history of our productions.

Designed print advertising campaigns, web banners, and eblasts contributing to a 94% average theatre capacity for the 2017/18 season productions.

HALLMARK CARDS, INC.
Designer
May 2016 - May 2017 | Kansas City, MO
Product design and development for the Kids and Baby pod of the Hallmark Retail division.

Lead concept work for identity and packaging of toddler products that integrated informative iconography for product benefits with the low-cost and gift-ability goals of other Hallmark packaging. 

Expanded on design research and testing for baby products. Identified key user needs, market trends, and areas for further development. Also synthesized qualitative and quantitative user and demographic data to form consumer personas to better target the needs of the purchaser as well as end user.

Implemented test for sales applications of AR technologies creating an augmented sales catalog. This allowed representatives and store owners to access informative product videos through a traditional print catalog.

Co-designed Star Wars licensed gift line.

FREELANCE DESIGNER
Clients include Laser Pegs Ventures, LLC. and LitePoppers, LLC.
February 2015 - April 2016 | Emory, VA

Brought Lite Poppers construction toy from concept to store shelves. Engineered initial concept to functional construction piece. Expanded on initial unit to a fully realized family of construction parts, bases, accessories, and characters. Also helped oversee manufacturing in China.

Developed graphic identity and packaging concepts for Lite Poppers brand.

Expanded on previous work with Laser Pegs Zippydo line creating the Laser Pegs Junior series of construction toys for ages 3 and up. Themes include fire and rescue, jets, and construction. Products sold online and in mass market retailers such as Barnes & Nobel.

P’KOLINO, LLC
Product Designer/Graphic Designer

August 2014 - January 2015 | Sunrise, FL
Designer for P'kolino children's furniture and storage products.

Designed line of animal themed children's backpacks and lunch bags.

Created product designs, mockups, and renderings for pitches to Target, Tempaper, Costco and other sales partners.

Updated Little Reader foam chair with on-trend patterned slip covers for domestic and South Korean markets.

LASER PEGS VENTURES, LLC
Toy Designer

January 2013 - February 2014 | Sarasota, FL
Product designer for Laser Pegs construction toys.

Lead product development and graphic identity for Zippy Do 3-in-1 construction line. Oversaw all stages of conception, manufacturing, and marketing.

Worked directly with overseas partners to manufacture injection molded plastic goods.

Frequently utilized 3D printing to prototype toy concepts.

LYNK, INC.
Industrial Designer

January 2012 - April 2012 | Lenexa, KS
Product design and development for the home storage and organization market.

Engineered patented expandable shelf organizer.

Designed packaging solution for shelf organizer.


Publications and Conferences

The ABCs of Queer History. Self-Published, Blurb, 2017. 

Design and the Queer. Self-Published, Blurb, 2017.

Gay and Tired. Self-Published, Blurb, 2017.

“Gay and Tired: The History of Queer Art & Design.” Presentation, AIGA/NY @Parsons Lecture Series Presents Fresh Grad 2018 #02, New York, NY, June 8, 2018.
 

Skills

DISCIPLINES
Page layout, illustration, identity, packaging, surface design, 3D CAD modeling, design for manufacturing including injection molded plastics and soft goods

SOFTWARE
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premiere Pro, SolidWorks, Rhinoceros 3D, Keyshot, Microsoft Office, G Suite (Google apps), Mac, PC


Honors

HONOR ROLL
The University of Kansas
2005-2011

HARLEY S. NELSON FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP IN THE ARTS
KU School of Fine Arts
2008 | Lawrence, KS

MERIT SCHOLARSHIP
Vermont College of Fine Arts
2015 | Montpelier, VT