Education: I began my college path at Fullerton College, where I studied Advertising Design and completed most of my general education requirements, while preparing my portfolio. I was accepted to Art Center College of Design, where I majored in Advertising Illustration, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration.
Since then I have taken college courses in web design with Adobe Dreamweaver and basic HTML.
Work Experience: Like most young people, I began my working life with part-time jobs. Most notably, I worked at Disneyland, where I developed my skills in customer service, as a public speaker, and as a leader, working as a Trainer and Working Lead, running the operations of attractions such as the Disneyland Railroad and Monorail.
Career Experience: Upon graduation from Art Center, I began working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I developed relationships with several clients and marketing firms, and produced illustrations and designs for clients like Raging Waters. I created hundreds of "ad slick" illustrations—line drawings of retail products for Knotts Berry Farm foods, Herdez Salsa, Mission Tortilla Chips, and more. I worked with a vitamin producer to create labels for their individual health food store clients, and coordinated with the printer to insure successful label printing. I created digital and technical illustrations for pumps, doorknobs and other products, along with dozens of smaller projects.
Yellow Pages: The next phase of my career began with my taking a full time job with Digital Graphics ADvantage—the pre-press company that produced the Pacific Bell Smart Yellow Pages. After two years as a graphic designer creating yellow page ads, including time in a sales office working directly with reps and their clients, I was promoted to Production Manager. Initially working in the Anaheim facility, I accepted a move to Sacramento to manage the local sales branch Design Center, including the Reno and Redding offices. As Pacific Bell merged into SBC, and then AT&T, my position also expanded to include managing the contract analyst team. After a 15 year career in yellow pages, the operation was downsized and outsourced, and I and my team were laid off.
Publishing: As I stepped back into freelance graphic design, I also took a position in publishing, working as a Bureau Chief at a crime news publishing company, managing reporters, editing and writing news stories, coordinating with law enforcement and other news syndication, and designing promotional pieces. I am currently working for the State of California. In addition to publishing and design work, I have also been working as a freelance writer, covering theater and entertainment for the Gold Country Times, Gold Country Marketing, and Sacramento Lifestyle publications.
© Ken Kiunke