My CV/Résumé and a Brief Bio.
Hello. My name is Rudy Pospisil.
Along with teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, I am a freelance web programmer, developer, and all around tech head who loOoOoOoves to troubleshoot. My strengths are OO PHP, MySQL, and, of course, HTML5 and CSS3. I take pride in coding by hand, using Coda on the Mac, and Aptana on Windows and Linux. I love potato chips of any kind.
As a kid, I grew up with an Apple ][+ at my side, learning Basic, Pascal, Fortran, and Assembly. I was huge into computers, even forming a Mac Users Group in upstate New York. Photography was also a big pull for me, shooting for the high school yearbook and making photo comic books.
Attending college, I dove deep into art and film & photography, all the while staying savvy with computers.
Upon graduating, I started out as a photo editor but quickly gravitated into prepress. The industry was just starting to fully embrace a digital workflow and my experience with computers gave me a great headstart. I moved into ripping on a Mac and retouching on a Scitex. I stayed on the production side for many years. Working with so many designers, I learned quite a bit and this carried me into art direction (both agency and corporate) for many more years.
Aesthetics are completely subjective, though. What I always loved about programming is that it isn’t subjective. Yes, there is creativity involved, but in the end, it’s about 1s and 0s, true or false, it works or it doesn’t. Mood doesn’t affect the outcome. I find comfort in that.
So… I’ve come full circle and returned to my childhood love. I now skew to freelance web development along with teaching photography at Pratt. To round it all out, I am also attending NYU; having received a certificate in Web Development, and currently working on a certificate in LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) Development, and a certificate in Java Programming (I’m not crazy about Apple’s version of Objective-C).
But enough about me. How are you doing?
CV / RÉSUMÉ
RUDY POSPISIL — WEB & INTERACTIVE PROGRAMMING AND DEVELOPMENT
Online Portfolio: rudypospisil.com
Highly adept with X/HTML/5, CSS/3, OO PHP, MySQL. (all coding done by hand.)
Highly skilled with WordPress & other content management systems (CMS, DAMs), email blasts.
Extremely strong in design/production/prepress/photography; retouching, color correction, compositing, layout.
Expert with Filemaker Pro, Photoshop CS6, InDesign CS6.
Highly skilled with Flash, Acrobat, PDF, Capture One, Illustrator, Mac OS X, Raw, Canon, Nikon.
Working knowledge of Premiere, After Effects, Maya.
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Instructor, Communications Design
January 2006 – Present
Teach Imaging I and Imaging II to Communications Design/BFA students. Explain the technical fundamentals of photography along with how to concept photographic ideas for winning advertising campaigns and how to create and incorporate typography properly.
Instructor, 4D Computer Design
January 2013 – Present
Teach Photography & Cinema along with Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, and After Effects to incoming Freshman as part of HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program).
April 2010 – Present
Frederick Goldman Inc—Currently developing an internal (intranet) image tracking system. Custom written solution. (more details to come, upon completion.)
Scott Kay Inc—Concepted, designed, and coded iPad tools for the sales team. (profiled on apple.com – http://www.apple.com/ipad/business/profiles/scott-kay/ )
Designed & wrote an iPad-based catalog, and deployed to retailers across the US for in-store use.
Updated & maintained parent website, and several microsites. (via a text editor)
Wrote & implemented class-based PHP/MySQL data capture forms.
Developed a cloud-based syncing system to keep field operatives up-to-date.
Utilizing and modifying open-source software, implemented an online digital asset management (DAM) system to allow retailers self-service access to all corporate photography, collateral, co-ops, etc.
Developed an in-house image tracking system for photography and retouching. (Filemaker Pro)
SK66—Website Development (Account member login-based)
Lady B—E-Commerce Website Development. SOAP API development.
Zum goldenen Hirschen (Germany)—Art Direction (Nivea Creme)
Aris Displays—Webmaster (design implementation and eCommerce)
Comstock Consultants—Design & Website Development
Kris Nations Jewels—E-Commerce Website Development
SelectNY, New York, NY
January 2009 – April 2010;
Concepted and designed advertising layouts.
Art directed beauty, fashion, and still life photo shoots.
Developed & oversaw retouching briefs for final artwork. Released mechanicals to major publications.
Utilized Photoshop extensively on a daily basis to create photo compositions along with retouching.
With head copywriter, developed storyboards for television scripts and subsequently led illustration.
Built advertisement mechanicals for magazine placement.
Clinique /Estee Lauder, New York, NY
Art Director/Production Artist/In-House Photographer
July 2005 – January 2009
Created and maintained two in-house photo studios utilizing a Capture One workflow.
Developed and taught InDesign workshops to transition the creative team from Quark.
Concepted and designed direct mail and collateral materials.
Presented concepts and executions to the global Creative Director, the global Marketing team, and the President.
Art Directed the Gift With Purchase still life product & beauty photo shoots each season.
Using Flash, animated storyboards for television commercials.
Developed web animations utilizing Flash, After Effects, and FCP.
Photographed product set-ups for print comps and storyboard comps.
Loomis Group, San Francisco, CA
Production Artist/Impromptu In-House Photographer
June 2003 – Jan 2005
Responsible for handing off all creative to production vendors.
Coordinated with team members to determine best manner of inks, paper, size relating to client expectations.
Developed a strict PDF-X1/A outgoing workflow which dramatically reduced errors on the vendor side. As such, all prepress issues were resolved before handoff.
Built magazine ad mechanicals and coordinated with magazines for email/ftp delivery and SWOP proofs.
Photoshop expert – color corrected, composited, retouched according to client needs.
Illustrator expert – built logos, artwork, and all pre-PDF-X1/A files.
Attended press checks to ensure fidelity expectations met.
In-house photographer responsible for product shots, client material, and in-house marketing materials.
San Francisco, CA
Dec 2002 – June 2003
AMS Communications – Print Broker. Scheduled and maintained traffic for ninety-seven direct mail campaigns within a six-week period.
DMAX Imaging – prepress production.
Andresen/Image Direct/Bay Area Prep, San Francisco, CA
Prepress and Printing Account Executive.
Sept 1997 – Nov 2002
Solicited new business and maintained clients.
Oversaw the traffic of numerous, simultaneous printing and prepress jobs.
(clients – Sega, Macromedia, Rathje, Chadwick, Loomis Group, Bio-Rad, NKD, AMH, Viansa Winery, Quantum, J. Walter Thompson, Buzzsaw/Autodesk, Joe Boxer, Lucent et al)
Manager, Electronic Prepress
Sept 1997 – Mar 1999
Oversaw the Macintosh prepress dept. Duties included scanning, color, retouching, mechanical builds, troubleshooting, RIPing and imaging film. Responsible for network. Trained and managed employees.
City College, San Francisco, CA
Dec 1997 – 1998
Taught Fundamental Theories of Graphic Design to night classes of 30 students (while working at Bay Area Prep).
Painted Elephant Design, Columbus, OH
July 1993 – May 1997
Art director for Mars Golf and Moo Magazine. Created and designed catalogs, promotional materials, logos, identity systems. From conception to finished product. Oversaw photo shoots, press runs, etc. Clients included: Mars Golf Supply, Moo Magazine, Tour Golf Products, OfficeMax, FurnitureMax, Beckley-Cardy, Warner Cable, Zaner-Bloser, Heifer, Mindwalk Studios, Kreber Graphics, Household Bank, Versacolor.
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Columbus, OH
Photo Director/3rd Grade
May 1991 – May 1993
Along with designer and editor, created 3rd grade textbook series for California school system as part of Science Series 93 ($50 million dollar budget). Involved with all aspects from start to finish—sitting in with authors to develop content to final print runs and marketing. Personally responsible for $9 million of stock images. Primary duty involved creating and directing photo shoots and scanning of transparencies into digital files.
The Ohio State University – BA
Currently working on:
Certificate in iOS (iPhone/iPad)
Certificate in Advanced Web Development
Certificate in Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP Development
Certificate in Java
Available upon request.