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Intro


BASED ON A
TRUE STORY
A glimpse into an artist's passion

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Intro


BASED ON A
TRUE STORY
A glimpse into an artist's passion

If you have a moment, I encourage you to look at the photo of the artist above—

  Harry Acosta

  Harry Acosta

If you're only here for a moment to view samples of my work, the links to my portfolio, photography, and published work are at the top of this page. Otherwise, the artist above, Kaoru Ishibashi (Recording under Kishi Bashi), records and produces his own work under the label Joyful Noise Recordings. You may have heard his work with Of Montreal, or Regina Spektor. He's an indie rocker from Japan who sings, and plays the violin; and will likely beatbox the very next song. As I understand it, he's used to performing everything on his own, but with the release of his album Lighght, he has enlisted some help for live performances. I've captured him here in a bow tie and giant belt buckle. It is obvious by everything he does, his goal isn't to make billions of dollars, but to make art. He has engrossed himself in it.

He loves what he does, but he doesn't always swim like a duck. During this show, I saw a man quietly stress and sweat on stage. His concern was not that people wouldn't like his music. Look again. He's an iconoclast. Not everyone is going to like his music. His concern is that his art; his message was not going to be delivered exactly how he had hoped.

I understand. As an artist, I can be a control freak. And as a designer I can be so involved in what I do, I want my hands in every aspect of it—not for control, but for the absolute joy. Although I have a passion for my work, I understand that no matter how beautiful or dazzling it may seem, if it doesn't fit the needs of the client, it is useless to them. My work has to be more purposeful.

Kishi Bashi performing at the 2014 Bunbury Festival.

Kishi Bashi performing at the 2014 Bunbury Festival.

I may be making some serious assumptions about knowing Kishi Bashi's feelings toward his live performance. I've never spoken to him, but I like this story the best. It is at least based on a true story that I can relate to.

My career path has lead me to be an art director. This usually entails being an illustrator, designer, and team leader who oversees photo shoots; conceptualizes overall design and style; and directing a small team of creatives. In an effort to understand how everything works, I've also had the pleasure of being a photographer, writer, voice actor, instructor, public speaker, and mentor.

I'm not a jack of all trades. I don't do my own coding. I've tried it, but I keep coming back to the aesthetic side. And I don't need to do it all myself. Admittedly, we all have our strengths, and we should work toward them. I work best with like-minded people. I'm searching for a new environment where everyone feels empowered to think their ideas through as a group. I thrive in creative atmospheres and come up with my best work there.

Below, I have documented my work experience, achievements, and what others have to say about working with me.

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Career Experience


PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE
Striving to be the go-to person

Career Experience


PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE
Striving to be the go-to person

Shaping my world—

I've designed brochures, websites, storefront windows, animations, ads, and videos (to name a few). I don't just do my job and get a paycheck. There's an unwritten contract. My employers and I form a culture that affects everyone involved.

Music Journalist at Flush the Fashion

June 2014–Present
Contact tour managers, bands, publicists, venues, and promoters to acquire media credentials to photograph and review live music events and festivals

Contributor at SlyViny

August 2015–Present
Document live music events with exceptional photography.

Art Director/Photographer at Manta Media Inc.

April 2015–December 2016
Redefined all brand and visual experiences through the use of everything I've learned in graphic design, photography, videography, illustration, and management skills.

Senior Lead Designer at McGraw-Hill Education

October 2009–April 2015
Led a team of ten to concept, plan, and execute all projects for Science, Math, Health, and Engineering with tight deadlines. Created tutorials to further the development of designers in the advertising department.

Sole Proprietor at Sylph LLC

October 2005–Present
Provided professional freelance marketing and design services to local, and national businesses including Kreber Graphics, Engauge Communications, Frito-Lay, Portfolio Staffing, Farmer + Yoakam Advertising Agency Ltd, Golden Gate Real Estate, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, and Ohio Grape Industries Committee

Art Director/Brand Strategies Assistant at Express

January 2006–Novemeber 2008
Designed direct mail packages, in-store marketing, presentation materials, and visual planning calendars; and conceptualized marketing campaigns, and floorset strategies. Expanded role to include brand strategy planning.

Web Designer/E-commerce Business Developer at The GolfWorks

October 2003–December 2005
Redesigned, maintained, and strategized national custom sporting goods retail, and b2b websites, and e-commerce strategy

Art Director/Regional IT Specialist at Employment News

October 1998– August 2003
Managed a team of designers and copywriters to create a weekly publication with the added functionality of online support.

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Career Accomplishments


CAREERACCOMPLISHMENTSWhen it comes to being humble, I'm #1.

Career Accomplishments


CAREERACCOMPLISHMENTSWhen it comes to being humble, I'm #1.

My manager advised me not to take these photos—

The children above were photographed by my co-worker, Holly Curry My directive was to find an existing photo that we could use to fulfill the needs of this brochure. My team had already exhausted their research, and the project had no budget for photography. I directed this photo shoot with a co-worker's children at a nearby stream and my family turtle, Emerson. Not only did we get the shot we wanted, but we produced a small collection of other wholly owned shots that the company could use in the future. These actions lead to the realization that the department could easily use and profit from having a full-time photographer on staff.

I took a risk that could have involved putting my employers time, and resources, or my own job in jeopardy. I knew I was going to be held accountable for those risks had t lost … or won!

2017 Sylph, LLC.
Guest speaker for advanced copywriting course at Columbus College of Art and Design

2015 Manta
Conceptualized and photographed on location, Manta’s largest small business campaign with Ford Motor Company

2014 McGraw-Hill Education
Designed Texas Sales Presentations, supporting the sales team's  22% in revenue over goal for 2014

2012, 2011 McGraw-Hill Education
Received Graphic Design USA: American In-house Brochure Design Award

2009 Sylph, LLC.
Received crowdSPRING award for Green Commercial Cleaning logo

2007 EXPRESS
Collaborated on the most profitable Black Friday event in company history

2006 EXPRESS
Designed direct mail package with the highest response rate in Express history

2004 The GolfWorks
Developed new email campaign and website, generating a weekly average increase of over 700% in online revenue

2002 Employment News
Maintained, and repaired Macintosh network in a 6-office region, saving company $57,600 per year

2000 Employment News
Doubled the size of weekly publication while bringing man-hours down by 17%, and the average error rate below 1%

 

 

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Testimonials


TESTIMONIALS A tribute to how I work

 

"Harry is one of the most talented and dedicated art directors I've ever worked with. Whether designing a national campaign or a cover for a music cd, his work is consistently high impact with a design integrity that I envy and respect. He has a true passion for his craft, an outstanding work ethic and a never stop until it's great attitude."

 — Edward Wolf Senior Vice President/Creative Director at Limited Brands

 

“I have known Harry both professionally and personally for over 15 years, and I can tell you from experience that he is the textbook definition of the 'go-to guy'. We called him in for graphic design help on a couple of projects at Express, and those 'couple of projects' turned into nearly three years of continuously superior work. He is a gifted designer, a diligent worker, and an asset to any team."

Nathan Thornton, Associate Creative Director at Ologie

 

"Harry is always a pleasure to work with. He's very dedicated, and will give 110% on whatever challenge you give him--he is not one to give up. No obstacle is too much, and he will continually rise to the challenge. I've worked on many photo shoots and marketing pieces with Harry, and he's always sure to give clear, concise art direction to ensure no time is wasted in miscommunication. His drive, passion, and personable disposition make him a great asset for any team."

— Holly Curry, Photographer/Videographer at McGraw-Hill Education

 

“I needed some high quality art work for one my ecommerce websites. Harry was recommended to me. I sat down with him, we brainstormed some ideas, and a few days later Harry delivered on what we had discussed. I was highly impressed with his work and have used him a couple of times since. I would not hesitate to bring him in on another project int he future.”

— Rob BakerSr VMware Engineer

 

"Harry is an easy going person who will do what it takes to get the job done. I enjoyed working with him and would work with him in the future."

— Jeremy SorrellSenior Web Designer at Bath & Body Works

 

"I don't know how a man decides what's right for his own life. It's all a mystery."

— Wayne Coyne, Vocalist/Songwriter/Guitarist for The Flaming Lips

 

Testimonials


TESTIMONIALS A tribute to how I work

 

"Harry is one of the most talented and dedicated art directors I've ever worked with. Whether designing a national campaign or a cover for a music cd, his work is consistently high impact with a design integrity that I envy and respect. He has a true passion for his craft, an outstanding work ethic and a never stop until it's great attitude."

 — Edward Wolf Senior Vice President/Creative Director at Limited Brands

 

“I have known Harry both professionally and personally for over 15 years, and I can tell you from experience that he is the textbook definition of the 'go-to guy'. We called him in for graphic design help on a couple of projects at Express, and those 'couple of projects' turned into nearly three years of continuously superior work. He is a gifted designer, a diligent worker, and an asset to any team."

Nathan Thornton, Associate Creative Director at Ologie

 

"Harry is always a pleasure to work with. He's very dedicated, and will give 110% on whatever challenge you give him--he is not one to give up. No obstacle is too much, and he will continually rise to the challenge. I've worked on many photo shoots and marketing pieces with Harry, and he's always sure to give clear, concise art direction to ensure no time is wasted in miscommunication. His drive, passion, and personable disposition make him a great asset for any team."

— Holly Curry, Photographer/Videographer at McGraw-Hill Education

 

“I needed some high quality art work for one my ecommerce websites. Harry was recommended to me. I sat down with him, we brainstormed some ideas, and a few days later Harry delivered on what we had discussed. I was highly impressed with his work and have used him a couple of times since. I would not hesitate to bring him in on another project int he future.”

— Rob BakerSr VMware Engineer

 

"Harry is an easy going person who will do what it takes to get the job done. I enjoyed working with him and would work with him in the future."

— Jeremy SorrellSenior Web Designer at Bath & Body Works

 

"I don't know how a man decides what's right for his own life. It's all a mystery."

— Wayne Coyne, Vocalist/Songwriter/Guitarist for The Flaming Lips

 

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Contact


IT TAKES TALENTYou need someone who can reach the audience. You need a superstar performer.

Contact


IT TAKES TALENTYou need someone who can reach the audience. You need a superstar performer.

Gabe Simon of the Kopecky Family Band

Gabe Simon of the Kopecky Family Band

 

GET ON THE HORN!

I've illustrated my passion as an artist, and my solid, business-minded work ethic. I've relayed that I am a team-leading, innovative problem solver who can manage small groups of creatives in order to achieve results.

Communication is key to every good relationship. Whether it is for a freelance contract or full-time employment. If my qualities are something you would value in your culture, it's time to reach out! I'd make the first move, but I don't know anything about you. Let's see how we may be of service to each other.