Anna Donlan

Art Director and Graphic Designer

I'm an experienced visual designer and art director with a focus on digital and editorial media. Over the past eight years, I’ve worked as a full range designer in media, in-house, and agency environments. Always learning something new.

Designer and Digital Lead

Pentagram • September 2018 - Present

  • Communicated with a multitude of clients to discern their needs, meet deadlines, and ensure the final product met their goals beautifully and innovatively.
  • Acted as the primary digital designer on the team. Produced a multitude of digital products, such as animated brand identity launch videos and a redesigned homepage and visual schema for Loyola Marymount University.
  • Designed and produced Trojan Family and CSUN alumni magazines. Art directed high profile illustrators and photographers, designed front of book and feature layouts, and readied the publication for production.
  • Developed primary and secondary logos, typeface, palette, and packaging solutions on an accelerated timeline.
  • Created numerous assets in a range of media types to meet clients' needs in a timely manner.

Digital Art Director

Texas Monthly • April 2017 - September 2018

  • Utilized digital-only art direction, custom development, and innovative media to bring print magazine stories to life on the web.
  • Established a consistent visual style for quick turnaround daily web stories, using photo illustration and a curated selection of editorial images. Produced multitudes of art materials for web articles.
  • Art directed and produced digital features and collections by working with photographers and illustrators.
  • Oversaw the redesign of texasmonthly.com by working with an external firm to conceptualize features, styles, and organization; tweak designs; and identify and report bugs.
  • Art directed dozens of short editorial films. Created custom opening sequences and animated elements, and finessed narrative structure and visual tone.
  • Conceptualized and designed web templates for custom editorial products, including the multi-story Collections page.
  • Art directed illustrators and animators to create visual accompaniment for the live storytelling event Texas Monthly LIVE.
  • Branded editorial products, including a suite of podcasts and videos.

Associate Creative Director

Texas Exes • 2012 - 2017

  • Pioneered immersive storytelling for Alcalde magazine, bringing longform features to life online using custom code. Art directed and produced multimedia assets; designed and developed award-winning features.
  • Developed and maintained the visual voice of the organization, creating modernized print and digital assets for events, travel programs, student and alumni chapters, and marketing materials.
  • Created the brand campaign #TexasForLife, a cross-platform marketing initiative involving talent and location scouting, art direction, photography and video shoots, developing logos, and print and web collateral.
  • Conceptualized, art directed, produced, and photographed the storytelling initiative #IMATXEX, a portrait project featuring over 70 participants that culminated in multi-platform marketing campaign.
  • Editorially photographed multiple longform features for Alcalde magazine, including cover stories.

Co-Founder and Designer

Eleven Twenty One | 2015 - 2016

  • Created a textile brand featuring my landscape photographs that were sold in local boutiques and at Renegade Craft Fair.
  • Established the logo, brand identity, website design, marketing assets, and brand voice.
  • Maintained the inner workings of the business, including pitching the product to boutiques and publications, communicating with customers, creating ads, and running social media accounts.

Education

B.S. Technical Photography

Appalachian State University

Relevant Skills & Experience

  • After Effects

  • Photoshop

  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere
  • Sketch
  • Principle
  • HTML5
  • CSS
  • jQuery
  • Art Direction
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Narrative Film
  • Production
  • Typography
  • Illustration

Irrelevant Skills & Experience

  • Playlist Crafting
  • Road Tripping
  • Cat Parenting
  • Ceramic Throwing
  • Plant Hoarding
  • Internet Rabbit-holing

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