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William Faulkner wrote: “Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself”. My name is George Van Der Volgen, and I have been successful thus far in life courtesy of my iron-clad tenacity and optimistic, progressive nature.

My education spans a generous breadth of disciplines, but outside class I could frequently be found honing my abilities by completing small projects for artists, local businesses, and individuals. Professionally, I have produced a range of media for a variety of client-facing projects in a fast paced agency environment. With that in mind, I learned to adapt and strategize, while quickly identifying the DNA of styles, forms, and identities in order to evolve, mimic or revolutionize them to meet the desired result. I have an extensive creative history (and future), unique perspective, broad skill-set, and positive attitude that serves to extend my abilities as a Designer, singlehandedly and as part of a team; I’ve never had a problem digging the proverbial ditch to get the job done.

While being perpetually concurrent with trends and best practices in design and technology is hard work, I always manage to enjoy life via many outdoor/indoor sports and activities, goofing around with Jenna, adventuring and exploring, cooking tasty vittles, reading, gaming, or expanding my mind in some way.

Where I’ve Earned My Keep:

Junior Multimedia Designer 
Relevant Lab / Trinity Level Marketing
Louisville, CO / August 2013 – Present

• Junior multimedia design and creative direction, including in-depth market research for client-facing projects in a fast-paced agency environment.
• Video/audio production and post for an array of purposes: promos, testimonials, green screens/alphas, and commercials for broadcast and web. Animation and motion design using 2D and 3D software.
• Web design, asset creation / file and SEO optimization, and site maintenance utilizing WordPress/CMS systems, as well as hand-coding HTML and CSS. Maintained branding consistency.
• Graphic design, illustration, digital photography and post, typography, proofing/copywriting for print and web.
• Wireframe, mockup, storyboard, and prototype creation.
• Utilization of Basecamp, workflow synchronization, market analysis, and campaign management software.

Animator / Motion Designer
In The Telling
Boulder, CO /  May 2014 – Present

• Full service 2D/3D animation and motion design for academia such as George Washington University.
• Adaptive style and techniques used to achieve results consistent with the goals of individual projects.
• Graphic and infographic design and illustration.
• Use of remote project management software to interface with creative directors and fellow animators.

Freelance Media Designer / PC Technician
Holarchy Creative
Upstate NY – Louisville, CO / Jan 2007 – Present
• Cross-sold IT and creative services, including hardware/software repairs and upgrades using B2B, B2C, and peer networking.
• Retained loyal clients by having a reputation of knowledge and integrity.

Intern
Animal Fair
Manhattan, NY / Sept 2007 – Jan 2008
• Graphic design for communication media.
• Assigned role as temporary webmaster for company websites and web designer for new sites.
• Research and creation of packages and databases for film festival applications and deadlines.

New Media Lab Tech

SUNY Cortland 
Cortland, NY / Sept 2010 – 2012
• Helped teach students to use media software. 
• Sat in on group critiques and provided meaningful feedback on student projects.

Academia

BA New Media Design
Focus: Multimedia Design
SUNY Cortland 2012

Deans List
Beard Art Gallery
Scholarships:
Gerald and Ethel Thiesen
Jo D. Schaffer Art History
Non-Traditional   Veterans Association

BA Music Business
Focus: Audio Production
SUNY Oneonta 2007

Red Dragon Records
Music Industry Club
CUAC Events Council
Deans List
Scholarships:  DOE Presidential Award  Educational Opportunity

Skills That Pay The Bills:

  • Video Production and Post

    Tools utilized: camera equipment, Premiere Pro CC, After Effects CC, Audition CC, Red Giant AE plugins,

  • 2D/3D Animation and Motion Design

    Tools utilized: Wacom Tablet, Illustrator CC, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Premiere CC, Cinema 4D, Maya, Apophysis, ZBrush, SketchUp

  • Graphic Design / Illustration / Layout

    Tools utilized: Wacom Tablet, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, Cinema 4D, Maya, Apophysis, ZBrush

  • Web / Interface / Experiential Design

    Tools utilized: Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash, HTML5 / CSS3, JS, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal

  • Typography / Copywriting

    Tools utilized: Illustrator, FontLab, thesaurus, dictionary, brain

  • Proofing / Quality Assurance

    Tools utilized: thesaurus, dictionary, brain

  • Audio Production and Engineering

    Tools utilized: Audition CC, ProTools, Reason, Native Instruments, Steinberg instruments, various recording and musical devices

  • Prototyping / Wireframing

    Tools utilized: Wacom Tablet, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, InDesign CC, SketchUp

  • Digital Photography and Post

    Tools utilized: Canon T2i and various lenses, Photoshop CC, RAW software, remote timers, tether hardware and software, lens filters

  • Electronics Repair and Troubleshooting

    Tools utilized: repair software, internet, soldering iron, thermal paste, copper, hands, brain