Allie Surdovel

JOBS

Allie Surdovel Design.- Owner, Principal-  New York, New Jersey, New England, 2003- Present
+ Preparing dynamic, clean, and effective data visualization via infographics, presentations, books and packets, marketing collateral, and web design and UX / UI
+ Creating beautiful and practical packaging, product design elements, and comprehensive instructional illustrations and inserts
+ Working with clients to manufacture compelling branding design and solutions on all platforms
+ Completing clients design and illustrative needs by approaching them with an eye for design, artistry, and marketing potential 

+ Also working children's book illustrations, mural and public art design, pre-press editing and proofing, ebook / book layout and design, custom letterpress printing, screen printing, textile and surface design, technical patent illustration, digital photography, and artwork restoration. 

PeopleFluent - Infographic Designer - Boston, MA, April 2015
Working with PeopleFluent a business efficacy software company to bring their data and written text to life by creating beautifully designed and illustrated infrographics that easily and quickly communicate information as well as, ebooks, presentations, marketing collateral and style guides. 

SkipHop - Product Graphic Design & Illustrations - New York, NY, February 2015
Project based work contributing an array of clean yet playful illustrations, graphic design, and concepts for children's products and clothing that are congruent with company's look and feel. 

Shellshock Designs - Designer - Providence, RI, October 2014
 
Working at boutique agency as a graphic designer with a multitude of clients such as Uconnect, MAPR, Megamobile, Copley Retention, Safe Dinar and many smaller clients to create sleek branding solutions, dynamic presentations, highly functional and current ux/ui, design, marketing materials both web and print, posters, brochures, instruction manuals, catalogs, infographics and more.

Bottles LLC- Design and Marketing Consultant- Providence, RI, July 2014-February 2015
Cover a large variety of tasks including: product and event photography, art direction, creating marketing materials, leading social media and creating blog posts for blog.bottlesfinewine.com, creating inforgraphics, menus and other print material, and filming and editing videos and animations for the Youtube channel, and all web design and site updates. 

Crisloid Games- Custom Backgammon Board Designer Providence, RI, July 2013-2015
Project based work Designing and painting custom backgammon board surfaces based off of clients specifications. Creating mock ups and planning color schemes for boards. 

Blazing Editions- Studio Assistant/ In-House Artist- East Greenwich, RI, September 2012- 2013
 
Embellishing limited edition prints, prepress editing, largeformat printing, photographing artwork, shipping, designing artist’s books for print and for iPad, creating orginial paintings, restoring damaged works.

Brown University Continuing Education-Digital Content Developer, Providence RI, July 2011- October-2012
 
Designing interactive eBooks templates for The Choices Program’s selection of history books for high schools focusing on iPads, as well as various graphic design and map illustration.

Brown University for Microsoft Research, Supervised by Andy Van Dam- UX/UI designer. Providence, RI. April-October 2011
 
Designing visuals and interface interaction for Large Artworks Display Surface (LADS) and Worktop software for the Microsoft Surface 2.

NBC Universal, CNBC– Television graphic intern and Photo Editing/Graphic Freelancer, New York, NY , 2009-2010
Graphics Department, CNBC Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Love Brigade, Inc. – Design intern, Brooklyn, NY. Spring 2009-2010
Graphic design, created exterior mural, designed the office and store front spaces, retail store work, garment production, trend forcasting.

Walzwork, Inc. – Surface design intern, Rome, Italy, fall 2009
 
Collaborating with designer to create pattern for upholstery for vintage furniture using block print, screen print, stencil cutting and mixing pigments.

 

EDUCATION

Rhode Island School of Design- Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2011, Providence RI
Illustration, Concentration in History of Art and Visual Cultures, European Honors Program

European Honors Program- Rome, Italy. Intensive honor program at RISD's Rome campus, 2009. 

Brown University- Providence RI, Various course credits earned 2008-2011.

University of the Arts- Philadelphia PA, precollege program summer 2006, and Saturday classes 2004-2006

SKILLS

Technology – Large format printing and profiling, Adobe CS6-2, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, InDesign, and Dream Weaver, Handbrake, BetterLight, and Corel Painter, HTML and CSS design, CMS editing with silverstripe, wordpress, squarespace and weebley, iBooks Author, and experience in After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Sketchup, and the Microsoft Office Suite.

Design- Art direction, Instructional design and illustration, packaging design, logo and branding design, marketing, video edited and animation, digital photography, prepress editing, print profiling, photo retouching and rebuilding, eBook design, branding, logos, layout, package design, poster and signage design, web design: HTML and CSS, experience with typography development, surface design, spatial design, knowledge of color theory.

Printmaking- Letterpress, block print, Silkscreen, CMYK, etching and intaglio processes, wintergreen transfer, woodcut, block print.

Painting- Embellishing, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, enamel based, oil, faux painting, interior and exterior painting, glazing, working on most surfaces.

Conservation / Restoration- Knowledge and working skill of art conservation, cleaning, reparative techniques in replacing losses in canvas, board, etc, glazing, color matching, handling, packaging, preventative conservation techniques, fungi/insect recognition.

Textiles and apparel- Both hand done and CAD techniques in surface design, machine and hand knitting, knowledge of pattern repeat sequences, fabric silkscreen, pattern making, cutting, cut and sew, trend forecasting and research, and fashion illustration.

Languages - basic German, basic Italian, easily adapts to learning other languages.

OTHER RECENT WORK EXPERIENCE

Pretty Knotty- Providence, RI. Creating non-provisional patent drawings and figure layout for hair clip product. January 2014

Cartwheel Kids- Secaucus, NJ. Creating packaging designs ready for print for 3 different trunks of girl's princess costumes, jewelry, and accessories. December 2013-

Complements Gallery- Smithfield, RI. Restoring paintings on call for the gallery, repairing holes, removing and reapplying varnish, cleaning painting surfaces etc. June 2013- Present

Doodads Inc.- East Greenwich, RI. Creating instruction manual, how too, helpful hints and product part illustrations, marketing materials, graphic design, redesigning packaging, and redesigning the website for the Prep N' Pop.  Jan-present 2013

Providence Farmers Market- Providence, RI. Selling fresh local produce at Farmers Market, from Woodstock Farms in CT. 2011-Present

RISD Design Guild- Providence, RI. Commissioned to complete advertisement material for RISD events and organizations. 2010-2011

Illustration Department Tech- Providence, RI. Upkeep, installation, and monitoring of gallery, as well as studio and classroom upkeep. 2010-2011

Office of Student Life RISD- Providence, RI. Office Assistant, Project Assistant, Graphic Designer. 2009-2011.

EHP Piazza Cenci Gallery – Rome, Italy. Gallery Curator/installer and Catering. August 2009-Decemeber 2009.

RISD Carr Haus Café – Providence, RI. Manager/ Barista. 2007-2011

Carr Haus Gallery- Providence, RI. Gallery Curator/ Installer. 2008-2010

Manasquan River Yacht Club - Brielle, NJ. Steward, Office Assistant, and various graphic design work. 2002- 2011.

COMMISSIONS

Murals-

 -Providence RI, Mural for office for Canadian travel company G Adventures, Music notation overlaid on world map with antiquing. August 2013
  -Providence RI, Designed and painted 3 Transformer boxes on Smith and Canal, Elmwood and Lexington, and Chalkstone and Mt. Pleasant, for the city of Providence. July 2013
  -Cranston RI, woodland and field scene in nursery in private residency. Design and completion. July 2012
  -Providence, RI, Ken-West LLC. Mural for entrance/ concierge area for upscale downtown apartment complex. September 2011
  -Providence, RI, Mural for bedroom in home on Prospect street. Design and pending completion. June 2011
  -North Stonington, CT. North Stonington Medical Center. Design and completion of murals and mini motifs. February 2011
  -Providence, RI. Office mural for RISD’s Office of Student Life. Design and completion. February 2011
  -Faux window for RISD’s Publication Coordinator’s Office, 20 Washington St. August 2011
  -Brooklyn, New York. Mural and store front design at retail location of Love Brigade. February 2010
  -Cranston, RI. Studio Exhale, window front series of paintings 6’ x 4’ for installation at yoga studio. May 2009
  -Point Pleasant, NJ. Mural for Co-Op seafood restaurant front. August 2007
  -Wall, NJ. Wall High School Library, Mural design chosen, and completion with a painting team. June 2007

Conservation/ Restoration-
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South Kingstown, RI, worked with private collector/art dealer to restore various paintings from 1715-1920. April 2012-

Web Design-  

Providence, RI, designed logo and website for Rare Form Pilates, local private Pilates training studio. August 2013.
New York, NY, designed logo and website for Leighla Byrd, RISD Alum Lindsey Mallon's apparel collection / portfolio site. May 2013.
New York, NY, working with Rapper/model/actor Micheal Henley to design portfolio website. January 2012.

Children’s Book Illustrations-
Character development, illustrations, and layout for Owen Mcgovern's
For Lutz Associates Architects, The Big Hammock project through a grant from The Awesome Foundation, “Children All Over the World Enjoy Hammocks.” Written by Antonia Better-Wirz. August 2010

LEADERSHIP, HONORS AND PROGRAMS

European Honors Program Committee 2010-2011 Official board member for student, critic and scholar critic selection.
 Co-Founder of The Students Helping Students Scholarship- Event planning, Fundraising Coordinator etc. 2009-2011
 Paper Making Workshop with Roberto Mannino - Rome, Italy. November 2009.
  European Honors Program, RISD - Rome, Italy. Competitive Honors Abroad Program, July 2009- December 2009.
 RISD Leadership Dinners - Providence, Rhode Island. Selected for invitational award banquet for student leaders, September 2008-May 2009.

EXHIBITIONS

"Vicinty: RI RISD Alumni"- Keeseh Gallery, Providence, RI, Group exhibition, November 2011
 "Artists for Save the Bay"- Save The Bay Center, Providence, RI, Group exhibition, November 2011
 "Word Problems"- The Active Space, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibition, October 2011
 "Art on the Edge"- Belmar Arts Council, Belmar, NJ. Honorable Mention, Juried group exhibition. September 2011
 "Senior Invitational"- ISB Gallery, Providence, RI. Group exhibition. June 2011
 "Savage Frontier"- ISB Gallery, Providence, RI. Group exhibition. April 2011.
 "Illustration Senior Show"- Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI. Group exhibition. March 2011.
 "Carr Haus Workers Show"-Carr Haus Gallery,Providence, RI. Group exhibition. April 2008/2009.
 "EHP Final Show"- Piazza Cenci Gallery, Rome, Italy. Group exhibition. December 2009.
 "EHP Open Studios"- Piazza Cenci Gallery, Rome, Italy. Group exhibition. November 2009.
 "Bicycles"- Waterman Gallery, Providence, RI. Group exhibition. March 2008.
 "Congressional Show"- State Capitol. Trenton, NJ. 1st Place, Juried exhibtion. March 2007.