HI, I'M KURT.

Graphic Designer Extraordinaire

My name is Kurt Tacastacas and I am a graphic designer extraordinaire. I also have a #SubwaySketches running series on Instagram sketching riders on the New York City Subway on my phone. I love to cook, go on adventures and see musicals. I grew up in the Philippines, came to the US of A in 2005 and graduated from the CIA, that's the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011. I have always been inspired by beautiful designs. I urge myself to make something beautiful yet functional and whimsical.

Ever since I was little, as my mom constantly reminds me, I used to draw on our home's walls using crayons(!). It wasn't until high school did I realize that art was a viable career and my calling. It took some convincing on my parents part to put me through art school but I finally did it and I haven't regretted it since.

After college, I've been lucky enough to get a few jobs but I knew New York City was my calling. I packed my bags, 5 days after my 23rd birthday and moved. This was, by far, my best decision ever. This became, and still is, my home. 3 years and counting.

I currently live in New York City with my loving boyfriend, Scotty.

If you're still wondering what KURUVATA means, it's the first two letters of each name in my full name. KUrt RUsheen VAlencia TAcastacas.

Kurt Tacastacas

Graphic Designer Extraordinaire

Years of Experience (7 yrs 9 mos)

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Experience:
Adobe Creative Cloud100% Microsoft Office85% Graphic Design100% Packaging Design90% UX/UI Design90% Illustration90% 2D Animation80% 3D Animation80% HTML100% CSS100% JQuery80% Photography80% Photo Editing90% Videography75% Video Editing90%

BrandShare

Senior Graphic Designer

BrandShare is the first and largest eCommerce Media Network. I am in charge of creating internal and client-facing corporate presentations, client art - both original art and client art repurposing, web design, email design, survey design and management, social media coordinator and packaging design.
October 2014 - Present (2 yrs 9 mos)

Ferno-Washington, Inc.

Digital Designer

Ferno is a leading patient handling equipment manufacturer. My responsibilities include creating webpages, emails and product catalogs. I also helped produce and edit product tutorial videos, promotional product teaser videos, as well as host and coordinate live video productions through LiveStream.
October 2012 - August 2014 (1 yr 11 mos)

Cleveland Medical Devices, Inc.

Web and Graphic Designer

CleveMed is the manufacturer of wireless sleep apnea monitors. I rebranded the company website, created consistency throughout their product sales materials, coordinated with the computer engineering department to brand and provide a seamless UX in translating sleep records, create a HUB for product tutorial documents and videos.
June 2010 - August 2012 (2 yrs 3 mos)

Tiny Giant Studio

Art Lead

Tiny Giant Studio was a local animation studio founded in Cleveland. I was a part-time lead art director for animation projects, 2D and 3D animator, and graphic designer.
September 2011 - March 2012 (7 mos)

eSMART HD

3D Animator/Modeler

eSMART HD was an animated doctor's visit simulation produced by the Case Western Reserve University to help patients get diagnosed without having to see a doctor in person. I helped model and texture low-poly environments and create the software's UI.
February 2011 - April 2011 (3 mos)

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeast Ohio

Video Production Teacher

Hope Prep was a 6-Week Summer Program for middle-school students to excel in Math, English, Science and Art. In the first 2 years I assisted Kief Holliday, my art teacher in high school. We taught the students, photoshop, airbrushing and video editing. In July 2009, I taught my own class on how to shoot, edit, and produce videos.
June 2007, June 2008, June 2009 (3 yrs)

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Frey for Men


5" x 7"

Laundry detergent. For men. Who knew?

This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new laundry detergent for men.

Client: Frey
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Hershey's


This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new Hershey's Sweet & Salty Granola Bar.


Client: Hershey's
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Papermate InkJoy


This creative was made to accompany a pen for their sampling campaign to promote the new line of Papermate InkJoy pens.


Client: Papermate InkJoy
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


L'Oreal Sublime Bronze


This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new tinted self-tanning lotion.


Client: L'Oreal
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


MiamiBeach


This creative was made to accompany a sample sachet of their product for their sampling campaign to promote their sun screen lotion.


Client: MiamiBeach
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Calvin Klein Eternity Now


This creative was made to accompany a vial of their fragrance for their sampling campaign to promote the new Calvin Klein Eternity Now fragrance.


Client: COTY, Inc.
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Care.com


This creative was made to promote the Care.com services.


Client: Care.com
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Emergen-C


This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new Emergen-C Chewables.


Client: Emergen-C
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Vaseline


This sign was made to advertise a free full size product for their in-store campaign to promote the new Vaseline Spray & Go dry sprays.


Client: Vaseline
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Garnier Fructis


This creative was made to accompany a sample twin sachet of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner.


Client: Garnier
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Kelloggs Krave


This creative was made to accompany a mini-box sample of their cereal for their sampling campaign to promote the cereal.


Client: Kelloggs
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Mark Hill Professional


This creative was made to accompany a sample sachet of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the new Mark Hill shampoo and conditioner.


Client: Mark Hill Professional
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


MiamiBeach Neckhanger


This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their in-store campaign to promote the sun screen.


Client: MiamiBeach
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Ocean Spray


This creative was made to accompany a sample bottle of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the Ruby Cranberry juice.


Client: Ocean Spray
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Sally Hansen


This creative was made to accompany a sample of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the leg makeup for women.


Client: COTY Inc.
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Zicam


This box & insert creative was made for their sampling campaign to promote the new Zicam flavors.


Client: Zicam
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


Cetaphil


This creative was made to accompany a sample bottle of their product for their sampling campaign to promote the facial cleanser and baby oil.


Client: Galderma Laboratories, L.P.
Agency: BrandShare

All featured products are trademarked by their respective owners.


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