kuruvata

My name is Kurt Tacastacas. I specialize in graphic design, born in the Philippines, grew up in Ohio, & I currently live in New York City. 

I had the privilege of working with the world’s top brands such as Hershey’s, Paper Mate, L’Oreal, Calvin Klein, Vaseline, Kellogg’s, Jet.com and Walmart.com through BrandShare - the world’s first and largest eCommerce Media Network - where I’m currently the Senior Graphic Designer.

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.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Technology and Integrated Media Environment

The Cleveland Institute of Art


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)