Lauren Hoffmann
Waltham, MA

lphoffmann@gmail.com
laurenharman.com

 

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Designer/animator/illustrator with 8 years of experience. A graduate of University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth having a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a double major in Painting/2D Studies and Illustration. Have proven abilities in working within a team environment and delivering creative assignments on time. Proficient with tools such as Flash, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.

PERSONAL MISSION
To have a career that allows expression of creativity in a variety of disciplines within the design field. Work in an environment that supports education and the local community.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Cross Country Automotive Services      2006-present
A leading provider of integrated vehicle and driver programs -Boston, MA

User Interface Designer
Develop interfaces for desktop and web applications. Report to Senior Systems Analyst.
• Work with Business Analysts and Senior Systems Analyst to combine several older applications into a single new application for Customer Service Representatives to dispatch automotive roadside assistance.
• Re-design and add new functionality to interface screens for greater ease-of-use.

• Integrate knowledge of information design, browser capabilities and web-related design constraints in web design and development.

COMCAST      2005-2006
Cable and Internet Service Provider -Manchester, NH

Freelance Animator (Television and Web)
Created a character animation for a television ad campaign. Additional work was done for web-based advertising. Worked alongside the Creative Director.
• Responsible for the animatic, character turn-around, animation, and various editing.
• Delivered final artwork for Avid editing and sound-work before to the scheduled deadline.


SOUP2NUTS
     2002-2005
An internationally recognized animation company. A division of Scholastic Inc. -Boston, MA

Storyboard Artist/Animator
Worked with a team of 4-10 individuals, constantly matching visual styles to create a cohesive look for each show, finding ways to deliver on-time work at above quality standards. Reported to Art Director.
• Responsible for delivering storyboards, animatics, character design and backgrounds for Television and Web shows on tight production schedules.
• Part of a team of 3 individuals that created all backgrounds for O’Grady (an animated show for teens), taking into account dimensional space and interaction with characters.
• Designed layouts and "bibles" for clients, explaining the show premise, characters, and example episodes.
• Developed ideas and pitches for new shows involving new innovative production techniques and styles.
• Client list includes: Cartoon Network, Noggin, NBC, WGBH, Discovery Kids, BET, Oxygen, shockwave.com, atomfilms.com

TOM SNYDER PRODUCTIONS      1998-2002
A leading developer and publisher of educational software for K-12 classrooms. -Boston, MA

Illustrator/Interface Designer
Worked within a team of 4-7, reporting to several levels of management.
• Created interface art, content art and Flash animations for a wide variety of programs.
• Designed, built and maintained a number of pages within the Tom Snyder Productions website, collaborating on the look, feel and improved navigation.

• Responsible for design and layout of catalog covers, highlighting specific featured products. Worked closely with marketing team.
• Delivered teacher handbooks, binder covers and activity worksheets to correspond to educational software programs.
• Designed paper models to be printed, cut out and folded into 3-D objects or dioramas.


TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe ImageReady,
Macromedia Dreamweaver, Quark, Adobe AfterEffects, Macromedia Fireworks, Microsoft Word. Proficient in Mac and Windows operating systems.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary/Mass Audubon      1995
Environmental Education Programs for Grades Pre K-8. -Lincoln, MA

Audubon Ark Outreach Program
• Facilitated visiting naturalists with wildlife and science programs at schools and community centers throughout Massachusetts.
• Designed teaching materials and educational posters for summer school programs.

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH –North Dartmouth, MA 1994-1998
BFA, double-major in Painting and Illustration

 

references available upon request