Hello design world! It's been a while since my last post (a year to be exact), and that is why I am making it a point to make my New Years resolution to post and blog more. I have big plans in store for 2017, but first let me catch you up to speed on 2016.
I started 2016 with a clean slate, as I was laid off the day before New Years Eve in 2015. It was an unsettling feeling not knowing where life was going to take me, but with the love and support of family and friends, I knew everything would work out.
I updated my website with my most recent work and printed out some fresh resumes and spent the next couple months applying and interviewing potential job leads. The Creative Group (a staffing agency) placed me as a production artist at Falken Tire for a couple of weeks before I found a full-time design position.
In March 2016, I was employed as a contract designer by The Riboli Family Wine Estates, founders of the historic San Antonio Winery and creators of Stella Rosa. In three short months, I proved myself by creating various sales and marketing collateral for the winery and their various wine brands, and was hired full time.
Working for The Riboli Family Wine Estates has been truly an unique experience for me. Given the opportunity and help from our marketing team, I was able to reshape the overall branding of Stella Rosa and its social media and online presence by creating Stella Rosa's brand standards guide, redesigning the website, and co-producing and directing Stella Rosa's first lifestyle photoshoot to be utilized year round.