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About

standark

Stan Dark
Branding • Design • Web • Illustration • Art Direction

I have been on the creative path for over 30 years, and have acquired a unique blend of design, marketing, and advertising experience.  I am very comfortable wearing multiple hats in my job…designer, art director, writer, illustrator, or marketer. I design to communicate ideas and concepts with a diverse creative style. I have successfully managed projects, large and small, from concept to completion throughout my career. I am passionate for my work and take pride in how it benefits my clients.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
225-317-2918

My Skills

Here are a few of the skills that I have developed over the years.

Adobe Creative Suite

Publication Design

Logo Design

Illustration

Advertising

WordPress / HTML

Resume

Experience

Baton Rouge and South Louisiana

  • Stan Dark Creative: 2015 to Present – Branding, design, web, illustration, and marketing (Owner)
  • The Image Source, Inc.: 1988-2015 – Design, corporate image development, creative marketing, and illustration (President)
  • Pin Point Marketing, Inc.: 1991-1997 – Direct marketing and corporate communications (Director)
  • Dark Designs: 1981-1988 – Illustration and design (Owner)
  • Garrison and Associates Advertising: 1982-1984 – Art Director
  • Jefferson Davis Parish: An Oral and Visual History: 1980-1981 – Research/Exhibit/Director – Designer, illustrator, and structural exhibit design
  • Roy, Kiesel, Patterson and McKay, attorneys at law: 1979-1980 – Patent Artist

Jennings, Louisiana

Jefferson Davis Parish: An Oral and Visual History – “Voices from the Louisiana Prairie”

  • 1980-1981: Research / Traveling Exhibit
  • Director: Designer/illustrator/exhibit design
  • Grant: National Endowment for Humanities and the Zigler Museum Foundation

“Voices From the Louisiana Prairie” is an exhibit of the oral and visual history of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana. Burt Tietje, a photographer/historian, and I spent 15 months doing oral interviews, collecting old photographs, reprinting photographs from glass plate negatives,  and documenting the current parish in photography and illustration. The culmination was an exhibit at the Zigler Museum, with Louisiana Public Broadcasting using the event as their annual party. The exhibit toured the state for a year and later was featured at the Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans.

Grant writing, exhibit, art direction, design, production, media relations, and special event promotion.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Louisiana World Exposition: Louisiana Folklife Pavilion

  • Design consultant
  • Design, production and print of exhibit materials – New Orleans, LA

The Worlds Fair came to New Orleans in 1984 and I worked as the design consultant for the Folklife Festival Pavilion exhibit space and produced the Pavilion’s exhibit materials. I was one of very few people that did design work for the Exposition outside of the main design office.

Consultant, art director, design, production, print coordination, and special event promotion.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Dow Chemical USA

  • Rotary kiln and landfill materials
  • Design, production, writer, and illustrator of corporate materials – Plaquemine, LA

I worked with Dow Chemical creating educational materials demonstating how the rotary kiln (incinerator) worked and its benefits to the community. With my technical illustration skills I used breakaway drawings to more clearly demonstrate the flow of the process.

Design, writer, production, illustration, and print coordination.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation

  • Design, print and communications consultant
  • Design and production for all communications materials for 11 years
  • Fine art portraits of Board of Directors – Baton Rouge, LA

I began working with Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation when they were a start up company, and over the next 10+ years my firm helped create their brand. I worked as a consultant and designer producing all corporate marketing materials including multiple award-winning newsletters, computer forms, safety materials, special event materials, displays, web site, and even designed a hot air balloon. We set the print standards and coordinated all printing for years.

Consultant, art direction, design, production, marketing, illustration, web, special event promotion, fine art portraits, and print coordination.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

General Health System & Health  System Foundation

  • Design and production of Centennial calendar – Baton Rouge, LA
  • Excellence in General publications and portraits – Baton Rouge, LA

The Baton Rouge General Hospital celebrated their centennial in 2000 and we produced a special calendar to mark the event. We collected the historical information from the hospital’s archives and designed and produced the “Commitment to Caring” calendar to be used during the year-long promotion.

The “Excellence in General” dinner was the main fund-raising event for The General Health System Foundation and we produced the promotion and event materials with original pencil portraits of the recipients and celebrity speakers. The portraits of some of the celebrity speakers included: C. Everett Koop, Charles Kuralt, Elizabeth Dole, and former first lady Barbara Bush

Design, art direction, production, illustration, fine art portraits, special event promotion, and print coordination.

Fayetteville, Arkansas / Baton Rouge, Louisiana

United Methodist Arkansas Conference: “Holy Healthy UMC”

  • A web based health & wellness program
  • Co-director, design, production, writer, and marketing of program – Little Rock, AR

“Holy Healthy UMC” was a faith-based health and wellness program we researched, developed and promoted for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The program, originally developed as a response to rising health concerns among clergy, was expanded to offer healthy educational resources for the entire conference. The comprehensive web based program covered the four steps to total health: mental/emotional, social, spiritual and physical health.

“Holy Healthy UMC” was launched conference wide and was introduced to churches with bulletin insert, posters, ads, power point slides and recommendations on how to build upon the program. In April of 2010 the Special Projects Assistant at the USDA for the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships expressed interest in and requested updates on the program due to its similarity to First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative “Let’s Move.”

Program developer, design, art direction, writer, illustration, marketing, web design, and print coordination. Project includes web-based program, program guide, bulletin inserts, posters, and CD with ads, web banners, PR articles, and marketing suggestion guide.

New Orleans & Chalmette, LA - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park: “200th Anniversary of The Battle of New Orleans”

  • Illustrate the story of the Battle of New Orleans

Mike Rihner, a New Orleans music composer, was selected to compose and perform an original piece for the 200th Anniversary ceremony held at Jean Lafitte National Park in January of 2015 (then later in the year in Washington DC). I was requested by the National Park Service to illustrate the story of the Battle of New Orleans for Mr. Rihner to work from. After research I decided the best way I could present the story for Mr. Rihner was to write a short book and illustrate the story line much like a graphic novel. We agreed that the story would be done from my visual perspective but would hold basic historical facts. The book was not published but the 36-page book became the guide for Mike Rihners composition, which was its intended purpose.

Writer and illustrator of a 36 page graphic book for the National Park Service • U.S. Department of Interior

Education

Nashville, Tennessee

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science

Concentration in Sociology

  • Scarritt College, Nashville, TN – 1979
  • 50 hour minor in fine arts
  • Additional hours in education and religion.

Colleges Attended:

  • Centenary College – Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Henderson State University – Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Scarritt College – Nashville, Tennessee

Awards

These are a few of the awards I have received:

Advertising Awards

Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from Greater Baton Rouge Advertising Federation in categories including: logo, publications, newsletters, web design, promotions, packaging, etc.

Design Firm of the Year

1999 - Design Firm of the Year Pinnacle Awards Baton Rouge, LA - The Pinnacle Awards recognizes outstanding accomplishments within the advertising field and related industries.

Design Firm of the Year

2000 - Design Firm of the Year Pinnacle Awards Baton Rouge, LA - The Pinnacle Awards recognizes outstanding accomplishments within the advertising field and related industries. Note: After 2000 they deleted this category from the competition.

Contact Me

Stan Dark

845 Elizabeth Dr., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70815
Phone: 225-317-2918

Contact me anytime, I look forward to hearing from you!