Bonnie Porter

Artist and Designer

 

Career Summary:

16+ years creating successful giftware product designs

10+ years creating award winning FDC illustrations

Education:

 

The College of New Jersey

BFA, Graphic Design concentration

 

Professional Experience:

 

2/2016 - present

Senior Designer of Giftware, Ornaments, and Home Décor

Lenox Corporation, Bristol PA

 Responsibilities include: creating new designs for Lenox

 incorporating research on updated style trends while retaining the classic Lenox brand image.  Designs are created using a combination of freehand sketch and watercolor illustrations that are then refined digitally, and made ready for production using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Design specs are created and samples are critiqued with vendors

to insure high quality finished products. 

 

4/2005 - 2/2016:

Illustrator for Collins First Day Covers, Allentown NJ

 

Created over 600 First Day of Issue Cover illustrations for the stamp collecting industry. Several illustrations and designs have won awards in various categories of The American First Day Cover Society's annual nationwide Cachet Makers Contest, including 2009's overall "Top Cachet of the Year". Responsibilities include research on various topics determined by the US Postal Service; conveying research in a visually appealing sketch layout; reproducing approved pencil sketch layout in final pen & ink form; creating painted color samples for each layout to be chosen for final  reproduction.

 

9/1993 - 4/2005:

Primary Fine China Ornament Designer for Cridge Inc., Fallsington PA.

 

Designed fine china ornaments and giftware for various china companies including Wedgwood, Lenox, Spode, Royal Doulton, Disney, The White House, etc.  Responsibilities included: creating new designs or interpreting clients existing concepts and taking them one step further while keeping the technical aspects of the manufacturing process in mind. Designs were created using freehand illustrations, then enhanced in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Additional Activities:

Additional commissioned artwork Includes a book cover illustration for BBC America; as well as a pastel drawing of the American flag presented to Peter Greer, former Undersecretary of Education to Ronald Reagan, and various fine art private commissions.

Taught weekend art instruction for children, 2010-2020


Volunteered graphic design services and illustrations

for local nonprofit organizations in Bucks County PA

 

email: bonnieporter1@verizon.net

Bonnie Porter's Resume