Joseph (Jozef) Becker

Graphic Designer

Production Artist

Professional Musician

Résumé

About Me:     I am a graphic designer, production artist and a working musician.  

Since graduating in 2002 with a BFA in Graphic Design from the California College
of the Arts (CCA), I have gained experience working in advertising (package design), commercial retail (print production) and design (digital production). 

I started playing the drums as a kid, joined my first band in junior high school and haven’t stopped. I have performed, recorded and toured in multiple independent rock bands, a family musical act and tribute bands.

Qualifications

  • Proficient in Mac and Windows platforms
  • Expert in Adobe InDesign CC
  • Proficient in Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator CC
  • Proficient in MS Word and Excel
  • Proficient in Quarkxpress
  • Versatile in digital and manual illustration
  • Superior work ethic, independent, dependable and collaborative team player
  • Able to work under tight time constraints while maintaining a professional attitude and sense of humor
  • Project-based production artist with years of experience working within creative departments and on freelance projects


Education
California College of the Arts

  • BFA in Graphic Design


City College of San Francisco

  • Associates Degree in Humanities


Experience
Program Leader
Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center
June 2019 to Present​

  • Working with children and teens with disabilities


Contract Print Production Artist
Havas Worldwide International Advertising Agency

November 2016

  • Production of large-scale print advertisements for an international client
  • Adobe Creative Suite, on a Mac platform


Contract Print Production Artist
Dome Construction Leading S.F. Bay Area Construction Company  

September 2016 – November 2016

  • Creation and production of Job proposals and various print projects
  • Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office in a Windows platform

Studio Coordinator
Gensler Leading worldwide architecture and design firm  

July 2015 - July 2016

  • Administrative support and projects for 35+ Architects
  • Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office in a Windows platform


Contract Digital Production Artist

Gensler Leading worldwide architecture and design firm  

September 2013 - February 2015

  • Formatted 10,000 + assets for the new website: www.gensler.com
  • Researched and curated images of projects and principals from forty-six offices from around the globe
  • Fixed image flaws, cropped, color corrected and prepared images for the website
  • Designed organizational method to accommodate new demands (naming conventions)
  • Uploaded formatted images to the website creating heroes where required
  • Basic html for feature stories and news items
  • Troubleshooting after website launch in June 2014
  • Researched and collected images for on-going new item features
  • Collected and curated images for high-level meetings
  • Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac platform


Contract Digital Production Artist

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Retailer of gourmet cookware, home furnishings and agrarian supplies

April 2013 -  July 2013

  • Digital asset formatting and correction for www.williams-sonoma.com
  • Updating images to reflect featured and sale items
  • Basic html and copy-editing
  • Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office in a Windows platform


Contract Print Production Artist

Chapman, Cubine, Adams + Hussey Direct Mail for leading non-profits

January 2013 - March 2013

  • Created and edited direct mail for numerous non-profit organizations
  • Quarkxpress and Adobe Photoshop on Mac platform



Contract Print Production Artist

Restoration Hardware Retailer of designer lighting and home furnishings

June 2012 - September 2012

  • Extensive PhotoShop corrections of raw footage
  • Object manipulation to illustrate symmetry for store displays
  • Created lay-out maps for multiple store locations (in-house)
  • Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac platform


Contract Print Production Artist

New Bay Media Publisher of Guitar Player, Bass Player and KeyboardMagazines

March 2011 - August 2011

  • Built lay-outs for Guitar Player, Bass Player and Keyboard Magazines
  • Built lay-outs for their Bi-Annual Gear Round-up 
  • Adobe Creative Suite on Mac platform


Seasonal Contract Print Production Artist

Pottery Barn Teen and Kids Retailer of specialty home furnishings

March 2007 - March 2011

  • Extensive lay-out work utilizing the company templates and preferences
  • Manipulation of text and images following direction of the lead designers
  • Collaboration with copy editors, designers and buyers
  • Created seasonal catalogs and inventory books
  • Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac platform



Contract Print Production Artist

MPR & Associates Publisher of annual "Condition of Education" book for the US Government

January 2007– March 2007 

  • Compilation and lay-out of data for the Condition of Education publication
  • MS Word, Excel and Quarkxpress in a Windows operating system


Contract Print Production Artist

Wells Fargo PCS 
February 2006 – September 2006

  • Working with WF templates and preferences
  • Manipulation of text and images following direction of the lead designers 
  • Collaboration with copy editors and lead designers
  • Creating promotional material and on-line forms
  • Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac platform


​Print Production Intern
Primo Angeli, Inc.

February 2001 – September 2001

  • Create comps
  • Researched and created mood boards
  • Edited photos
  • Provided support for the design team
  • Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac platform


Graphic Design

Becker Design, San Francisco, CA 2002 - 2006

Ptolemaic Terrascope Magazine British Alternative Music publication, relocated
to the US

  • Art Director Designer and Production Artist
  • Designed and produced the first US edition of acclaimed British alternative music magazine


125 Records American independent pop music label

  • Contract Designer
  • Created advertisement in Amplifier Magazine
  • Type treatment for CD cover for Loud Family, Attractive Nuisance


Valley Record Distributors US largest “One-Stop” music and video distributor

  • Graphic Designer and Advertising Coordinator
  • Produced weekly newsletter
  • Created posters, flyers, and collateral items
  • Booked advertising in periodicals and radio


MediMedia

  • Print lay-out and production for a newly patented cancer drug


​Children’s Day School Private preschool through middle school

  • Committee Chair, Graphic Designer and Production Artist
  • Designed all promotional items: invitations, mailers, auction catalog cover, advertising, signage
  • Created collateral items for fund-raising auctions


Wide Hive Records Independent Jazz and Hip-Hop label

  • Contract Designer
  • Designed music catalogs for inclusion with CD packaging


Additional Experience

Primary caregiver for two children 2002 - 2006 


Professional Drummer/Percussionist


Drummer/percussionist with rock bands on independent record labels throughout
​the 80s and 00s 
Recorded sixteen + albums and toured and recorded in Europe and the United States extensively

  • Thin White Rope
  • True West
  • Game Theory
  • The Loud Family
  • The Graves Brothers Deluxe
  • The Sippy Cups (Family Music Act)
  • Danny Pearson Band
  • The Jean Genies (Bowie Tribute Act)
  • Country Joe McDonald Band


Drummer/percussionist and graphic artist with The Sippy Cups, 2005 - 2010, www.thesippycups.com

  • Performing throughout the US major venues and festivals
  • Recorded three full-length LPs and two singles
  • Arranging transportation for 7+ members, gear and props
  • Creation of promotional pieces: postcards, posters and props


Photographic Model
Modeled for Charles Schwab, Hewlett Packard (national ads, in Newsweek, Forbes, Time, US News) Adobe, US Postal Service, Cisco Systems, Willmington Trust and others