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Thomas Kugler is a graphic & web designer with formal training and professional experience in the theory, concepts, and principles of graphic design, and award-winning web design and development skills. He has versatility in various disciplines, from print to web to mobile, with a grasp of the technical challenges of all.
A graphic and web designer since 2007, entering this industry was a career change for Thomas, following concurrent previous careers in film, music, and theatre in Los Angeles. A 2008 graduate of Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University (Washington, DC campus), he was awarded a scholarship to CDIA after winning the SkillsUSA national championship in Web Design for 2007. This also earned him a Professional Webmaster certification from the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW).
Following his graduation from CDIA, Thomas relocated to his hometown of Washington, DC, and has since worked for a number of associations. These include the National Head Start Association (NHSA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Amercan Society of Association Executives (ASAE). This latter engagement was a longterm, ongoing position with ASAE from 2011–2016 as Website Administrator (Designer/Developer/Strategist).
During his tenure at ASAE, Thomas grew and expanded upon both his design and development skills. With a number of websites winning awards from Web Marketing Association (WMA), these achievements have been widely recognized. In 2014, he led the design and development of ASAE Site's 2014 Responsive Redesign (link is to demo site, live site overwritten in 2016). In 2013, he led front-end UI/UX design & development of ASAE's e-commerce and proflile platforms, and led the design of the ASAE Foundation website.
Thomas also maintains a freelance client base, providing services across the full spectrum of graphics for both print and digital media. His skills and experience range from logos, to branding and identity, to illustration, to fully-developed websites. He welcomes new clients, and looks forward to bringing his best to your project.
Please enjoy Thomas' online portfolio, and drop in again to see new samples as they're added!
ISG Solutions, LLC, http://www.isgsolutions.com
Web Designer/Developer (4/16–present)
Lead expansion of in-house capacity for front-end web design & development; Strategize standardization of process/workflow; Design and Develop association clients' online/web properties; User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) Design; Responsive HTML Email Template Design/Development; CMS Development (iMIS/RiSE)
American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), http://www.asaecenter.org (link is to demo site, live site was overwritten in 2016)
Website Administrator [Designer, Developer, Strategist] (9/10–4/16)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), http://aamc.org
Web Developer (6/09–7/10)
HTML/CSS Development/Formatting/Publishing, Template Development, CMS Development (CoreMedia), Image Editing/Optimization (Photoshop), Information Architecture, w/ Sitemaps & Wireframes (Visio), HTML E-mails (GroupMail)
National Head Start Association (NHSA), http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc
Web Designer/Developer, Desktop Publishing Designer (12/08–5/09)
Interactive Design, Web Design (Flash w/ ActionScript 2, Fireworks, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver), Print Design/Desktop Publishing (InDesign), HTML/CSS Development/Formatting/Publishing, HTML E-mails (MagnetMail)
Websites Designed & Developed, ISG Solutions
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Websites Designed & Developed, ASAE
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Websites Designed & Developed, Freelance
PMD Montgomery (political activism group); Building Blocks Early Learning Center (preschool); Timeless Concepts, Inc. (health insurance brokerage); Rainbow Theatre Project (theatre company); All Saints Preschool (church preschool); Long Island Tourette Syndrome Association (nonprofit health organization); Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association (orchestral organization); DC Final Cut Pro User Group (digital film editing software group); Rose Stone (Sly & the Family Stone original member); SkillsUSA CA Chapter (professional development organization)
Logos, Branding, Print Design
Building Blocks Early Learning Center (preschool); Rainbow Theatre Project (theatre company); All Saints Preschool (church preschool); Long Island Tourette Syndrome Association (nonprofit health organization); DC Final Cut Pro User Group (digital film editing software group); Studio 4615 (photography studio); Old Oaks & Silver (writing & consulting company); EvenSong — A Vampire Rock Opera (rock concept CD)
Web Marketing Association's Web Awards
Outstanding Website: 2011 ASAE Annual Meeting
Technology Idea Lab Leader, ASAE Technology Conference & Expo
Adaptive Design — The Next Generation of Responsive
(2013 Speaking Engagement)
Being Responsive to Responsive Web Design
(2012 Speaking Engagement)
SkillsUSA Gold Medal Winner, Web Design
National Championships — 6/07; CA State Competition — 4/07; Southern CA Regional Competition — 2/07
Certified Professional Webmaster
World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) — 6/07
Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University — 6/07
Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University (Washington, D.C.)
Certificate, Graphic & Web Design, 2008
North Valley Occupational Center (Mission Hills, CA)
Certificate, Web Design, 2007
Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA)
Certificate, Video/Television/Film Production
Occidental College, (Los Angeles, CA)
Bachelor of Arts, Major: American Studies, Minor: Music
Post-Production Film Department Head
J.R. Media Services (Burbank, CA)
R.P.G. Productions (Burbank, CA)
Post-Production Film Technician
IMAX Corp. (Los Angeles, CA)
D & A Filmcutting (Los Angeles, CA)
Alter Image (Burbank, CA)