About


Andrew Jason Santos is a Graphic Designer, UI/UX Designer, Digital Illustrator, Indie Game Developer, and sometimes Musician, originally from Southern California. I've worked as a creative professional for 10+ years, in California and NYC, and have been creating art, music, and games my whole life.  

I worked in NYC for 2.5 years, creating apps and games from the ground up, as well as custom branding and marketing for numerous startups. I enjoy working on projects and with people looking to make a real difference in the world, to positively affect people's everyday lives. I believe this is attainable across numerous mediums, and strive to stay versatile and wear many hats in order to do so. 

I'm interested in the non-profit sector, as well as in game development, looking at both as a means of calling users to action and awareness, and to challenge and grow emotions and opinions. I'm currently employed in San Diego, California, as a Senior Content Designer in the addiction industry, striving to empower and educate people in getting themselves or loved ones into substance abuse and addiction treatment. 

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Education


B.A. in Art - Graphic Design

Sept. 2004 – June 2008

California State University, San Bernardino

 

Minor in Music - Recording Arts

Sept. 2004 – June 2008

California State University, San Bernardino


Skills


Design & Illustration

Sketch, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Photo Manipulation, Pixel Art

Interaction & Games

Invision, Proto.io, GameMaker Studio, Stencyl, Fourwinds Interactive

Web Design & Coding

HTML/CSS, Wordpress, Squarespace, Some PHP & JavaScript, Dreamweaver, The Secretary

Motion Graphics & Animation

After Affects, Premier, Flash, Photoshop

Music & Composition

Garageband, Piano, Guitar, Voice, Composition, Song Writing


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Experience


Sr. Content Graphic Designer

September 2015 – Present

Recovery Brands

San Diego, CA

I design UI/UX systems and produce visual content for various digital properties in the substance abuse recovery and rehabilitation industry.

  • Was promoted from Content Graphic Designer position after one year

  • Direct various projects creatively from conception through production

  • Build unique UI/UX systems for a plethora of web sites and pages

  • Guide and help develop junior designers

  • Conceptualize and Execute complex infographics

  • Create long form visual content

 

Creative Director & Game Designer

October 2013 – Present

DragonLlama Games

Various

I serve as creative director and lead designer / programmer / artist / writer / composer / sfx artist / marketer / manager for various 2D gaming projects, both freelance and personal.

  • Submitted demo of “R.E.M.” to IndieCade 2014 and gained access to IndieCade conference

  • Showcased “R.E.M.” demo to audience of over 200 playtesters at Microsoft HQ

  • Conceptualized online mobile game portal, created art assets for several mobile html5 based games, contributed to game design, and produced advertisement materials at Tresensa, Inc. in NYC

  • Participate regularly in local and national Game Jams and #GameDev organizations in New York City and San Diego, CA

 

UI & Graphic Designer (Freelance)

January 2015 – April 2016

Private WiFi

Manhattan, New York, NY

I developed user interface design for the Private WiFi mobile app, as well as branding and support graphics.

  • Designed comprehensive “2.0” app experience for Android and IOS mobile and tablet platforms

  • Updated Private WiFi branding to be more modern, progressive, and competitive

 

Sr. Graphic Designer

Mar. 2013 – May 2014

App Partner Development

DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

I was the senior graphic and user interface designer, working directly with both clients and internal staff to create visually striking and intuitive user experiences for mobile applications and games.

  • Promoted to senior design position & creative team lead within first two months

  • Served as creative & artistic lead of the company

  • Designed interfaces for several apps & games from conception to completion

  • Created complete custom branding & marketing support materials for various projects

  • Supervised, Trained and Interviewed junior designers and artists

  • Revised company design procedures and policies

 

UI/UX & Graphic Designer (Freelance)

Jan. 2013 – Oct. 2013

CAMINTEL Group, LLC

New York, NY

On a periodic basis, I developed & designed the company logo, brand, & mascot, as well as designed the initial user interface templates for the near field communication mobile app & website.

  • Worked on presentation materials for the Miller Lite “Tap the Future” Business Competition

  • Served as a creative consultant for brand decisions & strategy

 

Staff Graphic Designer

Dec. 2008 – Sept. 2012

Santos Manuel Student Union
@ Cal State San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

I was promoted to the first non-student full-time designer in the organization after graduating & working as a student for one year.

  • Supervised & developed student designers & interns, 4-8 per quarter

  • Assisted in the expansion of the department from 3 student designers to over 20 students

  • Planned all original branding & advertisements for the 1st annual CSUSB Ecofest fair

  • Conceptualized & created the official SMSU mascot “Odie Yotie”

  • Updated & maintained SMSU web sites & digital monitor systems

  • Represented the SMSU at several regional & national conferences

  • Directed several video & motion graphics promotions

 

Student Graphic Designer

Sept. 2007 – Dec. 2008

Santos Manuel Student Union
@ Cal State San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA

I was brought onto a small 3 student designer team to work on special projects that went out of the typical scope of event posters & print design.

  • Redesigned the SMSU web site & digital display monitor interfaces

  • Produced the first SMSU Scheduling & Services informational brochure; 5000 were printed & distributed to various Southern California businesses & organizations

  • Planned individual marketing efforts for events, promotions, & other materials


Awards


"Steal This Idea" 2012

ACUI Region 15 // Design Competition

2nd Place: Apparel

3rd Place: Promotional Campaign

 

"Steal This Idea" 2011

ACUI Region 15 // Design Competition

1st Place: Digital Ad, Motion GFX, Invitation

2nd Place: Apparel, Banner, Calendar, Digital Ad, Signage

3rd Place: Brand Identity, Digital Ad, Motion GFX, Open, Print Ad, Signage, Video Promotion, Web Site

 

"Steal This Idea" 2010

ACUI Region 15 // Design Competition

1st Place: Logo

3rd Place: 4 Color Poster

 

"Steal This Idea" 2009

ACUI Region 15 // Design Competition

1st Place: Advertisement

2nd Place: Web Site

3rd Place: Advertisement