ABOUT TODD
I grew up in New Jersey and New York. Upon graduating from the School of Visual Arts, I had the pleasure to work throughout the New York City area as both a staff designer and independent creative. Moving to the San Francisco Bay Area allowed me broaden my career path by working as a designer and educator across a spectrum of industries. I currently reside in Greensboro, North Carolina with my family. Upon our meeting, you’ll learn more.
PROFESSIONAL DESIGN EXPERIENCE
TODD ZIMMER GRAPHIC DESIGN. GREENSBORO, NC, 2006-PRESENT 
I have designed for clients across different industries and backgrounds, including: Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Broken Heart Dolls, Ecology Center of Berkeley, Eugene Biro Corp., Fellini Coffee Bar, The Hanging Garden, Kinship Comfort Brands, Meteor Industries, MTV Networks, Mythology Entertainment, Octagon, Phineus Partners, Pizza Moda, Vaska Botanicals and many others. My role as designer for the aforementioned is as varied as the design profession can be. Samples and references provided upon request.
FURNITURELAND SOUTH. JAMESTOWN, NC, 2016-2017
Furnitureland South is the World’s Largest Furniture Store, and with that size comes the huge responsibility of an in-house marketing department. From national print advertising to web design to virtual reality tour planning, the in-house department does it all. Everything crafted must support the brand of Furnitureland South and a sales force of over 100 interior designers. My responsibilities crossed many disciplines and traversed numerous avenues. I have a vast portfolio of work to show.
PRESERVATION GREENSBORO, INC. GREENSBORO, NC 2015-2017
I designed membership and visitor information brochures, along with guide books, posters, billboards and other ephemera for the annual Tour of Historic Homes & Gardens. I also developed and refined the organization’s branding for its 50th anniversary.
EMPIRE PROPERTIES / EMPIRE EATS. RALEIGH, NC, 2015
Empire Properties is a brokerage firm with properties all over the Raleigh and Durham area, while Empire Eats is a subsidiary that houses six restaurants with five unique concepts. Additionally, there is a catering company, several food trucks and no fewer than three event spaces. I served as the in-house design director for all things related to Empire. A short list of responsibilities includes the design and direction of exterior signage, posters, check presenters, menus, restaurant related premiums, logo and identity systems, brochures, web design, and interoffice design needs.
RIVENDELL BICYCLE WORKS. WALNUT CREEK, CA 2007-2014
I’ve designed graphics and other products for Rivendell, such as headbadges and decals for the following bike models: Bombadil, Betty Foy, Sam Hillborne, Simpleone, Quickbeam, Renovelo, and more. My other projects included pin-back buttons, brochures, business cards, t-shirts, and more.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE. JAMESTOWN, NC 2017-2018
I’ve lead classes in Typography I & II and Graphic Design I. My class sizes range from 12-20 eager-to-learn students. I teach and develop lessons based on real-world design experience and carefully curated resources. Additionally, I have worked with peers both inside and outside the program with planning and implementing projects and lessons.
OAKLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. OAKLAND, CA 2005-2006
Aside from working as staff designer for the school, I served as design mentor for the visual art and design students and as art history instructor for this unique art charter school located in historic Downtown Oakland’s Fox Theater.
EX’PRESSION COLLEGE FOR DIGITAL ARTS. EMERYVILLE, CA 2004-2005
Lab instructor for upwards to five classes in Digital Graphic Design and Motion Graphics.
LIGHTHOUSE COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL. OAKLAND, CA 2003-2004
After school program instructor in Cartoon Art and Animation. Class size ranged between 10 and 20 middle school aged kids
EDUCATION
BFA, Illustration and Cartooning, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Graduate Study, School of Graphic Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Various Workshops and Design retreats with the AIGA.
RECOGNITION
Published illustration in High Energy Rock & Roll: The Art of Electric Frankenstein, Dark Horse Books, Milwaukie, Oregon 
Work showcased  in Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System 2011, 2013-2017, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Work exhibited in Toy Design Served, AIGA Member Gallery, and SVA Portfolios: Behance Curated Galleries, behance.net
INVOLVEMENT
INNERACT PROJECT, 2012 
I had the responsibility to instruct and educate groups of young teenage students in the fundamentals of graphic design.
AIGA TRIAD, 2015-PRESENT 
I serve as board member in the role of volunteer director for my local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
WQFS, 2018 
I have a weekly radio show that broadcasts on WQFS 90.9, the Guilford College radio station. WQFS serves the city of Greensboro, N.C. and surrounding Triad communities.
SKILLS
Typography, design for print, page layout, front-end web developing, icon design and prototyping. Computer skills include all versions of Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Lightroom. All versions of Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Office 365. Professional, educational, and personal background in illustration, cartooning, fine art, and photography.
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