Maria Plotnikova

Art Director and Graphic Designer

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About me

 

A concept driven Art Director and cross-disciplinary designer with 10 years of work experience in a range of creative agencies. Experienced both in directing and leading teams of designers, developers, illustrators and photographers, and also in working independently, bringing my own ideas to ready made products. Have worked on advertising campaigns for global businesses such as Philip Morris (Parliament, Marlboro, Chesterfield and L&M), focussing on the Eastern European and Ukrainian markets. Have created successful brand identity for several smaller start-up businesses. Was awarded the highly competitive Chevening scholarship (2015) to study Interdisciplinary Arts at Oxford Brookes University, an opportunity to focus intensively on developing my skills of conceptual thinking while creating installations, performance, and video art and taking part in art exhibitions and festivals. Am passionate about ideas, collaborative in brainstorming, and attentive to details when creating visual language. Combine a strong work-ethic and high standards with artistic creativity and an innovative approach. Able to adapt to all kinds of briefs and keen to bring my enthusiasm to projects of any scale.

Skills

 

  • Abobe Indesign/photoshop/illustrator
  • Advertising Graphic Design
  • Photoshop and Retoucing
  • Concepts/conceptual/art Direction/creative
  • Art Director Designer Illustrator Ideas Generator
  • Brand and Identity Design and Development
  • Art Directing Graphic Design

Work history

2015

Senior Art Director

Leo Burnett

Mar 2010 - May 2015
  • Full Time
  • Worked in an international team, providing creative services for Philip Morris brands for Ukrainian, Romanian, Georgian and Bulgarian markets. Was leading creative for Chesterfield brand, as well as working with Marlboro and Parliament brands. Developed and launched several digital projects. Brought new client to the agency. Won several awards for MoodBox project.

2010

Art Director

Twiga Advertising

Oct 2008 - Feb 2010
  • Full Time
  • Managed creative team of 5 people. Worked with pharmaceutical company, launched three medicine brands. Got shooting experience. Won pitch for Subaru brand for Ukrainian market.

2008

Creative Graphic Designer

McCann

Oct 2008 - Oct 2008
  • Full Time
  • Progressed from junior to senior designer in agency’s design studio in 1 year. Worked for local Mobile operator, international brewing company BBH (Carlsberg, Baltica, Fosters), Nestle (Nescafe, Nesquik) and Microsoſt.

Education

2016

Contemporary Art

Oxford Brookes University

Sep 2015 - Oct 2016

2010

Art Direction

School of Visual Communications

Nov 2009 - Apr 2010

1997

(hons) Graphic Design

Art school

Sep 1993 - Jul 1997

Awards

2014

Shortlist

Effie Awards

  • https://www.behance.net/gallery/16673959/MOOD-BOX

2013

Gold

Ukrainian Design: The very best of

  • https://www.behance.net/gallery/4756713/PCH-cookie