I AM

DAVID NELKE

Creative Director / Art Director / UI Designer
  • Marketing
  • Branding
  • UI Design
  • Packaging
  • Process Improvement
  • Project Management

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I am a strategist who quickly overcomes profit and growth challenges, leveraging entrepreneurial drive and market acumen for success from new-market ventures to Fortune 500 companies. I have worked across multiple diverse industries with a wide range of brands including Fender, Mattel, I Love Lucy, EDS, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, REI, Petco, and other major brands driving successful campaigns, creating business opportunities and consistently increasing profits.

    MY WORK

    CHECK OUT SOME OF MY

    PORTFOLIO

    Fender & eJamming

    Developed the user interface for eJamming in partnership with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation...

    Brand, Information Architecture, UI / UX

    Hot Wheels

    Designed the "Monster Mayhem Series" packaging for the vehicles of numerous classic movie monsters...

    Packaging

    I Love Lucy

    Created and designed these critically acclaimed scrapbooks of creative ‘fakes’ coupled with mixed historical material and detailed narrative for the Arnaz families....

    Packaging, Publishing

    Perfect Connection

    Developed information architecture, user interface and branding for golfing mobile app...

    Brand, Information Architecture, UI / UX

    2Xtreme Performance

    Development and execution of multiple product packaging lines for sports supplement products...

    Apparel, Brand, Illustration, Packaging, UI / UX

    Knight Duel

    Developed the process, flow and user interface design for unique interactivity and player immersion...

    Brand, Information Architecture, UI / UX

    DORBA

    Re-Brand of all existing pieces to better represent the club and remove the impression that it was only a racing club...

    Apparel, Brand

    Mega Motors

    Created international paper engineered books working with artist’s, publishers and illustrators....

    Brand, Illustration, Packaging, Publishing

    Frisco Triathlon Club

    Created the logo, brand, apparel, website and marketing for the club....

    Apparel, Brand, Information Architecture, UI / UX

    Medical UI (Confidential)

    UI / UX

    Cooper Kemp Wines

    Commissioned to progress the brand with a new, modern logo aligning their brand closer to its target market....

    Brand, Packaging

    I Am Organic

    Designed environmental sustainability style logo, website, and merchandise for eco-friendly products...

    Apparel, Brand, Information Architecture, Packaging, UI / UX

    USMC

    Created numerous marketing pieces, logos, T-shirt designs, coins, tattoos and more for the United States Marine Corps...

    Apparel, Brand, Illustration

    Athlete’s Source

    Information Architecture, UI / UX

    Stubbs International

    Apparel, Brand, Publishing

    Social Network (Confidential)

    Brand, Information Architecture, UI / UX
    WHAT THEY SAY

    Clients Testimonials

    Finest Designer I Know
    I have had the privilege of working with David, and it is without reservation that I endorse him as one of the finest graphic design artists I know.
    Steve Gallegos, JD
    Executive Coach and Trainer, Facilitator, Author, and International Speaker / The Stevie G. Success Group
    Brilliantly Creative
    David has done magnificently creative and talented work designing Lucy & Desi - A Real Life Scrapbook of America’s Favorite TV Couple and I Love Lucy - The Official Scrapbook of America’s Favorite TV Show. It was a pleasure to work with him. His professionalism and attention to detail brought these books to life, and helped create a piece of history for Lucy fans worldwide.
    Elisabeth Edwards
    Estate Executor / Lucy & Desi Arnez
    Great Creative Director
    David is a great Creative Director. He worked on my team for several years leading well - always bringing fresh ideas to the table. Not only can he create big ideas - he can bring them to life.
    Luke Hejl
    CEO | Founder / TimelyMD
    Extremely Hard Working
    I worked with David for 2 years at Doctors In Training and in that time found him to be extremely hard working, creative and passionate about producing high-quality artwork for our team and taking our organization to the next level in print, email, and social initiatives. He was always willing to go the extra mile and work as long as it took to perfect the work he sent out. I would highly recommend David for any creative project (large or small) and have used him for freelance projects at 2 additional companies I have worked for since we parted ways in 2012. He is smart, dedicated, adaptable and extremely talented. Any company would benefit immensely from hiring him.
    Courtney Zimmerman
    Director of Marketing / Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    “Big Ideas”
    “Big ideas” is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of David. His passion for elevating projects and ideas, all while coming up with creative solutions and approaches in doing so, is what makes David tick. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with David on the corporate marking team of exceptional internal creative professionals while at EDS (Electronic Data Systems) for a few years, not only as a fellow designer and art director but also as a Team Lead. Not only was he a wonderful designer, but I was always struck (as mentioned earlier) with how much passion he brought to each project — always coming up with big ideas and unique approaches. He always put a lot of energy and effort into his work, never settling for “good enough”. David is willing to push boundaries and raise questions, yet always in a professional and intelligent manner. David would be a great addition to any organization and team, especially one looking for big ideas and passionate convictions all wrapped up in an easy-going and professional demeanor. He’s a welcome asset to any group and highly recommended.
    Craig Burzynski
    Manager of Creative Services / Conifer Health Solutions
    David’s a Leader
    We found David when eJamming was under a tremendous time crunch. The branding of our software and website needed a fresh, more targeted feel. Because eJamming is both a website and a client application, he had to quickly grasp the technological and usability requirements of three different teams while also satisfying the sensibilities of the co-founders. Without David's organizational and communication skills, our goals would not have been adequately met. You discover a lot about people when they're under pressure. David's a leader. We can't wait to work with him again.
    Gail Kantor
    CEO / eJamming Inc.
    David is a Creative Genius
    David is a creative genius, period. He is great to work with and full of positive energy. He will help you in all aspects of marketing and graphics, period. I recommend him to anyone.
    Saul Benjamin Oxholm
    Analyst / Krox
    Creative Genius
    David is an exceptionally creative graphic designer with a lot of great ideas, an eye for detail, and a great mind for using visual elements to unify materials across products or advertising campaigns.
    Michelle (Voss) Waak
    Senior Vice President / Howard Hughes
    A Great Asset
    David was a great asset at USAG! His role went far beyond the Creative Director duties. We relied heavily on David to come up with creative and execute it on tough deadlines - and he always delivered. Would definitely hire again if possible. A valuable team player who rises to the occasion and overachieves.
    Hunter Hewett
    Broker / Commercial Real Estate
    WHO I WORKED WITH

    Some of my Clients

    Social Factor
    Rebel Kettle Brewing
    Fender
    I Love Lucy
    Proteus Group
    Mattel Hot Wheels
    City of Frisco
    NUT Gaming
    Ikliptic
    DORBA
    eJamming
    Darkspire Media