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What does it mean to be a part of the creative division at Hallmark? It means joining one of the largest groups of creative professionals in the world. It's being part of a company that truly cares about people, starting with our own. It's discovering a new, better way of helping people share and connect through all of life's moments. But, best of all, being a creative at Hallmark is about finding meaning in everything you do, every day.

Whether you create with a brush, pen or mouse, there are lots of ways to have fun and do great work at Hallmark—work you can truly put your heart into.

Creative Leadership

Trish Creative Director (Strategy & Editorial), Marketing Studio

  • When did you join Hallmark? In 1989. And then again in 1998.
  • Hometown? Born in Johnson City, TN, but then went all over with my Army family
  • What's your educational background? B.S. Advertising from the University of Texas (Creative)
  • Why did you decide to work here? Round 1: I had a blast filling out the creative writing portfolio. Round 2: I really missed working with fun, smart, talented, creative people all day, every day.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? Collaborate with our advertising agency to develop creative strategies for marketing and advertising.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? A nicely worn-in pair of black flip flops.
  • What's your creative process?
    1. Go to as many meetings as it takes to understand the problem that needs solving.
    2. Talk to the people on my team about what they think.
    3. Get a Diet Coke.
    4. Check Facebook, e-mail and Twitter.
    5. Find out what the people outside my booth are laughing so hard about.
    6. Get a latte from the cafe downstairs.
    7. At the last possible minute, blurt my ideas into a Word or PowerPoint doc.
    8. Start again at 2 and repeat until the strategy is brilliant (and approved).
  • What three words best sum up your experience? Fun. Challenging. Collaborative.
  • Whom/what are your influences? Consumers. Bloggers. My staff. My improv comedy troupe. Great work by other brands. When You Care Enough by our founder, J.C. Hall.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? No question—the people. Working for a brand I believe in a gazillion percent is right up there, too.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? Any time I get to brainstorm with people from a bunch of different areas. (Usually late morning or early afternoon.)
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? Peanut butter, apple and bacon whole-grain panini.

Writing/Editorial

Keion Associate Writer

  • Before you were hired at Hallmark, you were with us as an intern. When was your internship at Hallmark? The summer of 2008
  • Hometown? Port Allen, LA
  • What's your educational background? Bachelor's Degree in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University
  • What were your biggest areas of growth during your intership? What did you learn? I've learned how to work past writer's block to make deadlines. All writers struggle at some point, but the writing and editorial community is really good at giving advice about how to pass the stuff standing in the way of writing.
  • Why did you decide to work here full time? Because it feels good. Why fight the feeling?
  • What do you do at Hallmark? I'm a humor writer. I write funny things. WAHOO! See? That was funny, right?
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? I'd be a penny loafer because I'm sophisticated, classic and capable of holding pennies.
  • What's your creative process? I usually create from a familiar place. I think about the basic things that are a part of the human experience, and I try to build on them in a way that will resonate with the consumer that I'm trying to serve.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? A true blessing.
  • Whom/what are your influences? The South, Hip Hop, My Family, Awkward Moments, The Human Experience, The Word ìBelieveî, Grapes, Theatre, Seventies Soul, The Color Orange, Spirituality...I could go on forever.
  • What was the best part about being an intern at Hallmark? I was given the chance to work on real projects. I wasn't bogged down with busy work that didn't really make a difference. My perspective was respected and it actually mattered.
  • What's the best part about working full time at Hallmark? Being in an environment where creativity is valued.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? I've always been partial to 4:55 p.m.
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? It's a tie between the baked potatoes and the bottled water.

Hand Lettering

Amber Lettering Artist IV

  • When did you join Hallmark? Intern summer 2004, hired February 2005
  • Hometown? Wichita, KS
  • What's your educational background? Studied graphic design & illustration at University of Kansas
  • Why did you decide to work here? I love lettering and lettering is kind of a dying skill in the outside world. People still appreciate it, but not many people do it. Hallmark was one of the only places that has a hub of amazingly talented lettering artists. I wanted to develop my skills in their midst. I love design and illustration, too, and I liked that Hallmark has departments in all three, should I ever want to explore a different focus. Plus, I love making cards for people and have always done it. It is a perfect fit for who I am.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? I am a lettering artist, so I collaborate with other designers, illustrators and photographers to create product and ideas. Some cards, too—I do the whole thing. On some, I'm able to use my illustration background, and, on the others, I get to meet and work with lots of people on lots of different things.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? Hmm...I think I would have to be a bright wellington boot.
  • What's your creative process? I research a lot. I keep a folder of things I like to look at. I doodle in my sketchbook and get my best ideas from what comes out of me when I'm not trying to come up with anything.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? Creative. Fun. Educational.
  • Whom/what are your influences? I love looking at illustrators who do lettering, too. I am influenced by line quality and shapes. My greatest art heroes are probably Margaret Kilgallen, J. Otto Seibold, Linzie Hunter, Kate Sutton, Ray Fenwick and Mike Perry.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? I have grown so much as an artist and as a professional since coming here. There are so many great people here to learn from.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? I like getting here early when no one is here yet (not that I make it out of bed that early very often). As much as I get charged up by being around people, I feel very creative in quiet, in the morning.
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? It would, hands-down, be the mozzarella-tomato-basil panini. Five stars!

Illustration

Samantha Illustrator

  • When did you join Hallmark? June 27, 2005
  • Hometown? Tampa, FL
  • What's your educational background? B.A. in Fine Art from Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Why did you decide to work here? I was recruited right out of school.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? Currently, I'm with the Blink Studio. We take on all kinds of projects that allow us to concept, brainstorm, illustrate, collaborate (with writers, designers, etc.), explore and research for different product creation teams around the company. Sometimes we create our own projects and imagery and show them around to designers and art directors. Currently, we are being introduced to new media programs such as Flash and After Effects for future projects.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? A boot made for walking—walking around as many other countries as I can afford.
  • What's your creative process? Since I'm expected to create a lot of artwork for my job, I usually need a huge dose of inspiration before I start a project. I get that inspiration from looking at artists I like, blogs I follow, books from our library and traveling outside the company. Recently, I went to Art Basel Miami Beach and spent three days looking at tons of artwork from all over the world. That's what I'm talking about! Then, with my inspiration, I start concepting and sketching ideas or taking time to play with some different kinds of media, which I then translate into finished art.
  • Whom/what are your influences? My dad and mom (also working artists), illustrators (the Internet is an amazing source for finding all the amazing talent out there!), color really drives my work, retro/vintage everything, my co-workers
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? Working with other artists on a daily basis—especially artist that have knowledge and experience to share.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? I like 3:00 p.m. That's the time I usually take a break with co-workers and have amazing conversations about the company, pop culture, weekend plans and current events. I get a lot of interesting ideas and, sometimes, a new energy I need for the rest of the day on these conversations.
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? The coconut curry soup takes the 1st prize here.

Web & Interactive Design

Ron Senior Designer

  • When did you join Hallmark? October 2000
  • Hometown? Kansas City, MO
  • What's your educational background? B.A. in Graphic Design from Avila University
  • Why did you decide to work here? It was an opportunity I couldn't pass up.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? Produce and design e-cards and other multimedia projects.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? A Prada Loafer (high style but laid back).
  • What's your creative process? It's highly collaborative. I feel most of what I do best is in the conceptual and ideation phases.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? Diverse. Educational. Passionate.
  • Whom/what are your influences? Saul Bass, Helvetica Neue and Wes Anderson.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? Working with amazingly talented people.
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? Homemade Granola Bars

Photography

Erin Commercial Studio Photo Stylist

  • When did you join Hallmark? August 2002
  • What's your educational background? I have a B.S. in photography from University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. (It was Central Missouri State when I was there.)
  • Why did you decide to work here? It sounds corny, but I have wanted to work here since I was a little kid. I grew up in a small town in Missouri about an hour and a half from Kansas City. I remember coming to the visitor's center with my family as a kid and being completely mesmerized by that machine that makes the bows. Do they still have that machine? Anyway, from then on I wanted to work at Hallmark.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? I am a photo stylist in the Commercial Photo Studio. Our department creates the photography for all advertising, marketing and retail purposes such as print ads, catalogs, direct mail pieces and store signage. The photo stylist is, basically, the person that gathers all the things necessary for the photo shoot (products, props, wardrobe) and puts it all together in a visually pleasing way. It is a very collaborative job. I work closely with a photographer and an art director from the preliminary concepting and production stage all the way through the execution of the shoot. Since I have a degree in photography, sometimes they let me get behind the camera, too! I get a little bit of the best of both worlds.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? A ballet flat—comfortable, versatile, unassuming, but still cute enough to go out in if you had to.
  • What's your creative process? Hmm, this is a heavy question. It seems funny for a creative person to be a Type-A personality, but I am. I'm a total list maker. When I get an assignment, I might sit down and do a quick brainstorm and sift through some blogs or visual research. When I find something that sparks some ideas, I will then proceed in making anywhere from 6 to 133 (depending on the complexity of the project) different lists outlining all aspects of the project. Those become my bible for the rest of the project.
  • Whom/what are your influences? I am incredibly inspired by all of the talented people I work with, directly and indirectly, here at Hallmark. I love looking at magazines with good photography, and I am a total design blogaholic (who isn't?). Design*Sponge, Decor8 and Apartment Therapy are a few of my favorites.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? It really feels like I'm still in art school. Everyone is so nice and generous with their knowledge and talent. It isn't competitive at all, and my peers, especially my more senior peers, are really invested in helping my career grow and flourish. There are also lots of great speakers and special programs—with door prizes!
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? 2:30 p.m. snack time (my co-workers will tell you I am very motivated by food).

Graphic Design

John Designer

  • When did you join Hallmark? August 6, 1987
  • Hometown? Kansas City
  • What's your educational background? KU
  • Why did you decide to work here? Dad did.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? Design cards.
  • What's your creative process? Freak out, sit down, create.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? It's my life.
  • Whom/what are your influences? Everybody else.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? The people.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? 3:30 Friday afternoon.

Gift Design/Keepsakes

Tom Artist IV

  • When did you join Hallmark? December 28, 1982
  • Hometown? Avon Lake, Ohio
  • What's your educational background? B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design (Illustration major with a minor in Advertising)
  • Why did you decide to work here? I was recruited right from art school by Hallmark. It was an easy decision.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? I've been an artist my entire career, in several different departments. I currently work in the Keepsake Ornament studio.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? An old comfortable one.
  • What's your creative process? In a word "coffee." Ideas come anytime, anywhere. The trick is to weed out the stupid ones and let the good ones grow.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? Friendly. Industrious. Challenging.
  • Whom/what are your influences? Co-workers/peers, the marketplace and many, many miscellaneous painters and illustrators.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? Such a large community of talented, creative people and resources all under one roof.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? Getting in early before "everyone" shows up.
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? Chicken Tetrazzini.

Animation

Lauren Animator I

  • When did you join Hallmark? March 2008
  • Hometown? San Jose, CA by way of Los Alamos, NM
  • What's your educational background? B.F.A. Animation/Illustration from San Jose State University
  • Why did you decide to work here? I enjoy the collaborative work environment and friendly atmosphere.
  • What do you do at Hallmark? I help create Web content for hoops&yoyo, including e-cards, animations, designing e-mail campaigns, interactive calendars, etc.
  • If you were a shoe, what would you be? A fuzzy slipper.
  • What's your creative process? My creative process, generally, is to brainstorm, run my ideas by my co-workers, narrow down and go for completion.
  • What three words best sum up your experience? Collaboration. Learning. Treats.
  • Whom/what are your influences? Lately, I create under the influence of plenty of caffeine.
  • What's the best part about working at Hallmark? The friendly and creative atmosphere that works toward bettering each other's work.
  • What's your favorite time of the work day? Twilight
  • Favorite Crown Room (cafeteria) delicacy? Chicken fajita wraps.