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About TGIM

Hey there, I’m Craig Valentino and I’ve been working professionally in the wonderful world of design since 2008 (yep... that means people pay me to make things look pretty... but then hopefully realize that there's years of expertise, strategy and purpose packed into their brand, creating strong & cohesive visual communication that helps THEM get paid too... who knew, right?). Thank God It’s Monday is my portfolio of work and the name I design under independently.

 

I’m currently the Senior Designer at a killer agency in Beacon NY called Rabe & Company (click that link), and this is where I spend my days. If you're looking to partner with a full team of talented creatives and thinkers, contact me there.

 

Design to me is about communication, problem-solving and strategy just as much as it's about being creative and making something look good. It needs a concept behind it in order to accomplish a specific goal. For that reason, I believe in "creativity with purpose," where I constantly strive to find the balance between design and strategy. ​I enjoy creating meaningful design for meaningful brands of all shapes and sizes; whether it's helping build a small startup or adding additional value to a larger, well-established brand.

ACCOLADES

HOW Int'l Design Awards (4)

HOW Design Promo & Marketing Award

GDUSA- American Graphic Design Awards (3)

GDUSA- American Package Design Awards (6)

GDUSA- Health & Wellness Design Award

GDUSA- Cannabis Industry Graphic Award

Communicator Award

Hermes Creative Awards (24)

Marcom Awards (13)

Wix Stunning Web Award

Favourite Design Awards (3)

Design & Design Awards (2)

International Design Award

Pepsico “Regional Dew” Winner

Communitas Award

Keegan Ales Design Competition - 3rd

NOTABLE PRESS +

PUBLICATIONS

The Dieline

HOW Design (4)

GDUSA Magazine (9)

World Brand Design Society

Branders Magazine

Retro Graphics: SendPoints Publishing

Design & Design: Book of the Year 7

Favourite Design Book (2014, 2015)

Wix.com- "Inspiring Websites"​

Froth Magazine

Beers Illustrated

Cottom Bureau

Packaging of the World

Lovely Package

From Up North

Freelancer.com

Abduzeedo

Serial Thriller

Inspiration Grid

Package Inspiration

Braaanding

Typography Daily

TALKS & TYPES: SPEAKING & WRITING

The Quickie Podcast for Designers

 Episode 64  

2019

 

Branders Magazine

Issue #12: "Creativity + Strategy in Packaging: A Perfect Pair"

2019

 

The Pursuit Collective Magazine

"Brand Design Reviews" &

"Monthly Spread" Articles

2015 / 2016

WHERE I'VE BEEN

Thank God It's Monday

Principal Designer; 2008 - present ​

 

Rabe & Company

Senior Designer; 2019 - present

 

FAI Design Group

Designer; 2015 - 2018 ​

 

Safari Sundays

Freelance Designer; 2015 ​

 

Original Skateboards

Art Director / Designer; 2013 - 2015

​H2M Beverages

Senior Designer; 2010 - 2013 ​

 

ColorPage (we don't speak of this job)

Designer; 2009 - 2010 ​

 

Straus Newspapers

Designer; 2008 - 2009 ​

 

 

 

 

SUNY Cortland

BA- New Media Design; 2004 - 2008

WHAT I DO

- Logo Development

- Brand Identity

- Packaging

- Apparel & Product Graphics

- Print & Digital

- Illustration (on occasion)

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For additional inquiries on full brand development or website projects, tag-teamed by a talented crew of designers, copywriters, branding specialists and project managers, contact me over at Rabe & Company: