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IN A WORLD FULL OF SHORTCUTS... DEMAND EXCELLENCE.

Hey there! I’m Craig Valentino and I’ve been working professionally in the world of design since 2008. Yep... that basically means at face value, people pay me to make things look pretty... but then hopefully realize that there are years of expertise, knowledge and purpose packed into their brand which paves the way to strong and cohesive visual communication that helps them be successful.

 

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 & Co. and this is where I spend my days. If you're looking to partner with a full team of talented creatives and thinkers, contact us 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.

 

Video clip courtesy of Fraternale Films

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SELECT BRANDS
I'VE WORKED WITH:

Featured

 

Anheuser-Busch*

Beam Suntory

Bed Bath & Beyond*

Beekman 1802*

Buy Buy Baby*

​Courvoisier

The Craft & Co.

Dainton Brewery

GoPro*

Grenade Gloves

Industrial Arts Brewing*

Maton Guitars

Macy's*

Mountain Dew

Original Skateboards

Pepsi

Pepsico Design & Innovation*

Puma

Red Robin

Saratoga Spring Water*

The Sharper Image*

TJX Companies*

Other Notable Brands

 

Allstar Innovations*

Aperitivo & Co*

Baxter Building Corp.

Breza Birch Water

Brodo Bone Broth

Cabin Creek Supply

Cappelletti*

Christmas Tree Shops*

Concrete & Clay Wine

Dicks Cottons/ShadesClub

Fit Social Studio

Gypsy Hub

Healthy™ Hemp*

Herbal Mist Teas

Heritage Food & Drink

Hudson River Hemp*

Kitchen & Coffee*

Kittatinny Valley State Park

LaGrange Farms at Overlook

Mill House Brewing Co.

Omni Bev Cold Brew Coffee

Ready Coffee*

Rocket Film*

Safari Sundays

Saveur*

Skies Fall Media

Volum8

Yarra Brewing Co.

Yonkers Brewing Co.

* Agency

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NOTABLE PRESS, PUBLICATIONS
& AWARDS

Digital Press

The Dieline

World Brand Design Society

The Quickie Podcast

Packaging of the World

Lovely Package

Froth Magazine

Wix's Inspiring Websites

Cotton Bureau

Teepublic- Editor's Pick

Print Publications & Books

GDUSA

HOW Design

Branders Magazine

"Retro Graphics" - SendPoints 

Design & Design Book: Vol.7

Favourite Design Books (2)

Awards

HOW Design Awards (5)

GDUSA Awards (11)

Communicator Award

Hermes Creative Awards (24)

Marcom Awards (13)

IDA Design Award

Wix Stunning Web Award

Pepsico: Regional Dew Award

Favourite Design Awards (3)

Design & Design Awards (2)

Communitas Award

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TALKS & TYPES: SPEAKING + WRITING

GDUSA Magazine

 

June 2021- 58th Print Design Survey; Excerpt in: "Designers Debate the State of Post-Pandemic Print" 

The Quickie Podcast for Designers

 

2019- Episode 64  

 

Branders Magazine

2019- Issue #12 Article:

"Creativity + Strategy in Packaging: A Perfect Pair"

 

The Pursuit Collective Magazine

2015 / 2016- "Brand Design Reviews" &

"Monthly Spread" Articles

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WHERE I'VE BEEN

Thank God It's Monday

Principal Designer; 2008 - present ​

 

Rabe & Co.

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)

Designer; 2009 - 2010 ​

 

Straus

Designer; 2008 - 2009 ​

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SUNY Cortland

BA- New Media Design; 2004 - 2008

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WHAT I DO

Visual Brand Identity

Packaging

Apparel & Product Graphics

Print

Web & Digital

Illustration

For inquiries additional to these, such as brand development or website projects, contact me over at Rabe & Company where your project can be tackled by a talented crew of branding specialists, designers, copywriters and project managers:

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WHAT I'VE HEARD

"Craig is a talented packaging designer. Whether an assignment is simple or more complex, Craig provides innovative solutions and high-end comps to ensure tight presentations. I recommend working with him."

 

- BETH POSITANO- JIM BEAM BRANDS

"Investing in quality graphics is as good as any marketing campaign or sponsored athlete. There is a trove of creative (received) that I am very pleased with. Craig has been the first source I have been able to get A++ work from, so I'm grateful."

- THOM GRIDLEY- PUMA

"Craig is the man! He is imaginative, concise, professional and extremely easy to work with. We are extremely pleased to continue the partnership into the future."

- DAN DAINTON- DAINTON BREWERY

"WOW!  What a pleasure it has been to work 1-on-1 with Craig at TGIM!  Our idea went from vision to concept in such a short timeframe due to his attention to clear communication and planning.  He certainly exceeded our expectations, and provided a number of high quality concepts for our new fitness studio.  Brand recognition is so important to our business, and Craig certainly delivered more than we could have hoped for!"

- STEVE FARRIS- FIT SOCIAL STUDIO

“Craig was able to make our vision a reality. He listened closely, creatively executed each design with precision and professionalism, and always submitted his work before deadline. I would highly recommend Craig to anyone, I think his portfolio of work at Mill House Brewing Company speaks volumes.”

- JAMIE BISHOP- MILL HOUSE BREWING CO.

"When it comes to communication and working with clients, Craig is one of the best guys we have had the chance to work with. He has been extremely reliable, quick with projects, and always super easy to communicate with. With many creatives, it's hard to find someone with his caliber of talent who can also manage projects and stay on task."

 

- MARK KOCH- RIDE NATURE

"One of the most recommended traits Craig has mastered is interpretation of creative vision for a project. His ability to visualize design from inception and close with a premium finished project is by far my favorite attribute. With which is comparable to his timeliness, professionalism and phenomenal work." 

- TJ EATON- SHADESCLUB / DICKS COTTONS

"TGIM  / Craig  exhibited excellence in every component of our branding design journey. Deadlines were met, communications were clear, and feedback was implemented with intentionality and care. Not only are we ecstatic with the outcome of the project, but we’re still impacted by the user friendly experience Craig provided. We only hope we can deliver same level of care and service to our own clientele.  Resources and time well spent!"

- TYLER DAM- CABIN CREEK SUPPLY

"The end result was amazing. From the moment we first spoke he listened to what I was looking for but offered his professional insight as well. He was willing to make changes and edits and sometimes just go in a whole other direction - all without hesitation."

- JACKIE RUBBO- YONKERS BREWING CO.

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