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Hilli Kushnir

Hilli Kushnir - Designer

NYC, NY, United States

Children illustrator / surface design artist in NYC. Likes 4 letter words. Dislikes celery.

Overview

A designer turned illustrator residing now in NYC, I started my affair with illustration and drawing as a child but chose to get a degree in graphic design.

In the first few post graduate years I did mostly web design, but when given the chance I created some brand characters and slowly found myself getting more and more work in illustration. First it was for the virtual space - avatars, virtual world design, eCards or screensavers, but later greeting cards and books followed path.

I love children's books and art which allows me to express a silly sense of humor and free me from being a grown up for just a tiny bit. I tend to use happy colors and textures and as a subject animal shenanigans and kids (with missing teeth and messy hair) seem to appeal to me most.

In my spare time I drink too much coffee, raise a couple of kids, grow and kill house plants and have daily conversations with passerby dogs.

Services
Languages
English
Fiction
Children's - Middle Grade Children's Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Nature

Certifications

  • BFA Graphic Design

Work experience

Illustrator

Self Employed
January, 2012 – Present (over 5 years)

Children's illustrator and surface designer. Client list includes Hallmark, Galison/MudPuppy, Hachette, Silver Dolphin, AZ books, Hinkler Books, Design Design, Viabella and more.

Represented by Astound artist agency.

Sr. Designer

Mindspark
August, 2007 – January, 2012 (over 4 years)

• Created characters and designs for
• Invented my own characters PB & Jay and their line of eCards and screen savers
• Worked on numerous eCards and screensavers
• Generated a line of printable cards and items, iPhone wallpapers and screen savers
• increased user engagement by inventing new standards for ads and landing pages

Creative Director

Perry Ellis
December, 2006 – July, 2007 (8 months)

• Updated,,
• Standardized marketing campaigns, print ads, banners while maintaining brand identity, generating additional user traffic
• Worked closely with merchandisers to undergo season transitioning.
• Supervised vendors to maintain brand identity

Portfolio (2 selected works)

Eyes and Ears

Courtney Acampora

What do you get when you mix a panda and a cheetah? A Paneetah! This interactive board book has pages split in two, allowing the flaps to be lifted and mixed with other animals so kids can create their own unique animal faces and names. Kids will be rolling with laugher as they create silly animal combinations. The names of the animals are included on each page and their funny mixed names are ... read more

What do you get when you mix a panda and a cheetah? A Paneetah! This interactive board book has pages split in two, allowing the flaps to be lifted and mixed with other animals so kids can create their own unique animal faces and names. Kids will be rolling with laugher as they create silly animal combinations. The names of the animals are included on each page and their funny mixed names are ... read more

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