Leif Derrickson

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Work Experience

Creative & Technical Lead

Clay Banks Studio International | Dec. 2019 – Current

Responsible for driving forward all elements of visual and production for the full-broadcast, acting and film studio, CBSI.  Major projects include ;

  • complete redesign and development of the website and client sign-up. 
  • Design and set up entire new online, interactive live-stream studio.
  • Implement and coach technical direction for a seamless in-studio & online experience.
  • Produce marketing videos & animation.

Creative Services Lead

Above the Fold Branding

 – Sept. 2019 – March 2021

  • Oversee the creative direction, production, and implementation of branding collateral.
  • Design and build websites for customers using WordPress and some front end markup, HTML/ CSS.
  • Manage SEO for clients and present routine data updates for future online strategy.
  • Create print collateral such as company books, trifolds, brochures, business cards, signage and more in accordance with brand guidelines.

Freelance Designer

L2D Media

 – Feb. 2017 – March 2021

  • Produce media for clients and small-businesses: Doing logo work, print and web collateral, illustration, and photography.
  • Record, Mix and Master local musicians, produce their tracks for analog & digital distribution.
Zoppe Core Logo
Little Vikings Daycare Logo
CB Empower Mentor Logo

Creative Services

Walsworth Publishing

 – Sept. 2006 – July 2012 | Sept. 2017 – April 20218

  • Meet with yearbook teams to lead the development and production of book cover design. Manage live session time with clients to oversee the completion of cover mock-up.
  • Build rapport as a designer for Walsworth Publishing by helping to create a fun, collaborative learning environment, while producing cover designs which spoke to client identity.
  • Ensure materials, inks, special applications, dimensions, ext. all match design mock-ups.

Audio Mastering Engineer | Designer

National Audio Company

 – May. 2014 – July 2017

  • Re-master commercial music and spoken word for distribution on analog cassette tape format.
  • Transfer, preserve, archive and deliver analog talking books in digital format for the National Library Service for the Blind
  • Collaborate and design branding messages through print, web, and apparel collateral. Manage online presence through social media.


B.S. Electronic Arts: Audio Studies | Marketing: Advertising & Promotion 

Missouri State University  – Aug 2012 – Aug 2015

  • Senior Thesis: “High Hoax: D.I.Ying to Exist” winner of 7 video awards, Including 2015 Cindy Award
  • Cumulative GPA – 3.29 : Departmental GPA – 3.34

Chillicothe, Ohio  – fall 2019

  • Focused on audio recording techniques; studio practice and etiquette; audio theory and signal flow.
  • Work in live sessions recording full arrangements and overdubs.

Technical Skills

Graphics: Adobe CC, Corel Painter, Freehand MX, Blender, Microsoft Word, Atom, HTML, CSS, WordPress

Web Design: Team Treehouse, Free Codecamp, Trello, Lynda

Photo and Video: Canon, Nikon, Adobe Premier, Lightroom, After Effects

Audio DAW: Protools, Audition, Sonar, Ableton, Reaper, MOTU Digital Performer, Cubase

Interest & Activities

Freelance under LDerricksonDigital – Graphic/ Web
Design, Multimedia, Audio

Digital Web Design & Web Development with Tarrick

Co-Owner & founder of Kranium Salad Cassette Label

Voice producer and talent for “Tongbu Xuexi”

Volunteer Judo Instructor at Chillicothe Martial Arts & Missouri State Judo