Sybil Rhodes   415.509.1052


Senior level director creating unique, compelling integrated visual experiences for retail and brands 

Professional Highlights

Creative lead for multi-million dollar Microsoft Retail Store account, developing an integrated retail unit for Swirl 

Creative Director on award winning motion graphic advertising accounts for Walmart, Costco and Target

Developed eco strategy and increased brand awareness via digital for Smith & Hawken

Creative direction for interactive gift centers and microsites

Developed brand experience strategy for Borders enterprise-wide Rewards program both online and print

Creative Brand Director for two nationally marketed interactive cd-roms


2014   Associate Creative Director           HERO       San Francisco, CA 

• Hands on design and direction for growing marketing and advertising agency

• Print, broadcast and digital for Men’s Wearhouse, PLS, Kaiser Permanente, Delta Dental


2014   Freelance Creative Director           Stitch Fix       San Francisco, CA

• Direction of creative for email, online experience and print needs

• Liaison to agencies, vendors, internal clients

• Team building consultant


 2012-13   Associate Creative Director           Swirl Integrated Marketing     San Francisco, CA 


• Direction of creative for in-store, digital, outbound and experience for the Microsoft Retail Stores

• Lead creative for the Windows 8 and Surface launch in fall 2012

• Built creative team from ground up for the Microsoft account

• Developed and managed creative team for company’s largest account


• Work closely with group account director to develop strategy and present creative

• Develop in-store standards and guidelines that align with larger Microsoft brand

• Developed and managed an integrative in-store retail team encompassing inbound, digital, outbound, experience and social


2010-2012  Creative Director, Creative Group Services    Premier Retail Networks (now IZ•ON media)    San Francisco, CA


• Creative group leadership for multi-platform motion design for advertising and retailer programming

• Lead creative for holographic advertising for RiteAid

• Lead creative efforts that won Sam’s Club account work


• Lead design and animation development 

• Standards guidelines creation and maintenance, brand positioning and programming strategy

• Assessing group creative process, resources 


2009-2010  Creative Consultant      Wells Fargo     San Francisco, California 

• Brand standard development and design for enterprise wide marketing materials


• Project scope, management, direction and production

• Liaison to internal groups and advisory committee


2008-2009  Design Director    Smith & Hawken     Novato, California 


• Direction of creative brand development, management of multi-channel brand strategy, integration and execution

• Re-evaluation of digital media, website, email and TV spots

• Redevelopment of brand standards and process, streamlining workflow


• Direction of photography for all catalogs, packaging and in store creative and voice

• Creative direction of full calendar of catalogs, seasonal/promotional campaigns, advertising (ROP, magazine, affiliate),
  extensive packaging program, email generation and site development, as well as microsites and special features

• Brand steward, image evangelist and experience strategist


2006-2008 Creative Consultant

• Brand integration design, brand strategy and concept development for Dwell Magazine, 4Thought Creative, Papyrus


2000-2006 Creative Director, Manager of Brand Integration and Design   Borders Group     Ann Arbor, Michigan


• Brand strategy and development, creative direction and management of online, print, in-store, advertising, enterprise-wide 

  programs and initiatives for Fortune 500 retailer

• Lead brand experience and creative on highly successful Rewards program

• Created award winning package for Airport/transportation program 

• Brand leader for holiday initiatives including William Wegman photoshoot, Robert Sabuda store set


• Strategic brand experience direction and leadership of all print, seasonal/promotional signage and window sets, cafe signage and packaging, advertising (ROP, magazine), catalogs and publications, direct mail , email marketing, online presences (including store kiosks, web sites, and internal user applications) for company Brands

• Extensive lifestyle and food photography direction and approvals

• Strategic brand experience development for all Borders entities including Borders Cafes, Borders and Waldenbooks stores, Borders Express, Day by Day Calendars and Game Stop

• Brand guidance and stewardship (style guides, brand books, look books)


1997-2000  Assistant Professor of Visual Communication      Northern Arizona University     Flagstaff, Arizona


• developed student design studio

• instituted speaker series, drawing real world design talent from across the country


• drove curriculum development and restructuring, specialty in interactive media design

• involved in recommending, writing grants for, and obtaining state of the art technologies

• faculty advisor to the AIGA student group


1995-97  Senior Design Director      Creative Multimedia     Portland, Oregon


• created Consumer reports Cars CDrom, Communication Arts design competition finalist

• created Blockbuster movie database CDrom


• creative brand development and management of internationally marketed cd-roms and sites, working with clients such as Consumer Reports, Blockbuster Video, Sports Illustrated and US News and World Reports

• selection/creation of video, photography, artwork and packaging, art directing photoshoots, direction of video and editing

• consultation and direction of sound engineers, voice overs, narrators and sound designers

• concept and flowcharts, navigation, content architecture to content development and completion of final product


B.F.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

M.F.A. Savannah College of Art & Design 

Malcolm Curtis Propes Fellow, Savannah College of Art & Design, Highest monetary fellowship given to graduate students 

National Zoo, Washington, DC, Office of Design & Exhibit Planning, Design Internship 

Certificate- Usability/Human Factors International