Ana Carina Gallo, Designer in Chicago, IL, United States
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Ana Carina Gallo

Verified Expert  in Design


Chicago, IL, United States
Toptal Member Since
September 26, 2016

Ana has almost fifteen years of design and art direction experience under her belt working with global and domestic brands like Coca Cola, sbe, Nationwide, Ikea, Sears, and Bud Light. As a former developer, she understands the importance of function in every detail of design. Her top influences are Scandinavian/Dutch design, vagabonding, paper engineering, minimalism, Visionaire, Kidrobot, and Wes Anderson.


Work Experience

Senior Art Director

2016 - PRESENT
Starmark International
  • Designed and conceptualized interactive ads and websites for clients.
Technologies: Adobe CC

Senior Art Director

2013 - 2016
Ilona Creative Studio
  • Designed and conceptualized websites for luxury developments.
  • Designed and conceptualized mobile solutions for real estate brokers.
  • Designed and coordinated print ads.
  • Art directed three video shoots.
  • Managed developers for all interactive work.
Technologies: OmniGraffle, Adobe CC, InVision

Freelance Art Director

2012 - 2013
Zubi Advertising
  • Conceptualized and designed an ad agency's desktop and mobile website. Created the full design guide, wireframes, and design for the new website.
Technologies: OmniGraffle, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

Art Director

2011 - 2012
  • Conceptualized and designed advertising for the company's main client, Sears. Created an in-store mobile app concept, two TV spots, and weekly radio ads.
  • Conceptualized and designed for Maxwell House online Drops of Good program.
  • Conceptualized and provided copywriting for Bud Light social media campaign Here Weego.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Art Director

2010 - 2011
  • Designed and conceptualized for a Guitar Hero promotion with Coca Cola.
  • Designed, provided copywriting, and conceptualized for the agency's self promo The Period Project.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Art Director

2009 - 2010
  • Conceptualized and designed for three nationwide TV spots and a microsite campaign. Led a team with three juniors for a microsite campaign and execution.
  • Redesigned the Sierra Mist TV spot. Worked with the client's new brand guide to give the brand more equity and bring more exposure to a new look.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite

Graphic Design Intern

2008 - 2008
Hal Riney
  • Designed and developed my first banner ad campaign for Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Designed a minisite campaign for AAA.
Technologies: Adobe Creative Suite
2006 - 2008

Certificate in Design and Art Direction

Miami Ad School - Miami, multiple

1998 - 2002

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems

Lehigh University - Pennsylvania


Photoshop CC, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe CC, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, OmniGraffle, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Canvas


iOS, Mobile



Industry Expertise

Apparel & Accessories


Art Direction, Branding, Design, Conceptual Design, Image Retouching, Product Retouching, Creative Direction, Lifestyle, Environmental Design, Compositing, Design Strategy, Ad Design, Flat Design, Mood Boards, Storyboarding, UI Design, Billboard Design, Brand Guidelines, Brand Identity, Commercials, Pitch Decks, Animated GIFs, Vector Logos, Advertising Design, Writing & Editing, Humor, Comedy, Squarespace, Wireframing, Visual Design, Mockups, Mobile Design, Interaction Design (IxD), iOS UI Design, User Experience (UX), Web Design, Rebranding, Conceptualization, User Interface (UI), Web App Design, Icon Design, Iconography, Digital Illustration, Logo Design, Style Guides, Stationery, Print Design, 3D Design

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