Christopher Nierhaus

160 Cherry  Oakland, MI 48363



Creative/Art Director with a highly technical background and proven creative, technical, project management and business experience in both start-up ventures and large long-standing corporations. Career-minded professional, who is detail-oriented and welcomes challenges and works well with internal staff and external clients.


Senior Art Director, Fathead LLC. / BodyPartChart LLC.,  Livonia MI      April 2008 – Present

Senior Art Director responsible for product design, brand direction and project management for, a subsidiary of Fathead LLC., that produces printed and die-cut Fathead wall graphics for the medical industry. This position involves medical illustration, managing other designers, workflow, interacting with medical facility clients, designing print ads and HTML email campaigns. Also entails working on special projects, including web design for pro sports athletes and iPhone/iPad UX/UI development.

Senior Creative Director, Greenestuff, Inc., Clinton Twp., MI August 2002 – April 2008

Senior Creative Director for the national television series ‘My Bedbugs’, which has received 13 Emmy Awards and 9 Telly Awards. Created the presentations and pitch packages that helped capture $7 million in funding for the company. Created full-scale physical models of the main characters for NATPE Conferences and investment purposes. Engineered and fabricated the animatronics and the foam outer structure for the character heads worn by the actors. Designed the main set furniture and several secondary sets. Created the and websites. Redesigned the logos and created style guides to regulate color consistency of the characters and the brands. Responsibilities include managing the graphics department personnel, budget, and vendor pricing negotiations, multimedia design and programming, corporate investment presentations, motion graphics and animation for television productions, character and set designs, product packaging designs, point-of-purchase and trade show display design, and virtual prototype mock-ups.  Recipient of two Telly awards for animation and special effects and nominated for one Emmy award for Art Director.

General Motors Engineering / Application & Web Support, (via Add-Staff, Inc.,) Warren, MI-  April 1996 – August 2002

Application Support, Web and Vis Products: Assigned to General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan. Provided Corporate presentations, user assistance and mentoring, created and conduct instructional workshops, designed web-based information solutions and graphical interfaces, performed UAT testing of new software releases, designed and implement workflow processes. Provided solutions for design programs utilizing Unigraphics, iMAN, Vis Products and the Web.

Engineering/Design: Responsible for complete air induction system designs from January 1998 to December 2000. Designed complete fuel and exhaust systems from April 1996 to December 1997. Responsible for Air Induction Design website and contributor to the GM Air Induction Design Guidelines. Also Mentored other designers in Unigraphics.

Major accomplishments:  Developed GM truck group’s air induction design guideline book.  Created the guidelines and  online Digital Installation process that digitally managed CAD design drawings for all of GM North American Operations.  Created the process to implement labels from the label art group directly into Unigraphics CAD system for virtual mock-up.


General Motor University • Pontiac, MI

Engineering/Design, Unigraphics, iMAN, VisProducts (now Teamcenter Visualization) – 8 Certificates

Project Management, Management Skills – 12 Certificates

Oakland Community College • Auburn Hills, MI

Catia V5.0 surface design- Certificate

Macomb Community College • Warren, MI

Unigraphics V. 10 – Certificate Cardboard Modeling – Certificate

Batavia School of Design • Troy, MI – Certificate

Advanced Drafting and Design – Certificate

College for Creative Studies • Detroit, MI – Graphic Design Studies

Eisenhower High School • Washington, MI – Diploma


Operating system proficiency: Mac OSX, Unix, Windows.

Software proficiency: Unigraphics, VisMockup, Microsoft: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project, Publisher, Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash, Apple: Quicktime Pro, Motion.

Programming / scripting proficiency: HTML, CSS.

Other proficiencies: Photography, Video, digital music production


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