Brenden Mendoza Graphic Designer

I’m a laid-back guy who was born and raised in California, but am currently calling the Pacific Northwest my home. As a new resident to Seattle, I enjoy exploring the different neighborhoods, islands, food, and culture that this beautiful city has to offer. When I’m not at work, I can be found at the gym, swimming laps in the pool, taking in a concert or play, and enjoying the great outdoors. After 3 months of backpacking in South East Asia by myself, I have
a serious travel bug and am always looking forward to my next adventure.


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Graphic Designer (Contract) (September 2014 – present)


As a designer within the Starbucks Global Creative Studio, I work with a team of 6 designers developing domestic and international packaging concepts for major Starbucks product lines. Responsibilities include trend forecasting for seasonal product launches, creating point of sale displays and signage for store locations, concept development for coffee and ready-to-drink packaging — all while working within company brand guidelines.



American Conservatory Theater

Senior Graphic Designer (2011 – 2014)


Oversaw the visual branding and marketing aesthetics for the Bay Area’s largest non-profit theater organization. Responsibilities included managing a team of 3 designers, art direction and design, creation of standards and guidelines, project management, print production, and intern mentorship.



The Academy of Art University

Professor, Course: Principles of Graphic Design (2012 – 2014)


Taught a semester long course which provides the beginning design student with the basic principles, terminology, guidelines, methods and systems necessary to solve graphic design problems. Students study the creation and use of communication methodology, as well as grid usage and other layout devices like composition, visual hierarchy, content development, scale, contrast and pattern.



Gensler Architecture & Design

Graphic Designer (2006 – 2011)


Created strategic brand systems and environments for a variety of domestic and international workplace and consulting clients. Collaborated on small to large project teams as lead graphic designer, taking clients from conceptual development through mock-ups, revisions, production and installation. Specialized in bringing brands to life through the use of bold typography, imagery and illustration.



Tompert Design

Freelance Graphic Designer (2006)


Conceived and designed identity and collateral solutions for various industries including life sciences, non-profits and a children’s clothing line. Responsible for both creating and following client brand guidelines while also leveraging possibilities and opportunities for further brand development.



Chronicle Books

Graphic Design Fellow and Freelance Designer (2005)


Designed and managed various children’s book titles for the Spring and Fall 06 collections. Responsibilities included project management, scheduling, contract negotiations and art direction of freelance illustrators and photographers. Worked on various aspects of book production, from layout design to mechanicals and proof checks.


Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA

BFA, Graphic Design (2005)



Computer Skills

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Muse



Design Skills

Ideation sketching, identity and brand, print, packaging, environmental and information design, typography, publishing



Featured work

Ton and Tools

Print Magazine, 2007 Design Annual


meli Meli Identity

Graphis Logo




CoreNet Global 2008 Industry Excellence Award


31st Annual Interiors Awards

Small Office Category


N. California IIDA Honor Awards
Merit Award in the Work Small Category


N. California IIDA Honor Awards,
Merit Award in the Work Big Category



Additional Clients

The Arc of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Birkenstock Lighting Design
San Geronimo, CA

Cooper Roberts Research
San Francisco, CA

Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY)
San Francisco, CA

Hunting Hill Global Capital
New York, NY

Leapfrog Enterprises, INC
Emeryville, CA

Shane Wines
Graton, CA

San Jose CA