Cassandra Smolcic was last at Turner Duckworth in San Francisco – a branding and packaging agency that does iconic, award-winning work for some of the biggest brands in the world. During her two years on their team as a Lead Designer, Cassandra tackled projects for clients like Coca-Cola, Visa, Google, Oreo, Johnson’s, Amazon, Comcast and several start-up companies.
Previously, Cassandra spent five years as a Pixar feature film graphic designer, touching films like Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University, Inside Out, Finding Dory and several short films like The Blue Umbrella and Toy Story OF TERROR. In addition to creating a wide variety of original brands and graphics for the 3D animated worlds, she also helped to visualize the overarching graphic strategies for Pixar’s unique sets and stories and made contributions to the identity and marketing of several films.
Cassandra has a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Susquehanna University in central Pennsylvania and earned her MFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia. In 2015, Cassandra received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her graduate school (where she was invited to be the keynote speaker for their alumni weekend) and was given the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award from her undergraduate university.
She also interned at the Target Corporation’s creative studio in Minneapolis and was a full-time designer at a small marketing agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cassandra has also maintained an active freelance design career for almost a decade. Her work was featured in the 2015 Print Regional Design Annual, the 2012 and 2013 volumes of Logo Lounge, Pixar’s “The Art of” books for Cars 2, Brave, and Monsters University, and she has received numerous ADDY awards.
Cassandra has lectured about graphic design for animation at U.C. Berkeley, twice at the China Academy of Art (the largest art university in China), and at both of her alma maters. She has also taught several workshops and courses on Adobe Illustrator and graphic design through Pixar University, the animation studio’s in-house educational program.