Creative & Consulting Services

Video Production, Design, and Creative Consulting for Business.

CREDENTIALS & CAPABILITIES

I am a Creative Director and Video Producer professionally skilled in creating high-quality and insightful visual communications for a variety of clients. I also serve as a Professor and Program Director of the Digital Media & Graphic Design department at a higher learning institution.

CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

My experience in creative team management spans across both the corporate and academic arenas. The skills I have developed through hard work and mentoring allow me to offer quality design and media production to my clients, and to help the team around me grow and excel at their respective crafts.

CREATIVE CONSULTING

25 plus years in innovative industries have given me a solid understanding of how to successfully equip a creative or media department – from strategic staffing, to proper tools and equipment, I can help you start or expand the creative capabilities of your business.

 

SKILL SET

Graphic Design

  • BROCHURES & CATALOGS
  • LOGO DESIGN
  • PRODUCT BRANDING
  • MOTION GRAPHICS
  • PACKAGE DESIGN
  • WEBSITE DESIGN
  • MAGAZINE ADS
  • RETAIL SIGNAGE & POSTERS
  • MENUS
  • VEHICLE & BOAT SIGNAGE

Film Production

  • DIRECTOR
  • PRODUCER
  • DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
  • SOUND RECORDIST
  • BOOM OPERATOR
  • FIRST ASSISTANT CAMERA
  • FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
  • SCRIPTWRITING
  • GAFFER & GRIP
  • STORYBOARD ARTIST

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Post Production

  • EDITING
  • VISUAL EFFECTS DESIGN
  • TITLE DESIGN
  • CREDIT DESIGN
  • COLOR CORRECTION
  • COLOR GRADING
  • GREEN SCREEN COMPOSITING
  • MOTION TRACKING
  • FOLEY RECORDING
  • LOOPING

 

Testimonials

What others are saying.

  • " Darren Barker is hands down the most talented creative professional I have ever had the pleasure of working with. There is nothing this man cannot do! I never cease to be amazed at the diversity of creative and artful mediums he has mastered.

    He is a true team player and takes the time to mentor his colleagues and subordinates with patience and encouragement. I learned so much during the years I worked along side him. He definitely helped shape my career in an incredibly positive way. His vision is nothing short of brilliant!

    I would absolutely welcome and be honored by an opportunity to work with Darren again. "

    Stephanie Kreitner - Executive Vice President at Group Mobile
  • " Darren knows his stuff and can put it in gear to make impossible deadlines. On top of that, he’s got a great personality and is easy to work with. "

    Stephen Chai - Design Director at Dinng
    • " Darren would be a great asset for any creative business or a company. He has proven that by being a part of our creative team. As a small business each individual has to wear many hats, not only did Darren take an initiative and make it look easy, he inspires others to do the same. He is self-motivating, extremely talented, and highly adoptable to any situation or workload. I haven’t met many others that could take a project from concept to completion, plow through deadlines, obstacles, and impossible tasks while being a major player in each department. His creativity and voodoo magic in

      I haven’t met many others that could take a project from concept to completion, plow through deadlines, obstacles, and impossible tasks while being a major player in each department. His creativity and voodoo magic in post has saved ruined footage, and bad audio many times over. He can grab a potato and make end credits out of it (true story). From sketches, design in photoshop/illustrator, to motion graphics, and editing, he would be valuable in any part of a creative department, actually now that think about it, he is the creative department. "

      Alexey Krapivin - Technical Director, Managing Partner at Xpression Media Group
      • " Darren is extremely competent and incredibly creative. He knows how to handle several projects at a time and gets things done when they need to be. He really knows his stuff! I would recommend Darren for anything related to audio visuals or graphics. "

        Chris Luker - Manager Media Services at Salt Lake Community College
        • " Darren has been an absolute pleasure to work with. His experience, ability and creativeness really set him apart from many and think of him as someone who can do it all. From film animation and graphics to creation and execution of a brand new design concept to picking up a camera and editing it to a create a unique, eye catching, professional piece to share with consumers. I would highly recommend Darren not only because of his extensive experience and knowledge but because of his ambitious personality, professionalism and team-player attitude. "

          Kandice Davis - Public Relations Specialist at PRMI
        • " Darren and I have worked together on multiple video projects and I hope to work with him on more in the future. I have seen him direct, edit, and film. He is very creative, hard working, and results driven. Not only is the quality of his work amazing, but working with him and his personality is a pleasure. He is always bettering himself and those around him. I would highly recommend Darren for any position. "

          Kyle Jacobson - Senior Web Designer at Red Ventures
        • " Darren Barker is creativity personified. He has an almost psychic ability to discover exactly what you want to convey with graphics — then executes it flawlessly. "

          Cinzi Lavin - Professional Composer in Hull, MA.
        • " Darren worked for me at my acting studio and helped me to take my business to the next level. He was able to brand my company with a logo that was professional and balanced and helped to get my business tools ready for student enrollment.

          He helped with our student films in pre-production through design, sound, editing, graphics and post-production. Darren Barker has the most amazing skills in design and composition. I have high expectations when it comes to production design and so far with everyone I have worked with in the industry Darren was able to pull out the concept I would describe. Darren was a pleasure to work with and always had the most current information about programs we were using and would study endlessly until he found solutions to any issues that arose.

          He taught me a very important lesson that I have carried with me and will never forget and has been extremely helpful in running my business. He taught me patients and to never respond to an adverse situation until you have taken time to cool down and think about it.  This has saved my reputation and has kept me in good standings with clients and students. "

          Sue Rowe - Owner at SR Studios
        • " I have known Darren for the past 14 years.  He is a professional in every sense. He has the technical skills, experience, creativity, and artistic talents to produce high quality, original work. He is consistently good-natured to work with and gets along well with the various individuals on production teams, even under deadlines and through difficult situations.

          I also have been able to get to know Darren on a more personal level over the years, and have found him to be a kind person and loving, dedicated father. "

          Blair Kunz - Owner at Blair Kunz & Associates Photography, LLC
        • " I have had the opportunity to work with Darren Barker as an employee and most recently as a subcontractor.

          While working at QSI Corporation, Darren taught me many things in our ten years together. He taught me the elements of good design and what makes a print or digital piece appealing to the user. Over the years we have spent many hours on a whiteboard brainstorming about different marketing campaigns. Darren has the ability to take a very complex concept to explain in words and to present it simply and effectively.

          Recently I started my own marketing firm and am creating print and digital assets for my clients. Darren has worked with many of my clients as the sole graphic designer and is praised for his designs.

          I recommend Darren Barker as a graphic designer, teacher and integral member of any marketing team. "

          Todd Christensen - Owner at Stumark, Digital Marketing Specialists

        Capabilities

        FROM PRINT AND PACKAGE DESIGN, TO WEB DESIGN AND FILM PRODUCTION, I HAVE DIVERSE EXPERIENCE AS A CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL AND THE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TO DELIVER ACROSS MULTIPLE MEDIUMS.

        Graphic Design

        Graphic design experience.

        Print Design85%
        Logo Design85%
        Web Design65%
        Package Design70%
        Illustration70%
        Large Format Design60%
        Branding80%
        Vehicle Wraps45%
        UX Design70%

         

        Social Media Management

        Online Marketing & Consulting.

        Facebook Page Management85%
        Twitter Page Management70%
        YouTube Channel Management70%
        Custom Social Media Designs85%
        Spam Removal80%
        Post Replies85%
        Branded Photos & Graphics85%
        SEO Optimization75%
        Social Media Reviews65%

        Video / Film Production

        Pre-production through post-production.

        Directing80%
        Producing40%
        DP and Camera85%
        Sound Design80%
        Editing75%
        Color Correction85%
        Color Grading75%
        Visual Effects80%
        Motion Graphics75%

         

        Technical Skills

        Software and other technical abilities.

        Adobe Photoshop90%
        Adobe Illustrator80%
        Adobe InDesign70%
        Adobe Premiere85%
        Adobe After Effects90%
        Adobe Audition75%
        Adobe Encore50%
        Final Cut Pro40%
        Cinema 4D30%

        Portfolio

        Sample my design and media work.

        Social Media Management

        Growing your business through social media marketing

        WHAT IS SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT?

        Social media management is the process of marketing your business through various media channels in the social networking realm of the internet, and managing your online presence with regularity and consistency.

        WHY IS SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT IMPORTANT?

        Companies are competing for attention not only through traditional advertising outlets, but also through a sea of personal social information, which is prevalent on the internet. The social networking sites are monitored constantly by potential customers. This creates the opportunity to reach people through their own surfing habits. However, reaching them is not enough. You need to reach them regularly, and you need to stand out in sea of competing information with concise words, compelling images, and marketing techniques that generate interest.

        Studies suggest on average one must see an advertisement at least seven times before they act. A regular presence in various social media sites achieves this exposure, and encourages individuals to act, and those who act, to share their activities with family and friends who may be interested in your product or service. This becomes word-of-mouth advertising with your message and branding attached.

        As a small business owner myself, I understand how important it is to stretch every dollar. That’s why I offer two packages designed to help small businesses succeed through social media channels.

        SOCIAL MEDIA PACKAGES

        MEDIA ASSISTANT PACKAGE™

         

        $450 (per month) or
        $4,950 (annually - saves $450)

          Designed for those who manage their own content and simply need additional help.

          • Monitor and remove spam on Twitter and Facebook twice daily
          • Respond to general interactions with your posts on Twitter and Facebook twice daily
          • Notify of important messages on Twitter and Facebook as needed
          • Interact and network on your behalf with relevant business social profiles
        Contact Me to Sign Up

        MEDIA MANAGER PACKAGE™

         

        $650 (per month) or
        $7,150 (annually - saves $650)

          For those who wish to outsource management of their social media marketing all together.

          • Manage Facebook Fan Page
          • Research relevant media and create posts on Twitter and Facebook
          • Generate and post branded images or graphics on Twitter and Facebook
          • Optimize and post your videos to YouTube (up to two per week)
          • Monitor and remove spam on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube twice daily
          • Notify of important messages on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube twice daily
          • Interact and network on your behalf with relevant business social profiles
          • Work with you to design and implement online contests (up to one per month)
        Contact Me to Sign Up

        ADDITIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA SERVICES

        SETUP FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

         

        $150
        (one time fee)

          Setup one Facebook Fan Page with content you provide. This setup includes:

          • One custom banner ad image
          • One custom profile image
          • Up to seven initial posts with text and/or photo content you provide
          • Photo branding of up to seven photos with your logo
          • Invitations to your friends list to like the page
          • One post requesting a share (5 to 7 days after setup)
        Contact Me to Sign Up

        SETUP TWITTER PAGE

         

        $150
        (one time fee)

          Setup one Twitter Page with content you provide. This setup includes:

          • One custom background image
          • One custom profile image
          • Up to seven initial posts with text and/or photo content you provide
          • Photo branding of up to seven photos with your logo
          • Following of up to 15 relevant Twitter pages
        Contact Me to Sign Up

        SETUP YOUTUBE CHANNEL

         

        $250
        (one time fee)

          Setup one YouTube channel with video content you provide. This setup includes:

          • One custom profile image
          • One custom background image
          • A custom search engine optimized channel description
          • Up to 10 custom tags for search engine visibility of your business videos
          • Setup a custom YouTube URL
          • Associate the channel with your business name
          • Optimize and upload up to 4 of your existing videos
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        VIDEO PRODUCTION

         

        (fee varies by project)

          Video is the fastest growing content on the internet. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, has estimated that by 2019 video will become the majority type of content found online. If you struggle to rank in search engines, video can help boost your presence. Video has become one of the best methods for relaying your message in a cohesive way by utilizing video imagery, audio, text, graphics, and motion.

        Contact me for your Video Production needs

        To grow your business using social marketing at a fraction of the cost of other marketing services, contact me today.

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        DARREN BARKER

        By combining expert knowledge, great design and professional experience, I deliver the highest quality creative work to my customers.

        Contact me today for a consultation.