SUMMARY:

Hard to believe, but true! When he is not busy being a supermodel, Mario Henri Chakkour is a Creative Director, Brand Equity and Content Architect with a proven Strategic Marketing Planning track record.

(In other words, his parents still have no clue what he does for a living!)

Chakkour's professional experience includes several distinct, yet interrelated concept driven disciplines—a characteristic that has empowered him with a high level of flexibility within the work environment, process adaptability and skill and finesse in project execution. He is both a logical and creative thinker with a propensity for problem solving, and imaginative business solutions.

Chakkour brings together a true marriage
of methodology and artistry, and is a natural teacher and mentor. He has hired and/or worked with a broad range of creative individuals, such as designers, voice-over artists, art directors, architects, urban planners, models, photographers, pilots, dancers, and musicians—to name a few.

He has experience as a movie production designer, painter, author, music producer,
cel animator
, fantasy illustrator, marketing executive, copywriter, art director, urban designer, and licensed architect. He has produced for both TV and Radio, he is the author of Painting with Computers, and the creator of the acclaimed Virtual Pose ® series.

Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and Borders.com note Chakkour as an internationally established digital art creator and an expert in computer artistry.

As a Creative Director, Mario Henri Chakkour prides himself in being the catalyst that empowers the client to participate in the process of formulating appropriate content and/or marketing and design solutions. He oversees the creative efforts of the design team for client projects as required, and serves as mentor, and creative motivator for visual designers by keeping abreast of innovative design trends and methodologies. In addition, he integrates design into the company's overall creative process, identifies, hires, and manages teams representing the best design talent in the industry.

Mario Henri Chakkour has an extensive knowledge of strategic brand management (including music branding), innovative identity, GUI, information architecture and interactive design, a commitment to the advancement of his discipline, and a demonstrated commitment to mentor and share knowledge across teams and company wide. He has years of increasing responsibility and management experience handling multiple projects simultaneously in a complex design environment.

As for his modeling career...let's just say :
"Thank heaven for Photoshop!"

boo!



PROFESSIONAL:

Member: AIA, NCARB

ADCMW (Art Directors Club of Metropolitan Washington) Washington, DC 05-08. Member, Board of Directors. Chair, Marketing Committee (2005). Chair, DC Paper Show. (2005 & 2006)

AIA NOVA (American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia), 03-05,

Member, Board of Directors. Chairman, Marketing Committee. Member, Continuing Education Advisory Board for Design DC.

Recipient of special award for service to the chapter.

 

PLANET ENGLISH ® Paris, France.
Co-Founder.

Designing curricula, managing faculty, developing interactive teaching tools, and teaching. Based right outside Paris, Planet English ® offers custom-fitted English language courses to meet the needs of a wide range of French students, from the first-grader to the CEO who needs to make the grade. In March 2014, Planet English ® attained the official status of "Professional Training Center."


L’ART ET LA PLUME ®, SARL, Paris, France. Co-Founder.
 
Chief architect and project director for such projects as Planet English ®, an accredited professional training center in France and "Fluke and Duke ®” an acclaimed interactive, media-rich audio-visual knowledge transfer environment that facilitates the immersion in the English language. Oversees all aspects and levels of the business, including and not limited to: managing staff, setting goals and visions, performance reviews, branding, system requirements gathering, user requirements, contextual inquiry, collecting, interpreting, consolidating, visioning of data, storyboarding, ActionScript, HTML, and CSS design development, process/workflow analysis, design and content critiques, focus groups and user testing.  



STUDIOVIEW INTERACTIVE, LLC , New York, Boston and DC.

Co-Founder, Co-Executive Producer and Creative Director of an award-winning New Media agency. Creator: "Virtual Pose ®, The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure" and "Get the Public Involved!" Responsible for overall vision, strategy mapping, product positioning and differentiation, naming, and brand morale. Drafted proposals and secured venture capital, distribution channels and vendors. Negotiated Contracts and managed artists' royalties.



STUDIO TWENTY SIX MEDIA, Boston, MA,
1/92 - 1/94

Founder and Creative Director.

Creator: "Painting with Computers," book and CD-ROM (Rockport Publishers) featuring the "Joy of Pixels" a VIDEO series teaching the art and science of pixel painting with a tablet and computer.



STUDIO TWENTY SIX ARCHITECTS,
Boston, 1/86 - 1/92

Co-Founder and Principal.

Provided full architectural services, feasibility analysis, interior design and space planning, utilized design strategies and technologies that meet Owner/User needs while maximizing budget construction dollars and meeting construction timelines. Projects include The Dahesh Museum on 5th Avenue, a 100,000 square foot private villa in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and over 40 small to small to medium size renovation projects in the greater Boston, MA area.



IMAGING ZONE, Springfield, VA, 01/00 to 09/06.

Co-Founder, Vice-President, Marketing/Creative Director of an award-winning and leading digital imaging and printing corporation in the metropolitan Washington DC metropolitan area.

Creator and manager of the in-house Marketing and Design Communications department. In-charge-of identifying new business opportunities through brand-centric catalogs, brochures, magazine ads, targeted and relationship-based direct-mail and e-mail communications, trade show graphics, special activities and event, volunteering, and a yearly Calendar. Tasks include: Drafting proposals, Mailing list acquisition, customer surveys, web site design and management, art direction and design, illustration and photography, audio branding.



PSB IMAGING, Arlington, VA, 1/97 - 12/99

Partner and Creative Director.

Created in-house Marketing and Design Communications agency responsible for producing a minimum of 12 direct-mail full-color cards per year, plus magazine inserts and full page ads.



ACADEMIC:

ART INSTITUTE ONLINE, Online Facilitator Certification, 04/01

MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Master of Science in Architecture Studies (SM.ArchS) 1987. Thesis: "Tensile City," an urban design/science-fiction journey into a three dimensional city built with tensile structures--(the impact of too much information.)

PRATT INSTITUTE, Bachelor of Architecture with Honors (B.Arch) 1985.



ACTIVITIES:

Guest speaker at the Washington School of Photography and at MacWorld Digital Art Class, featuring Virtual Pose®! Featured guest on WCVB-TV's "The Cutting Edge" (read script) • Private Pilot License • Scuba Diver • Published Author • Registered Architect • Plays guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, violin, and drums, writes and produces own music for work and pleasure • Fluent in French and Arabic • Technical Achievement Award, Kodak and Computer Pictures Magazine, 1993 • Graduated with honors • Noted industry expert • Extensive Software Experience

dancing baby

This page features a mixed bag of some of Mario's current/recent/old/ancient projects. Please feel free to contact him via email).

Kindly note, unless otherwise noted, all content copyright © by StudioView Interactive, LLC. and may only be downloaded for personal viewing. Unauthorized usage is frowned upon and, based on how deep the perpetrator's pockets are, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Also, and depending on locale, mandatory sentence may include spending Thanksgiving at the Ozbournes'! (Oh, you'd better believe we have a time-machine!)

Need to cure insomnia? No problem! Check out Mario's BIO.


Hey, have you heard Mario's lament? If not, then check out "Save the Wails," a streaming adaptation of Janice Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" (Too young? Then ask your parents... or their parents...)

Want more? Then, check out Mario's (autobiographical) anti-war anthem which is featured on Neil Young's web site: http://www.neilyoung.com/lwwtoday/songslinks/songlink_1263.html







• YOUTUBE CHANNEL


• "DAS BLOG"

Gas

 

L'Anglais, c'est fou ! ®

An English-language audio series created by Mario that is especially conceived for French-speaking audiences.

 

Planet English ®

Mario co-founded Planet English ®. This training center offers custom-fitted English language courses to meet the needs of a wide range of French students, from the first-grader to the CEO who needs to make the grade. In March 2014, Planet English ® attained the official status of "Professional Training Center."





Branding a Dental Practice: Phase OneThe Logo: "This is one of those projects than come only once in a blue moon! I got the opportunity to design a new character ("Dento"). The drawing was first done in Corel® Painter, then traced over in FLASH. No, you are not dreaming! Flash is AMAZING as a VECTOR art creation tool and I highly recommend it! Of course, you will need a tablet—forget the mouse... and brush your teeth!"

Dento Character


Branding a Dental Practice:Phase Two — Introducing Dento.

Dento Character


Branding a Dental Practice: Phase Three — web site prototype for desktop, pad, and mobile.

Dr. Doan



Production Arts, Limited's web site.








A Sampling of Illustrations and Storyboards.


Illustration Thumbnail>>>> >> >>

AMD Commercial Storyboards:






AMD Commercial Animatic



Mario's Expanded lllustration Portfolio on Production Arts Ltd.:




Mario's Expanded Storyboard Portfolio on Production Arts Ltd.


A Sampling of Corporate Brand Identity
Logos
(The Camros, CAIS, , Comtech, First Choice and Dynamics logos were created on behalf of Imago Inc.)

Logos



Work-in-Progress: an homage to Mobius, McQuarrie, and Mead.

UrbanVision6

 

Post N' Ship Logo and Tagline launched: Chakkour designed the brand indentity logo and tagline for this family-owned business. Check it out, and better yet, if you're in the neighborhood, drop in for great service and expert customer care!

PostNShip Logo

PostNShip Sign

Below is a 30-second advertising spot conceived and produced by Mario Henri Chakkour for Post 'N Ship.The soundtrack was composed, performed and produced by Mario Henri Chakkour at Churchman Way Studios. Drum samples by Michael Botts, courtesy of ILIO's Double Platinum Drums.

Copyright © 2011 by StudioView Interactive, LLC.





Fluke and Duke
® is an interactive, media-rich audio-visual tool, that facilitates the immersion in the English language (Target audience: French-speaking children, 5 and up). This project brings together all of Mario's creative, musical, and technical talents and teams him up with a fantastic group of professionals. To date, this project has benefited hundreds of French kindergarten students, who have received free education, a love for learning English (last we checked, that's considered a MIRACLE in France) and a definite advantage for the future, despite the fact that their school is in just about the "toughest" Paris school district. Hope through education — and the occasional song! :)

Fluke and Duke Thumbnail



Mario's collection of "Fluke and Duke ®" songs.



Listen for free on Spotify

Purchase from iTunes


FlukeShuffle™ (fully working Flash ® prototype/demo). Designed as an extension of the Fluke and Duke method.

FlukeShuffle

FlukeCount™ (fully working Flash ® prototype/demo). Designed as an extension of the Fluke and Duke method (serving French kindergarten children).

In this prototype: To launch the game, click on the "FLUKECOUNT" Logo then on the GREEN PULSATING button at the bottom. To play the game: (1) Click on any of the multicolored buttons to hear the number. (2) Select the corresponding image. If ANY 2 buttons/2 images are clicked successively, or an incorrect image is chosen: TILT! The timer is set for 1 mn. and automatically launches once the first button is clicked. Click on the timer to "pause"/"resume play." Each time the game is reset both buttons and images are reshuffled randomly!

Game Preview

 

Fluke and Duke Schematic


Fluke and Duke ® First Cel Animation Pencil Test!

Short clip showing an animation test of Fluke, of Fluke and Duke ®. The animation was created, from scratch, in Corel ® Painter, using a Wacom Tablet. It was then assembled in Adobe ® Flash and Premiere. Also, the logo fo SARL "L'Art et La Plume Editions" as well as the corporate jingle were designed by Mario.





2005 VIDEO DIARY
:

Chakkour visited the Rodin Museum in Paris — so that you don't have to!

More of Mario's Museum movies on YouTube

INNOCENT IN CHAINS: The Notes (Trailer)


Art, animation, and music by Mario.

 

 

Branding a Certified Public Accounting Firm:



Vector Map: Each stylized building sketch was initially hand-created in Corel ® Painter, then converted into vector artwork for inclusion in the final map.
View full map here
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Living Sketchbook: Mario demonstrates his drawing technique!
Click the arrows only, otherwise your browser will be redirected to YouTube.



Want more? Please click on the link below.


living sketchbook logo




My Afternoon at Blattner Brunner: "In mere hours, I whipped out storyboards for a couple of commercials, brainstormed and resolved the continuity issue they had in one of their TV spots, then drew up some print ads, and managed to have a great pastrami sandwich!



More Illustration Samples...

dogville

Classics (Dogville, Final Harvest, etc. created on a Quadra 700 with 20 MB of RAM!)
Gallery 1 Gallery 2  "FreeFall" "Forest"  Requiem • Odyssée
Marie Haddad Story (Production Paintings) 1, 2Naughty or Nice! Art for holiday greeting card



sandy 01sandy 02
Dabbling in photography. Art by Mario.
Model: rumor has it this is actually Mario without his disguise...

MARIO'S MUSIC on THESIXTYONE.COM




Frame-by-frame hand drawn gif animation.

PRINTS gone WIDE
OFFSET PRINTING
CD DUPLICATION
DIGITAL: Fire it up!
CHROMAZONE
Presidents' Day
St. Patrick's Day
Mother's Day
Knock Knock!


Cel Animation (In Progress)
sandy 03

2000 Credits movie for CD. "Lame" you say?!
But... aha...check out the "subtle" interplay between some of the titles and the percussion (high hat) :)
Oh, and try creating this with ANCIENT SOFTWARE!

keely 01

"Share the Experience." (1998) This first brochure launched the new Logo and tag line of Dynamics and introduced its mission and positioning statements, all designed by Mario.
(Brochure copy also written by Mario)

Production Design Pencil Drawings (Storyboards).

storyboards

CONCEPTS for DC Paper Show 2005.

paper show 01paper show 02paper show 03




Branding for AIA Northern Virginia




Character Design
for Uproar.com

 

Character Design for Numberfit/Nuberbugs





Branding for Pulse Media
Mario designed the logo for Pulse Media in 1998. It's good to still see it in service!


Branding for Micrographics, Inc.
Mario designed the logo in 2001.


Branding for ECA2
Logo, tagline. (ECA2 is a financial consulting corporation based in Paris, France)

Branding for Capitol Arts Network
(Here are some preliminary concepts ... otherwise know as "great rejects!")

Branding for Design DC
(By invitation, Mario acted on the Continuing Education Advisory Board for Design DC.)

Branding for ARCHES (Architects in Elementary Schools)
American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia.


laurie 01

Branding and Ad for BTV Network — 2000 (Image 1, Image 2)
(Photography by Missy Loewe, model Laurie Wallace)
Web Page Concept

Branding for ENABLE Business Solutions
Logo Concept,

enable
Brochure (pdf) "Here, I must say I was proud of how I was able to create a piece which clearly explains what the client does. It incorporates classic elements of branding: Tag line, unique selling proposition and services. The art on the cover reinforces the theme of "Architects of Communication" (which I came up with) and the the icons echo nicely the services, which you will note are well defined in easy to read English (sometimes needed to buffer all that techno-jargon!) "

Branding for MDHeal.com "What a production for such a small piece! This was meant to function as the welcome screen for MDHeal.com (no longer in service) a site dedicated to "integrated medicine." That's why you see a marriage of modern and ancient themes. This was a great project to work on. Sadly, after the 9/11 tragedy, it went under. I must have produced over 50 anatomical illustrations for that project. Here are a couple of samples: 1 2 3"

Branding for Techviewconsulting.com
"The welcome page is a good example of how to use animated Gifs in a subtle way. Remember, when I did this, the assumption was that we would stay away from Flash. Here is a mock up of the home page. At this stage, we fleshed out the main services so that the appropriate icons can be created."

Branding for Imaging Zone.

zone 01

"Get into the Zone" ad targeting illustrators. Photography then digital photo-retouching in Corel Painter and Photoshop

zone 02

"All Systems GO!"
This poster was created from scratch without the use of 3D Software.
zone 03
"Keep the Flame of Hope Alive!"
Created from scratch in Corel Painter

zone 04
Holiday Greeting Cards mailer
Created from scratch in Corel Painter

zonies

"Meet the Zonies!"
"Imagine all the People Living Life in Peace"
Christmas Mailer
Direct Mail piece (And here is the concept sketch)
Imaging Zone Thank you Card
"Immerse Yourself"
2002 Calendar-Back Cover

Imaging Zone Banners: 1, 2

An arm and a Leg direct-mail piece for Imaging Zone. Creative Direction/Copywriting by Mario, Photography by Missy Loewe, Model Jennifer Grover (and a couple of "extras"...You might say Mario had one leg left to stand on!)


Virtual Pose ® Mario's critically acclaimed book and CD-ROM series!



Urban Visions (Conceptual Paintings of a City, created from scratch in Procreate Painter.)

The Works:

animations
This proverbial nerve center gives a bird's eye view of Mario's achievements leading up to 1998. It contains a plethora of examples from a wide range of media, Please have pop corn ready...You may be there for a while! (Editor's note: Mario has since learnt to spell "CopyWriting!")

GET THE PUBLIC INVOLVED! CD-ROM:

gsa


Mario is the Creator of "Get the Public Involved" (Hybrid CD-ROM) for the Office of The Committee Management Secretariat. . For those interested in the process, please view these content and design development notes and pencil/felt tip sketches "Before this project, I had no idea what advisory committees were all about. Initially, the title of this project was "GET INVOLVED!" which made sense when you learn that advisory committees are comprised of individuals from the private sector who render advice to the executive office. However, when I found out that the aim of the project was to send a subtle reminder to governmental agencies that they were required by law to "Get the Public Involved!" I quickly suggested a change in the title. Next, I met with the directors and absorbed as much information as I can with regards to plethora of documented ways of empowering agency official s to get the public involved in the process of Government. From the large volume of Data I studied, I identified 5. After all, we had only a few minutes to 'sell' our point and entice the viewer to click on the web links for further research. From there, I began sculpting the script. Parallel to that, I began working on GUI concepts, voice-overs, animation and musical score. Once all the parts were created, they were sent to the development team for programming in Director."

And, speaking of cool GUI, check this one out!

sqa

(SQA) ( NOT created in a 3D rendering program!)

Music: Here's Mario's homage to Jimi.

"Painting with Computers," the full-color step-by-step guide and showcase," Mario's first highly acclaimed book and CD-ROM.

Robojobs.com "The First Wonder of The Web™" (Interim page) (Mario Created "Robo™," the logo and tag line. Here are a couple of "Robo" concept sketches.

Branding for Italia Unique

IU 01

( Creative/Art Direction by Mario, design by Imago) and thisd/m promo

IU 02

."The Many Faces of Imaging." a cool direct mail campaign.

PSB 01

"Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow (or is it?)"

PSB 02

"The Adventures of The Chartreuse Illustrator" A whimsical and colorful ad targeting illustrators and design professionals. Created and Illustrated by Mario.

PSB 03

Some Movie Production Design Storyboards

Cel Animation:

Linker
"So, you want to be an Animator?" (a MUST see!) This 30 second animated movie was completely hand drawn and painted, frame by frame! The music was also produced and performed by Mario.

Micrographics Direct-Mail piece

Y2K OK logo

"Build Your Corporate Ladder"

Gas

( Creative Direction by Mario, design by Imago) " This is one of my all-time favorite examples of how to stretch a modest budget. First, Imago--who used to hire me as a freelance creative director to solve the problems at the conceptual level--asked to meet with their client. What was interesting about this meeting was that it took place in the client's kitchen. She informs us of the budget and we soon realized we were dealing with one of those situations every Marketing and Design Communications agency dreads, and that is to laugh out loud and say "no really! what's the budget?" Basically, we knew we couldn't say "no." Also, we knew that if the copy was good, it could carry the piece, regardless of how modest the production was. So I asked the client to explain what they wanted to achieve through an ad whose budget was meager at best. Turns out this was a big deal! Basically, this ad was announcing that the magazine in question--once available only via a hefty subscription to upper management--was now available free of charge to middle management. After listening to the client explain to me what the big deal was all about, I said to her: 'So, would you say that this magazine is akin to a tool box which can help you build your coporate ladder?' We basically nailed it. Theresa and I returned to the studio and I met with Meg Carpenter, a great copywriter and basically painted the picture for her. She flew with it. Then, I met with the two designers and asked them to make the magazine look like a tool box."

"Cool" paintings: (pin-up style, some contain partial nudity)

Kim

"Blue Ice" , "Organic Chrome", "Nebula", "Babe Runner", Gold Pond

Flash Animation Cel hand-drawn and painted in FLASH. Featuring Keely.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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