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Erik Dunton

Instructional Designer/Illustrator

(615) 828-2514 


Professional Profile

  • Over thirty years of creative graphic design, motion graphics, and illustration, providing quality graphic design solutions for small businesses and large corporations
  • Fifteen years of higher education, instructional design and curriculum development experience; producing over thirty, public facing, online educational modules and case studies for a major higher education institute 

  • Proven ability to collaborate with business leaders, and other stakeholders, to create goal-driven, high-quality, interactive designs, that meet the intended business goals

  • Experienced in managing and directing creative talent, and purchasing and utilizing stock media, to develop quality multimedia productions 

  • Proficient in outcome-orentied, script writing for audio, video, and eLearning

  • Skilled in communication, leadership, strong work ethic, and time management

  • Proficient in graphic design, instructional design, illustration, 2D animation, motion graphics, video editing, songwriting, and audio editing; in both analog (print) digital processes

  • Proficient in website, user interface, and user experience design, both from the perspective as a developer and Creative and Technical Supervisor, successfully overseeing a team of designers and programmers contracted to redesign and migrate a 5000+, flat page, website to a content management system (CMS), this massive undertaking was delivered on time and under budget

  • Highly skilled in: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Google Suite, 2D animation, Typography, Audacity, Articulate 360, Captivate, Camtasia, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Canvas, HTML5, and CSS


Creative Work Experience 


Integrative Program Developer/Trainer - (Founder/Owner/Partner)

Positive RePercussions - Nashville, TN April 2008 to Present

REMO Endorsed HealthRHYTHMS® Facilitator


Founder and partner owner of a company that provides evidence-based Recreational Music-Making and Interactive Group Drumming Events.

  • Design, develop, and deploy interactive training courses for education and healthcare professionals, producing highly sought after programs and trainings designed to meet the developmental needs of children and adults, in clinical, educational, and corporate settings

  • Collaborate with client business leaders to implement, interactive programs and trainings, designed to deliver, goal-oriented, non-musical outcomes, i.e. team-building, stress relief, employee retention, social skills, delivery of STEM education

  • Proactively evaluate training programs to monitor progress and adjust plans when necessary


Partial Client List: Tennessee Music Therapist Association, Nashville, TN; National Alliance on Mental Illness, Nashville, TN; REMO, Inc., Valencia, CA; Whole Foods Market, Austin, TX; Texas Library Association, Austin, TX; Florida Library Association, Tampa, FL; Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; The Patterson Foundation - Age-Friendly Sarasota, Sarasota, FL; Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, Nashville, TN; Vanderbilt Rehab Hospital, Nashville, TN; Veterans Administration of Lexington, Lexington, KY



Instructional Creative Media Designer and Content Developer

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN October 2002 to July 2014


  • Developed and produced over 30, industry acclaimed, public facing, online education modules designed to deliver evidence-based eLearning content for adult learners, based on Dr. John Bransford’s "How People Learn", Adult Learning Theory.

  • Created digital media content, (technical illustrations, infographics, videos, animation, music and audio) to be used on in printed materials, web site and other multi-media material.

  • Developed user interface/experience (UI/UX) for, a 5000 plus page, award winning website, implementing evidence based practices of adult learning theory.

    • Creative and Technical Supervisor, successfully overseeing the team of designers and programmers contracted to redesign and migrate 5000+, flat page, website to a content management system (CMS), this massive undertaking was delivered on time and under budget

  • Researched, selected, and deployed mission-critical technology, (hardware and software) for an office staff of 22 team members

  • Advised faculty and staff members on the use of technology in classroom, and for adult-learning live trainings.

Creative Director/Owner

MEDIAGrafix - Nashville, TN January 1991 to November 2002


  • Responsible for successful graphic design business including assessing customer needs and meeting deadlines and budgets

  • Designed and developed logos, brochures, websites, t-shirt designs, presentations, packaging, stage sets, etc.

  • Collaborated with client marketing teams on creative marketing material to ensure designs met client's deadlines and goals


Partial Client List: Learning Structures, Somersworth, NH - WebSite Design; Beyer Printing, Nashville, TN - Print Pre-Press Production; BA Parr, Nashville, TN - Print Pre-Press Production; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN - Print Pre-Press Production; LM Berry Company, Brentwood, TN - Custom Illustration; TJ Kinko's, Inc., Nashville, TN - Print Pre-Press Production; The Gideons International, Nashville, TN - Custom Logo Design


Music Productions Director (Studio and Live Event Musician and Technician) - Owner

ProductionONE! - Nashville, TN

May 1986 to August 1997


  • Provided creative and technical solutions for live tours and recording studios.

  • Negotiating and booking live music venues

  • Arranging, hiring, and managing local labor forces

  • Design and construction of complex live music events

  • Design and construction of complex digital music production systems

  • Production of complex audio and music recordings


Partial Client List: Michael W. Smith - Nashville TN - “The Acoustic Tour”, "Change Your World Tour"; Moody Blues - Hollywood, CA - “A Night at Red Rocks, US Tour”; Charlie Daniels Band - Nashville, TN -“Volunteer Jam XIV & XV”; Billy Falcon- New York, NY - “World Tour ‘91”; Joe Jackson - New York, NY - “Laughter & Lust Tour” Petra - Nashville, TN - “The Rock Cries Out Tour”; Bebe & Cece Winnans- New York, NY - “Heaven World Tour”; Steve Winwood. - Nashville/London - “Roll With It World Tour”, David McHenry- Nashville, TN "Age of Antiquity (Album)" Greg Armbruster- Nashville, TN, "Voyages (Album)", Shane Keister, Nashville, TN, "Earnest Goes to Camp (Movie)", Merle Haggard, Nashville, TN, "Chill Factor (Album)"



  • Design for Learning (10+ years)

  • Graphic Design (10+ years)

  • Web Design (10+ years)

  • Illustration (10+ years)

  • Songwriting (10+ years)

  • Audio Editing (10+ years)

  • Video Editing (10+ years)

  • Video Production (10+ years)

  • Storyboarding (10+ years)

  • Typography

  • How People Learn (HPL) Adult Learning Theory (10+ years)




  • Adobe Creative Suite (10+ years)  

  • Microsoft Office (10+ years)

  • Google Suite (10+ years)

  • Captivate (6 years)

  • Final Cut Pro (10+ years)

  • Logic Pro (10+ years)

  • HTML5 & CSS


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