LaManna Creative


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LaManna Creative

Advertising / concept + design

"Most of the work on this site incorporates my clients' design style — rather than my own. And it's that ability, to design in any style successfully, that I wish to showcase here."

tj LaManna

production artist / designer / art director

action sports  •  hospitality  •  real estate  •  healthcare  •  entertainment  •  fashion


• Print  –  Ads, POP, Packaging, Direct Mail, Brochures, Outdoor, Photo Retouching


• Digital  –  Website Concept & Design, Emails, Banners, UX/UI (front end)


• Brand Identity  –  Concept & Design, Logos, Collateral, Media QC


• Marketing  –  Local, National and International Campaigns, Business & Product launches, Event and Trade Show materials


• Broadcast  –  Film & Video production, Sound Design, Original music composition, Radio, Voice Over


• Photography  –  Lifestyle, Street, Product/Tabletop, Real Estate, Event coverage


Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Muse, After Effects, Logic Pro, Final Cut Pro, Sketch


Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Reason, Painter, MicroSoft Office, Mail Chimp, iMovie, Garageband, Squarespace

work history


LaManna Creative  –  Newport Beach, CA


Intercommunications [freelance]  –  Newport Beach, CA


Bates/Lee Advertising  –  Costa Mesa, CA


Foote, Cone, & Belding  –  Irvine, CA


Wunderman, Cato, Johnson  [freelance]  –  Irvine, CA


Markzware Software  –  Santa Ana, CA

GAP Inc. • Mazda • Verizon • Kawasaki • MEDL Mobile • Oakley • Hilton • Hilton Hawaii • Taco Bell National • Taco Bell Field • Conrad International Hotels • American Express • Big Island Visitor's Bureau • Hong Kong Tourism • Lovo Cigars • Ruby's Diner • Orange County Business Bank • La Coste Resort • ValleyCrest • Quiksilver • Panasonic • Francisco Breads • Allergan • TGI Fridays • Embassy Suites • DoubleTree Hotels • United Airlines • Nature's Best • HÔM Group • Blizzard Entertainment


Playboy Entertainment –  Beverly Hills, CA


Capella Films –  Beverly Hills, CA


20th Century Fox  –  Century City, CA


Universal Pictures / Amblin / ZM Productions  –  Universal City, CA

RSA • Red Car • Propaganda Films • Limelight • Amblin Entertainiment • Universal Pictures • Disney Studios • The Post Group • Cream Cheese Productions • Paramount Pictures • CBS • Unitel • Modern Post • Fox Television • Anderson Video • Warner Bros. • A&M Records • MCA Worldwide • 525 Post • Sony Entertainment • NBC

additional links

• VIEW RESUME  (option-click to download)

IMDb page

LinkedIn profile

Photography website


Worked on both the National and Field accounts for Taco Bell — this included both print and broadcast.


Eventually became the creative lead on the Taco Bell Field account for all of North America. Won several awards: LateNight Outdoor-OBIE 2003, XBox Field & National Merchandising-REGGIE

Print ads, digital, and even

a coffee-table book I designed for Hilton Waikoloa Village - for which I shot all the photography. Here are just a few samples.

Here are 3 concepts, and an alternate, that I did for the Contingency Brochure.

And 3 examples of the "Green" print ad series.


I did all the backgrounds, photo treatments, and  "grunge" effects by hand.

Created a TON of web assets for these guys, as well as packaging.


Much of this work involved creating faux environments to place the product into.

Created a lavish coffee-table book to showcase a proposed luxury resort in Punta Salulita, Mexico.


Shown are some sample pages, as well as some print ads and event cards.

I created a great deal of work for Conrad International Hotels.

Posters, print ads, digital ads, banners, multiMedia packages, and brochures.


Here are a few samples.

Avery brought me in to create some "out of the box" concepts for two of their products: The Avery Sign Kit, and Avery Photo ID.


The Posters concept (top 3 images) were created for a "guerrilla" posting campaign in residential neighborhoods and small business areas.


Click to view the full headline.

Worked on both print & digital—ads, brochures, packaging, logos, banner ads, and labels.


Handled much of the product photography, mock-ups, and retouching.


I also shot and edited an Event Video—which you can find, among others, on the video page of this site.


Was called in to facilitate some new designs for the City of Long Beach's new Transit Program.

I've done a lot of real estate, both commercial and residential, as well as hotels. In both print & digital form.


Here's a sampling of several different things.


Worked on a wide range of Travel & Tourism pieces - from Amex to Hong Kong.


The first six shown here were part of a campaign I designed for The Big Island Visitor's Bureau in Hawaii. This campaign won the 2008 Travel Weekly Magellan Award.

This was a highly-guarded secret at the time —Panasonic was working covertly with United Airlines to implement their seat-back/headrest entertainment kiosks. I was brought in to help with the concept & design of the UX/UI.


 Although these look quite dated now, at the time (pre-tablet and smartphone), these touch-screen designs, with swipe gestures, were quite novel.


Note: The "blue orb" (top) interface functioned like a "touch-screen track-ball".

The Francisco Bread images (top four) were designed for in-store shelving purposes. Created the iron & wood backgrounds by hand.


The next two images were for Bates/Lee Advertising. I designed a new Brand ID for them. They did a lot of travel work - so the business cards reflected "retro" luggage tags, and the "hotel door hanger" was actually a direct-mail piece.


Towards the bottom, you'll see some images with a spiritual message. These were commissioned by a local church. The final artwork was transferred to canvas (many over 10' high), and displayed inside.

In the digital realm, I've created everything from email blasts and banners, to full-on websites (including this website, which I designed from "blank page". No templates were used).


* (Click the asterisk above for a special, alternate, viewing experience of this work — I had an idea whereby an entire site design would shift and change at the click of a button. Watch how it changes from this site's current look, to another look entirely.)


Healthcare and Pharma projects require a specific look. And even that depends on whether it's doctor-facing or patient-facing.

Here are samples of both, including web, print, and Powerpoint slides.

I've done a lot of packaging work, for a wide variety of companies — from Beauty to Food to Technology.


Here are a few samples.


 (Additional packaging examples can be found elsewhere on this site)

There's a surprising amount of local magazines in the area. Real estate, boats, cars, and surf magazines. These periodicals require a very specific look—yet one with which we're all familiar.

Another big account, with very particular guidelines.


The examples shown here were all by-products of  production work, on my part.

I've done a variety of retouching work - from product to people.

There are examples of this work elsewhere on this site:

Mazda, Blizzard, Hilton, Kawasaki, Dayna Decker, Gap, Verizon.


The images to the right are a small example of similar work (Oakley).


Each is represented by a Before and After image.

I worked on lot's of signage, posters, banner ads, and packaging,  while at Blizzard.


Much of the (production) work I did was for their big annual event — BlizzCon.

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