HILLARY KILFEATHER

HBK-creative-logo.png

CREATIVE LEADER / ART & DESIGN DIRECTOR / COLLABORATOR

  • Award-winning creative director with extensive experience in content and network design

  • Seasoned department director and manager, with strong ability to build and nurture a talented, efficient design team

  • Accomplished graphic designer and whimsical illustrator 

  • Broad range of experience with network branding, including content and set design, as well as on and off-air network promotion design 

  • Excellent judgement, problem-solving skills and the ability to quickly resolve unique and challenging issues

  • Exceptional client service and interpersonal skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish

  • Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications; Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - Ohio University

career OVERVIEW

CNN
INTERNATIONAL 

CNNBACKGROUNDHORIZ.jpg

DESIGN DIRECTOR 

1997-2013

Because I was graduating with degrees in Spanish and Visual Communications, I was the perfect candidate to be a graphic designer at the soon-to-be launched network CNN en Español.

 

I worked my way up from daily graphics production to the marketing and promotions department, and spent more than twelve years helping to manage the graphics department that provided all design services to CNN International and CNN en Español. There I helped oversee the look and feel of the television network, including day to day program graphics, set design, and more.

THE
WEATHER CHANNEL

TWCBACKGROUNDHORIZ.jpg

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DESIGN 

2013-2015

I was responsible for the look and feel of the television network, including day-to-day program graphics, set design, weather maps and other meteorological products. 

I structured, managed, and mentored our talented creative team ensuring that they were motivated to work hard, collaborate with one another, and create great things.

I was also heavily involved in art directing the look and feel of the TWC marketing and promotion efforts.

PRO-BONO CREATIVE SERVICES

volunteer_BG.jpg

After 19 years working full-time in the corporate world, I focused my career on giving back to our community through volunteer leadership roles at our local public schools. 

I served on the executive board of Fernbank Elementary's PTA for three years. During that time, I completely overhauled the school's communications and marketing. I created a new logo, built a new website, reimagined the online weekly news bulletin, designed t-shirts, printed signage, marketing materials, and much more. From a leadership standpoint, I served as PTA co-president in 2018-19 and helped develop and execute an annual two-week capital campaign for the Fernbank Elementary Foundation, surpassing the fundraising goal each year. 

Similarly, I created a new parent website for Druid Hills Middle School, and helped develop a new fundraising strategy for the school's Enrichment Fund.

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE 

THE WEATHER CHANNEL

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DESIGN  

2013 - 2015

TWC.png

  • Refined the look and feel of live programming after the network overhaul of 2012, so that all content branding and graphics were well executed and polished

  • Oversaw the development of all new live show branding, look and feel of all on-screen information including maps, and some feature/special programming

  • Overhauled the structure and template function of all live programming vizrt products, including lower third banner and fullscreen infographics, working closely with operations and editorial staff for best end result

  • Was heavily involved in studio and set design for live programming, including the look and feel of all monitor fills

  • Helped structure and grow our talented creative team, ensuring that they were motivated to work hard, collaborate with one another, and create great things

In my tenure as Creative Director, I influenced much of the work that was done by our design department. Some of my favorite projects are highlighted below; they also represent work I was particularly involved in concepting, designing, and executing.

For more information about the Weather Underground (WUTV) project, click here.

CNN WORLDWIDE

1997- 2013

DESIGN DIRECTOR, CNNIE Design (most recent position)

2007-2013

CNN_International_logo.png

  • Oversaw the on-air look and feel for CNN International and CNN en Español

 

  • Managed a group of 12 designers in a 24 hour work environment

  • Designed and/or art directed on and off-air products including channel identity, feature and special program branding, daily newscast branding and infographics, set design

  • Concepted and oversaw development/implementation of new daily graphic products, working closely with operations and editorial staff for best end result

These are a few of my favorite projects from my later years at CNNIE Design. I art directed all of the animations, developed the concepts for the CNN en Español newsroom/set overhaul, and more. Read more about the newsroom project here.