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DINA
HARDY

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dina hardy portfolio


   
DINA
HARDY

I am a prototype. I am an amnesiac. I hold wine on my tongue, turn the myth of myself into language. 

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about


About Me & ME & ME & ME

about


About Me & ME & ME & ME

About

Do you need a storyteller and strategic thinker? This is me: I revel in brainstorming, am happiest when I’m being creative, collaborating, and contributing to or developing a community. My philosophy revolves around putting the user first. Have challenges? I'll take them.

 
 
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WRITING & PUBLISHING
17 YEARS' EXPERIENCE


Titles:

  • Creative Writing Instructor; Mentor
  • Editor; Small-Press Publisher
  • Author of poems, short stories,
    poetry comics

Awards (select):

Publications:

  • ~50 credits in online & print publications

Readings (select):

  • “Undertows” exhibition opening.
    La Casa Amarilla, Málaga, Spain
  • Angle of Reflection anthology.
    Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, CA
  • Hekayah—The Story spoken word event. New York University,
    Abu Dhabi, UAE

Courses Taught (select):

  • Advanced Writing Workshop
  • Creative Writing Studio
  • Graphic Novel & Poetry Comics

Skills:

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Passion
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FILM
12 YEARS' EXPERIENCe


Titles:

  • Visual Effects Assistant
    Production Manager
  • Assistant to Co-Producer
  • Character Fabricator

Credits:

  • Kangaroo Jack
  • Wild Life
  • Dinosaur
  • Bump in the Night
  • Tim Burton’s Nightmare
    Before Christmas

Studios:

  • The Secret Lab, Burbank, CA
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation, Burbank, CA
  • Skellington Productions,
    San Francisco, CA
  • Danger Productions, San Francisco, CA

Skills:

  • Collaboration
  • Organization
  • Determination
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TURNING POINTS

 

  • Traveled to South & east Africa
  • Left (along with ~10k others) The Walt Disney Company
  • Graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop—MFA in English,
    Creative Writing
  • Moved from Burbank to Dubai, from Dubai to Madrid

Skills:

  • Sense of wonder
  • Sense of self
  • Sense and sensibility
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ADVERTISING & MARKETING
11 YEARS' EXPERIENCE

Titles:

  • Managing Director
  • Senior Copywriter, Content Strategist
    & Manager
  • User Experience (UX) Director
  • Brand Manager

Award-Winning Campaigns (select):
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  • Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portrait Series (disneyparks.com)
  • Year of a Million Dreams & Meet the Dream Makers (disneyparks.com)
  • Walt Disney World Next Gen (waltdisneyworld.com)

Skills:

  • Editorial, copy and content
  • Search and research
  • Software: Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro); Microsoft Office; Axure RP
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Projects: Various Fields
LIFETIME'S EXPERIENCE

Titles (select):

  • Web designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Project manager
  • Graphic designer

Projects (select):

  • Angle of Reflection anthology
  • Iowa Writers' Workshop t-shirts
    & yearbooks
  • poetry comics

Skills:

  • Self-motivation
  • Strategic planning
  • Design & layout
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CONTACT

 

Contact Me

Skills:

  • Communication
  • Community building
  • Writing
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ad world


ADVERTISING & MARKETING

ad world


ADVERTISING & MARKETING

 

Dina Hardy is an award-winning senior advertising and marketing copywriter, content strategist, UX manager, brand director / published poet / and teacher

For nearly a decade, she contributed to 8 of Disney’s premium dot-com brands——

  • Disney World; Disneyland; Disney Parks; Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney; Aulani Resort in Hawai'i; Shanghai Disney.

She also:

  • championed for the best user experiences (UX), while balancing business needs
  • strategized content placement and flow for new and redesigned pages
  • participated in product testing; helped develop costumer profiles for targeted sales and improved narratives
  • lead copy team through evolutions of multi-million dollar website redesigns; edited copy; initiated changes to streamline the production cycle for enhanced efficiency; edited copy; established revolutionary site-wide style, tone, and defined copy templates
  • provided search engine optimization (SEO) content and metadata

She has experience creating and managing content for:

  • online games, video scripts, contests, tag lines, and brief and detailed descriptions for theme parks, attractions, restaurants, entertainment, hotels, shops, guest services, member-exclusive sections, and trivia pages.
 
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creative writing


CREATIVE WRITING

creative writing


CREATIVE WRITING

Creative Writing

publications & honors

where to find my work

 
 
 
 

announcements & news

where to hear me read

 
 

> Education & Awards

Dina received two Fine Arts degrees: a BFA from Pratt Art Institute and an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She was awarded a Maytag Fellowship from the University of Iowa, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was accepted at residencies in Spain and Wales.

While she lived in San Francisco and attended Stanford University on a Stegner Fellowship in poetry, she telecommuted full time to Disney's Burbank office, where she worked as an award-wining senior copy writer and content strategist.

Dina was a finalist in Poets and Writers' New Voices in California contest, a finalist in University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press chapbook contest, and has been the winner and/or listed as an honorary mention in national literary contests.

> Publications & Readings

Her poetry, poetry comics, and other work have been published in numerous journals and anthologies.

Places she's read (see images from select readings): bookstores; classrooms; theaters; universities; cafes; auditoriums; yoga studios; book fairs; literary festivals; art museums; galleries; and has read or will be reading in: Iowa City, IA; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, Hollywood, Pasadena, San Francisco, and other cities in northern and southern California; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE; and in El Bruc and Málaga, Spain.

Dina was a co-founder and -host of a monthly reading series that started in Downtown Los Angeles and ended in Santa Monica, CA. The series featured Southern Californian and nationally known poets.

> Teaching

She taught creative writing at Stanford, the University of Iowa, and guest lectured for college-prep classes in Los Angeles. She was the managing director of TXT, and conducted creative writing courses in Dubai, UAE.

 
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projects


PROJECTS

projects


PROJECTS

 

Once, Dina rode her motorcycle alone across the United States coast-to-coast and back. Once she summited Mount Kilimanjaro. Twice, she completed the Los Angeles marathon. For 3 years, she lived in Dubai, UAE, where she traveled to many countries

Here's a non-gated gallery to more of her projects and accomplishments.