You are still here? Well, I'm just pleased as punch! Speaking of punch, go pour yourself a glass, put your legs up and I'll tell you a little more about myself.

ABOUT

What:

graphic designer since 2000, female, 5'3"... thought I was 5'4" for the longest time and it still remains that on my drivers license

 

Weirdest non-design jobs:

hot dog vendor at the circus, Steak on a Stake wench at the Bristol Renaissance Fair, wreath maker on a Christmas tree farm, event leader for a social club and a DJ on a dinner cruise where I led guests in the Cha Cha Slide, Electric Slide and the Macarena… that's right, I rule at weddings!

 

God given gifts:

could draw before I could walk, can be very diplomatic, can talk like I'm under water without being under water

 

Side projects:

drawing, Photoshop “Frankensteining” for own amusement, wrote a horror screenplay called Freudian Slash

Skills Summary

• Design                                                                       

• Art Direction                                           

• Production                                       

• Animation 

• Illustration  

• Photo retouching    

• Pre-press            

• Digital  

• Management                            

• Knowledge in AS2, AS3, HTML & CSS

 

Professional Experience

DIGITAL AND ANIMATION:

• Create digital ads from scratch and re-size, re-think and reformat existing ones

• Production of HTML 5 and Flash banners to serve through Sizmek and DoubleClick

• Build client assets into a rich media platform for release

• Create static and animated mock-ups for sales team

• Craft splashy graphics for social media posts

 

PRINT:

• Design for brochures, menus, advertising, identity, signage, calendars, media kits, Invites, magazines, OOH’s

 

PRODUCTION:

• Resize and set up ads, brochures, OOHs, POP materials, directories, magazines

• Pre-press

• Presentation preparation from Power Point to trimming and mounting

• Development of online customizable print collateral for a nationwide ordering system

 

CREATIVE DIRECTION:

• Generate concepts, directions and work with the designers on execution

• Leading role in creative vision for launching a new magazine in the Chicago market

• Oversee photo shoots

 

MANAGEMENT:

• Interface with both internal and external clients

• Validate that the work completed meets the highest standard

• Mentor designers

• Assist employees in their development by coaching

• Point person for creative assistance for campaign operations team

 

Employment History

FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER

February 2000-Present   Chicago, IL

Clients: Norton Agency, Advocate Healthcare, Travelzoo,

IBM, Changing Worlds, Dynamic Salon

 

EVENT COORDINATOR | IN-HOUSE GRAPHICS

APRIL 2017-Present   Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce    Chicago, IL

 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER | MARKETING ASSISTANT

January 2015-Aptil 2017   Broadway In Chicago   Chicago, IL

 

ART DIRECTOR

August 2011-September 2014   Centro Media Inc.   Chicago, IL

 

SENIOR DESIGNER

July 2010-August 2011   Centro Media Inc.   Chicago, IL

 

JUNIOR DESIGNER

August 2008-July 2010   Centro Media Inc.   Chicago, IL

 

GRAPHIC ARTIST

October 2004-August 2008   Marc USA   Chicago, IL

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

August 2001-April 2002   Dynamic Magazine   Chicago, IL

 

Education

International Academy of Design and Technology   Chicago, IL

Associates degree in Computer Graphics, graduated with honors

 

Columbia College   Chicago, IL

Bachelors degree in Theatre, graduated with honors

 

Software

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Edge Animate, Adobe Animate (Flash), Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver,

Word, PowerPoint

 

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