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Sarah McDowell

Athens, OH, USA
Work Experience
Jun 2006Present
Art Director, Ohio Today University Magazine
My primary responsibilities in this position include developing relevant content, creating the layout and overseeing the technical production of the of the two print and two digital issues of the publication, including all supporting marketing materials. It is my responsibility to create and maintain a visual identity for the publication that showcases the University and appropriately communicates its news and branding messages to a large (120,000+) and diverse audience. In addition, I select and provide direction to freelancer photographers and illustrators while maintaining a budget.
May 2012Present
Art Director, Advancement Communication & Marketing
In this role I design, produce, and provide art direction on a variety of print and digital marketing pieces for University Advancement. In addition, I provide professional expertise in maintaining a consistent visual identity for University Advancement and provide support and assistance in the department’s visual communication needs. Examples of work produced include; the Ohio University Foundation annual report, The Promise Lives Campaign proposal booklets, donor proposals, and preparing art for online use.
Jan 2003Mar 2006
Director of Art and Design
As Art Director and Designer of this bimonthly magazine sold throughout Mexico, my primary responsibilities included developing and maintaining the visual identity of the publication, creating the layout of the magazine and preparing the files for print. In addition, I had the opportunity to conceptualize and execute editorial collaborations with top-level advertisers and companies including; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, and Rolex.
Oct 2002Jun 2006
Taller de Comunicación Grafica
Graphic Designer
At this fast-paced agency, I worked to design consistent and progressive publication pieces for museums, galleries, schools and other cultural institutions. Collaborations included the following: Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Centro School of Art and Design, the Spanish Cultural Center in Mexico, and the US Embassy.
Sep 1997Jun 2002
Ohio University
BFA, Graphic Design & Photography
art direction, Adobe Creative Suites, Pre-press experience, Magazine Layout, Publication Design, editorial layout
Award of Excellence, magazine unit
Award of Excellence, in-house print series
Pride of CASE V
Gold Award, Best Alumni Magazine 10,000+
Gold Award, print publishing improvement
Pride of CASE V
Silver Award, Best Alumni magazine 10,000+
Pride of CASE V
Silver Award, Excellence in Design
Silver Award, Excellence in Design