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Sandra Connors

Freelance Graphic Designer

Chesapeake, VA, USA
(757)487–3815 / (904)859-3995
I am currently pursuing my BFA in Graphic Design from Old Dominion University with an anticipated graduation od Summer, 2014. I hold two Associate Degrees (Graphic Design, 2011 and Studio Arts, 2013), from Tidewater Community College. I have also completed two highly successful internships locally, one with the Chrysler Museum of Art, and the other with the Amerigroup Corporation.

I am always seeking freelance opportunities where I can use my skills to create compelling and effective design work for my client. Also, upon earning my BFA in Graphic Design, I will be seeking an entry level position where I can continue my learning process and begin to contribute to the goals of a design organization. I have a strong design sense, and a sophisticated approach to the use of color and typography. I always put a great deal of thought into each piece I create and take pride in my projects.

Experience
Norfolk, VA, USA
Sep 2011Jan 2012
Graphic Design Intern
I served as the fall 2011 graphic design intern at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Sep 2012Dec 2012
External Communications Graphic Design Intern
Served as the graphic design intern for Amerigroup's external communication department.
Education
Norfolk, VA, USA
Jan 2013Present
BFA, Graphic Design
Portsmouth, VA, USA
Aug 2011May 2013
Portsmouth, VA, USA
Aug 2009May 2011
AAS, Graphic Design
- 3.86 Grade Point Average, with Summa Cum Laude distinction
- Named to President’s Honor Roll three consecutive semesters
- Member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society
Jacksonville, FL, USA
Aug 2007Dec 2008
Graphic Design
- Transferred to Tidewater Community College prior to degree completion
- Awarded talent grant for recognized ability in graphic design
- Nominated for membership in local Phi Theta Kappa honor society
- Awarded Dean’s List status in final semester prior to transfer
Lima, Peru
Jul 2001Jul 2003
Graphic Design (Certificate)
- Certificate program in graphic design
Awards
Jan 2011
Accepted into PTK Honor Society
Languages
 
English (Fluent), Spanish (Native)
Skills
 
typography, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Color theory, Mac, PC, Layout, grids, Conceptualization
Additional Information
Freelance Experience:

- Elizabeth River Project, Portsmouth, VA (February 2013 to Present) - Design and layout of "MUDflats" newsletter and associated print collateral.

- Virginia Toy & Novelty Company, Virginia Beach, VA (April 2012) - Created a set of illustrations & a tag design (project unpublished).

- Wolfe Design Studio, Virginia Beach, VA (March 2012 to Present) - Created several projects under contract.

- Cristo Salvador School, Lima, Peru (October 2011) - Created original folder design for a high-profile educators conference.

- Las Gaviotas Garden Club, Chesapeake, VA (September 2011–Present) – Responsible for monthly newsletter and other promotional materlals for community.

- Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 2011) - Created complete identity system for local massage / facial therapist.

- Design / Software Skills:
- Typography
- Grids
- Layout
- Color Theory
- Conceptualization
- Mac and PC
- Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Microsoft Office Suite
- Working knowledge of Dreamweaver, HTML and CSS

Accomplishments:

- Invited in October 2011 and September 2012 to lecture to Tidewater Community College Graphic Design portfolio preparation class regarding personal experiences

- Member of team that designed the 2011 TCC Visual Arts Center Student Art Magazine. Contributed original graphic design and layouts for consideration in final book. Worked on advertising campaign for magazine and contributed designs for publicity posters.

- Personal work selected for inclusion in the 2011 Student Art Magazine for the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center

- Professional Attributes:
- Bilingual (Spanish and English)
- Hard worker; able to meet deadlines promptly
- Works effectively in a team or solo
- Punctual and reliable
- Easy to work with

Professional Associations:
- AIGA