Marah Klose

Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Denver, CO, USA
Layout design energizes me. I love accepting a challenge to turn a mess of elements into something presentable. My zeal for crafting appealing content designs comes from experiences ranging from Editor-in-Chiefdom of an award-winning high school newspaper, freelance design contracts since late high school, and multiple part- and full-time design jobs in college and beyond. Contemporaneously experiencing some of those jobs and my Bachelor’s of Communication curriculum taught me about clarity and narrative, core influences in my design choices.

I pride myself on resourcefulness and prioritizing well. I correspond often and concisely with clients and coworkers to ensure everyone is on the same page during ongoing projects. Adapting suddenly to new positions and processes invigorates me. In the space of a month before a major sales meeting, I prepared the website at my most recent position to launch 11 new products, spanning 3 product lines. It exercised my ability to communicate progress with bosses and coworkers about an extensive and expedited project.

While my print design experience overshadows my web design experience, my fluency with web-related code is ever-growing. My online portfolio (0rangesicle.com) (including an adapted design for smartphone screens) and my tumblr layout (0rangesicle.tumblr.com) are a testament to my tenacity to translate my layout and illustrative visions to screens. I seek to expand these skills independently and possibly through job training.

My range of skills and knowledge couples with my devotion to quality, punctual work to make me a noteworthy candidate for your employment and freelance needs. Feel free to contact me with inquiries or opportunities. Letters of recommendation & other references available.

Work Experience

Miles Partnership

Temporary Graphic Designer

- Create and update formatted, profile-like advertisements in city tourism guides using strict templates
- Design display ads for some clients from their provided materials
- Use InData to efficiently prepare formatted copy for lengthy Business Listings sections for same travel guides
- Develop style guide, as well as mark up and comment website mockup files from an outside source, for internal web development
September 2015 - December 2015 Superior, Colorado, United States

Freelance Design

Freelance Designer

Created a variety of pieces for different companies
Companies include:
2012 ✧ Circle Theater (Grand Rapids, MI) -- playbill layouts
2011 ✧ Portage Northern High School (Portage, MI) -- logo set for new motto
2010 ✧ Synoptics Group, US branch (Frederick, MD) -- two promotional postcards
2009 ✧ Portage Central High School (Portage, MI) -- fundraiser pamphlet
2008 ✧ International Baccalaureate Schools of Michigan -- logo
March 2008 - Present Portage, Michigan, United States

Humphrey Products

Marketing & Customer Service

- Back-end website management, in coordination with contracted IT developer, using a content management system and a custom Product Configurator system.
- Design and order printed materials for major company events (ex: National Sales Meeting in June 2015).
- Double-check orders entered into our system for accuracy.
October 2014 - August 2015 Michigan, United States

Turnkey Merchandise Programs, L.L.C.

Graphic Designer

Graphic Design Intern Dec 2012 to Oct 2013, Graphic Designer Oct 2013 to Present
- Designed print collateral for TMP and its clients
- Content layout and created illustrations for websites, products, and advertising materials
- Took direction from merchants to create illustrations for merchandise decoration.
- Abided brand standards for nationally-known companies (Campbell Soup Company, Kellogg Company, USA Hockey)
- Tracked progress using Atlassian JIRA task-management software
December 2012 - December 2013 Michigan, United States

Aquinas College Graphic Services

Graphic Design Assistant

- Designed print collateral for Aquinas College departments and groups
- Designed digital signage, email graphics
- Abided and enforced Aquinas' brand standards
- Tracked progress on multiple, simultaneous projects with ZenDesk task-management software
- Settled invoices with QuickBooks money management software
- Operated industrial laminators, large format printers, and paper trimmers
August 2012 - May 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Aquinas College Campus Life

Promotions Director

- Designed print collateral for Aquinas groups, especially branches of the student government
- Created digital signage to advertise events
- Managed groups' requests with Google Forms and and email contact.
- Lead a group of 5-6 student volunteers and taught them basic design to handle simpler requests
- Collaborated with a team to plan and host events
- Maintained a professional presence for the front desk and phone line
August 2011 - May 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Education

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

n/a

Additional coursework to improve web design and illustration skills.
Courses included:
- ANM 251: Drawing the Human Figure in Motion.
- ANM 287: Advanced Web Design.
- ANM 120 Business Practices/Creative Careers
January 2014 - May 2014 Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

Aquinas College

Communication

Minor in Studio Art. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
August 2009 - May 2013 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Booklet Layout, Branding, CSS, Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, HTML, Illustration, Layout Design, Logo Design, Newsletter Layout, Pamphlet Layout, Pen Tablets, Photo Editing, Photography, Photomanipulation, Print Collateral, Print Design, Product Design, Promotional Banners, Screen Print Design, Typography, Vector Design, Wacom Intuos, Web Banners, Web Promos,