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Sarah McDowell

Athens, OH, USA

Work Experience

Ohio University

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.
June 2006 - Present Ohio, United States

Ohio University

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.
May 2012 - Present Ohio, United States

Fahrenheit Magazine

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.
January 2003 - March 2006 Mexico

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.
October 2002 - June 2006 Mexico

Education

Ohio University

BFA, Graphic Design & Photography

September 1997 - June 2002 Ohio, United States

Awards

University And College Designers Association

Award of Excellence, in-house print

2014

University And College Designers Association

Award of Excellence, magazine unit

2014

University And College Designers Association

Award of Excellence, magazine unit

2013

University And College Designers Association

Award of Excellence, in-house print series

2013

Pride Of CASE V

Gold Award, Best Alumni Magazine 10,000+

2012

CASE, Circle Of Excellence

Gold Award, print publishing improvement

2012

Pride Of CASE V

Silver Award, Best Alumni magazine 10,000+

2009

Pride Of CASE V

Silver Award, Excellence in Design

2008

Quorum

Silver Award, Excellence in Design

2004

Skills

Adobe Creative Suites, Magazine Layout, Pre-press Experience, Publication Design, Art Direction, Editorial Layout,