Tara Christen

Graphic Designer

Norwalk, IA, USA
From painted pet rocks to calligraphy on my parent's walls I've always had a strong desire to express myself. Today I strive to capture audiences by creating innovative and purposeful design. My means have changed, but my passion to communicate visually still remains.

Work Experience

Lexicon Content Marketing

Graphic Designer

Code and send email marketing campaigns using Campaign Monitor and Constant Contact
Design print collateral, logos, and websites
Communicate directly with vendors and clients
Create project schedules and ensure projects are completed on time
August 2015 - Iowa, United States

ISU Alumni Association

Graphic Designer

Responsible for print design for many of the programs of the ISU Alumni Association, including student programs (SAA, SALC, Cyclone Alley), OLLI at ISU, events promotion, awards programs, and the ISUAA Board of Directors. I also assists with web design and video production and maintains the ISUAA brand.
August 2011 - Ames, Iowa, United States

MARSH US Consumer

Web Design Intern

Designed landing pages for Volkswagen Credit and Audi Financial
Designed emails for Volkswagen Credit and Audi Financial
Created and modified CSS of Marsh Campus
Modified site for Google Analytics Testing
Collaborative re-design for Proliability.com
June 2010 - August 2010 Urbandale, Iowa, United States

Youth Emergency Services And Shelter

Pro Bono Graphic Designer

Designing informational and specialized supplemental brochures for client.
March 2012 - May 2012 Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Truman State University Student Union

Freelance Designer

Conceptualized and designed identity for Student Union Building
Met and collaborated with focus group
Polled students and revised design to final logo
April 2011 - May 2011 Kirksville, Missouri, United States

Truman State University Student Union Reservations Desk

Student Office Manager

Reformatted images to run on digital signage
Designed and produced digital signage and diagrams
Coordinated schedules, meetings, and timecards
Navigated EMS campus reservation software
Coordinated booking details for campus events
Enhanced conflict resolution and client communication skills
February 2008 - May 2011 Missouri, United States

Truman State University Fine Arts Publication

Student Designer

Created print based layouts
Organized and led account meetings
Collaborative member of Ruth Towne Museum Display
Assistant creator for Office of Advancement Video Campaign
June 2009 - August 2009 Missouri, United States

Education

Truman State University

BFA Visual Communications

Graduated Cum Laude
Minored in Psychology
August 2007 - May 2011 Kirksville, Missouri, United States

Awards

IHeartLogos

Season 3 Logo Published

2012

Truman State University

Graduated Cum Laude

2011

Who's Who Among College Students

Recipient

2011

Truman State University Juried Art Show

Stationary Set Selected

2009

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite, Campaign Monitor, Constant Contact, CSS, Digital Printing , Dreamweaver, HTML, IDVD, Illustrator, IMovie, Indesign, Microsoft Office, Offset Printing, Photoshop,