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Dan Colgan

Fort Collins, CO, USA
I'm Dan Colgan, a Colorado-based digital design professional with a background spanning Fortune 500 companies and top ad agencies including Young & Rubicam - Wunderman, Ogilvy & Mather, Wilson Sporting Goods, Beam Global and Sears Holdings among others. I focus on creating clean functional design solutions through interactive, web design, and brand identity.

When I'm not creating on the computer, you can find me exploring on a bike or a board, shooting live concert photography, or traveling to new places.

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I'm currently available for contract work.
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Specialties:
Digital Design
App Design
Brand Design
Experience
Longmont, CO, USA
May 2014Present
Interactive Art Director
As an Art Director for Avocet, it is my responsibility to expand digital brand influence for each client by using a variety of channels including Email, SEO, SEM, Content Curation, Strategic Creative, Social Media, Mobile UX / UI, Print, Corporate Identity and Web Design.
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Apr 2008Present
Owner / Design Director
Past freelance clients:

TechGrayscale, Faction Media, Colorado Air Tech, DMX Direct, Linden, Cengage Learning, Western Union, The iCenter, Tukaiz, Entertainment Cruises, Greater Chicago Area Currency Exchanges, Goodwill
Steamboat Springs, CO, USA
Oct 2014Present
Co-Founder / Creative Director
Chicago, IL, USA
Feb 2013Present
Co-Founder / Chief Creative Officer
Bounder is a concierge application for the iPad Mini that allows hotel guests access to both in-room amenities, as well as local catered data for events and activities at the touch of a button.
Niwot, CO, USA
Dec 2013Mar 2014
Contract Web Designer
Tool Studios is an integrated graphic and web development branding company offering corporate identity, package design, web design and development, print collateral, advertising services and highly technical enterprise integration. Client's include Cateye, Apex Ski Boots, Eduss, Be Colorado, HumanEsources, Relevant Stories, Canna Advisors and many more.
Fort Collins, CO, USA
Jun 2013Aug 2013
Contract Graphic / Web Designer
I was responsible for creating and establishing user experience design elements, site rebranding initiatives, structured site maps and wireframes, style guides, transactional emails and internal pre-launch testing throughout the rebrand of the site. Magento and Wordpress CMS were used alongside Basecamp for project management.
Centennial, CO, USA
May 2013
Contract Interactive Designer
Serve as the creative lead on projects assigned by the Director of the Design Department. Provide graphic design services for: corporate collateral, b2c and b2b print materials, online/website design and mobile app interface design. Design creative assets, storyboards for video/onscreen animations and ads. Coordinate with internal clients and EVP of Media to develop strong design solutions in a timely manner.
Chicago, IL, USA
Mar 2013Apr 2013
Contract Designer
Team Sports division of Wilson Sporting Goods. POS, POP, product packaging.
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA
Jul 2012Mar 2013
Contract Web Designer
Web Designer for the Sears.com homepage, viewed by half-a-million users daily. Focusing on UX / UI digital design, consumer brands, e-commerce design, responsive designs for web and mobile, and overall brand experience.



Develop templates, style guides, mockups, and user-interface specifications to effectively conceptualize and communicate detailed interaction behaviors and high-level design strategies.
 Provide input as a cross functional dynamic team member to define the overall user experience strategy/road map and user-centered responsive design processes. Manage a dynamic workload to balance priorities with deadlines to effectively meet project needs.

 Optimize files for front end development team hand-off.

Build and conduct testing, to validate designs through customer traffic test and learn pilot processes using Adobe Scene 7.
 Monitor user experience changes across competitors and other leaders in digital commerce to ensure we maintain an innovative user experience which keeps pace with customer expectations.
Chicago, IL, USA
Jul 2012
Contract Digital Designer
Worked as a Digital Designer on email marketing files, templates, wireframes, and Flash Web banner ads for brands including CDW, Ashford University, and Huggies.
Chicago, IL, USA
Jun 2012
Contract Digital Designer
As a digital designer for the Burger King account, I was responsible for production, key lines, Photoshop retouching, digital marketing and layout design. Print, mobile, and web marketing materials included billboards, in-store menus, drive through menus, digital web banner ads, and mobile smart phone advertising.
Chicago, IL, USA
May 2012Jun 2012
Contract Email Designer
Design responsibilities included using Dreamweaver to design and revise email blasts targeting both existing members, and potential new members in the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Responsible for email marketing design, email design templates, email wireframe design, Flash web banner design, and various print design projects.
Deerfield, IL, USA
Apr 2012May 2012
Contract Production Designer
While at Beam Global, Inc. - Internal Ad Agency PROOF - project time management and communication skills were essential in working with senior management and the Production team to produce point of sale and promotional marketing materials for over 40 brands under the Jim Beam Spirits & Wine company name. Responsibilities included photo retouching, keylines, layout, and pre-press checks for FTP server upload.
Chicago, IL, USA
Jul 2010Oct 2010
Contract Designer, Web & PPT
I had the task of designing the print materials for the APICS annual conference in Las Vegas, NV. The 40+ page attendee booklet was designed with wayfinding icons, infographics, schedules and maps. Corporate brand guidelines were maintained while creating weekly powerpoint presentations, web-based display ads, animated banner icons and buttons for the website.
Chicago, IL, USA
Nov 2010Apr 2012
Lead Designer
Design responsibilities as the lead designer included commercial print materials for corporate clients and small businesses. Managed client and print vendor relations. Resolved Mac IT issues and improved digital capabilities including server organization and file backup systems. Collaborated with local print vendors to design and brand high security payroll checks and money orders for ADP, PLS and other Chicago Currency Exchanges. Supervised the production of art work and press checks during proprietary security printing of payroll and money order checks with up to 18 security layers, including abrasion and blacklight verification technology. PLS money orders - Zero counterfeiting fraud with over 10,000,000 issued.
Elmhurst, IL, USA
Aug 2010Feb 2011
Graphic Designer
Logo design, brand design, business cards, brochures, magazines, flyers, pamphlets, posters, book cover design and book layout, illustration and the list is always expanding.
Education
Peoria, IL, USA
 
Graphic Design, Marketing
Skills
 
Adobe Acrobat, Adobe CS5; Photoshop, Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Illustrator CS5, Adobe InDesign CS5, Brand Awareness, Brand Consistency, Brand Development, Client Communication, Color Separation, Corporate Branding, Corporate Identity, Creative Development, Creative Direction, Creative Problem Solving, Creative Strategy, Digital Photography, Dreamweaver, Email Marketing, Fonts, Ftp, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Indesign, Keynote, Letterhead, Logo Design, Logos, MIcrosoft PowerPoint, Mac Systems, Marketing, Microsoft Word, Organization, Outdoor Advertising, Photoshop, Powerpoint, Project Management, Social Media, Team Problem Solving, Typography, User Experienc, Vector, Web Design, Website Production
Awards
2010
Bradley University Marketing Project Springboard
1st Place - ToldMi lifestyle application (2010) brand design, logo design
2009
Bradley University Marketing Project Springboard
1st Place - Matchio crowd sourcing app (2009) art direction, brand design and development