Dan Merhar

Communications Designer

Cincinnati, OH, USA
Graphic and web designer with experience in print media, websites, and audio/video editing.

Work Experience

Polymorphic Mind


Freelance design specializing in print design and web development. Work with clients has centered on artistic direction and the creation of consistent identities with both print and digital media. Video and audio editing projects include animated slideshows and creation of projector-ready videos for classical music performance at Memorial Hall.
March 2012 - Present Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Cincinnati Enquirer

Print Designer

Temporary fill-in position to handle overflow work for designer on paternity leave. Creation of print advertisements to drive impulse buys of newspapers and other print publications. Worked with over 90 different sites (newspapers) across the US to retain newspaper subscribers and convince previous subscribers to resubscribe. A number of my concepts were chosen by clients despite a highly competitive workplace. Creation of a father’s day ad which received praise from client for exceeding expected sales.
June 2015 - August 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Samhain Publishing

Content Management Specialist

Webmaster for Samhain’s website/online store. Utilized Google Analytics to discover user trends and popular genres of books. Designed and developed newsletter templates for Mailchimp, decreasing production time of following newsletters. Created company’s first-ever print catalog with InDesign, giving customers a physical way to browse Samhain’s upcoming titles. Re-designed cover sheet templates, increasing interest of potential buyers and bringing more exposure to back catalog titles.
November 2013 - May 2015 Ohio, United States

Constella Festival Of Music And Fine Arts


Google Apps administrator, webmaster, and graphic designer for Constella. Redesigned website for 2015 season to allow for a more seamless mobile experience. Implemented a fully-integrated newsletter/donation platform allowing for tracking and management of donors. Designed printed materials for traditional mail. Saved the organization a significant amount of money by signing up for Google for Nonprofits and finding free web hosting for non-profits.
June 2013 - April 2015 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States


Production Intern

Worked as a production assistant on multiple commercial shoots. Assisted in installation of Spectacle: the Music Video exhibit at Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
January 2012 - March 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Phase 4 Communications GmbH

Praktikant (Intern)

Utilized Adobe Flash and Photoshop to develop several BMW websites. Assisted with offi ce networking and server tasks.
July 2011 - August 2011 Munich, Germany


University Of Cincinnati (CCM)

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Media

September 2010 - March 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Neue Medien (Study Abroad)

June 2011 - August 2011 Munich, Germany


English (Native),
German (Conversational),


Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, CSS, Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, HTML, Mailchimp, Marketing, Microsoft Word, Photography, SEO, Web Design, WordPress,