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BA in Visual Art, Graphic Design — August 1999 | Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

skills
CS6 • Quark • PowerPoint • Acrobat • MS Word & Excel • Omega • HTML • FBML • Mac & PC platforms • Graphic Design • Marketing • Creative Direction • Brand Identity D… Read More
education
BA in Visual Art, Graphic Design — August 1999 | Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

skills
CS6 • Quark • PowerPoint • Acrobat • MS Word & Excel • Omega • HTML • FBML • Mac & PC platforms • Graphic Design • Marketing • Creative Direction • Brand Identity Development • Photo Retouching • Photography, Styling and Photo Shoot Direction • Computer & Fine Art Illustration • Presentation & Mock Ups • Project Management • Supervisory Experience in Creative Environment

experience
Publications Specialist, The Hadley School for the Blind, Winnetka, IL — 2014 to present

Contract Graphic Design, Marketing & Creative Direction, JenInTheCity Design Studio, Chicago, IL — 2012 to 2014
Owner, Designer and Creative Director for a dynamic client list ranging from small businesses and PR Firms to Fortune 500 companies. Roles ranged from Graphic Designer to Creative Director depending on client needs and resources. Projects included extensive newsletter, magazine and magalog publications, brand strategy and direction, trade show branding and development, web planning and navigation design, catalogs, brochures, direct mail and eBlast design, ads and posters, logo development and design, marketing solutions, creative copy writing and editing, concepting and execution. Clients include OfficeMax Corporate, Ricoh USA, Kimori, Viva Beads, University of Chicago, Gerber Scientific, Elite Document Solutions, Staywell Custom Communications, Health Newsletters Direct, ReMax, jU Chicago, the Chicago theater community and more.

Senior Art Director, Viva Enterprises, Northbrook, IL / Nationwide — 2010 to 2012
Promoted to Senior Art Director in September 2010. Primary responsibilities included design of creative product and product development, brand recognition as well as responsibility for taking strategic marketing plans and driving them into results.
•  concept and build collateral materials that help persuade prospects, including catalogs, show signage, ads, eblasts, brochures, presentations, sell sheets, etc.
•  create, direct and manage a marketing plan; design and create new products and improve existing products
• serve as liason between executive team members and manufacturers; travel to China for oversee production and seek out market trends
• build creative concepts, write copy, and clearly communicate creative direction to others; excellent communication, time-management and follow-through skills
• providing the best possible tools and incentives for our sales staff with materials to grow their prospects and maintain current customers
• front-end website design, content and navigation competancy; lead, direct and launch facebook social commerce store on facebook
• direct photoshoots, create compelling photography for all ad campaigns, product photography, editing as well as ensure all images objectives are met

Senior Graphic Designer, Viva Enterprises, Northbrook, IL — 2009 to 2010
• create brand identity for Viva Beads through advertising, catalogs, collateral materials, newsletters, and other publications.
•  responsible for the concept, design and quality of all Viva Beads brand, marketing and advertising materials
•  manage outside resources, including vendors, photographers, printers, freelancers, copywriters, proofers, and other external service bureaus
•  created online social presence through facebook, bringing the end customer in touch with Viva through promotions and interaction; built 5200 likes in 1 year.

Graphic Design Instructor, ORT Technical Institute & Mac University, Chicago, IL — 2008 to 2011
Teaching the essentials of graphic design to college freshmen and sophomore students. Classes focused on Adobe Creative Suite. Responsibilities also included developing lesson plans & projects, assisting in portfolio assembly, course outlines, grading, and recommending current and relevant materials for curriculum.

Contract Graphic Design & Photography, Chicago, IL / Nationwide — 2003 to 2009
Experience in various design environments — ad agencies, design firms, publishers, magazines, small businesses. Projects include extensive brand development, package design, niche market newsletters and eblasts, studio and computer illustration, brochures, ads, direct mail, illustration, logo development, magazine
design, textbooks, posters, catalogs, assembling mock-ups and storyboards. Photography roles ranging from photographer, shoot direction, location scouting, model search and coordination, art director, ensuring image objectives, selection and retouching. Solicit and prepare estimates from external vendors, such as printers, photographers, editors, etc., ensuring cost-effectiveness and meeting high quality standards.

Senior Graphic Designer, Pencor Publishing LLC, Chicago, IL — 2000 to 2003
Designer & Project Manager. Design and layout of printed and digital materials, including newsletters, direct mail pieces, ads, logos, annual reports and
brochures; maintain and update client website content; manage schedule of all projects to meet tight deadlines; maintain digital equipment and troubleshoot problems; solicit, analyze and oversee printing process; proofing; develop/maintain electronic archives; assure total quality in customer needs. Read Less
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