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Leigh Ellen Kosloski

Freelance Gun for Hire

Austin, TX, USA
570.814.1990
My studies began in Journalism at Lehigh University before I fully understood it wasn’t the copy that attracted me, but the visual composition of the pages. During my studies at Lehigh, I was taken under the wing of designer and style editor Elsa Giannakoudaki of Greek Condé Nast. Under her guidance and direction, my full potential in the field of design was realized. Following graduation, I pursued graphic design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.  Having first practiced journalism, I found my capacity to write lent me the ability to create smart and appropriately provocative text. This understanding of literal material also manifested a keen approach to typography.

While at FIT I interned with BRDAR Advertising in Soho, NYC under the direction of former Baron and Baron creative director Visnja Brdar. I worked on projects for heavy hitters like Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group and large fashion and real estate companies. Later, I worked in prepress ad production for a newspaper firm, supplying advertisements for large papers across the nation. I also acted as an account liaison for the company, maintaining successful operations and communications with the company’s production team and the newspaper’s sales team. During this time, I was also responsible for creating several supplemental entertainment magazines for various newspapers. Currently I freelance design for business owners, public relations firms, and musicians. Part of this includes creative consultation for a concept boutique in Florida; designing all products, advertisements, and environmental graphics. You can check this endeavor out at www.siestakeyuniversity.com. (I designed and maintained the website).

Killer instincts paired with an extremely creative mind complement that which I can achieve digitally and by hand. I have superior skills using Adobe Creative Suite and a high aptitude for prepress preparation for a variety of reproduction methods. As a responsible designer in today’s day and age I am continuing to educate myself in the latest programs and technologies. Presently, I am able to update and design websites. As for coding, I am studying HTML 5 and CSS, with eventual plans to learn Final Cut Pro and other video editing software. In terms of social media I am completely "with the program" and use the many facets of these powerful tools to share ideas and work experiences on a daily basis. I can easily transition between different styles, methodologies and approaches. At the same time I can work well independently and will pull my weight and then some to meet all deadlines and expectations. In touch with current trends and your demographic, I can create successful campaigns and initiatives.
Work Experience
Austin, TX, USA
Oct 2012Present
Graphic Designer - Forty Acres Press
Graphic designer stationed at the Forty Acres Press division of the University Co-op, an Austin institution since 1896. I create Long Horn merchandise, marketing/promotional materials, and am currently working on a web based project utexasliving.com. I am responsible for two best selling Long Horn T-shirts (Volleyball Champion Shirt and Glitter Valentine's Day).
TX, USA
 
Freelance Designer
I can do it all...just try me! I dream up crazy stuff around the clock!
Siesta Key, FL, USA
 
Creative Director
Designed all logos/products, advertisements, environmental designs and displays, interior design, websites, blogs and packaging.
Education
New York, NY, USA
 
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)
BFA Graphic Design, AAS Communications Design
Graduated 2008
Bethlehem, PA, USA
 
Lehigh University
BA Journalism, Minor Studio Arts
Grad 2005, Summa Cum Laude
Skills
 
Active In Local Art Community, Blogs, Classical And Contemporary Art And Design, Computer: Illustrator, Corporate Identification, Countercultures, Detail-minded, Energetic, Environmental/display, Etc.) Proficient In Microsoft And Macintosh Programs Educated In Associated Press Media Guidelines Basic HTML / Website Construction Knowledge Studying HTML And CSS IIlustration, Exceptional Communication Skills, Extensive Music And Film Knowledge, Flexible, Former Ballet Dancer -13 Years Experience, Garment Graphics, Highly Analytical, Indesign, Innovative, Multi-task Oriented Diverse Interests/influences: Fashion, Photoshop, Pop-Culture, Print Design, Promotional/marketing Design, Publication Design, Results-Driven, Team-oriented, Typographic, Web Graphics All Social Media Tools (Twitter, Web/blog Design Creative, Works Well Independently