Carrie Hochstrasser, MBA, AIGA

Graphic Designer, Art Director, Brand Leader

Cincinnati, OH, USA
Dedicated design professional with an extensive background in art direction, packaging, print, and Web design.

Work Experience

CGS Administrators, LLC

Art Director/Senior Graphic Designer

(Official Company Title: Senior Marketing Communications Coordinator)

ACHIEVEMENTS:
Developed streamlined scannable forms increasing scan rates and efficiency over 70%
Implemented new brand during company transition, including the redesign of over 200 publications in less than three months
On-staff expert on execution and management of 508 compliance across company presentations and e-publications
Design mentor to Graphic Designer and Web Content Specialists
Remained sole company graphic designer and art director for over two years, handling all company design and brand needs

RESPONSIBILITIES
Brand management, maintenance, and leadership
Art direction and project supervision
Print and packaging design solutions
Website and social media design and collaboration
Training and eLearning development and creation
June 2011 - Present Nashville, Tennessee, United States

CGS Administrators, LLC

Senior Graphic Designer

Exclusively handled all graphic design needs.

Solely handled two company rebrands and one subsidiary brand design/implementation.

Diversity Council co-leader and member.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Brand management, maintenance, and leadership
- Art direction, project management and supervision
- Print and packaging design solutions
- Website and social media design and collaboration
- Training and eLearning development and creation
- 508 compliance implementation and adherence
- Mentoring other team members in matters of design
January 2005 - June 2011 Tennessee, United States

CGS Administrators, LLC

Graphic Designer

Transformed company publications and collateral, gaining positive attention from
the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Created a design standard now mirrored by other government health care contractors.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Brand management, maintenance, and leadership
- Art direction, project management and supervision
- Print and packaging design solutions
- Website design and collaboration
- Training and eLearning development and creation
January 2003 - January 2005 Tennessee, United States

South-Western/Thomson Learning

Junior Designer

Handled pre-production management and assisted with design responsibilities for multiple book lines and collateral.

Worked with other departments on creating innovative packaging for college level products.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Print Pre-Production and Layout
- Print and packaging design solutions
- Worked with various team members to ensure optimum publication design and layout.
October 2001 - December 2002 Ohio, United States

Magic Moon Productions

Primary Owner

Freelance work in a variety of subjects and on a multitude of platforms. Work includes packaging, publication, brand design, and much more.
January 2000 - Present Tennessee, United States

Education

Northern Kentucky University

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Kentucky, United States

Columbia College

Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Sound

Illinois, United States

Savannah College Of Art And Design (SCAD)

N/A

Majored in Architecture and Graphic Design.
Georgia, United States

Western Governors University

Master of Business Administration

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Languages

English (Native),
Spanish (Beginner),

Awards

Graphic Design USA

American Graphic Design Awards

2013

CIGNA Government Services

CGS IMPACT Award

2011

CIGNA HealthCare

CIGNA Chapion Award (32 received)

2010

CIGNA HealthCare

CIGNA Circle of Excellence

2003

South-Wester/Thomson Learning

Outstanding Achievement Award (2 received)

2002

Skills

Adobe Photoshop, Captivate, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Indesign, LiveCycle, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, Numbers, Outlook, Pages, PC & MAC, ProTools, Quark, Storyline, Visio,

Additional Training/Conferences

TRAINING/INTERNSHIPS
AIGA, e-learning & conferences
- Revival: AIGA Design Conference, Oct 2015
- Designing Wellness: Inside Merck’s Healthcare Revolution, Aug 2012
- Reinventing IBM: Bringing Technology to Life, Jun 2012
- Design Research: Getting to Know Your Users, Jun 2012
- Typography for the Web, Dec 2011
- Trademarks & Copyright, Apr 2009
- Gain Conference, New York, NY, Oct 2008
- Design Conference, Denver, CO, Oct 2007
- Design Conference, Boston, MA, Sep 2005
- Gain Conference, New York, NY, Oct 2004
- Voice2 Conference, Vancouver, BC, Oct 2003
- Voice Conference, Washington, DC, Mar 2002

Adobe, e-learning
- Adobe Captivate, Jul 2007

Athena Computer Learning Center, Nashville, TN
- Flash MX: Basic Training, Jul 2005
- Dreamweaver MX Training, May 2003

CIGNA University, e-learning
- Improving Your Image, Mar 2011
- Introduction to Brand Management, Sep 2010

CompuMaster, Nashville, TN
- Advanced Adobe PhotoShop, Sep 2003

Lynda.com
- Intellectual Propery Fundamentals, Jun 2014
- Leadership Fundamentals, Jun 2014
- Managing Your Time, Jun 2014
- Conflict Resolution Fundamentals, Jun 2014
- Print Production Essentials: Prepress and Press Checks, Jun 2014

New Horizons, Nashville, TN
- Flash Training, Nov 2007