Melanie Lanuza

Lead Graphic Designer

Beaumont, TX, USA
Creativity fuels me, and I am thankful to get to work in a field that allows me to keep thinking and making new ideas come to life.

Please contact me for a list of my references.

Work Experience

The Refinery Source

Lead Graphic Designer

August 2015 - Present Texas, United States

Mel L Creative

Owner & Lead Graphic Artist

As of April 1, 2014, Mel L Creative officially became Melanie Lanuza's freelance graphic design business. Mel L Creative can handle various print projects such as brochures, invitation designs, posters, t-shirt designs, magazine or newspaper advertisements, and other various layouts. Digital projects such as digital imagery manipulation, web banners, ads, or digital billboards are also included.
April 2014 - Present Beaumont, Texas, United States

Lamar Institute Of Technology

Graphics & Publications Specialist

Created promotional print and digital artwork for Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) within the Public Information & Marketing Department. Photographs special events, co-moderates the school's social media pages, and maintains LIT's brand identity.

2012 - 2013 Staff Senate Secretary
2013 - 2014 Staff Senate Administrative Representative
2014 - 2015 Staff Senate Vice President
August 2010 - August 2015 Texas, United States

Games People Play, Inc.

Creative Director

Created e-mail blasts, web graphics, promotional posters, flyers, newspaper ads, and magazine ads for Games People Play. Also created, moderated, and maintained their social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Photographed inventory, manipulated the images in Photoshop, and listed the products on the company's website, gppgolf.com, within the product listing software. Also photographed all major events, did promotional copywriting for magazines about the company, and wrote press releases to all the local media when necessary.
August 2008 - August 2010 Beaumont, Texas, United States

Lamar University

Public Relations Graphic Design Intern

Created posters, web banners, digital billboards, and other promotional items for Lamar University during my internship. Also photographed special events that were published by local newspapers.
January 2008 - August 2008 Beaumont, Texas, United States

Baptist Hospitals Of Southeast Texas

Business Development Intern

Assisted the Business Development Coordinator with multiple tasks during my internship. Created logos and designed brochures to promote various services for the hospital.

I also traveled with the Business Development Coordinator to job sites for health screenings throughout the community.
May 2006 - August 2006 Beaumont, Texas, United States

Education

Lamar University

Bachelor of Science in Communication

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Communications with an emphasis in Advertising in 2006.

During my time at Lamar University as a Communication Major, I competed in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in District 10 with the Lamar Advertising Federation (AdFed) three years in a row. I served as Vice President of AdFed for 2 years, and I was head of the graphics team my 3rd year.

I attended the Advertising Women of New York Career Conference in 2005 as a student, and I competed in the Houston Advertising Federation Student Competition in 2006 and 2007. My team won 3rd place in 2006.
August 2004 - May 2006 Beaumont, Texas, United States

Lamar University

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Shortly before I finished my Communications Degree, I decided to earn a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, which I completed in 2008.

While I pursued my graphic design degree, I was hired as Lamar University's Public Relations Department's graphic design intern, a position I held from January 2008 - August 2008. My experience as their intern gave me the opportunity to find a graphic design job before graduation.

I also worked as an art history tutor for the University, and I had a solo exhibition at the Dishman Art Museum of my hard and digital portfolio during my final semester.
May 2006 - August 2008 Beaumont, Texas, United States

Languages

English (Native),
Tagalog (Beginner),

Awards

Press Club Of Southeast Texas

1st Place Internal Public Relations Campaign

2015

Press Club Of Southeast Texas

2nd Place Award for Special Events Materials

2015

Lamar University Foundation

Ben & Julie Rogers Community Service Award

2014

National Council For Marketing And Public Relations

1st Place Gold Medallion Award - Division A Award in District IV for NCMPR - LIT Annual Report Design

2014

Lamar Institute Of Technology

Staff Excellence Award

2014

Press Club Of Southeast Texas

2nd Place Award for Poster Design

2012

Lamar Institute Of Technology

Staff Excellence Award

2012

Press Club Of Southeast Texas

1st Place in Special Events Materials

2011

Press Club Of Southeast Texas

3rd Place Award for Posters & Flyers

2011

American Advertising Federation (AAF)

Gold Student ADDY for Mixed Media Campaign

2008

American Advertising Federation (AAF)

Bronze Student Addy for TV Commercial

2008

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Copywriting, Digital Imagery, Digital Photography, Hand Lettering, Logo, Page Layout, Photo Manipulation,