Melissa D. Zier

Creative Professional

Houston, TX, USA

Work Experience

BusyMo Media & Design

Creative Professional

Melissa recently embarked on the journey of running her own graphic design and marketing company. She has consistently managed projects for many freelance clients in addition to maintaining full-time positions at other companies. Her recent move has granted her the opportunity to follow her dream.

Melissa handles a large variety of needs for her clients, who are in many different industries. These services include but are not limited to graphic design, website maintenance, trade show graphics, stadium graphics, publication design, and marketing via direct mail, html email campaigns, and social networking. Please do not hesitate to contact her regarding your upcoming project and be sure to view her extensive portfolio at http://be.net/melissadzier.
October 2005 - Present Houston, Texas, United States

St. Francis Episcopal Day School

Middle School Technology Content Chair and Yearbook Advisor

Melissa took the position in the beginning of March, facing the challenge of finishing a 232 yearbook that only had 48 pages published. She quickly organized the eighth grade class and took charge to get all of the recognition ads completed by parents to reach an April 1 deadline while also teaching technology to grades 5-7. The curriculum of these classes included work in the most recent versions of the Microsoft Office Suite, the Adobe Design Suite, iLife, Web 2.0 tools, video creation, edits and much more.

She accepted the position of the Middle School Technology Chair just six months after joining St. Francis and spearheaded flipped classroom projects and further integration of technology into the 21st century classroom.

She worked closely with the Marketing & Communications Department throughout the school year and during the summer to update the school's website and handle other pressing projects. She also helped adjust print materials within the Adobe CS6 Suite.
March 2011 - June 2014 Texas, United States

Skybeam High Speed Internet & Digital Phone Services

Freelance Graphic Designer

Contracted to conceptualize and create direct mail marketing campaigns. Provided the design for SKYBEAM’s best response rated direct mail piece to date.
April 2010 - United States

Krell Dentistry

Freelance Graphic Designer

Developed logo and applied to the layouts of business card, stationary, print ad, etc.
May 2012 - Present Houston, Texas, United States

Dare Boutique

Freelance Graphic Designer

Contracted to create and maintain the brand identity of a high-end women’s clothing boutique. Collaborated with owner to develop feffective logo, website layout, e-vites and HTML email blasts to enhance brand exposure in a challenging economic climate.
August 2009 - Evergreen, Colorado, United States

Garb, Inc

Freelance Graphic Designer & Screen Print Consultant

January 2011 - August 2011 Colorado, United States

Garb, Inc

Sr. Graphic Designer

• Head graphic designer for the industry leader in children’s sportswear. Create artwork exclusively for the USGA, USTA, PGA, LPGA, NASCAR, and professional teams such as the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. Designed presentation layouts that resulted in contracts with Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom, and Ping. Oversee graphics and licensing of 150+ schools for the collegiate pre-book program.
• Develop seasonal catalog concept. Redesigned layout format to be more customer-friendly and worked directly with regional sales reps to improve flow of information. Oversee model photoshoots and manage digital photography library.
• Responsible for website management and online networking. Developed successful online retail sales as a result of increased SEO and traffic from HTML email blasts and blogging.
• Gained intimate knowledge of the process of screen-print and the many techniques involved in conception and production of marketable designs.
• Responsible for the reorganization of the screen-print department. Digitized the order to remittance process resulting in a minimum 25% daily productivity savings to the graphic design department while increasing productivity reducing the potential for escaping defects in the ordering process during the hand-off between departments.
February 2008 - January 2011 Denver, Colorado, United States

Artful Journey Schools

Fine Art Teacher

I teach K-8 children art theory through projects in varying mediums. Responsible for lesson plans, classroom management, and behavior reinforcement. Provides a new perspective to professional projects. The kids are great and I find that I have just as much to learn as I do teach!
October 2008 - Greenwood Village, Colorado, United States

Colorado Wholesale Group

Graphic Designer

Lead graphic designer for an innovative plastics company. Developed brand identity, packaging and marketing materials for a new line of window tint. Developed print vendor relations and managed the production of marketing materials. Developed graphic standard for pad printing on innovative plastic golf tees. Created marketing strategy for golf tees that led to an online retail sales account with Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
July 2007 - February 2008 Denver, Colorado, United States

Purple Sage Design

Intern/Freelance Designer

Started as an intern in January of 2007 and became a contracted designer in late March. Developed cost-effective corporate identity, logos, invitations, brochures, flash websites, front-end web design and copywriting for numerous businesses in the Denver-Metro area.
Played a key role in developing the agency’s branding & marketing strategy. Designed new self-promotion pieces and handled some client presentation.
January 2004 - May 2004 Denver, Colorado, United States

Moss Printing & Packaging

Freelance Designer, Print Production Specialist & Customer Service Associate

Provided customer service support, project management and production assistance. Operated electric binding, folding, cutting and drilling equipment. Packed and shipped domestically and internationally through Fedex, UPS, DHL and USPS.
January 2005 - December 2005 Denver, Colorado, United States

Education

The Art Institute Of Colorado

BA in Graphic Design

Denver, Colorado, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Awards

Art Directors Club Of Denver

Student Show Best in Category - Crayola Ad Campaign

200705

Celestial Seasonings

Package & Promotion Design Winner

200603

The Art Institute Of Colorado

Runner Up at Portfolio Review

200706

Toyota

Honorable mention in Toyota Scholarship Competition

2004

Skills

Adobe Acrobat Professional, Adobe Bridge, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Advertising, Art Direction, Basic HTML, Email Marketing, Facebook, Graphic Design, Internet Marketing, LinkedIn, Microsoft Office Suite, Photo Editing, Print Design, Screenprinting, Search Engine Marketing, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Typography Design, Web Design, Adobe Master Collection, Database Management, Direct Mail, Final Cut Pro, Finalsite, Garageband, Html Emails, IMovie, LiveCycle, Myspace, Pinterest, Project Management, Senior Systems, Twitter,