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Mary P. Traverse is an artist and graphic designer in Seattle, WA.
  • Freelancer
    Mary P. Traverse Design & Consulting — Seattle, WA, USA
  • Senior Designer
    The Stranger — WA, USA
  • Assistant Art Director
    Great Lakes Publishing/Ohio Magazine — Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Art Director
    Cleveland Free Times — Cleveland, OH, USA
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Design
Experienced in magazine cover and page concept and layout, as well as in print advertisement concept and layout, logo and identity design, museum display graphics, poster and CD package design, and catalogue design. Extensive photo processing experience, from simple color-correcting to massive retouching. A… Read More
Design
Experienced in magazine cover and page concept and layout, as well as in print advertisement concept and layout, logo and identity design, museum display graphics, poster and CD package design, and catalogue design. Extensive photo processing experience, from simple color-correcting to massive retouching. Also extremely versed in creating web graphics and UI elements.

Illustration
Skilled in creating images in a variety of media for editorial and advertising applications, including magazine covers, spot illustrations and web. Especially skilled in creating information graphics such as graphs, charts, and maps.

Management
Managed freelance designers on editorial publications, planned schedules and budgets for photography and illustration, assigned and directed freelance illustrators and photographers, collaborated with editorial and advertising personnel, and press-checked finished pieces.

Experienced in community management, specifically for The Stranger’s nerdier readership. I organized and managed a Stranger World of Warcraft guild: created and enforced rules for membership, appointed officers, arbitrated disputes, updated the web site and social media, and organized real world events. Additionally I was one of three founders of The Stranger’s Nerd Happy Hour, a former board game night at Raygun Lounge which I helped organize, host, and promote.

Software
Expert in the Adobe Creative Suite among other applications, in both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. I’m the go-to member of my team for questions regarding software and systems, and quickly learn any new software/features.

Other
I write for The Stranger’s blog, Slog, about nerd culture and video games among other topics. I also have a popular regular feature on Slog called “Today’s Dinosaur News” discussing current events in paleontology. I participate in Stranger events as a liaison to the public. I’m in the process of launching a podcast with two colleagues about video games and related topics (and also writing for our blog and co-managing social media). Read Less
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