Gerardo Contreras

Graphic Designer

Chicago, IL, USA
My objective as a Graphic Designer is to tackle any opportunity to creatively and skillfully execute great design.

Work Experience

CST Signs

Graphic Designer / Production Artist

Prepare Artwork proofs for client approval
Prepare Artwork files for sign production
Assist with sign production
June 2018 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

Bottle & Bottega

Art Instructor

Lead instructor for painting events, assisting in painting events and interacting with guest to teach painting techniques.
April 2014 - January 2019 Illinois, United States

Freelance

Graphic Designer

Graphic design, including branding, collateral pieces, website design and development.

Design consultation to develop client brand and collateral.

Providing clients with optional print production of final product.

Illustrator, painter, photographer and videographer.
2006 - Illinois, United States

Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC

Legal Assistant / Patent Figure Drafting

Assisting Patent Attorney with application preparation and filing. Image editing and re-creation of patent figures. Preparing and filing documents electronically. Corresponding with clients via phone and e-mail.
August 2016 - November 2017 Illinois, United States

Patents+TMS, P.C.

Graphic Designer / Administrative Assistant

Design and maintenance of firms brand and collateral, including website design and maintenance, logo, letterhead and newsletter design.

Design of Annual Bucktown Holiday ArtShow brand and marketing collateral, including website design and maintenance, logo, artist application, signage, posters, postcards, print ads and Facebook posting. Management of artist applications and correspondence.

Intellectual property law firm administration, including preparing patent and trademark applications, filing patent and trademark applications via the USPTO website e-file system, image editing of patent figures, handling incoming official USPTO notices, responding to USPTO notices, preparing and forwarding reporting letters to clients, assisting patent attorneys, oversight of docketing and oversight of case files.

General administrative duties, including corresponding with clients, corresponding with foreign associates, handling incoming calls and miscellaneous office maintenance.
June 2012 - August 2016 Illinois, United States

Fresh Design Studio

Graphic Design Intern

Design and front-end development of websites
Designed logos
Participated in client meetings
November 2010 - February 2011 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Education

WestWood College Of Design And Technology.

Associates Degree of Applied Science in Graphic Design and Multi-Media

2003 - 2005 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Harold Washington College

Interactive Multimedia Classes

Attended Interactive Multimedia classes.
2007 - 2008 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Harold Washington College

Audio & Video Classes

Attended Audio & Video classes.
2007 - 2008 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Awards

Gallery 37

Chosen to design and paint a couch for the Suite Home Chicago project

2001

Skills

Graphic design, Web design and development, Source code editing, Adobe Creative Suite, HTML + CSS, Photo editing, Mac and PC environment, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Cloud storage, Cloud productivity, Production file preparation, Client relationship development, Sketching, Painting, Photography, Screen printing, Vinyl cutting / weeding and application.