Sara Gundersen

Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Lynchburg, VA, USA
I like to think that a good design is a clever design, since cleverness creates memorably simple designs that visually represent their definition. I use the little emotions that type, line, and color evoke to my advantage so my work retains purpose while keeping my mind to the marketing grindstone. My obsession is fueled from my eye for typography and photography, my involvement in community, and my love for art in all forms.

Work Experience

Sara Letitia Design

Freelance Graphic Designer

I don't know any Graphic Designer that also doesn't enjoy projects on the side. Over the years, I have mostly designed websites coded and managed by my husband, as well as everything from web and print based advertising to invitations, albums, and knitting patterns.
April 2009 - Present United States

Kitty Hawk Kites

Creative Director

I managed and strengthened visual recognition and marketing for Kitty Hawk Kites and sister companies, building brands for Morningside Flight Park, Kitty Hawk Surf Company, Waves Village Resort, and Good Winds Restaurant. I designed all print, advertising, signage, event design, and some retail and web. I was promoted to Creative Director managing a Graphic Design intern, as well as working with buyers and vendors to ensure quality for all brands.
March 2009 - March 2014 North Carolina, United States

Uncork It

Designer, Illustrator

Graphic Designer and Illustrator for a Marketing Agency located in Blacksburg, Va. I provided my services in graphic design and vector illustration, as well as participation in constant strategy brainstorming and planning for this incredible marketing agency. Clients ranged from college university departments, medical practices and research/manufacturing, a wide range technology-related companies, to small local businesses.
March 2014 - June 2015 Virginia, United States

Vision Marketing

Graphic Design Internship & Short-term Graphic Designer

Since I had not done an internship in college, I thought this would be a good opportunity to continue to get experience while I waited for the economy to pick back up. I worked with an experienced and locally respected marketing team. I designed for print, advertising, promotional materials, and web. Here, I got to design for recognized brands like Subway, Pizza Hut, Liberty University, Domino's Pizza, and KFC. By the end my internship, I was offered a Graphic Design Position.
March 2008 - April 2009 Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

Carbin Tech

Graphic Designer

I got my start fresh out of college working exclusively in designing and overseeing any design work for print, identity, websites, and applications for Carbin Tech Inc. and all associated clients. I designed a lot of websites. It was great experience, but this small company ultimately became a victim to the economic fall.
May 2008 - March 2009 Lynchburg, Virginia, United States

Education

Longwood College

Bachelor in Fine Arts

Concentration in Graphic Design with an emphasis on print and typography. Also had intensive studies in photography--digital and photographic processes. Member of Art Fraternity Kappa Pi.
August 2004 - May 2008 Farmville, Virginia, United States

Awards

The American Advertising Federation Roanoke Chapter

Silver ADDY Award for Digital Advertising

2015

Society For Technical Communication Washington DC Baltimore

Award of Excellence

2015

Academy Of Interactive And Visual Arts

2015 Award of Excellence for Print Magazine

2015

Skills

Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Advertising, Brand Design, Logo Design, Photography, Print, Typography, Vector Illustration ,