I am a 2005 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a BFA concentrated in graphic design. I have had the opportunity to work in several different industries, including Newspaper/Magazine Publishing, Real Estate, and Marketing/PR. My education & experiences have exposed me to many methods of production in addition to computer-based graphics including letterpress, silk-screening & gocco printing, allows me the opportunity to think more outside the box when seeking a problem solving strategy.
I am passionate about print. There’s something about the tangible experience of holding printed works in your hand that can’t be duplicated digitally. That said, I also embrace the advances our industry constantly makes, utilizing digital technology to supplement and enhance print publications. I hope to continue allowing others to experience printed materials as I do. Print is not dead.
9/01 - 12/05
Eastern Michigan University
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Continually seeking out design-related learning opportunites.
• Participated in a weekend workshop in letterpress printing in 2009 at Hollander’s School of Book & Paper Arts in Ann Arbor, MI.
• Member of the InDesign User Group and attend presentations on new software and technologies. Past meetings attended focused on publication design for the iPad and an introduction to Adobe’s Muse.
BNP Media, Inc. | Troy, MI | 2/08 - present
Art Director – 10/11-present
Food & Beverage Packaging, Flexible Packaging
Design and layout of two monthly business-to-business trade magazines. Responsibilities include: The selection of typefaces, imagery, colors, and preparing digital files for direct-to-plate printing. The creation of custom artwork as needed. Taking in-house photography as well as the selection and purchase of stock photography. The design and layout of supplemental materials, including annual print and iPad media kits, web and print advertisements, monthly e-blasts, direct mail, publication reprints, and website graphics. In January 2011, was responsible for the complete redesign of the Flexible Packaging publication and brand.
Art Director – 08/08-10/11
Packaging Strategies Newsletter
Designed and laid out a semi-monthly newsletter and its supplemental publications. In addition to handling the production of the newsletter; edited photos, created custom graphics, charts, and created custom newsletter reprints. Was responsible for updating the overall visual appearance of the publication and collaborated with another art director on a complete redesign of the Packaging Strategies logo.
Prepress Production Specialist - 02/08-10/11
Preflighted, collected and created print ready PDFs of all ad materials for 60+ magazine brands; checked for accuracy of fonts, color, and image/size specification in preparation for printing. Communicated with production managers and art directors to create PDFs according to their publication specs. Prepared and supplied text and images for publication websites as needed. When time permitted, worked on other special projects: designed in-house advertisements, flyers, post cards, mailers, e-blasts, editorial calendars and other promotional materials.
Friedman Real Estate Group, Inc. | Farmington, MI | 7/07 - 9/07
Involved in the redesign of the corporate “look,” to be represented through all of the company’s promotional materials. In addition, designed flyers, newspaper ads, sale/lease proposals, trifold brochures, newsletters, logos, posters, and invitations. Communicated with print vendors and advertising representatives. Designed all marketing materials for a high-profile Global Real Estate Symposium held for a partner firm, Newmark Knight Frank, which included invitations, stickers, emails, nametags, programs, and posters.
The Monroe Publishing Co. | Monroe, MI | 1/07 - 3/07
Designed advertisements, advertising sales flyers, rack cards, maps and surveys for the Monroe Evening News and Bedford Now newspapers. Also designed publication covers, web banner-ads, and maps for commercial clients.
Identity PR & Marketing | Bingham Farms, MI | 3/05 - 9/05
Collaborated with design team on client-based projects, including logo and identity design, posters, newspaper advertisements, direct mail, brochures, newsletters and newspaper reprints
I occasionally take on freelance design projects including: logo designs, web graphics, business cards and other marketing collateral. Some of my clients include PlanIt Now! Events, Rochester Soccer Club,
and Red Key Homes.
Adobe Creative Suite 6, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Content Bundler, Enfocus Pitstop Pro, Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office, and Internet search tools. Proficient and knowledgeable on both Mac and PC platforms.
In my free time, I performing in an 8-piece wedding/show band. I play guitar, trombone and am one of several singers in the group. My “extra-curricular” activites serve as an additional creative outlet. I not only get to make music, but create all of the band’s marketing and promotional materials.
Eastern Michigan University
- BFA Graphic Design
- 2001 - 2005