I'm a senior level graphic / web designer with a knack for problem solving, creative strategy, and concise communication (visual and otherwise). I approach every project with its target audience in mind, applying broad big picture creative thinking to my process without losing sight of even the tiniest of details. I am inventive, witty, strategic, and out-of-the-box. As a team player and a natural leader both, I love to take direction and run with it just as much as I like to give direction. There's nothing that makes me happier than having an opportunity to collaborate with a group of like-minded individuals and rally together around an idea, each using our unique expertise to pull it off as a united team. I have a broad range of skills and experience that spans across print, web, digital, and social platforms. Skills include an extensive knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, HTML & CSS coding, illustration, typography & typesetting, responsive web design, and photography. Experience includes email marketing, designing for social media, advertising campaigns, page layout, print design, video direction, and art direction.
Graphic Designer Spreenkler Creative, Milwaukee, Wisconsin June 2009 to Present • Designed company brands, logos, web sites, and print materials. • Directed other designers while acting as lead designer on multiple project accounts. • Directing and executing photo shoots. • Presented creative concepts to large companies. • Practiced time management while working under project deadlines. Assistant Wedding Photographer Pierre’s Portrait Art, Madison, Wisconsin June 2007 to November 2007 • Photographed candids and assisted photographer with formal portraits of small- to large-sized wedding parties. • Performed image editing, touch ups, color corrections, and filter effects for photographs. • Generated an infectious, fun atmosphere to put people at ease and make them feel comfortable while being photographed. Cosmetic Analyst Prescriptives® Cosmetics–Macy’s, Madison, Wisconsin November 2005 to May 2007 • Planned sales events, met and kept track of daily sales and product goals. • Consulted plan-o-gram to create seasonal counter displays. • Developed rapport with customers and coworkers, built and maintained a repeat clientele base of 9% of total weekly sales. • Discussed sales goals with company executives in weekly conference calls. • Trained multiple counter managers for the Prescriptives counter. • Attended biannual company cosmetic training in Chicago. • Sold Prescriptives products both in person and over the phone, utilizing excellent interpersonal skills, extensive product knowledge, and color theory application.
Published, Adobe InDesign CS5 (textbook), by Terry Rydberg, 2011 Finalist, Best of College Photography Contest, Serbin Communications, 2010 Nominee, Outstanding Student Award, Waukesha County Technical College, 2009 Recipient, Graphic Design Program Award, Waukesha County Technical College, 2009 Recipient, Pagel Graphic Arts Scholarship, 2009 Honorable Mention, Best of College Photography Contest, Serbin Communications, 2009 Member, Graphitc Design Advisory Board, Waukesha County Technical College, 2008 Recipient, A&A Manufacturing Scholarship, 2008