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  • Cullen Balch

    graphic designer | illustrator | visual craftsman

    Olympia, WA

Graphic design | Illustration | Color separations for printing | Digital & traditional printing techniques.

Work Samples

  • Custom Illustration

  • Typography and Logo design

  • Illustration - Line Art

Work History

C. Cullen Balch | cullenbalch[at]gmail.com Graphic Design | Illustration |Desktop Publishing | Color Separation | Printing <<<-------------------------------------->>> EDUCATION May 95- Jan. 97 American Academy of Art, Chicago Associates of Applied Science Degree: Electronic Design COMPUTER & TECHNICAL SKILLS GRAPHIC SPECIFIC SOFTWARE Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Quark Xpress Dreamweaver Flash GRAPHIC / PRINTING SPECIFIC SKILLS & EXPERIENCE Color Separation: 4-color process, spot & simulated process for screen, offset and pad printing industries Production Room / Paste Up Art / Digital Paste Up / Desktop Publishing Typography Mounting / Matting / Framing Digital Image setters Basic Dark Room / Film Development Flatbed High Resolution Scanning Large Format Inkjet Printers / Vinyl Plotters / CAD Plotters Prepress Image RIPs Thermal Vinyl Printing/Plotting systems Onyx contour cutting software Digital Photography / Videography Web Ready Graphics Textile Screen Printing Mounting / Matting / Framing Sign Making / Neon Sign Pattern Design EMPLOYMENT HISTORY Aug. 07- April 2010 FASTSIGNS - Lacey, WA Graphic Designer Responsible for all art related aspects of a high volume, fast paced sign shop. Duties include: Design and output of vinyl sign, banner and vehicle graphics utilizing thermal & solvent based inkjet printing along with computer plotted vinyl. Design and file preparation for sandblasted, silkscreened, router-cut, neon and dimensional signage and displays. Upkeep and daily maintence of design and RIP computers / software, printers, plotters, supplies and consumables. Coordination of daily work flow to meet deadlines for production. Assisting in the physical production of signs and vinyl graphics. May 03 - Present CB Digital Design & Illustration Freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator/Color Separator I provide a full range of art services for a diverse scope of clients on a work for hire basis. Some of the graphic services I provide include: custom digital and traditional illustration, graphic design/desktop publishing, promotional materials, logo art and identity packages, web design, photo retouching, color separation and custom mounting, matting and framing. Jan. 06 - April 06 (Seasonal) Life Touch Publishing - Lovespark, IL Page Assembly Assembled yearbook pages from school supplied images and text using Quark Express and proprietary software. Other duties included: photo retouching, cropping and color correction, basic page proofing. Mar. 02 - May 05 Expression Wear Inc.- Oregon, IL Art Director Responsible for all art related concerns with in a small automated print shop, including: customer coaching and expectation management, price quoting, concept and creation of original artwork, recreation and/or color separation of customer supplied artwork, and the translation of artwork from film to press ready screens for production. Nov. 00 - Jan. 02 Togaworld.com - Elgin, IL Senior Designer Headed a team of four designers in the conception and creation of web ready and printable graphics for a wide variety of national apparel markets. Managerial duties included creating new and streamlining existing Art Dept. procedures including the archiving of digital artwork, design and color separation techniques, and coordinating work flow from sales through art to production. June 98 - Nov. 00 Creative Apparel Design & Distribution Group - Rockford, IL Art Services Coordinator Responsible for creation and separation of artwork for the local and national marketplace. Managerial duties included price quoting, job scheduling, meeting daily deadlines and the customer's expectations. Also responsible for day to day operations of the Art Dept.: helping to coordinate a daily production schedule, seeing jobs through from conception to sample print, maintaining the film and print standard libraries and a digital archive/ database, and dealing with all questions/ problems art related. April 98 - June 98 Rockford Map Publishers Inc. - Rockford, IL Digital Cartographer Utilized Adobe Illustrator to convert CAD drawn maps into easier to read color plat-book pages. Mar. 97 - Feb. 98 Information Resources Inc.-Chicago, IL Digital Image Technician Enhanced product images retrieved from Hi-8 and DVD video, utilizing Adobe Photoshop. Other duties included filming products for future use and answering fellow employee's questions on photoshop and job specific software.


American Academy of Art- Chicago



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