My name is Laura Twardus and I am a graduate of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design.
An opportunity to use my artistic talents in a creative field such as graphic design while applying my fine arts skills and working creatively with my hands to develop a finished product both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
Pittsburgh City Paper
March 2008 - May 2010
Deigned both four color and black-and-white advertisements for a popular weekly magazine | Built ads to suit the needs of the advertiser while presenting visually stimulating ways to reach the public | Prepare layouts to be sent to printer.
September 2005 - March 2008
Created covers for various publications including weekly newsletters | Created ads for and communicated closely with clients to make sure their needs were met | Corresponded daily with press operators during the prepress process | Website design.
Designed identity and album artwork for London-based musician Hooky.
Designed identity for Pittsburgh-based fashion show, LocalMotion.
Designed album art and promotional materials for local band.
Designed brochure used for Pittsburgh Steelers promotional event.
The Pottery Cafe
September 2002 - November 2004
Assisted and taught customers the process of painting on a bisque surface | Organized and ran special group events | Prepared pottery for firing and operated kiln.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design
Proficient on both Mac and PC platforms
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe ImageReady, Adobe Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Publisher, Corel Draw , Corel WordPerfect
Strong communicator | Well organized | Work well both in in team environments as well as individually | Motivated to continually improve my skills as an artist with each new project.
I love working with my hands to create. My hobbies include painting, photography and the outdoors. I enjoy interacting with all types of people. I am passionate about art and design, and love the freedom that comes with a blank piece of paper.
References available per request.
Art Institutes International