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Art Director at DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
Saint Leonard, MD
My name is Liz Wilson, formerly Liz Strong, and I love creating dynamic designs using computer software, original illustrations, and original photography. I want to make sure that my career does not stray from what I love the most which is art and design, so I am looking for contract work. I have freelanced for 6 years now on the side, and I want to make it full-time.
Without managerial support, I have been successfully and consistently organizing and managing multiple projects for multiple clients with varying deadlines, while maintaining friendly and productive relationships with the clients. I enjoy working directly with my clients to develop the best visual solution for each individual project. I believe every job and client deserves an individualized and caring approach that cultivates a trusting relationship based on the equal exchange of ideas. Nurturing and maintaining strong bonds with my individual clients is essential to my success. The client is the most important commodity, not the design. I have learned to develop a strong client base by remembering that the client is more important than "my" design. My clients have a vision and I am here to deliver exactly the design they envision.
- DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
- Nov 2012 - Present (1 year 1 month)
Along with a small team, I am directing the creation of a brand new website for the American Veterans Disabled for Life memorial. The memorial has just begun construction in downtown DC near the National Botanical Gardens. As art director, I have created an entirely new theme based upon the memorial foundation's logo. Because this website must be operational for an incredibly long time (since the memorial is a permanent fixture in DC) the design must be relevant for many years to come. Along with the layout and theming, I am also contributing to the look and function of the interactive areas of the site. After the memorial is completed, I will also direct the completion of a revised site that will include an audio tour and virtual timeline. This is an incredible project and I am so happy to be working on such an important project.
Freelance Graphic Designer/Illustrator
- Premier Kites & Designs
- Dec 2004 - Jul 2012 (7 years 7 months)
Since I resigned from Premier in 2006, I have been a freelance artist for Premier. I have created numerous flag designs and garden spinner designs in my free time. I love working with Anna and the designs we create are so much fun! I know that I will always have a place at Premier and will always be an artist for them.
Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator
- May 2010 - 2012 (2 years 7 months)
Sr. Graphic Designer/Photographer/Web Designer
- Washington Headquarters Services
- Nov 2009 - Jun 2010 (7 months)
Held the position of Senior Graphic Designer part of the corporate communications team and created designs and graphics for the APSD Directorate of WHS, the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War FACA Committee, the Pentagon and any WHS communications - including updating 2 intranet sites and 1 internet site, print publications, brochures, event designs, large scale documents including posters, banners, and column wraps, create original illustrations and logos, shoot photographs at Pentagon events
I developed the new enterprise-wide brand for WHS with a the new web site design, new business cards, new employee orientation 22 page book with matching poster and Power Point design for all employees to use for presentations. I also assisted the web master by updating the WHS sites with current information on a daily basis. I also attended various CMS meetings to help decide which system WHS should invest in to update the system managing their information and their public website.I planned and produced graphics for large-scale events for WHS at the Pentagon, such as the annual Customer Service Fair.
I was tasked to work with the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration FACA Committee to create the logo for them. The committee chose my last design and it is being used on their business cards, a challenge coin and other promotional items used to generate revenue for the committee and the cause.I was responsible for taking professional photos during planned events at the Pentagon.I maintained a healthy working relationship with the professional printing vendors to produce large -scale printed graphics - posters, banners, brochures, and documents.I met with my team weekly to discuss all ongoing projects and assist my coworkers in any way necessary to provide our clients with the highest quality of work, while meeting all deadlines.
- System Planning Corporation
- Jan 2008 - Nov 2009 (1 year 10 months)
I created 5 novel designs for brochures for 5 of SPC's divisions. Based on the division, the content and images were contoured to reflect that group, but each 8-page brochure used the same branding conveying the unity of SPC but the diversity of their capabilities. I developed newspaper advertisements, as well as digital signs for in-house events. I designed power point presentations for SPC and our clients, and several proposal covers for the Radar Team and Conference Services Team.
I assisted creating the new website by working directly with the web team and web master to design the website they have today: www.spc.com. I produced all of the banner and thumbnail images throughout the site. I developed numerous event packages for various DARPA meetings, which included 2 large posters for the event, badges with the same theme for the attendees, stickers and interactive CDs with an interactive menu design and CD label. I was also tasked by NASA to write technology patent "mini-listings". After reading each patent, I would then extract the most important information and then summarize it that anyone could understand. I completed 6 marketing pieces and 36 mini-listings now so visitors can quickly browse through these complex technologies with ease and then purchase from NASA. I created the layout and marketing design for the 2008-2009 DoD Basic Research Plan which was in excess of 40 pages. It was professionally printed and bound and disseminated with an interactive CD that I also produced which included the CD Label, CD Case and the CD's main menu. I conceived the hand drawn Lady Liberty theme and produced graphics for the 21st Annual Salute to Excellence awards event for SPC, held at the Willard Hotel in DC. I produced all of the name badges, the signage, the 8 foot banner, invitations, "Reserved" signs, and the menus. I attended all State Department meetings held on the premises to shoot professional photographs.
- KNC Marketing
- Nov 2006 - Jul 2007 (8 months)
Responsible for managing multiple clients and their many projects which include designing direct mail pieces, tradeshow displays, websites, marketing collateral, marketing plans and competitions. Redesigned the corporate website and identity - including matching brochure.
I produced original art and graphics for direct mail pieces, brochures, promotional items, T-shirts designs, banners, website designs, tradeshow displays and customer incentive programs for various clients including Capital Lighting & Supply, North Point High School, KNC Marketing and Galileo Designs. I worked closely with the screen-printing shop to create complex print designs and learned how to use the printing shop. I created weekly direct mail and email promotions pieces for KNC Marketing and Galileo Designs. I re-designed The Artists Group's entire brand - including a dynamic new website design www.taggraphics.com, with brochure and business cards. I re-designed the Galileo Designs website along with a new dynamic trade show display. I designed 2 direct mail promotions for Capital Lighting & Supply. The final documents was an 8 paged booklet with 11" x 17" pages, folded to 8 1/2" x 11".
My team and I were tasked to plan and execute a year and a half long company-wide promotional customer incentive program for Capital Lighting & Supply. We named it the "Great Escapes" and developed a distinct new design. I designed 4 different 15' banners, 3 promotional mailers, 6 promotional postcards with promotional item, various other advertisements and web banners.
I developed a complex corporate identity package for EPIC Solutions that included a fresh new logo design, brochure design, website design, billboard design, magazine advertisement design, promotional mailers with promotional items, and business cards. Because The Artist Group was comprised of only 3 designers, we handled all of the administrative responsibilities, answering phones and billing.
- Premier Kites and Designs
- Dec 2004 - Nov 2006 (1 year 11 months)
I started as an intern and I was hired on full time once I graduated in 2005. I was creating designs for various products - I designed numerous flag designs, garden spinner designs, kite designs, packaging designs, catalogs and marketing designs, toy designs and assembly instructions. I also attended production meetings with the art director and managers to outline what new products need to be created for each season.
I became involved in all aspects of the manufacturing process - from design inception to marketing materials and catalog design. was very involved in the production of new products. I wrote product development notes with the factory in China, wrote packaging verbiage and attended trade shows. I would draw complex 3-D product, such as Garden Spinners or Kites, or a complex 2-D product, such as a Garden Flags to send to China. Once the prototype was made and approved, we would put it into production and for sale. I would then take a photo of the approved prototype for the catalog, which we would be designing simultaneously. Then packaging design, instructions and other marketing materials were made. I was responsible for the professional photography studio where I would photograph each new approved product prototype and archive the photos. These photos would be used in the creation of the next catalog.
While I was designing various windsocks, garden spinners, kites, garden flags products, packaging designs, instructions, writing production notes, and maintaining the photography studio, I was responsible for designing the 100+ page WindGarden Catalog for that season by deadline. I also attended various tradeshows to learn more about the toy industry.
Though I have moved on, I am still designing numerous products for Premier as a freelance artist and hopefully always will!
University of Maryland College Park
- BA Fine Art and Graphic Design
- 2002 - 2005
Graduated Cum Laude
York College of Pennsylvania
- Graphic Design Art
- 2001 - 2002
Calvert High School
- High School Diploma
- 1998 - 2001