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  • Maria Choronzuk

    Sr. Graphic Design Professional

    Arlington Hts., IL

With more than 15 years of creative solutions appropriate to client objectives, my expertise with page design, print layout, web banners, emails, illustration, typography, graphic design, video editing, production, brand marketing and fine art takes a project from a conceptual start to a successful completion.

Work Samples

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  • Illustrations

Work History

Maria Choronzuk mariadesign@wowway.com | c: 847.707.9783 Recommendations at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mariachoronzuk Sr. Graphic designer, professional and creative problem solver with strong desire to be part of a great company. Expert in layout, design, typography, illustration, conceptual project development. Cross-platform adaptability utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut and MS Office. Experienced with web pages and corporate Intranet pages. Effectively integrate designs and branding across print, web, and video. Professional design management experience includes developing teams of award-winning graphic designers, coaching copy editors, and implementing innovative solutions in cross-departmental teams. Self-starter dedicated to get the job done on time and within a budget to dramatically impress your customers. -------------------------------------------- QUALIFICATIONS • Software expertise in Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Final Cut, InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator, Acrobat; Microsoft Word, PowerPoint; Excel; QuarkXPress; Freehand. MAC and MS-DoS platforms. • Freelance accomplishments in redesign, corporate branding, page design, project management, and more. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Inland Press Association Graphic Designer | October 2011 - March 2015 Designed monthly issues of the Inlander; Designed print brochures, posters, banners and other items as needed for conferences; Designed web banners and tiles; Updated online content. Scranton Gillette Communications Graphic Designer | July 2009 - November 2010 • Designed and produced B2B magazines. • Redesigned the Greenhouse Product News Magazine - July 2010 • Processed, preflighted, designed and tracked advertising associated with each publication. • Edited videos with Final Cut. • Produced trade show curtains and posters. • Designed ebooks including the first Digital Buyers Guide and California Spring Trials Companion Guide at gpnmag.com. • Designed home page, ads and illustration for CaliforniaSpringTrials.com. Daily Herald / Paddock Publications, Inc. Corporate Manager of Design | August 2002 – April 2009 Presentation editor, features | April 1998 – August 2002 Editorial Artist | August 1986 – April 1998 • Supervised design staff of 4 • Reinforced design style guidelines to entire Editorial staff • Worked together with award-winning editorial art department team to generate revenue-producing projects within budget and on deadline. • Managed major redesigns of the Daily Herald and Reflejos products with outside design consultants and in-house departments. • Led the transition to the 50-inch web format in 2002 and with the 48-inch web format in 2007. • Developed and produced 50+ page fully searchable, detailed style guideline reference manual • Provided extensive technical support and training of style guidelines. • Developed interdepartmental role to ensure brand consistency and uniform applications of design philosophy throughout related products. • Contributed to numerous company-wide committees aimed at quality improvements, revenue generation and new product developments. • Actively participated in Leadership book groups, Strategic Meetings and Management training sessions • Developed, managed and implemented an employee reward system • Work with managers and staff at all levels to support internal and external branding efforts • Consistently exceeded design expectations evident in numerous yearly Employee Excellence Awards • Designed, updated and managed corporate Intranet Wiki pages • Utilized QuarkXpress, InDesign, Photoshop and Freehand to produce dynamic and award-winning page designs, illustrations, informational graphics and locator maps. FREELANCE • 2015: Redesigned 4-pg newsletter for Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, IL • 2011: Created Packaging, Catalogs, Posters, POP and Displays for various clients including Bosch Tools • 2011: Created flyers, Playbooks, Logos, E-blasts and Posters for AT&T • 2010: Volunteered to assist grade schoolers with computer classes and Artist Awareness presentations • 2000 -03: Mural paintings including Lake Forest home featured on Oprah's "My Favorite Rooms" show and in North Shore Homes magazine • 2000: George S. May, Park Ridge: Managed cafeteria renovation project • 1999: Caremark, Lincolnshire: Managed cafeteria renovation project; painted murals • 1998: UniTech PrePress Solutions: Ad layouts for LTD Commodities • 1997: Paddock Publications: Managed cafeteria renovation, framing, custom fabric, carpentry projects; painted 40ft mural; created wall sculpture • 1989: American Academy of Pediatrics: Redesigned newsletter; graphics, illustrations, 7 yrs • 1988: Romane/Rega Inc.: Cologne packaging, brochures, 7 yrs • 1987: National Safety Council: Illustrations for magazine, 7 yrs • 1986: Elk Grove Park Dist: Designed logos for Pavilion; illustrated magazine covers • 1985: LithoTech Inc.: Graphic designer for "Hands Across America" national lithograph • 1984: Limited Edition Print of original oil painting • 1983: Portraits, landscape paintings, logo designs , 10 yrs EDUCATION • Robert Morris University: 2015 BBA, Management; Summa Cum Laude; Phi Eta Sigma • The American Academy of Art: 1986 Associates Degree in Graphic Design and Fine Art RECOMMENDATIONS "Maria is an extraordinary designer with a great eye for color and balance, plus offers the bonus of illustrative talents. Experienced in page layouts, magazine redesigns, issue dummying, film editing and ad creation, she is, in reality, a self-contained advertising agency. A very quick study, Maria learned new software programs and procedures, and used her experience, highly developed skills and advanced MAC knowledge to help train new team members. A generous individual, Maria brings warmth and good humor, unique creativity, a pitch-in-and-help attitude and undeniable likability to the work environment. She is a delightful, talented individual." - Sandi Stevenson, Director of Creative Services & Promotions, Scranton Gillette Communications "Maria brings all the assets of the consummate professional, advanced skill set in design and a critical eye that resonates with the consumer. She is a great team player, interacts well with others, respects opinions, accepts constructive criticism and most importantly, delivers timely ideas and products that delight the customer." - Jim Cook, Assistant Vice President Marketing & Promotions, Paddock Publications, Inc. "Maria is an excellent and thoughtful designer and editor." - Pat Regan, Deputy City Editor, Daily Herald "Maria was always willing to listen to the technical considerations for particular design decisions and work with the implementation team to come up with solutions that eased implementation, but didn't compromise the overall redesign objectives. When difficult personnel issues arose, Maria acted in a very professional manner to resolve the differences and move the project forward." - Chris Zelak, Owner, Synnova Solutions Corp. "Maria is one of the most intuitive and skilled design artists I have known. Her ability to take verbal discussions and turn them into creative, exciting visual art that meet the objectives the first time around is near magical." - John Graham, Manager of Marketing & Research, Paddock Publications, Inc. "Maria is easy-going, creative, tactful in difficult situations and a problem solver. She has a great eye for design and is definitely an expert in the field." - Eriona Baholli-Karasek, Senior Designer, Paddock Publications


  • Robert Morris University Illinois

    • Bachelor of Business Administration Concentration: Business Management
    • 2011 - 2015

    Summa Cum Laude; Activities and Societies: Phi Eta Sigma



2015 Summa Cum Laude; 2011-2015 Dean's List; 2013 Phi Eta Sigma; 2010 SGC DESIGN EXCELLENCE; 2009 SGC DESIGN EXCELLENCE; 2002 PRINT's Regional Design Annual; 2002 Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence; 1999, 1997, 1995 Peter Lisagor; 1998 Associated Press; 1997 Paddock Publications Employee of the Year