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I've been working as a graphic designer for about 7 years. My experience so far has been primarily in print - currently working in the marketing department for LimitedBrands and previously working for a weekly newspaper and monthly magazine. I also freelance as a custom invitation designer.
Magazine Layout Design
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MAY 2011 - PRESENT
Limited Brands, La Senza | Graphic Designer, Marketing
Coordinate with marketing managers, copywriters, and visual specialists to strategize and execute marketing initiatives. Concept and design signage packages reflecting seasonal trends and strategic goals for over 150 Canadian and 300 International stores. Update and maintain current sign library. Effectively design, verify and release all marketing elements to vendors for production. Create designs for web and social media. Integral in launching new file organization software by developing processes, testing along the way and training team members. 2012 Limited Brands Passport Award recipient.
OCTOBER 2006 - PRESENT
Freelance Graphic Designer
Design local and national companies’ logos and various branding elements for multi-platform usage, such as website redesign, web graphics, signage, direct mail campaigns, t-shirts, maps, book cover and book layout design. Create custom designs for event announcements and wedding invitations.
OCTOBER 2007 - MAY 2011
(614) Media Group | Art Director
Created attention-getting page layouts for various publications, including (614) Magazine and UWeekly newspaper. Conceptualized and executed original and appealing cover designs. Coordinated with editors, ad designers, advertisers, and photographers to meet tight deadlines. Hired, trained and scheduled design team. Efficiently managed advertisement creation and placement process. Processed final page designs and transmitted to printer. Coordinated design project workflow from initiation to publication release.
MAY 2006 - OCTOBER 2007
cardSupply | Layout Designer & Printing Specialist
Managed all creative projects within the art department. Designed text layout and efficiently processed and printed customer-approved orders. Ensured final quality of printed materials. Scanned products and prepared images for upload. Converted customer images into camera-ready artwork. Created advertisements for electronic and print media.
MAY 2006 - AUGUST 2006
RMD Advertising | Design Intern
Designed brochures, coupons, award certificates, promotional t-shirts, updated brand standards manuals, and contributed to corporate identity. Arranged photo shoots, organized and researched images for storyboard. Brainstormed ideas for marketing materials. Prepared press releases for web exposure.
AUGUST 2005 - MAY 2006
Coastal Carolina University | Student Graphic Designer
Presented campaign ideas, finalized designs and coordinated print to meet event deadlines. Designed materials for both campus-wide circulation and external mailings.
Proficient with Mac and Windows. Adobe Creative Suite 2-4, including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Microsoft Office Suite. Macromedia FreeHand, QuarkXPress. Creating PDF pages for print using Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Acrobat Distiller,Transmit and pre-flighting pages.
Graduated Magna Cum Laude