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  • Megan Wallace Searle

    Design Specialist / Administrative Coordinator at Rochester ...

    Rochester, NY

I am a creative individual with a passion for visual design and fabrication. I am inspired by the idea that functional items can and should be a thing of beauty. I love being challenged to develop a beautiful and practical solution to an abstract problem. I also have a background in engineering which gives me the unique ability to look at situations from both a visual and analytical perspective. As the Design Specialist at the Rochester Arc + Flame Center I design print and digital marketing materials, and in doing so have developed an interest in graphic design. I also design and fabricate custom metal artwork using a combination of Adobe Creative Suite and CNC metal cutting software and equipment. This has allowed me to explore ways to combine graphic and industrial design. Working at a small company has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge to include marketing. I design monthly digital newsletter campaigns using MailChimp, maintain social media presence on Twitter and Instagram, photograph company events and gallery work and edit photos using Adobe Photoshop, and execute class scheduling and registrations using Shopify Services. I graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a major in Industrial Design, a minor in Mechanical Engineering and a concentration in Anthropology and Sociology. I spent the summer of 2011 studying Scandinavian furniture design in Copenhagen, Denmark through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. I am also currently pursuing an Applied Associate Degree in Visual Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design from the Monroe Community College as a part time student.

Work Samples

  • Mahany Welding Supply Truck Wrap

  • Danish Chair

  • Cube Squared Modular Stoage

Work History

  • Design Specialist / Administrative Coordinator

    The Rochester Arc + Flame Center is an educational studio open to the public that offers classes in welding, glass working and metal smithing for all levels of interest. Arc + Flame Center specializes in professional welder training and is also a partner company to Mahany Welding Supply. The responsibilities of the Administrative Coordinator are as follows:

    -Design print and digital marketing material using Adobe Creative Suite
    -Create metal signage and sculpture using Adobe Creative Suite, PlasmaCAM software, CNC plasma table and fabrication equipment
    -Photograph company events and gallery artwork and edit pictures using Adobe Photoshop
    -Maintain online store using Shopify Services
    -Execute class scheduling and online registration using Shopify Services
    -Design digital newsletter campaigns using MailChimp
    -Manage social media marketing using Instagram and Twitter
    -Facilitate classroom setup and layout for specialty classes and events
    -Reconcile deposits and charges with monthly bank statements and QuickBooks Software
    -Complete daily prove-outs for cash register
    -Execute OSHA based safety initiative for facility and coordinate safety training for all employees
    -Execute purchasing and price analysis for vending machine and cleaning supplies

  • Sales Associate

    • Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
    • Sep 2011 - Jan 2014 (2 years 4 months)

    -Executed new visual sales directives on a quarterly basis to optimize and increase sales
    -Assisted customers in selecting and fitting suits
    -Provided customer service and processed transactions and online customer orders
    -Placed and processed tuxedo and suit rental orders for proms and wedding parties
    -Verified and processed incoming merchandise shipments
    -Processed, filled and packaged catalog requests

  • Design Intern

    • Mahany Welding Supply
    • Mar 2011 - May 2011 (2 months)

    -Teaching assistant for art-based welding courses
    -Operated CNC plasma cutter
    -Created custom artwork using customer specifications, PlasmaCAM software, and CNC plasma cutter
    -Developed and executed artwork for display and sale in showroom using Adobe Creative Suite, PlasmaCAM software, CNC plasma cutter, welding and traditional metalworking tools


  • Monroe Community College

    • Associate in Applied Science in Visual Communications Graphic Design
    • 2014 - Currently Enrolled
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts Industrial Design
    • 2007 - 2012

    Minor in Mechanical Engineering and Concentration in Anthropology and Sociology

  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad

    • Furniture Design
    • 2011 - 2011



Rochester Young Professionals, 2012-present; RIT Industrial Design Student Organization, 2010-2011; Industrial Design Society of America, Student Chapter, 2008-2010