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Graphic Designer for Print and Web
Graphic designer with extensive background in highly-technical applications and over 15 years’ experience collaborating with marketing and engineering teams in demanding, fast-paced environments; comprehensive knowledge of graphic design principles, software, and production methods. Recipient of numerable local and national awards for design and illustration work; voted MVP.
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GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGNER
ENGINEERING • PUBLISHING • ADVERTISING
Visual Communications Specialist with Extensive Hands-on Design Experience
REPORTS & PROPOSALS • SCHEMATIC ILLUSTRATIONS • PRESENTATIONS • TRADESHOW DISPLAYS • LOGOS • WEB DESIGN
Recipient of numerable local, regional, and national awards
•HAAM Award (HDR Academy Awards of Marketing), 2005 [HDR Engineering, National Recognition]
•MVP/Most Valuable Person Award, July 2004 [HDR Engineering, Local Recognition]
•Winner of the ‘Aim| High Achievement in Marketing’ award for The City of Snoqualmie Pedestrian/Equestrian Bridge Presentation, First Quarter 2003 [HDR Engineering, National Employee Recognition]
Dingland Design, Kirkland, WA 2008 - Present
PRINCIPAL • GRAPHIC DESIGNER • WEB DESIGNER • ART DIRECTOR
Graphic & Web Designer, Taproot Foundation (2009 – Present):
•Redesign website for Community Psychiatric Clinic in alignment with existing branding strategy; creating web graphics using Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS4, and Dreamweaver CS4.
•Contribute to redesign of Kindering Center website; conducting client interviews to prepare Requirements Brief; utilizing Drupal CMS software to customize themes aligning with client’s branding needs.
Graphic Designer & Art Director, Key clients include AT&T, Yulista Holding, and CDM (2008- Present):
•Provide on-call graphics support for AT&T Premiere E-Commerce Group. Design web assets based on specifications provided by web developers; utilizing Adobe Fireworks CS4 and Dreamweaver CS4.
•Served as Art Director/Graphic Designer for Yulista Holding for large marketing effort to the US Air Force. Assist authors in conceptualization of graphic concepts and design elements. Create all proposal graphics including binder covers & spines, compact disk (CD) covers & labels, title pages, tabbed dividers, and internal graphic illustrations and tables. Establish rigorous graphics configuration control procedures. Coordinate integration of final artwork into proposal documents.
•Contract graphic designer for CDM through Aerotek Engineering and Environmental. Provide graphic design support for proposals and PowerPoint presentations; utilizing PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator CS3, Adobe InDesign CS3, and Photoshop CS3.
WHPacific, Inc., Bothell, WA, 2007 - 2008
A multidisciplinary firm specializing in all facets of building engineering, land development, water resources, survey, architecture and transportation; serving clients from 18 offices throughout the Midwestern/ Western states; employing 300+ personnel nationwide.
•Developed technical graphics for business development efforts; working closely with marketing staff of four and engineering team of thirty; designed visually appealing and specific audience-oriented proposals, PowerPoint presentations, RFPs, binders, and display boards; directly impacting division’s ability to win significant commercial and government contracts; ranging $10K to $5M.
•Demonstrated ability to coordinate well with engineers; understanding complexities of various projects and technical aspects; breaking down into simpler, easier-to-understand design formats; developing highly functional visual aids for marketing purposes
•Managed heavy workload and tight deadlines; consistently maintaining quality assurance and control for all printed marketing materials. Formatted, proofread, and copyedited marketing proposals for all departments including Environmental, Survey, Transportation and Planning.
•Developed templates, presentations, covers, and proposals as needed for fast-paced office.
Dingland Design, Kirkland, WA, 2006 - 2007
PRINCIPAL • GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Graphic Designer, Key clients included HDR Engineering, Inc., Marine Hardware
Designed/copyedited engineering trade show graphics and advertising. Converted auto-CAD drawings into graphics for production work. Produced marine equipment catalog; providing extensive photo editing and cropping for 150-page catalog.
HDR Engineering, Inc., Bellevue, WA (2001 – 2006); Orange County, CA (1996 – 2001); Anchorage, AK (1995 – 1996) 1995 - 2006
An employee-owned architectural, engineering and consulting firm assisting clients manage complex projects in community planning and urban design, natural resource management, power and energy, waste management, drinking water, wastewater and reuse, oil and gas, and transportation; employing over 6,000 personnel in 145 locations worldwide.
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER • WEB DESIGNER
•Received numerous awards for design concept & illustration and as key contributor to significant business development efforts.
•Provided support for department of 200+ engineers as a solo designer; simultaneously providing support to other regional NW offices.
•Worked closely with 200+ engineers, 12 CAD technicians, and marketing staff of 8-10; quickly grasping technical concepts and jargon to create highly-effective visual graphic aides for all proposals, CDs, PowerPoint presentations, displays, web content, brochures, cover designs, posters, briefings, illustrations, logos, and exhibits.
•Designed and built 20-page website using FrontPage for internal office communications; providing initial design and content updates for all internal departments
•Created original conception, design, layout, and coordination of complex illustrations and creative artwork.
•Solicited bids from print vendor and managed print production. Prepared final layout for print; overseeing production process.
•Managed graphic design layout and production for all binders and proposals in fast-paced environment; directly impacting marketing team’s ability to win multi-million dollar contracts in both commercial and government sectors.
•Juggled immense work load, conflicting priorities, and tight deadlines; effectively meeting deliverable requirements on time and under budget for both internal and external clients.
•Estimated hours and timelines needed for graphic requests and prioritized needs; alleviated scheduling conflicts by communicating potential risks or production hold-ups to internal clients; delegating internally or to outsourced freelancers as needed.
•Tracked all project hours for internal and external clients; ensuring accurate and efficient billing of all projects.
•Maintained rigorous graphics file organization and version control.
•Recommended software and office print production/binding equipment for on-site reprographics department.
•Provided graphics software training to over 150 staff including administrators, CAD technicians, and engineers.
•Assisted with recruiting, hiring, and training of 3 entry-level marketing coordinators and graphic artists.
Awards & Recognition
•HAAM Award (HDR Academy Awards of Marketing), 2005 [National Recognition]
•MVP/Most Valuable Person Award, July 2004 [Local Recognition]
•Winner of the ‘Aim| High Achievement in Marketing’ award for The City of Snoqualmie Pedestrian/Equestrian Bridge Presentation, First Quarter 2003 [National Employee Recognition]
•Nominee for the ‘Aim|High Achievements in Marketing’ award for The City of Port Angeles 3th Street Bridge Replacements Project Presentation, Second Quarter 2003 [National Employee Recognition]
•Nominee for the ‘Aim|High Achievements in Marketing’ award for The Tacoma-Cascade Regional Water Supply Pipeline Proposal, Third Quarter 2003 [National Employee Recognition]
•Best Poster at WEFTEC National Water Conference, 2003
•Certificate of Appreciation, June 2002 [Recognized for assistance with internal office Success Stories Binder; Local Recognition]
•Creativity Pathfinders Award of Excellence, 2002 [National Employee Recognition]
•Lake Tapps Reservoir Water Right Team Pathfinder Award of Excellence, 2001 [National Employee Recognition]
•Creativity Pathfinders Award of Excellence, 1999 [National Employee Recognition]
AFFILIATIONS & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
•Member of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), Seattle Chapter, 2000- Present
•Water for The People [Campaign to improve drinking water conditions in third-world countries] – 2001-2004
•United Way fundraising campaigns – Provided graphics support to chairpersons and staff for special events, 2001-2006
•Making Strides - Participated in American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Walk, 2006
•Proficient in both Mac and PC platforms (15+ yrs experience)
•Adobe CS4: Photoshop Extended (15+ yrs experience), Illustrator (12 yrs experience), Fireworks (2 yrs experience), Flash (2 yrs experience), Dreamweaver (2 yrs experience), Acrobat Pro (10+ yrs), InDesign (9 yrs experience)
•XHTML and CSS (2 yrs experience)
•Experience with digital file formats (TIFF, GIF, EPS, and PDF) (15+ yrs experience)
•Microsoft Office 2008: PowerPoint, Word, Excel (15+ yrs experience)
•Creation of technical isometric and photographic illustrations from both hand-drawn sketches and existing CADD files in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (15+ yrs)
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Bachelor of Arts in Art, Concentration in Graphic Design, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Continuing Education Courses
•Drawing For Animation, Bellevue College, 2008
•3D Animation, Bellevue College, 2008
•Drawing For Animation I and Animation Foundations, Bellevue College, 2008
•Online training on Flash and Dreamweaver, Lynda.com, 2008-present
•Macromedia Director, UC Irvine, 1997
•3D Studio Max, Irvine, CA, 1998
•Photoshop Advanced Techniques, Anaheim, CA 1999
•InDesign, Anaheim, CA, 2001
•FrontPage 2000, Bellevue College, 2002
•Flash MX 2004 Designing & Developing Media, Bellevue College, 2006
•Flash MX 2004 Developing Applications, Bellevue College, 2006
•Marketing 101, 102, HDR Employee training, 2006
PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE AT http://www.coroflot.com/sdingwall
Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Humboldt State University
HDR Pathfinder Creativity Award, 2002
HDR Pathfinder Creativity Award, 1999