I am an award-winning graphic designer with over 15 years of experience in print, advertising and web design. As an established art director and project manager, I have led design projects from concept to completion within large in-house and small independent organizations. Capabilities include brochures, direct mail and other sales collateral, web production, corporate identity, advertising and signage design.
ART DIRECTOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER CONSULTANT (2006 - present)
Available on or off-site.
+ Developed creative solutions to meet client needs, including brochures, print advertising, direct mail, email blasts, trade show and sales collateral, corporate identity, Powerpoint and Web page design.
+ Completed a wide range of projects, on time and on budget
+ Managed client expectations including attending on-site meetings,
presenting ideas and following up with workable solutions
+ Project and traffic coordination, including quoting, managing outside vendors and attending press checks
+ Turnkey production and design
+ Web Design and Production
+ Direct Mail
+ Custom Powerpoint
+ Logo Design
+ Consumer and Trade Advertisements
+ Signage and Infographics
+ On-site photoshoot art direction and management (with specific experience in food industry)
+ Project Management
+ CCC Information Services
+ Excel Marketing
+ Good Studio
+ Jasculca/Terman & Associates
+ Merchandise Mart Properties
+ Plan B
+ Quarasan Group
+ ROI* Ventures
+ Schawk Retail Marketing
+ Turner & Cunniff
+ Radio Shack
+ Kronos Foods
+ Pierre Foods
+ Bentley Insurance Group
+ AeroStar Logistics Group
+ Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority
+ Chicago Department of Public Health
+ W.K. Kellogg Foundation
+ Chicago Urban Prep
+ University of Chicago Charter Schools
THE WRIGHT GROUP/McGRAW-HILL
Graphic Designer (2006-2008). Member of a busy in-house advertising department.
+ Art direction
+ Design and production from concept to completion
+ Completed a wide range of business-to-business projects, including advertising, promotion, direct mail and corporate communication.
+ Assisted creative team with corporate-mandated branding changes
+ Catalog production
+ Project and traffic coordination, including routing, tracking, quoting and managing outside vendors, including off-site free-lancers
+ Photo research, scanning and color correction
+ Trade show and event support
TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES (TMS)
Senior Designer (1997-2005). A key member of an award-winning, in-house design team.
+ Developed creative solutions to meet client needs, including media kits, brochures, interactive and print advertising, trade show collateral, sales collateral, corporate identity and Web page design.
+ Managed an extensive workload in an intensive, deadline-driven environment.
+ Created results-oriented design for high profile, direct-to-consumer Web sites, including the launch of www.comicspage.com, TMS' first direct-to-consumer Web site.
+ Developed design solutions for successful launches and ongoing promotions for TMS' News and Features and Entertainment groups.
+ Responsible for soliciting vendors and working within client budget constraints.
+ Client management, internal and external
Art Director and Graphic Designer at a boutique design agency (1995-1997).
+ Produced a variety of graphic communication materials, including brochures, annual reports, trade show signage and collateral, packaging, corporate identity and Web design.
+ Supported team with project coordination and computer systems management.
+ Interpreted client objectives to create effective sales materials.
+ Designed and launched GATX's first B2B Web site.
+ Determined design direction and creative approach for a variety of clients, including Motorola, Mitsubishi, GATX, Whitman Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, Spiegel and Sara Lee.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concentration in Graphic Design and painting/drawing. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
+ Maine College of Art. Maine Summer Institute in Graphic Design, 1998.
+ Art Institute of Chicago Continuing Education Program. Courses in illustration, painting and graphic design
Adobe CS5 (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.), Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office including PowerPoint, CSS and HTML. Knowledgeable in Macintosh and PC platforms.