I'm a 28-year-old web & graphic designer and freelance writer living and working out of an adorable house with my wonderful husband & our little cat. I've been freelancing since I graduated from James Madison University in 2008, and I enjoy studying social networking and its marketing potential. I love oil pastels, crocheting (and other needle crafts), photography, and many other kinds of digital and traditional art. My other passion is creative writing, and I'm working on a fantasy novel I hope to publish in the near future. I'm also a huge geek, and for the past few years I've been a volunteer on MomoCon's print design and social media team.

Work Samples

  • Interactive

  • Traditional

  • Book Layout

Work History

~~~~SKILLS~~~~ WEB/DESIGN > HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Plone > Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign > Dreamweaver, Flash > T-shirt and merchandise design > Social Media Marketing > Indie book layout & cover design MEDIA/INTEREST > Photography > Video Editing > Mac & PC compatible > Novel writer > Cracked.com contributor > Yelp Elite, 2012 to Present EDUCATION/INVOLVEMENT > James Madison University B.A., May 2008 ~ Major: Media Arts and Design; Interactive Media ~ Minor: Art > MomoCon Staff member with Social Media and Design Team, 2011 to Present > Atlanta Writer’s Club member ~~~~EXPERIENCE~~~~ > Kaleidoscope Shop, Atlanta, GA – Part-time Webmaster & Designer, Spring 2012 to Present ~ Updating site with graphics and content, adding items for sale and writing/editing copy ~ Creating print and web advertisements, as well as banners and T-shirt designs ~ Updating social media ~ Did web, print & PR work to promote the 2012 Brewster Society Kaleidoscope Convention in Atlanta > Stephen & Judy Perras, Decatur, GA – Website Updating Freelance Contract, October 2013 ~ Updating web page content with new images and text > Nina Stellwagen – Book Layout Freelance Contract, February 2012 to October 2013 ~ Laid out book for independent publishing of print and digital versions in InDesign > DealGenda.com – Proof of Concept Site Freelance Contract, Spring 2012 ~ Used Wordpress to create a proof of concept site based off their designs and edited layout and design elements > Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN Biomedical Informatics MeTRC Core – Full-time Web Programmer & Graphic Designer, May 2010 to July 2011 ~ Creating graphics, updating designs & layouts for MeTRC websites, building & consulting on social networking accounts ~ Designed fliers, posters, cards and other promotional materials ~ Submission accepted for poster presentation at RCMI Symposium, December 2010 Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research – Freelance Contract, Fall 2009 ~ Designed Dr. J. Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D.’s PowerPoint slide presentations for the National Institutes of Health Center for Women’s Health – Full-time Temp, March to July 2009 ~ Layout, editing and creating graphics for grants and manuscripts > ShoeboxStory.com – Web Design Freelance Contract, December 2009 to May 2010 ~ Designed their portfolio and matching blog sites > Diane Kilmer, Franklin, TN – Book Layout and Cover Design Freelance Contract, August to October 2009 ~ Designed early idea book covers and laid out book for independent publishing of print and digital versions > AmySalinger.net – Webmaster Freelance Contract, Summer 2008 to May 2010 ~ Uploaded Flash video, updated pages, created and changed graphics and edited site copy > James Madison University Alumni Association, Harrisonburg, VA – Part-time Student Employee, August to December 2007 ~ Built Homecoming site, created graphics for Alumni website, Facebook and MySpace pages ~ Created print materials and logos for anniversary memorabilia like T-Shirts ~ Illustrated “Evolution of the JMU Volunteer” logo > The Idea Center, Richmond, VA – Internships, some with compensation, Summers 2007, 2005, 2002 and Spring 2003 ~ Designed websites and graphics for clients

Education

  • James Madison University

    • BA Media Arts & Design
    • 2004 - 2008

    Majored in Interactive Media from the School of Media Arts & Design, and minored in traditional art.

Specialties

Awards

Yelp.com Elite member from 2012 to present . Presented a poster on social networking at the RCMI Conference 2010 in Nashville, TN.

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