Graphics Production Specialist
Aug 2013 - Present (8 years 1 month)
-Collaborates with the maps/images team, the guidebook editors, the image and production specialist and publisher to create and revise book graphic content
-Maintain maps for use in guidebooks authorized by Rick Steves
-Communicates information through the use of color, symbols, styles and other means
-Manages the maps using version control in the company's image database
-Performs the final review of the map set prior to layout
-Assists with various tasks regarding map and image processes.
-Reviews manuscripts at 1st and 2nd pages less
* Researching/creating/designing maps for various publications, including educational publishing textbooks, travel guides and independent authors
* Recruited to conduct map design, research, compilation and production * Orchestrated overall project design and specification development * Ensured documentation of compilation history, comments, questions and problems Technology Skills Adobe Illustrator CS6 Quark X-Press Adobe Photoshop CS6 Adobe Acrobat Pro Adobe InDesign CS6 MS Word FileMaker Pro MS Excel Canto Cumulus MS Outlook
Geography, Earth Science minor with extensive political and physical knowledge of places * Proficient at challenging projects, including travel guides, academic texts and maps for publications * Proficient in creating style guides and eye-catching charts and graphs * Able to use photo editing software tools * Excellent research abilities * Experience brainstorming/creating storyboards for interactivity projects * Focus on stringent quality control standards * Exceptional customer service and employee relations abilities * Excellent capacity for prioritization, problem solving and effectiveness in fast-paced environments * Well-organized multi-tasker with exceptional interpersonal skills * Deliver outstanding results on a consistent basis
Graphics Produciton Specialist
Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door
* Maintain maps for use in guidebooks authorized by Rick Steves * Communicates information through the use of color, symbols, styles and other means * Collaborates with the maps/images team, the guidebook editors, the image and production specialist, and publisher, to create and revise book graphic content * Manages the maps using version control in the company's image database * Performs the final review of the map set prior to layout * Assists with various tasks regarding map and image processes. * Reviews manuscripts at 1st and 2nd pages
Cartographer * Designing neighborhood and larger scale maps for Expedia's website * Localizing maps into various languages * Using SQL (Structured Query Language) for managing data in various databases
Mapping Specialists Ltd.
* Promoted to key assignment due to outstanding performance * Researched information/statistics and created several charts and graphs as infographics for textbooks * Contributed to project set-up/organization and tracking/quality control * Created and maintained style guides * Facilitated training/supervision of team members * Assisted with research and production problems * Conducted extensive client contact * Acted as Project Manager as needed * Recipient of 'Onno Brouwer Excellence in Cartography Award' * Recipient of 'Can-Do Attitude Award'