Creative Design Manager
Sep 2012 - Present (8 years 8 months)
Foundation, Washington, DC Responsible for the art direction, conception, design, development and production of an array of graphic products used to promote AARP foundation programs and to communicate the work of the foundation to the board of directors, potential donors, volunteers, press, community leaders and others from initial ideas to final deliverables. Particularly focused on graphic products that can be used to market impact area programs addressing issues of hunger, isolation, housing and income among the lower income 50+ population to build a strong, recognizable visual presence for the foundation in all media.. Working collaboratively across the foundation to determine what platforms and products can best meet the marketing and public relations needs of the program, creating engaging graphic design products for print, web, multimedia and other platforms. Working closely with the Foundation's Strategic Positioning and External Relations Vice President and the AARP brand and communications offices to effectively utilize AARP resources and to maximize cost savings. Establish uniformity across projects with multiple platforms and coordinates and manages outside vendors including printers, graphic designers and communication agencies as appropriate. In concert with foundation and AARP communications and brand managers, designs and develops focused multimedia presentations and integrated marketing materials for specific target groups. Directing design products include promotional materials, web sites, multimedia presentations, integrated marketing initiatives, email newsletters, programs, special mailings and other promotional and office products, pamphlets, informational flyers, kiosk exhibits, Flash presentations and print or multimedia visual products used for public relations, program promotions, communications and ongoing business activities and proposals.
Adjunct Faculty Professor
Montgomery College - Information Technology Institute
Feb 2010 - Present (11 years 3 months)
Lead Senior Graphic Designer/Art Director
Jan 2011 - Apr 2012 (1 year 3 months)
via Proposal Development Consultants, Herndon, VA
Leading a team of designers and art direction for Multi-Billion Dollar Federal, Local Government and Private Sector Proposals. Working independently and/or as team lead to provide, design illustrations, figures, tables, covers, presentations, logos, photography acquisitions and other graphic images for marketing and web projects, and presentations. Translating communication objectives into a clear and concise graphic images utilizing Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Visio. Setting, maintaining and enforcing branding standards. Tracking image updates and archiving completed projects.
Senior Graphic Design Consultant - Proposals
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Oct 2010 - Jan 2011 (3 months)
via TRAX International
Proposal design and layout in InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator including cover design and publication branding.
Senior Graphic Design Consultant
National Geographic Society - The JASON Project
Feb 2010 - Oct 2010 (8 months)
via ATR, Ashburn, VA
Art direction, design and layout of a middle school science textbook focused on geology using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Created images for flash games based on the textbook content. DVD cover and stage image.
EEI/Boss Group/Proposal Development Consultants
Website Design: Website creation and management including wire framing, illustration, page layout, image manipulation, user interface, HTML, CSS Coding and web development/coding. Employed Web 2.0 social media technologies including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, RSS, Content Management Systems including JOOMLA, and CommonSpot and wiki development.
Print Design and layout of visual elements, technical illustrations, charts, books, templates, catalogs, brochures, annual reports, direct-mail pieces, ads, product packaging and marketing, invitations, flyers, presentations, posters, signs, publications, proposals, newsletters, magazines, logos, conference materials, DVD/CD covers, specialty items and exhibit materials for publicity, marketing, advertising, corporate branding and information dissemination. Proposal Graphics, Layout and Production: including all phases including layout conception, formatting in MS Word and page layout applications including InDesign graphic, table, chart, cover, and oral presentation design, proofreading and editing, and deliverable production. Created branding guidelines and adhered to corporate visual branding standards. Interacted with senior- level clients at both Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in collaborative and concept design/redesign capacities.
Electronic Publishing Specialist (Graphic Designer)
Jan 2006 - Jan 2010 (4 years)
Responsible for the development of publishing products through document formatting of content, graphic manipulation, and source document conversions. Products included publications, brochures, signage, illustrations, presentations, websites, and promotional materials.
Video Open Source Officer/Art Director
Researched, collected and analyzed breaking news from Africa, Latin American and the Middle East from foreign media sources including television, radio, Internet sites, newspapers, press agencies, and specialized publications to produce and deliver a daily high video magazine to the Intelligence Community, US foreign affairs community and opensource.gov.
Art Director for interactive magazine production included video clip research, production and collection, background research, script writing, publication layout, editing and dissemination to opensource.gov, classified and unclassified systems. Used Avid, Camtasia, Adobe Audition and Sorensen Squeeze and a proprietary video system to produce and edit broadcast quality video, capture images and create video compilations from foreign media sources. Subtitled foreign video in Arabic, Spanish, French, Farsi and other languages to provide English translation for users who were unfamiliar with the source vernacular using transcripts provided by OSC Bureau staff in field locations worldwide. Used Spanish language knowledge to research intelligence issues in foreign web, print and broadcast media sources. Wrote technical documentation featuring screenshots and video captures demonstrating publication production standards for the daily publication and provided training to department staff.
Supervisory Graphic Artist/Art Director
City of Alexandria Government
Jan 2005 - Jan 2006 (1 year)
Managed the day-to-day operation of the print shop. Supervised press operators, graphic designers, interns and administrative staff. Provided graphic design services for all City Departments, Boards, and Commissions. Planned and maintained the printing schedule, managed workflow and assigned print projects three press operators. Provided customer and project intake services. Estimated printing cost and turn-around times. Streamlined the Access project status and billing database. Maintained department budget. Marketed the print shop services.
Senior Media Specialist
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Jun 2004 - Jan 2005 (7 months)
Print, website and interactive design for Fund programs, museum and IMF Institute courses. Projects included books, magazines, cds, dvds, newsletters, posters, marketing collateral and others.
Senior Graphic Designer
The Boss Group
Oct 2002 - Jun 2004 (1 year 8 months)
Career Profiles, Washington, DC Provided all aspects of visual information design including: concept creation, art direction, layout, typography, editing and production of print, web, and multimedia projects. Vicki R. McGill * (202) 526-1134 * email@example.com Portfolio: www.coroflot.com/VickiMcGill
Feb 2000 - Oct 2002 (2 years 8 months)
Provided graphic design services for all business divisions within and outside of the corporate headquarters. Scope of work includes package design, posters, brochures, product marketing, invitations, conference materials, CD design, presentations, specialty items and web design from concept to finished design. Interfaced with print vendors for offset printing and in-house reprographics department to produce binders, invitations, posters and short run reproduction projects. Design department supervision in the absence of supervisor, duties included conducting client and management meetings, project intake and assignment, pricing, scheduling and tracking. Disseminated projects to design team and freelance personnel. Provided departmental procedure and software training to new graphic artists. Provided departmental software and hardware instruction to coworkers and manager. NASCAR standing website updates.
Artist - Illustrator
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Jun 1997 - Feb 2000 (2 years 8 months)
via Butler Services Group, Laurel, MD
Technical Communications group to design technical illustrations, publications, presentations, posters, signs, exhibit materials and various other artwork using Pagemaker, Illustrator, Freehand, and Photoshop. Team leader on many design projects. Website development. Interacted with clients to support their varying design needs. Redesigned, implemented and maintained the Space department presentation database and website using HTML and FilemakerPro to allow Intranet users immediate access. Provided technical support for 35-member workgroup on Mac and PC, assisted with LAN administration. EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION University of Maryland University College B.A. Communications/Art Howard University Undergraduate coursework Graphic Design/Radio Production/Sociology TECHNICAL SKILLS Hardware and Connectivity: * Experienced in using and troubleshooting Macintosh OSX and Intel Based operating systems. * Proficient in the use of color and monochrome printers Fiery Workstation with Docucolor Printers large format color printers, scanners, digital and video cameras. Software and Website Design Proficiency * Abobe CS6: InDesign, Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop, Acrobat Professional, Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Image Ready Quark, HTML, CSS, FinalCut Pro, Avid Xpress, JOOMLA, CommonSpot, Audacity, Camtasia, Adobe Audition and MS Office Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio/Visio Technical and 508 Compliance Proficient. GRAPHIC DESIGN CLIENTS