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I am an independent hand knit/knitwear designer, as well as an art director and graphic designer. I focus on figure-flattering sweaters, interesting construction, and clear patterns. My background in publishing has given me extensive experience in print/online art direction, layout, and production, which give my independent publications a unique look and feel. Knitwear • Swatching, sketching • Sample knitting • Schematic creation • Pattern writing, chart creation, grading patterns for multiple sizes • Cables, lace, colorwork • Garments for women, men, and children • Accessories and toys Design • Advertising: direct mail, print, online • Art direction: direct freelance designers, photographers, illustrators, typesetters • Book cover & interior: comps, specifications, templates, production • Brand identity: logo design, printed goods, email and Word templates, on-site graphics for conventions • Catalog: design and production • Website: mock-ups, specifications, flow diagrams, live sites, user interface Communications • Blog, tweet, instagram, moderate Facebook page and Ravelry group to promote Kathleen Dames Design • Facilitate communication between preschool staff and families • Translate editorial/marketing/sales needs to creatives • Manage freelance designers, photographers, illustrators, and typesetters • Manage design and production schedules • Manage art and design budgets • Oversee small in-house design staff Technical • Social media: Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, MailChimp, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Vine, and YouTube • HTML, CSS, and some JavaScript • Copyediting and proofreading • Template and style sheet creation • Prepress, preflight, scanning, color correction • Programs: Adobe Creative Suite, Filemaker Pro, Google Drive, Microsoft Office, QuarkXPress

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