InDesign Template Specialist/Production Artist
Aug 2014 - Mar 2015 (7 months)
* Worked in the Marketing Communications Department to execute and design highly personalized online stationary. From Save the Dates and Wedding Invitations to Birth Announcement and Magnetic Calendars. While adhering to MagnetStreets' technical standards. * Executed proper functionality, auditing and quality assurance in "Design Studio". MagnetStreets' personalization tool, for their online store at MagnetStreet.com. Manipulated images in Photoshop to maintain best quality products. * Worked in a proprietary InDesign/XML-based tagging process to ensure accurate, high-quality products. Worked as a liaison between creating designs and active templates on MagnetStreets' website. Met and exceeded daily expectations of accuracy and volume. Organized and maintained files for use by the graphic design team. * Reviewed and manipulated design templates to ensure excellent online customer experience. Strong problem solving abilities accurate and detail-oriented. Highly organized with daily assignments, strong multi-tasking ability. Freelance Production artist
Oct 2013 - Jan 2014 (3 months)
* SME and project manager: Project development and implementation of OfficeMax bonus pages. Created and designed visually appealing layouts from conceptualization to completion with innovative methodology, while incorporating and adhering to OfficeMax branding guidelines and clients technical specifications. Accurate execution within expedient deadlines. * Worked on multiple platforms to produce accurate, high-quality OfficeMax weekly sales and advertising collateral, pre-print publications, POP and pre-press catalogs. * Responsibilities include coordinating all assembly, designing, construction, quality assurance, formatting and delivery of final advertising sales publications to external clients. * Collaborated in a team-based dynamic environment with project managers, marketing, copywriters, editors, branding and customer service throughout the production process. * High-level of creativity with a sophisticated sense of brand-identity development, typography, composition and visual hierarchy. * Thrived in a dynamic, extremely efficient, high-volume, fast-paced work environment to ensure all deadlines were met on time. * Designed and executed in-store event promotions utilizing Adobe InDesign CS5-CS6. Freelance Production artist/Project manager
SME and Project Manager: for OfficeMax Bonus Pages
Mar 2013 - Oct 2013 (7 months)
Developed and coordinated visually appealing and compelling layouts for OfficeMax weekly sales and advertising collateral, pre-print publications, POP signage and pre-press catalogs. * Designed collaborative with Creative Director based on client representative feedback. * Exceptional knowledge of typography, layout principles, and design esthetics to expand design and production capabilities. * Conceptualized, created and developed innovative designs across the platforms of collateral: POP, print, with particular attention to catalog, bonus pages and advertising publications utilizing Adobe Creative Suites InDesign. * Attended and contributed to daily project kick-off meetings. digital graPhics technician/Project manager
Sep 2010 - Jan 2013 (2 years 4 months)
* SME, technical advisor and project manager for Walgreens Health and Wellness Brochures. Designed and executed visually appealing layouts and pages from conceptualization to completion. * Designed collaboratively with senior designers and art directors to construct, format and produce marketing/advertising collateral for Walgreens, Chrysler, Bass Pro, Design Toscano, Walmart and JCPenney customers: Walgreens Health and Wellness brochures, advertising sales flyers, regional advertising publications and domestic retail sales flyers including, but not limited to, Florida, California, Ohio, Indiana and Puerto Rico. * Worked in a team-based, dynamic and interactive work environment with creative directors, art directors, copywriters and proofreaders. catalog Production artist
National Dean's List
Elgin Community College.
Aug 2008 - Aug 2010 (2 years)
*Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society *International Honor Society. *National Deans' List *Received 2 degrees Conferred with Honors: Basic Vocational Specialist in Graphics Software Level I and Level II.
Production Layout Artist
AllPoints Foodservice Parts and Supplies.
Downers Grove, IL
Aug 2009 - Jan 2010 (5 months)
Designed, produced, proofed and quality checked "Hot-Side" AllPoints 1200 page Business-to-Business Catalog, utilizing QuarkXPress and InDesign. * Ability to proof, multi-task, prioritize, organize and work on multiple projects, meet stringent deadlines in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment. * Creative problem-solving abilities and strong communication skills, both written and verbal. * Designed AllPoints Foodservice Parts and Supplies "Hot-Side" catalog cover. ProoFreader/Production artist/Project manager/Quality assurance
Proofreader / Production Artist / Project Manager
Black Dot Group.
Crystal Lake, IL
Jan 1988 - Aug 2008 (20 years 7 months)
Cryslal * Created, proofed, quality checked and designed templates, implemented style sheets in InDesign for Educational Publishing Books, (K through 12), catalogs, magazines, pocketbooks, brochures, business cards, retail sales flyers, circulars, retail catalogs, medical magazines, direct marketing and newsletters. * Major clients included Sears, McGraw-Hill, Scott Foresman, Houghton Mifflin, Harcourt Brace, Pearson Custom Publishing, AMA, McDougal, Cahners, Hampton Brown, Glencoe, PDR Pocket Guide to Prescription Drugs and Pocket Books. * Responsibilities include proofreading, quality assurance, design, construction, formatting and delivery of final advertising sales publications to external clients. * Execute rough layouts through finished compositions, according to design direction of the creative team. * Successfully managed and coordinated design projects from concept to completion. Worked on multiple platforms from catalog, direct mail, magazines, brochures, educational publishing books, retail sales flyers, advertising publications and sales publications. * Creative, passionate and hard-working individual who is excited to work across different media platforms and a wide array of production projects. * Thrived in a dynamic high-volume, fast-paced environment. Prioritize work loads to make sure all deadlines are met on time. * Prepped and prepared all electronic files for print output and preflight. Full-time student/Freelancer