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Professional Summary

Talented and detail oriented graphic designer with experience in management, print, web, and campaign design. Highly motivated and creative with exceptional interpersonal skills, and accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment.

Experience

Freelance Graphic & Web Designer
2012 – Current
Chicago, IL

Working with small – medium sized companies to launch their message into the wild. Available to assist in creation of brand development, web redesign, multi-media campaign layouts and other creative needs.

  • Logo/brand development
  • Custom package design
  • Marketing consulting
  • Print/web collateral
  • Web design
  • Web build
  • File organization
  • Project management

Graphic Design Manager
AASM 2016 – Current
Darien, IL

Outline art direction and concepts for both short and long term campaigns while managing staff duties, timelines, and department skillset.

  • Oversee and mentor graphic design staff while providing direction with an end goal of representing the concept visually
  • Lead designer for 2017 Annual conference

  • Lead web and graphic designer for 2017 company rebranding
  • Work directly with internal departments to set marketing timelines and objectives within budget

  • Coordinate projects and assign roles to additional parties
  • Manage projects from start to finish throughout the creative department

Senior Graphic Designer
MorningStar Media Group 2012 – 2016
Sycamore, IL

Responsible for developing aesthetic design and layout principles aligning with client brand standards carried throughout marketing materials. Obtained leadership role on multiple projects including app development and web design.

  • Generate web designs, wireframes, digital publications, high volume magazine layouts, social media campaigns, mailers, bus ads, and more

  • Serve a diverse customer base with a focus on clients in the financial services and healthcare industries

  • Meet with clients to discuss their design needs, objectives, and ongoing communication throughout project

  • Coordinate with sales and web development teams to set project goals and meet deadlines while defining and overcoming working constraints

  • Organize and direct design team on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Work autonomously on independent projects to determine probable costs and feasibility for design and development teams

Graphic Designer
Jack Olson Gallery 2011 – 2012
DeKalb, IL

Consistently provide exceptional designs and strong presentations to support brand image. Provide support to production design department.

  • Provided support to production print department

  • Incorporated brand standards across social media platforms

Graphic Designer
Women’s Resource Center 2009 -2010
DeKalb, IL

  • Design flyers, promote and developed concepts for events
  • Explain design concepts and ideas to clients and colleagues
  • Produce presentations, leaflets, marketing materials and large scale banners

Accomplishments

  • Volunteer Mentor for the AIGA Chicago Mentor Program 2018
  • Winner – GDUSA In-House Design Award 2018
  • Winner – GDUSA Health + Wellness National Competition 2017
  • Winner – Ace Graphics 2017 Poster Contest; Best Use of White Ink 2017
  • Epilepsy Foundation of DeKalb, IL Board Member 2014 – current
  • Kishwaukee Community College Guest Speaker Career Panel 2014
  • DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy Graduate 2013
  • NCMPR National Conference Judge 2012
  • AIGA Member since 2011
  • Design DeKalb, Vice President 2011-2012

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Professional Summary

Talented and detail oriented graphic designer with experience in management, print, web, and campaign design. Highly motivated and creative with exceptional interpersonal skills, and accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment.

Experience

Freelance Graphic & Web Designer
2012 – Current
Chicago, IL

Working with small – medium sized companies to launch their message into the wild. Available to assist in creation of brand development, web redesign, multi-media campaign layouts and other creative needs.

  • Logo/brand development
  • Custom package design
  • Marketing consulting
  • Print/web collateral
  • Web design
  • Web build
  • File organization
  • Project management

Graphic Design Manager
AASM 2016 – Current
Darien, IL

Outline art direction and concepts for both short and long term campaigns while managing staff duties, timelines, and skills.

  • Oversee and mentor graphic design staff while providing direction with an end goal of representing the concept visually
  • Lead designer for 2017 Annual conference

  • Lead web and graphic designer for 2017 company rebranding
  • Work directly with internal departments to set marketing timelines and objectives within budget

  • Coordinate projects and assign roles to additional parties
  • Manage projects from start to finish throughout the creative department

Senior Graphic Designer
MorningStar Media Group 2012 – Current
Sycamore, IL

Responsible for developing aesthetic design and layout principles aligning with client brand standards carried throughout marketing materials. Obtained leadership role on multiple projects including app development and web design.

  • Generate web designs, wireframes, digital publications, high volume magazine layouts, social media campaigns, mailers, bus ads, and more

  • Serve a diverse customer base with a focus on clients in the financial services and healthcare industries

  • Meet with clients to discuss their design needs, objectives, and ongoing communication throughout project

  • Coordinate with sales and web development teams to set project goals and meet deadlines while defining and overcoming working constraints

  • Organize and direct design team on multiple projects simultaneously

  • Work autonomously on independent projects to determine probable costs and feasibility for design and development teams

Graphic Designer
Jack Olson Gallery 2011 – 2012
DeKalb, IL

Consistently provide exceptional designs and strong presentations to support brand image. Provide support to production design department.

  • Provided support to production print department

  • Incorporated brand standards across social media platforms

Graphic Designer
Women’s Resource Center 2009 -2010
DeKalb, IL

  • Design flyers, promote and developed concepts for events
  • Explain design concepts and ideas to clients and colleagues
  • Produce presentations, leaflets, marketing materials and large scale banners

Accomplishments

  • Volunteer Mentor for the AIGA Chicago Mentor Program 2018
  • Winner – GDUSA In-House Design Award 2018
  • Winner – GDUSA Health + Wellness National Competition 2017
  • Winner – Ace Graphics 2017 Poster Contest; Best Use of White Ink 2017
  • Epilepsy Foundation of DeKalb, IL Board Member 2014 – current
  • Kishwaukee Community College Guest Speaker Career Panel 2014
  • DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Academy Graduate 2013
  • NCMPR National Conference Judge 2012
  • AIGA Member since 2011
  • Design DeKalb, Vice President 2011-2012

Education 

B.F.A. Visual Communications
Northern Illinois University 2012

Associate in Fine Arts
Waubonsee Community College 2009

Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • WordPress
  • Microsoft Office
  • Mac/Windows
  • Quark
  • HTML/CSS
  • Project Management
  • Team Communication

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