Jennifer Willis

Freelance Ad Designer & Graphic Designer

Location:Tyler, Texas, United States
2 Skills
To whom it may concern:
Please consider this and my attached resume, as interest for the Graphic Designer position, you have available. As you will see from my resume, prior to graduating with two Associate Degrees, Graphic Design and Commercial Art (Photography), I hit the ground running with an unpaid internship. I have gained a wealth of experience in choosing to learn the graphic design industry from the ground up. I have had the opportunity to learn the simplest of tasks; such as loading paper on a press, to working with CEO’s designing their marketing strategies. I believe this decision has given me an advantage over the average designer.

For the last year two years, I have had the opportunity to serve the world’s forgotten poor by being the Graphic Design Coordinator and Senior photographer for the non-profit organization.

You will find me to be a resourceful and self-motivated individual, with the ability to work supportively within a team environment, and communicate effectively at all levels. Not only do I work well under deadlines and effectively within a fast-paced environment, but I am able to coordinate and prioritize workloads to meet those stringent deadlines. I bring an enthusiastic, diligent and dedicated attitude, together with the ability to adapt readily to varying job demands. I would appreciate the opportunity of an interview to discuss my qualifications in greater detail, and can be reached at the telephone number below, to arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time. You can find a few of my personal references on my LinkedIn profile at: I also have samples of my recent work I can send for your review.

• Finalist in the 2004 Photographer’s Forum Best of College Photography Contest
• 2003 Bronze Addy and scholarship from East Texas Advertising Federation in the student photography category.
• Photos have been used in publications, such as Texas Monthly and Association of Per-Operative Nurses (AORN)
•  Design work has been in magazines like: Tyler Today, NY Jets Football Publication, SAS Journal (Spine Arthroplasty Society)


8/02-5/04 Tyler Junior College; Associates of Science Degrees in Graphic Art and Commercial Art
(Fashion, Product, and Architectural Photography).

• Applications: Quark Xpress 8.0, Illustrator CS4, Photoshop CS4, InDesign CS4, Acrobat Professional 9.0, Corel Draw 10, Omni Graphix (Gerber Edge Decal Machine), 48” Roland Printer, Microsoft Office, Apple Keynote
• Mac and PC knowledgeable


03/08-03/10 Graphic Design Coordinator / Senior Photographer
Mercy Ships, P.O. Box 2020 Garden Valley, TX, 75771, 903-939-7000
Duties: Designing and producing visually dynamic, targeted marketing materials, such as brochures and ads for magazines; trade show graphics and materials, internal campaigns, and corporate branding. Manage creative projects from inception to completion by establishing re•uirements, maintaining time lines, and facilitating design/content reviews and approvals. Support the creative needs of internal departments and external partners including online and print collateral, signage, emails, internal promotions, posters and more. Stay abreast of industry trends and competitive work to anticipate design shifts, improve brand presence and ensure market leadership by attending seminars and as well as self-paced online training courses.

02/07-03/08 Graphic Artist and Photographer
The Renard Group Advertising Agency/Tyler Today Magazine
1828 ESE Loop 323, Ste. #312, Tyler, TX 75701, 903-595-6376
Duties: Graphic Design/Photography (Events, advertisements, and products). Color correct photos and design a page layout for the photo pages in the magazine. Design client ads to be placed in the magazine. Multitude of other design needs such as, but not limited to: billboards, brochures, business cards, tri-folds, etc. Shoot products to be placed in “Gift Giving Guide” section of the magazine, and products for high-end bouti•ues triple page spread. Attend a multitude of social events and photograph the attendees.

12/05-01/07 Graphic Artist
Designer Graphics, 12404 S. Hwy, 155, Tyler, TX 75703
Duties: Design, layout and preflight brochures, calendars, mailers, business cards, flyers, signage. Develop complete political campaign designs. Worked in the “quick Sign” department running the “Gerber Edge”, decal machine. Worked on the 48” Roland printer, prepping and printing files for installation onto vehicles, billboards, retail stores and other signage material (aluminum, coroplast, Gator-foam, etc). Cut/weed/pre-mask vinyl, laminate signage, and installed vinyl on a multitude of surfaces, including vehicles.

8/05-11/05 Ad Composition Specialist
T.B. Butler Publishing Co. (The Tyler Paper), 410 E. Erwin, Tyler, TX
Duties: Design and build classified and retail ads to be published in the Tyler Paper. Design
covers for special sections. Pagination (fill in when needed): Once all pages of the paper are complete they are brought into a newspaper “workflow” system. These pages must be checked for accuracy and proper color separations, then sent to the image setter. Troubleshooting issues that may arise during this process is an integral part of this duty. Once printing begins the pages must then be checked again for accuracy.

1/05-6/05 Graphic Designer
ITH Staffing (at Custom Plastic Specialties), 3323 Peach Street. Erie. PA 16508, 833-6722,
Mindy Dottre-ITH contact)
Duties: Design, layout vector and raster art for screen printing onto a variety of plastic products. This included: cups, koozies, keychains, frisbees, fly swatters just to name a few.

8/03-2/04 The Renard Group Advertising Agency/Tyler Today Magazine
1828 ESE Loop 323, Ste. #312, Tyler, TX 75701, 903-595-6376
Duties: Unpaid internship in Graphic Design I performed a multitude of duties that relate to readying ads for the magazine. Such as: pick-ups, pre-flights, scanning, choosing stock photography, and proofing.

11/01-4/02 Design Center Signs and Banners
3501 SSW Loop 323, Tyler TX 75701
Duties: Sign production technician: prepare vinyl by weeding and masking, sign layout and
application. Sign installation on vehicles, doors, windows, etc.


Furnished upon request. A few recommendations can be seen on my on my professional networking LinkedIn
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Skills (2) Rating
Ad Design
Graphic Design