Kelly Collar

Freelance Magazine Designer & Graphic Designer

Location:New Haven, Vermont, United States
2 Skills

Project manager with years of experience bringing marketing and public relations projects from concept to completion, collaborating with clients both inside and outside the organization.

Graphic designer experienced in producing magazines, annual reports, newsletters, brochures, posters, ads, and corporate identity materials. Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Word, and Excel.

Professional writer with broad experience crafting news and feature articles, news releases, web content, annual reports, newsletters, and copy for promotional materials including advertisements and brochures.


Mad River Creative, Moretown, Vermont
Manage small business providing graphic design and writing services to regional businesses and higher education institutions. Maintain direct contact with clients to produce alumni magazines, annual reports, sales catalogs, brochures, newsletters, and corporate identity materials. (2011-2013) Part-time freelance designer in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters design studio, providing design, photo retouching and pre-press support for GMCR catalogs.

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC INFORMATION (1999-2003), Public Information Officer (1994-1999) Vermont State Colleges, Waterbury, Vermont
Implemented communication strategies for Vermont State Colleges, the central office for a system encompassing five colleges and 13,000 students. Directed all forms of marketing, including web content and design, publications, promotional events, media relations, and print, television and radio advertising. Wrote and designed marketing materials as well as providing direct oversight of contracted graphic designers, writers, web developers and media buyers. Orchestrated advertising campaigns in collaboration with five college administrations.

Signet Bank, Vienna, Virginia
Site manager for regional marketing department of Signet Banking Corporation, an $11 billion financial institution spanning Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Managed regional advertising and corporate giving programs, planned corporate events, edited bi-monthly newsletter, and served as marketing consultant to Washington-area branches. Wrote and designed bi-monthly newsletters, advertisements, brochures and branch signage.

Rosenthal, Greene and Campbell Advertising, Bethesda, Maryland
Member of account management team for Marriott Resort/Convention Hotels. Served as liaison between creative team and clients. Coordinated development of advertisements and promotional materials for hotel network.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, 1988

Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont
Individualized Master of Arts Program, Visual Design, 1997-1998
Skills (2) Rating
Magazine Design
Graphic Design