Karen Pica

Freelance Ad Designer & Magazine Designer

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Location:Belleville, New Jersey, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/karenpica
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2 Skills
$23
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KAREN PICA
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ILLUSTRATOR / PHOTOGRAPHER

SUMMARY
Over fifteen years as a design professional, utilizing the following strengths:
Highly creative, organized and professional, producing graphics that get results.
Solid capabilities in negotiation and project organization, taking assignments from
conception to completion. Excellent communicator and listener.
Proven ability as a problem solver, troubleshooter and researcher with persistence

SKILLS
Computer: Quark XPress, Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Word, Internet, Email
Manual: Illustration using pen and ink, colored pencil, acrylics & gouache, Photography, Proofreading

EXPERIENCE
HOT HOUSE JAZZ MAGAZINE New York / New Jersey
Art Director - Present
Prototyped, design and assemble the most comprehensive jazz guide in the New York Metropolitan area. Oversee areas of typesetting, printing and photography with a working knowledge of Quark XPress, Adobe PDF and Photoshop. Conduct effective meetings with musicians, club owners and record company representatives to increase revenues through advertisements that get results. Often bring the publication in under deadline.

TRUMPETS RESTAURANT & JAZZ CLUB Montclair, New Jersey
Art Director & Consultant
Increased restaurant business by developing entire promotional campaign including logo design, menus, and advertisements. Consulted on choices of publications and types of ads for the most effective coverage. In charge of the design team for the Jazz for Children series.

THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY Montclair, New Jersey
Illustrator/Designer
Executed up to the minute “hip” designs for cutting edge music publication. Illustrated editorial and advertising materials. Promoted to art director of the “Gazette”, an offshoot dealing with fashion, health and sports.

FREELANCE
EK SUCCESS - Created bold decorative picture frames using gouache and colored pencils for a young market.

RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ASSOCIATION - Responsible for research and illustration of the MAX Notes series of study aids depicting current and classic novels.

THE BEISTLE COMPANY - Illustrated Christmas and Halloween wall decorations in gouache.

NEW JERSEY DEVILS NHL FRANCHISE - Produced pencil illustrations of twenty-six man line up for yearbook, program and promotional materials.

OTHER NOTEWORTHY FREELANCE
J.J. Michaels Inc., Harness Racetracks of America, Encore Studio, Paymaster Inc., Vastech Software, Tiger Beat Magazine, Horse Illustrated, NJ Savvy Magazine, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes Live LP, Thunder Road Magazine.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Visual Communications Option
Kean University of New Jersey, Union, New Jersey. Graduated Magna *** Laude
Skills (2) Rating
Ad Design
Magazine Design