Jim Dodosn

Freelance Graphic Designer & Book Designer

Location:Bettendorf, Iowa, United States
2 Skills
Jim Dodson

1700 Forum Drive, #2407
Columbia, MO 65203
Cell: 573-590-1681

I am an energetic and very creative, award-winning graphic designer and communications specialist with over two decades of work experience to round out my versatility and knowledge in the creative marketplace. I specialize in solutions that are both inventive and practical, with a strong ability to turn “back-of-the-napkin” ideas into viable and creative solutions.

BY CLEVER DESIGN, A Communications Design Agency
Owner, Columbia, Missouri
Freelance designer with proven creative and marketing expertise — brainstorming with clients to accommodate their marketing, branding, advertising and logo design needs. I can successfully manage projects from inception to finished piece, and excel when the pressure is on. I am a creative problem solver, and keep the ‘big picture’ of a project in mind while paying close attention to the details.

Proficient in: Quark Xpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, digital photography, and ftp site use. Working experience in: Excel, Power Point, Go Live and I Web, video, and Social Media platforms.

B.A. in Communication Arts and Design, 1989
Virginia Commonwealth University

2004 to current, Missouri
Stephens College, Adjunct Teacher of Design
TRYPS Children’s Theater, advertising, posters and promotional designer
Film, Producer and Actor, “Small Town Culture War” documentary
Website creation for “Small Town Culture War” documentary
Carter Publishing Studio, extensive magazine design and production
Callaway Bank, advertising and promotional campaigns
City of Fulton, Mayor’s Branding Project, Co-chair for Branding Fulton
William Woods University, Advanced Design Instructor
National Association of Teachers of Singing - Florida, graphic designer
Westminster College, brochures and marketing designer
Fulton Area Development Corporation, new logo identity and
Web site
Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, logo design, ads and
tourism brochures
Fulton Street Fair, Designer, marketing and event planning
Fund raising poster for SERVE, Fulton, MO

Graphics and Marketing Manager
California State University, Northridge – Student Union
June 2001 to October 2004
Manage staff of 7: graphic designers, web designer, PR/marketing
assistant and office staff
Create graphic design solutions for clients, on and off campus
Design magazine layouts, brochures, fliers, ads, logos, and posters
Acquire bids and work with printers through the entire production
Mentor students via hands-on experience in graphic design
Market the Student Union, as well as it's affiliated programs
Give staff presentations on design and marketing
Write articles and news releases
Set and maintain an annual budget
Write financial reports and business proposals

Art Director/Graphic Designer
Texas Christian University
July 1995 to May 2001
Work directly with campus clients, create marketing strategies
and design concepts
Design magazine layouts, direct photo shoots, brochure design, flyers,
ads, posters and books
Pre-press production, acquired bids, and work with printers through
the entire print process

Art Director/Graphic Designer
Harcourt Brace College Publishers, Texas
August 1992 to July 1995
Textbook Cover Designer
Design college textbook layouts, and write production specifications
Create icons, charts, tables, and figures
Direct freelance artists for illustrations and photography

Senior Designer
Global Group, Inc., Texas
July 1991 to August 1992
Design layouts for advertising, publications, and company signatures
Pre-press production, and work with clients through entire print process
Photo manipulation and image editing

Darkroom/Photo Manager
Ad Matrix, Advertising Agency, Texas
July 1990 to July 1991
Camera work, stripping negatives, and pre-press production
Paper stock management
Supervise printing schedule
Graphic Designer
Open House Magazine, Richmond Virginia
Design layouts and ads, direct photo shoots

Super 8 Motel
Night auditor and front desk agent
1984-1986, Provo, Utah and St. Louis, Missouri
While going to school during the day, I worked as night auditor.
I typically handled both the duties of the front desk and some of the duties of the accounting department.

Freelance Design: 1991 to 2001
The Wellness Community, California – Ad and Program Designer,
Posters and Special Events Tickets
Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Texas – Ad and Brochure Designer, Posters,
and Newsletters
Fort Worth Symphony, Texas – Ad and Brochure Designer, Newsletters,
Fliers and Pocket Folders
The Van Cliburn Foundation, Texas – Brochure and Ad Design
PR Texas – Logo and Brochure design

Advisory Board, Show Me Justice Film Festival, Warrensburg, MO. 2011
Board President, Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, 2009
Board Member, Callaway County Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2010
Co-chair, City of Fulton Branding Campaign 2009
Committee Planning Member, City of Fulton’s 150th Anniversary, 2009
Event Chairperson, Fulton Street Fair, 2007 and 2008
Member, Marketing and Visibility Committee, CSUN, 2002-2004
Co-chair, Institutional Communications Committee, CSUN, 2001-2003
Event Planning Member, Ft. Worth Film Festival, Texas, 1999

1st Place Award from ACUI (Association of College Unions International) – logo
design, 2001
3 Grand Awards from CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
3 Gold Award from CASE
2 Silver Awards from CASE
1 ADDY, Advertising Award, Texas Christian University
Virginia Commonwealth University, Winning School Mascot Logo, 1989

Customer Service Training, 2004
Business Writing for Professionals, 2003
Effective Team Leadership, 2002
Mediation in the Work Place, 2001
First Time Manager's training class 2001
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Book Design