Cristina Bilmanis

Freelance Ad Designer & Graphic Designer

Location:Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 Skills
School of Art + Design at Montgomery College
Silver Spring, MD January 2010 - May 2012
Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) Graphic Design

James Madison Univeristy
Harrisonburg, VA August 2006 - January 2009
completed 93 credit hours with a focus in Studio Art

SKILLS (To view portfolio, visit
- Proficient using Adobe CS5 and CS6: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver (on Mac & PC platform)
- Extensive experience with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint
- Ability to create custom illustrations, comprehensive knowledge of typography, principles of color theory and layout design, and preparation/conversion of files across print and web formats
- Comprehensive knowledge of digital print settings for custom and standard sizes, and implementing spot color matching

Marketing Design Associate, AUI Fine Foods
Gaithersburg, MD September 2014 - present
- Collaborating with the marketing team to set deadlines for final marketing materials based on the timeline of products being released by the company’s Innovations team
- Utilizing graphic design and photo editing/management software to create flyer designs to be distributed among company sales representatives and to general population customers via print, social media, and web
- Gathering and creating content for managing AUI’s social media pages, such as Facebook and Twitter, and company website/e-commerce store
- Coordinating photoshoots to capture product packaging and beauty shots for all products distributed by AUI Fine Foods to be used across print ads, web content and product catalogs

Graphic Designer/Proofer & Assistant Production Artist, Haute Papier Collections
Arlington, VA October 2012 - September 2014
- Utilized graphic design and photo editing/management software to create custom, high-end stationery — ie. wedding stationery suites, correspondence and calling cards, invitations, holiday cards, baby announcement, etc. — to be produced in-house via letterpress, foil stamping and/or digital printing (physical samples of designs created for Haute Papier available upon request)
- Provided customers with prompt, accurate placements and designs, and ensured proper spelling of all names, addresses, information, etc. according to order form specifications including multiple revisions and excellent customer service in a high volume, quick turnaround environment
- Coordinated digital production of orders, in small and large format digital printing, utilizing InDesign data merge to create multiple page files for printing clients’ address lists in computer calligraphy, and maintaining quality control when packaging products
Managed daily work flow and taught interns Haute Papier’s design aesthetic standards, as well as guidelines for packaging products to ship to stores and methods for digital printing
- Assisted with hands- on production of Haute Papier’s vendor selling tools — ie. cohesive brand displays of design samples for retail stores’ customers to browse and order custom products from — and communicated the status of these projects to supervisors
- Answered phone calls as needed to assist with vendors’ or customers’ product inquiries, font choice questions
- Edited layout of order information slips, wholesale order forms and other company internal documents, while maintaining Haute Papier’s brand identity across all files
- Responsible for the layout and design of Haute Papier’s 2013 and 2014 product catalogs
- Attended the 2013 & 2014 National Stationery Show in New York City, to showcase and sell Haute Papier’s newest products to stationery retailers, including existing and new vendors

Freelance Work
Washington, D.C. area January 2010 - present
- Collaborated with a family-owned Italian restaurant in Bethesda, MD -- designed new logo as well as updated menus, other advertising pieces as needed, and a new HTML5 website
- Teamed up with the owner of a professional engineer project management group to create a company identity, stationery package, website design and other marketing collateral for potential clients
- Worked with a development group to design a company identity, stationery package and Flash website
- Designed a variety of marketing materials and finalized edits to a Wordpress website under direction of the owner of a yoga and spin class studio in Washington, DC

Junior Fellow, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. May 2011 - August 2011
- Interned with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) Communications Team within the Library’s Office of Strategic Initiatives
- Redesigned webpage banner for the Web Archives page
- Led a small team of peers in designing and developing the published yearbook for the 2011 Junior Fellows class, from concept through print production
- Collaborated with the Communications Team to design the official bookmark given out at the National Book Festival hosted by the Library of Congress in September 2011

Product Consultant, Sephora
Hyattsville, MD June 2010 - April 2011
- Maintained a current knowledge of all skin care and make up products while motivating co-workers to reach store’s daily sales goals and delivering outstanding customer service
- Achieved excellent communication and customer service skills through many one-on-one consultations with clients
Skills (2) Rating
Ad Design
Graphic Design