Susan Zoppi

Freelance Graphic Designer & Magazine Designer

Location:Eatontown, New Jersey, United States
2 Skills
113 Victoria Drive Eatontown, NJ 07724 732-556-8244

Designed for Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, J. Crew Catalog, Monmouth University, Fortune Magazine, Brides Magazine, Hobby Publications, Belmar Graphics, The Manta Group, Market Samashar,
Belmar Chamber of Commerce

• Proven ability to establish priorities, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and perform exceeding well under pressure of deadlines, a reputation for developing high impact designs, materials, and creative strategies
• Coordinated extensively with Editors to develop and implement design strategies: analyzed individual stories to determine appropriate layout, design and artwork: worked closely with advertisers to design ad materials for all the ads designed for each magazine.
• Researched closely with Photographers to select art for layout and create cover art and directed photo shoots with photographers and stylists. Planned, coordinated all publication activities to maintain compliance with print quality controls and make sure all were top tier magazines, including color print specifications.
• Addressed any issues with the production department to ensure everything was on schedule: maintain a polished and calm demeanor, even in situations with high uncertainly and tight deadlines. Designed several startup magazines including The Rubber Stamper, a nationally distributed consumer magazine

Supervised and directed daily activities of up to 10 employees to ensure that departmental objectives were met. Directly oversaw the management and coordination of art and production for several regional and national magazines. Scheduled weekly meetings to ensure my team of designers were moving in the right direction with their layouts and if not assist them to make sure their ideas were creatively strong and progressing on time so all deadlines could be achieved. Mentoring of young designers is an ongoing and critically important activity for a creatively successful Art Department. Met on a regular basis with the Publisher to confirm his involvement with the direction the Art Department was going in for the issue, especially the cover. We start on the cover at the very beginning of each cycle to guarantee time for all changes and to insure the option of obtaining the best possible artwork available. Work with young designers to help them improve their idea skills so they can advance in the art department and be more productive and involved. Talk to advertisers and ad sales people, who get the ad materials, to confirm all ad layouts are approved by advertisers and if changes are necessary, expedite a revision as soon as possible. Creative design leader that can fit into any group situation and very successfully collaborate with all staff members - a real team player!

Quark Xpress, Adobe Creative Suite: Word, Power Point, Microsoft Publisher
Oil and Acrylic Painter, Pastels, Woodcarving and Etching
The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna *** Laude
Received the Silas Rhodes family award for achievement in the arts
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Magazine Design