Susan Kilcoyne

Freelance Magazine Designer & Advertising Manager

Location:Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Phone: 6104768506
2 Skills
Susan Kilcoyne 610-476-8506

My ideal position is where I can bring my expertise in solid branding and conceptual power to every product and project. One where my creativity and hands-on experience can directly affect my clients’ brands and their position in the marketplace. I prefer an atmosphere where ideas are circulated and appreciated. I believe in a strong corporate culture that doesn't suffocate creativity, but promotes it.

Art Director/Creative Director with years of design and management experience. Experienced with print and digital. Collateral design and production experience. Project management: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. Experience directly managing people, including hiring, developing, motivating, and directing people as they work. Experience negotiating with outside vendors, including negotiating contracts, prices, resolving issues and reconciling differences.

Freelance Designer for several agencies. Freelance Art Director.

December 2007 – Oct 2012
Great Valley Publishing/Art Director
Manage creative team, hands-on art director. Provide artistic leadership. Prepare budgets and schedules, interview and select employees, freelancers, Photographers and other outside vendors. Develop design and produce six high-end medical trade magazines. Award winning digital designs. Work with editors to produce layouts. Successfully oversee and Art Direct the implementation of new magazine and new websites for all magazines. Work on special projects. Design booth graphics. Performed assignments effectively and efficiently in a very busy environment and under tight deadlines.

March 2006 – December 2007
Jobson Publications/Art Director
Art Direct and produce two medical trade magazines. Very detail and deadline oriented. Optometry and Ophthalmology. Work with editorial and sales staff from concept through completion of printed pieces, including high-end design of covers, features, article layouts and marketing pieces. Help with educational pieces for meetings and conferences. Work on designs for e-newsletters; use Photoshop and dreamweaver to create. Pick images and design page layout. Design covers. Redesign all House ads, media kit and Sales aids with rave reviews.

April 2005 – March 2006
Freelance for different clients: Lorel, Astra Zeneca, Dudnyk Healthcare, Aetna, Vanguard and CFM Direct. Design and production on catalogues, brochures and direct mail materials. Working in pharmaceutical and medical trades.

May 1997 – April 2005
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors / Creative Director
Creative problem solver. Revamp Art Departments work flow. Resolve numerous technical issues & manage ongoing support staff. Conceptualize, design and coordinate all art related projects. Manage full-time and freelance personnel. Develop comprehensive marketing and promotional materials for the corporation and individual sales agents. (Brochures, Direct Mail, Logos and Billboards, etc.) Work on designs for awards programs and business expos and assist with actual events.

February 1996 - May 1997
Denbrook Design Group/ Creative Director
Creatively directed, designed and organized all advertising and promotional campaigns for the agency from start to finish.. Developed Web designs, brochures, catalogs, postcards, logos, direct mail, annual reports and a variety of other collateral pieces. Directed photo shoots and other tasks as needed to complete projects. Managed full-time and part-time employees.

February 1994 - February 1996
Scoreboard Classic/ Art Director
Designed and completed all support work for trading cards and toys; design cards, logos, package design, direct mail and ad campaigns. Directed photo shoots.Worked with marketing, production and operations teams on projects from implementation to completion. Consulted with clients including sports figures and corporations (i.e. McDonald’s & Coca Cola) on graphic design needs.

October 1992 – January 1994
Benjamin Graphics/ Creative Director
Set up and improved efficiency of computerized Art Department. Initiated more applicable ways of billing time and completing work schedules. Managed full-time and freelance personnel. Directed photo shoots. Organized client campaigns.

Computer Skills
Excellent skills in Quark XPress, InDesign, PhotoShop, Freehand, Illustrator, DeltaGraph. Web programs such as Pagemill and Dreamweaver. Strong troubleshooting skills, familiar with cross-browser and cross-platform issues, comfortable with Mac or PC. Working knowledge of printers and technical procedures.

March 1985 Art Institute of Philadelphia Associate Degree/Commercial Art Major