Colleen Shannon

Freelance Graphic Designer & Package Designer

Location:Morgan City, Louisiana, United States
2 Skills
Colleen Shannon
Morgan City, LA
(985) 702-1618
C: (985) 518-0089

Qualifications Summary
Creativity, Design, Illustration: Award-winning art director, graphic designer, and illustrator with more than 15 years professional design experience producing corporate identity, print collateral, advertising, annual reports, packaging, point of purchase and web creative for Food, Fashion, Healthcare, Hardware, Education and Tourism industries.

Areas of expertise include:
Conceptual design, communication objectives, and illustration emphasis with a high attention to detail

Software proficiency: Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress and Indesign

Team work: Enthusiastic participant in presenting collateral and building consensus

Professional Experience

Shannon Design, Morgan City, LA
June 2003 – Present
September 1993 – October 1998
Owner/Art Director/Designer

Formed company to service freelance assignments and clients. Solely responsible for creative product and process from initial concept to printed piece. Responsibilities include concept development, design, budgeting, scheduling and presenting of collateral, outdoor, and identity – also bidding, print coordination and quality control for printed material.

Representative clients include: Cajun Coast CVB, Shannon Hardware, The Wood Agency (H-E-B, Nature Sweet, Grapevine CVB), Three Designing Women, Kich & Company (Taco Cabana, Rogers Ranch, Escante), Wright Enrichment, General Health Systems, Cajun Pier, Alligator and Sweet Potato Industry

Parker and Wood, San Antonio, TX
October 1998 – June 2003
Senior Art Director

Worked independently, and with the art director and creative teams, on strategic marketing and brand solutions. Engaged in team brainstorming and independent contributions to deliver superior creative work and fulfill client assignments at a full-service agency. Worked closely with the production manager to ensure projects ran smoothly with regard to timing, budgets and projected schedules. Managed a full-time designer. Provided art direction and coordinated with stylists and props for photo shoots. Hands-on creative expertise included quality control, proofing and approving final work prior to production.

Representative clients included: Grapevine CVB, Methodist Healthcare, Bandera CVB, Fredericksburg CVB, H-E-B, The Brown School, Villa del Sol, San Antonio Zoo, USAA, Dallas Market Center

The Atkins Agency, San Antonio, TX
September 1992 – September 1993
Design Direction

Worked closely with art directors to apply design to concepts. Provided technical instructional services for production artist in Macintosh skills. Proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXpress. Implemented computer file synchronization across all production computers. Assumed responsibility for advancing agency electronic arts and graphics capabilities.

Representative clients included: San Antonio CVB

Lance Brown Design, Houston, TX
September 1991 – September 1992

Giles Design, San Antonio, TX
June 1989 – September 1991
Art Director/Designer

At Lance Brown and Giles, we did everything! Responsibilities included concept development, design, budgeting, scheduling and presenting materials -- met with clients and managed the jobs from initial concept, from sketches and tissue layouts to final production. Strong team synergy that included selecting papers, requesting samples from paper reps, providing time and cost estimates, remaining within projected estimates, contacting printers for bids, performing press checks and more.

Representative clients at Lance Brown included: Becks Prime, St. Luke’s Hospital

Representative clients at Giles included: Church’s Fried Chicken, USAA, Trinity University

Professional Awards
Gold Addy: H-E-B Red Book Recruiting Brochure
Silver Addy: Campaign, Breast Cancer Campaign
Silver Addy: Illustration, Breast Cancer Campaign
Silver Addy: Direct Mail, Mother Francis Brochure
Silver Addy: St. Patrick’s Day Direct Mail
Silver Addy: lllustration, River Walk Inn Logo Design
Best of Show: Hey, Pretty Lady, S&P Festival Art Show
First Place: Born Into Royalty, S&P Festival Art Show

B.F.A., Communication Design – Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
Creative Summit Award of Excellence: Album Cover Design
Creative Summit Award of Excellence: Typographical Design
Silver Addy: Illustration
Printmaking & Painting – Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA
Illustration – Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Package Design