My Graphic Design experience of over 14 years has influenced me to; manage multiple client projects and meet tight deadlines. Operating my own business as a Freelance Designer, has given me the ability to make decisions independently. I have strong desire and determination to excel in the Graphic Design industry. I am driven by challenge, constantly strive to learn new techniques and stay connected with current design trends. contract experience
Contract Experience -
K Wood Design - April 2006 - Present
Freelance Designer/Consultant -
Create original graphic solutions for numerous small businesses across many
industries. Develop promotional pieces such as: logos, brochures, ads, invitations, menus, food labels and indoor retail product signs and trade show banners.
Graphic Designer - Vendor Group
Styled and shot photos of various furniture products. Vendor Group designs and manufactures furniture, so there is a lot of Photoshop “mock up” work. Package design for various products such as electric fireplaces and grills, catalog layout for indoor and patio furniture, along with trade show banners.
Art Director - Slumberland Furniture
Responsibilities Included: layouts for various retail circulars, in-store signage, direct mail and web graphics. Photo styling and directing for living room, bedroom and dining room sets, for use in all advertising mediums.
Graphic Designer - RR Donnelley, Pre-media
Responsibilities Included: retail catalog production, product labels, logo/identity and client consultation.
Graphic Designer - Best Buy Corp.
Responsibilities Included: Retail catalog layouts, large in store retail signs/displays.
Goldsmith Agio Helms, Private Investment Firm - June 2004 - March 2006
Senior Graphic Designer - Produced all corporate marketing projects from concept to completion including: annual report, brochures, ads, and invitations. Additional responsibilities: proofing and pre-press, liaison to outside vendors.
Fingerhut Corporation, Catalog - May 2000 - April 2002
Production Artist - Assisted art directors with layout design for direct mail pieces and catalog components. Other responsibilities: developed, managed and maintained various templates and maintained postal design requirements.
Brown Institute Minneapolis, MN - Graduated April, 1996
Associate of Applied Science Degree in Advertising Design
Traditional and current production methods, life drawing, illustration, photography and creative writing. Computer courses; QuarkXpress, Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, PageMaker, and MacroMedia Director.
Platforms: MacOS X and Windows
Primary Software: Adobe Creative Suite 5
Other Proficiencies: Acrobat, Microsoft Office Suite, basic HTML, Dreamweaver
Personal Strengths -
Ambitious, intuitive, independent and adventurous. I enjoy new ideas, teaching others, and the opportunity to work with designers that hold the same passion for design as I do.