Michele Foshee

Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator

Location:Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Freelance Graphic Designer and Illustrator, 1/06-present: Freelance graphic design and illustration studio providing creative services to a wide variety of clientele from non-profit organizations and small businesses, to corporations in both public and private sectors.

Art & Atmosphere Director, PRIZIM Inc., 6/09-present: Spearhead the graphic design and communications department for a boutique environmental consulting firm.
- Advanced the department from a single, part-time desktop publisher, to a team of three graphic design, illustration, editing, and writing professionals.
- Lead graphic design and communication efforts for a wide variety of internal and external projects.
- In addition to managing the design and communications department, I am also a project manager, the facilities manager, and the information technology manager.
PRIZIM INC. SUCCESS STORY: Managed the research, writing, and design of an annual environmental report for a large Federal client—a project with an eleven-year history of significantly exceeding the budget and being delivered well past the deadline. The project was completed on time and more than fifteen percent under budget, allowing the firm to realize a profit and strengthen the client relationship.

Adjunct Faculty, Shepherd University, 8/08-6/09: Instructor for Graphic Design I, teaching basic principles of design. Curriculum consisted primarily of hand-rendered solutions, with some emphasis on basic functionality of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

Senior Designer, SAIC, 5/07-6/09: Formulated creative solutions for graphics and templates for confidential proposals. Creatively organized information into clear, easy to read graphics, while maintaining the identity of both the corporation and individual proposals.

Graphic Designer, Power/Warner Communications, 5/06- 4/07: Sole designer for full-service marketing and advertising agency. Conceptualized, designed, story boarded, wrote copy, illustrated and produced art for print and television ads, billboards, collateral material, identity packages, website content, promotional items, wearables and presentations. Strengthened client and vendor relations. Company went out of business, prompting me to focus on my freelance ventures.
POWER/WARNER SUCCESS STORY: Within the first weeks of my tenure, an edgy, contemporary client, approached us to brand his company, but uncertain of the firm’s ability to think outside the box. The logo delighted the client, convincing the client to hire the agency on an annual retainer.

Visual Information Specialist, National Park Service (NPS), 1/06- 6/06: Assisted NPS personnel with design; digital illustration; informational hierarchy; layout, planning and implementation of wayside exhibits, publications, and exhibits; and digital preparation of files for production of media, with strict adherence to identity standards.

Illustrator and Graphic Designer,Hynes Studio, 12/04-12/06: Formulated illustration from conceptual sketches to final, hand rendered and digital art for clients ranging from local, state, and federal government entities to large corporations and advertising agencies.

Bachelor of Fine Art, Outstanding Senior in Art, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown WV

Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Quark Xpress, Working knowledge of Dreamweaver and HTML, Macintosh and PC proficient

Guest Lecturer, 9/08, 9/09, 9/10: Conduct annual lecture for a Professional Practices class about the positive and negative aspects of freelance work in both the graphic design and illustration arenas, as well as a comparison of freelance work versus corporate work, followed by a question and answer session to address student concerns.

Live Design Seminar, 5/06: Instructed a number of students at Harpers Ferry Middle School to create a bulletin board for Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, using the their own photographic images, notes, and research.

National Park Service, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Smithsonian National Zoo, National Geographic Books, Focus on the Family, Beaver Creek Watershed Association, Anne Arundel County Community Action Partnership, Innovative Therapies, Inc., RJ Reynolds, Whiplash Motorsports, Tire Distributors, Eastern National Publishers, Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission, Rockymarsh Run Watershed and many more.

**Formatted resume available upon request.
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design