When it comes to Graphic and Web Design, my background includes extensive service to a broad-range of industries while working in different roles throughout my career. In terms of positions of leadership, my work history includes titles as Art Director, Interactive Director and Publications Coordinator. I also have a vast amount of experience working as a Graphic Designer in diverse markets such as Advertising, Publications, Web Site Design, Paper Tableware and T-Shirt Design. While the first few years of my career were spent gaining invaluable knowledge and training in different Graphic Design positions, the past ten years have provided me the opportunity to contribute professionally as a freelance designer. As an established freelancer, my comprehensive portfolio includes collaborative work with a number of organizations including Nexthermal, Miller College, Marshall Excelsior, Knightwatch, Olivet College, Lakeview School District, the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, Pfizer, the Kalamazoo Symphony, Nyse, Kelloggs and Prentice Hall. I have also had the opportunity to contribute to both the educational and professional sectors as an instructor and trainer and even published a Graphic Design book with Prentice Hall. These opportunities have provided great reward as well as a thorough knowledge of relevant software applications inherent to the field. In addition, these responsibilities have provided great personal growth in terms of leadership, organization skills and communication techniques.
In terms of the specific qualifications, my education includes a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design. Please also note that my skill set includes a proficient usability with Adobe Creative Suites, strong artistic sensibilities and the understanding and ability to design for multiple mediums and audiences. My years of experience in the field has also provided a strong understanding and technical ability in web design, pre-press set up, video, animation, typography and photography. These abilities were all utilized in my most recent Graphic Design freelance position at Nexthermal Corporation, a heating component manufacturer. My role was to develop a new brand image while designing a full range of marketing material including corporate identity, publications, advertising, packaging, trade show layouts and web page configurations. The position demanded artwork to be consistent and deadline-oriented while requiring the management of extensive electronic art files and locations. Communication with internal and external clients regarding specifications and requirements was also a priority. This contract position was a very rewarding and successful experience and helped contribute to a 20% growth in Nexthermal’s overall company sales. Should you be interested in reviewing some samples of my design work, feel free to view my online portfolio at the following link: