Kristen McGinnis

Freelance Graphic Designer & Logo Designer

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Location:United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/kristenmcginnis
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Objective
As a passionate Graphic Artist, it is my objective to obtain a position which not only allows me to effectively demonstrate my ability to creatively focus design and marketing materials around the vision of a company, but allow me to use my business and management experience to harmoniously guide a team of creative individuals around that vision as well.

Education
A.A.S. in Graphic Communications and Printing Technology
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology | Lancaster, PA | 2006-2008
- Minor in Business
- Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Member
- Graphics Lab Intern 2007-2008
Experience
K and Company Creative Services, LLC | Lancaster, PA
CEO & Freelance Graphic Artist | June 2011 – Present
- Provide freelance graphic design services to small businesses
- In-house contracts and online contests (freelancer.com)
- Maintain business relationships with print and publishing groups
- Member of AIGA, The Professional Association for Design (Central PA Chapter)
- Specializes in brand/logo creation and management of that brand
- Capable of design for print and web; supply files in multiple formats
- Responsible for managing multiple projects simultaneously
Susquehanna Glass Company | Columbia, PA
Director of Design and Development | September 2008 – July 2011
- Manage Art Department in production facility (silkscreen, etching, laser/engraving)
- Actively involved in budget meetings and daily operations of facility
- Maintain company’s corporate identity through web and print applications
- Responsible for creation of websites, brochures, advertisements, signage
- Product photography: editing, resizing based on client requirements for print/web
- Communicated one-on-one with clients to determine product needs based on budget, expectations and timeline. (Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, David’s Bridal)
- Responsible for all licensed product development, design, submissions, approvals and contact for NASCAR, Elvis Presley Enterprises, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA.
- Corporate Member of SGCDpro, Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorated Products
-Designed contest entries receiving “Best of Show”, “Best of Category”
- Attend tradeshows / research new products related to decoration for etching, silkscreening, lasering, engraving, hand-cutting based on industry demands
- Artwork responsibilities: Prep artwork for production, design new artwork for customers and develop logos for client events

Experience (continued)
GreAT Signs | Bird-in-Hand, PA
Graphic Artist | August 2007 – September 2008
- Designed artwork for the use of vinyl applications: window graphics, vehicle wraps, coroplast signs, vinyl banners, magnetics and more
- Designed and printed artwork for silkscreen applications on t-shirts and signage
- Plotted, weeded and applied vinyl for the above mentioned applications
- Prepped artwork for print on Roland 52” wide format printer: banner / stock
Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology | Lancaster, PA
Graphics Lab / College Intern | September 2007 – May 2008
- Aided students with projects, questions, clarification and feedback
- Designed, printed and finished promotional materials for College use:
Advertisements, posters, brochures, t-shirts
- Executive designer for Class of 2008 Yearbook
Photographer, Researched Stories, Managed Files
- Responsible for working with College charity events – provided ads, design services and t-shirt printing for major local radio stations
Skills
SOFTWARE/HARDWARE: Adobe Creative Suite 5 Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Bridge | Adobe Acrobat 9Pro PDF applications, Form creation | Microsoft Office 2007 Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access | Windows 7 / Mac OSx | Canon Digital Rebel XS | Vinyl Plotter/Cutters (15” to 24”) | Ryobi One and Four Color Lithographic Presses | Laser Master / Flexi Sign

DESIGN: Exceptional skill in Raster to Vector Illustration (JPG to AI) | Digital Photography, importing, editing, color correction, print/web | Able to design layouts based on finished products for print, web or digital | Web design and file prep | Pre-flight/Packaging | Color Separations | Platemaking| Offset lithographic printing – 1 and 4 color | Corporate Branding and Identity | Social Media Marketing | Catalog/Brochure Layout | Direct Mailers | Newsletters

OFFICE: Able to receive direction and manage a team | Solid listening and communication skills | Works well in individual and group atmospheres | Able to take or give direction | Excellent customer service skills | Very strong computer understanding | Able to maintain organized workflow during high stress settings | Excellent ability to multi-task projects in a timely manner | Active in graphic trade organizations to maintain current technology understanding | Ability to write copy for print pieces and website landing pages

References
Chad Yaw | VP, First Med Inc.
| Wilmington, NC | 717-917-9261
Sophia Hinkle | Senior Sales Associate, Susquehanna Glass Company
|Columbia, PA | 717-684-2155
Jenni Murphy | Marketing and Licensing Manager, Joe Gibbs Racing
|Huntersville, NC | (704) 944-5005

Salary Requirements
Salary requirements start at $32,000; open to negotiation
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Logo Design