Maria Vidal

Freelance Ad Designer & Brochure Designer

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Location:San Antonio, Texas, United States
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/mariavidal
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I’ve earned my B.A. in Graphic Design at the University of Texas El Paso a few years back. Luckily, since the moment I graduated to date, I’ve kept busy working at agencies and design studios. It’s from these places where I learned to have a great work ethic and perhaps most importantly how to work as a team.

I’m very passionate about design and how it involves everyone at a different level, I’ve learned through the years, that the importance of communication and design relies on people and how we interconnect with each other.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Art Director, Picoso Creative. San Antonio, Texas. 2010-Present
Picoso Creative is a design studio that specializes on identity and branding, based on the idea that good design can help companies get to a greater level of recognition. I worked here as an Art Director, helping the team create high quality design projects for our clients, ranging from print, packaging, web and interactive design. Leading the team in creating project timelines and coordinating traffic to meet our deadlines. Working closely with the design team in creating visually appropriate campaigns that better accommodate our clients needs. My experience in this company was to work with start-up companies, that want to create a long-lasting brand, and growing companies that want to reaffirm their presence in the market. Including, Amakua Market, Cattura Video, SoundWave Cruises, Alamo Dog and Cat Hospital, South Alamo Medical Group, Office of Cultural Affairs San Antonio, among many others.

Senior Designer/ Production Manager, The Mighty Group. San Antonio, Texas— 2008-2010
A San Antonio based advertising, marketing and communications agency, that provides creative, advertising and web services. I started as a Junior Designer, I quickly moved my way up to Senior Designer/Production Manager. This position made me responsible for the quality control of all the design and all final marketing materials. I helped coordinate campaigns for most of the agency’s accounts, working closely with the clients to better fit their needs. I led a small team of designers, illustrators and writes to produce appropriate solutions for the different needs of our clients that ranged from local small businesses to big national corporations. Including, Historic Sunset Station, City of San Antonio, San Antonio International Airport, Zachary Corporation among many others.

Junior Graphic Designer, Interlex. San Antonio, Texas— 2007
Interlex is one of the top advertising agencies in San Antonio, that focuses on developing communications that impact positively on the lives of diverse audiences. In here I worked on generating campaigns for different public
services, focusing on the Hispanic market and bilingual campaigns that ranged from print to web, T.V. and radio. I worked mostly on print, but I as well helped coordinate other aspects of the campaigns, this helped broaden my
experience, my view on project solving and help me gain experience in working on a fast paced deadline-oriented environment.

Graphic Designer, Minero Magazine. El Paso, Texas— 2007
Minero Magazine is a bilingual publication by UTEP students through the Department of Student Publications. It is published once every fall and spring semester. In here I was responsible for designing spreads for the magazine’s articles, working closely with the writers and art director to find the best way to visually translate the articles. I was also responsible for creating ads for the magazine.

OTHER EXPERIENCE:

Curatorial Intern, El Paso Museum of Art. El Paso, Texas— 2007
The El Paso Museum of Art houses a permanent collection of over 5,000 works of art. In addition to displaying works from its holdings, the Museum offers a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts, and other educational programs to the general public. In here I was a curatorial intern, responsible for research and conservation of the museum collection. Also, helped on the organization and planning of upcoming exhibitions, competitions, and other programs.

Communications Officer, AIGA San Antonio. San antonio, texas— 2010-2011?AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. Last year I helped to the creation of the San Antonio Chapter. My role in the organization, was that of Communications Office. My responsibilities included, coordinating the internal communication between the different chairs and officers, as well as coordinating the campaigns for the different events of the organization. I worked closely with the Design Chair to come up with the best ways to promote the events and to art direct some of the promotional materials.

EDUCATION:
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Texas — B.A. Graphic Design, 2007

SKILLS:
Computer Skills:
Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite programs: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign. Some DreamWeaver and Flash experience. Proficient on both Mac and PC.

Languages:?Bilingual: English and Spanish?Some Portuguese
Skills (2) Rating
Ad Design
Brochure Design