Meridith Owens

Freelance Ad Designer & Print Ad Designer

Location:Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
2 Skills
will send additional work or answer questions happily.

i come from a professional background in editorial design and business management, including all facets of advertising, marketing, and merchandising.

my professional background has shaped my ability to work on deadlines, develop strategies and ownership
of my own store/product/people, attention to detail, and the desire to change perspectives on systems... it takes a team
and often external influences to shape ideas.i decided to leave the business management job and purse my design career....
although it seems to always follow in process.

i love all forms of design including, industrial design, sound design, identity, architecture, print, and motion design.
analyzing the function of these genre's and finding ways to create specific messages to an audience are extremely rewarding, and keep that pit of burnin' burnin' enthusiasm alive.

American Eagle Outfitters 2002-2011 ( 9 years total- beginning as a sales associate, promoted to inventory/stock management, trasitioned to assistant store manager, final position store manager).
•Meet monthly sales projections
•Create Merchandising and Marketing solutions for my customers
•Contribute to and lead VP corporate visits
•Attend multiple conferences to develop my assets as a business leader
•Analyzing and articulating results from OAD(organization analysis and design)
•Manage payroll expenses within store
•Perform annual performance reviews for other members of management
•Drive sales/profit by developing a 40+ staff
•Secure loyal customer base through top performing credit program
•Achieved "Perfect" audit score in 2010
•Recruit, train, and retain top talent
•Conduct full store inventories
•Ensure proper scheduling weekly
•Organize and develop business strategies daily
•Execute all merchandise and inventory management processing

Knoxville Voice-2007-1yr
•Design conceptual based ads under high pressure deadlines
•Develop positive customer relations with ad development and business identity
•Cordinate design and typography with Publisher, Editors, and Sales
•Research local business trends
•Edit photography, typography, and multi-page layouts

Audio Media Group-Summer 2006
•Design Ads for multi-page books
•Successfully work with other designers to meet deadlines
•Organize/Manage files on a computer network

Software skills:
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, along with new investigation of HTML coding and Dreamweaver.
Microsoft Office Suite,Staffworks, and the Force scheduling system.


University of Tennessee-BFA in Graphic Design in progress (JR-SR).

Pellissippi State- Associate's Degree-Visual Communication GPA-3.5

William Blount Highschool - 3.8 GPA (Honors)- voted "most artistic", participated in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), consistently active member for school yearbook staff, ran Track and Field (State Finalist), Senior Homecoming Court.

Professional References:
Ryan Collins-Art Director of Knoxville Voice

Amanda Stout
District Manager of American Eagle

Brian Lype
District Manager of American Eagle

David White
Store Manager of American Eagle

Personal Reference:
Heather Burger
General Manager Pac Sun

Karrie Jefferies
Air National Guard
Skills (2) Rating
Ad Design
Print Ad Design