Cheryl Neary

Freelance Graphic Designer & Logo Designer

Location:Buffalo, New York, United States
2 Skills

Graphic Designer Erie Community College, Public Relations, Buffalo, New York, 3/08-Present
• Create and deliver the visual branding of the college and special events/programs
• Managed their largest project and completed within tight deadline
• Work closely with in-house printer, web master and external vendors to coordinate printing, photography, web graphics and production of materials for the college community
• Produce print specifications, coordinate deadlines and request quotes from printers
• Art direct and shoot photography as needed

Freelance Graphic Designer Buffalo, New York, 11/94-Present
Design solutions for several local advertising agencies and businesses, including: Abbey, Mecca & Company; Buffalo Niagara Green Expo; Buffalo State College; Crowley, Webb & Associates; Elmwood Festival of the Arts; Eric Mower & Associates; Image Control; Lovely Day Photo; Moore Stickney Associates; Net/W Imagery; Planned Parenthood of WNY; Quinlan & Company; Rare Earth Interactive Design, Inc.; Righteous Babe Records; UB Publications; Wild Things

Graphic/Web Designer Global Staffing Solutions for M&T Bank, Buffalo, New York, 2/10-4/10
• Contracted to develop and design Web pages for the bank’s intranet site, as well as instructional sheets, forms, and PowerPoint presentations
• Adapted designs to fit within the requirements of their proprietary software

Web Design Intern Rare Earth Interactive, Inc., Buffalo, New York, 9/09-12/09
• Designed entirely new site for an existing client. Client approved design on second revision and upon delivery said “That site is fabulous!”
• Designed on-target Web page design for Assembly Member Sam Hoyt, who approved on first round
• Worked directly with client to determine client needs for images, content and menus
• Worked with Web designer to build site in HTML, CSS and their CMS
• Provided support to Web designer and Web developers for various projects including graphics, banner ads and coding

Assistant Art Director/Lead Designer Fisher-Price, Inc., East Aurora, New York, 12/99-12/05
• Conceptualized and implemented vision for updated line of popular GeoTrax products; design was selected out of three competing designs through several focus groups
• Collaborated with marketing team as well as copywriters, packaging engineers and product designers to develop solutions
• Art direction of photography and illustration, as well as communication with internal and external production teams.

Art Director Creative Concepts of WNY, Ltd., East Aurora, New York, 6/95-11/98
• Completed all projects from concept and design development to finished product
• Art direction of photography, illustration and on-press supervision

Graphic Designer/Studio Assistant Michael Orr + Associates, Corning, New York, 11/93-10/94
• Gained invaluable experience, providing critical assistance to Art Director with design development and production

Types of Work

Annual reports, banners, brochures, catalogs, CD design, digital e-cards, environmental graphics, flyers, greeting cards, high-res photo retouching & composition, invitations, logo design/corporate identity systems and standards, newsletters, newspaper inserts, package design, point of purchase, poster design, print production, promotional literature, presentation graphics, posters, postcards, print & Web advertising, signage, style guides, trade show graphics, Web graphics & site design


Comfortable working in both Mac & PC

Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Fireworks
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher
Quark XPress, Painter

Familiar with: XHTML, CSS, HTML-Kit,
TextWrangler, Filezilla, Cyberduck,
Audacity, Adobe Flash & Dreamweaver

Implemented & organized file-backup systems
Occasional troubleshooting of computer issues
Hi-res photo retouching & composition


State University College at Buffalo, New York
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design 12/91

Cardiff Institute of Higher Education, Wales, U.K.
International Exchange, Graphic Design 9/90-7/91


SUNY Buffalo All College Honors
Graduated on Dean’s Honors List
Graphic Design Honors, Jury selected


Buffalo Digital Media Festival
People’s Choice Award: Digital Still Image 5/07
Brainstorm, The Communicators Club of Buffalo, Inc.
Gold : Poster Design 3/01
Bronze : Poster Design 3/00
Bronze : CD Package Design 3/00
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Logo Design