Marnie Michels

Freelance Brochure Designer & Print Ad Designer

Location:Rockford, Illinois, United States
2 Skills



Rock Valley College,
Rockford, IL

Fine Arts

BFA to be complete at UWM

University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL

Graphic Design

BFA to be complete at UWM

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England

Graphic Design

Spring 1993
BFA to be complete at UWM

University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Graphic Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts

Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

Art Education – Fine Arts

Masters of Science in Art Education

Awards and Memberships

1989-1991 Deans List Rock Valley College

2002-04 National Art Education Association

2003-04 Illinois Art Education Association

American Institute of Graphic Artists

Participant in American Adopt-a-Husky Association

Rockford Womanspace Member

Professional Experience

2004 - Present, Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division – Pittsburgh, PA
Fulltime Graphic Design Professor
CC112 Fundamentals of Design
G121 Concept Development
G131 Typography
G132 History and Analysis of Graphic Design
G133 Digital Image Manipulation
G209 Concept and Copy
G211 Advanced Typography
G212 Electronic Design
G220 Illustration
G223 Digital Image Manipulation II
G231 Corporate Identity
G312 Design and Technology
G313 Design Diploma Portfolio
G321 Design Team Production
GDE406 Adv. Computer Graphics
G411 Publication Design
G420 Portfolio Preparation
G430 Portfolio

January 2005 – May 2008, Rock Valley College Rockford, IL
Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor
• Instruction for Introduction to Art, Design 1, and Color Theory for 2-year college

August –December 2005 – Student Teaching for K-12 Certificate – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Student Teacher for Machesney Park Elementary, Machesney Park, IL
Taught 4-6th graders – lesson plans
Student Teacher for Harlem High School, Loves Park, IL
• Taught 3-Dimensional design – Ceramics, Plaster carving, Wire weaving to 10-12th graders
• Taught Introduction to Art course to 9th graders and instructed students to utilize the elements and principles of design
• Taught Adobe Illustrator computer course to 9-12th graders and instructed students to utilize the elements and principles of design

August 2002-October 2005 - Westwood College of Technology - O’Hare Campus, Chicago, IL
Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor
• Created and designed the curriculum for online courses including rubrics for the following graphic design software programs: QuarkXpress, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
• Taught HTML, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, QuarkXpress, Introduction to Design, and Art History courses
• Guided students to create successful compositions focusing on the elements and principles of art. Students needed to create designs that would communicate through positive color choices, creating focus, balance and most importantly a clean design that helped the client read the information clearly.

June 2001- August 2002 - Artisan, Digital People and The Creative Group
Freelance Designer
• AstraZeneca (a pharmaceutical company) - Logos, patient information brochures, welcome cards, for physicians and medical practices in the Midwest.
• Web site design and production for the following websites:,,,
• CD ROM artwork for a software application for truck drivers called “Field Management System”
• Production design for ACCO Brands - Swingline division, Hedstrom - Priss Prints division, and Hewitt & Associates

June 2000- April 2001 Recruiter Toolbox, Inc., Oakbrook Terrace, IL - Pre-IPO Dotcom start-up company
Senior Graphic Designer
• Customized design for client Recruitment Websites as well as the Recruiter Toolbox corporate Website
• Implement designs for Recruiter Toolbox Online software
• Design Online Recruitment Websites, banner advertisements, job recruitment booklet for Allstate
• Launched Talent Management Workshops for inside sales
• Create tradeshow print advertisements, flyers, announcements, invitations, and press kit updates

1998- 2000 Riverside Publishing, Itasca, IL - A division of Houghton Mifflin Company, publisher of educational assessments, psychological assessments, and college and career guidance products
Graphic Designer
• Designed brochures, flyers, catalogs, invitations, folders, and portfolios for psychological, educational, custom, and guidance products
• Created ads for psychological, educational and guidance products
• Designed CDs and CD packaging for college guidance software
• Constructed PowerPoint presentations of custom tests for sales team
• Designed custom test covers and logos for NY, NJ and OH
Skills (2) Rating
Brochure Design
Print Ad Design