Shiere Melin

Freelance Graphic Designer & Medical Illustrator

Location:Arvada, Colorado, United States
2 Skills
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Highly experienced, senior level graphic designer and illustrator with a strong aesthetic and refined creative skills. Excels at brand creation and/or continuity and development of multi-piece collaborations. Translates complex anatomical, medical, surgical and botanical information into clear and distinct illustrations. Excellent executive, communication and presentation skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills and a dynamic team player who is driven to uphold the client relationship. Maximizes partnerships with vendors, especially other creative talent and printers. Accustomed to performing in deadline driven environments and working within a budget.

Platform - Mac OS
Applications - InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Quark Xpress, PowerPoint, MS Word
Branding - Develop new brand concepting, manage existing corporate branding
Corporate Identity - Logos, business cards, letterhead, 2nd sheets, envelopes, mailing label, thank you notes and envelope, paper pads, banners, flags, vehicle decals and wraps
Marketing - Postcards, brochures, flyers, sell sheets, white papers, annual reports, advertisements, PowerPoint presentations
Sales - Folders, insert sheets, support materials, envelope
Promotional - Direct mail, media kits, community outreach and events, invitations, banners, posters, branded promotional items, displays
Packaging - Product boxes and container labels
Photography - Photo manipulation for FPO and retouching for final application,
photo shoot management
Signage - Indoor and outdoors
Web - Front-end web design
Illustration - Watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, colored pencil, digital, carbon pencil and carbon dust, craypas, pastels, specialize in medical and scientific
Management - Experience supervising staff
Public Speaker/Presenter - Sales presentations, group meetings, collegiate level classroom teaching
Vendor Coordination - Estimators, photographers, writers, illustrators, retouchers, printers and press checks (sheet-fed and web)

BluBlaze Creative
Owner, Graphic Designer, Illustrator
Milwaukee, WI / Arvada, CO 2002 to present
Provide creative direction, design, illustration, and front-end web design for marketing and promotional print collateral and packaging clients. Specialize in multi-piece branding.

Cramer-Krasselt ckDesign
Senior Designer
Milwaukee, WI
1998 to 2002
Designed print collateral for local and national advertising, marketing, promotion and public relation clients. Concepted, designed, and prepared design materials for press. Selected and provided direction for photographers, illustrators and digital retouchers. Managed photoshoots and print production. Effectively developed budget conscious projects.

Additional Experience
Art Director
Led creative staff of five. Art directed and designed writing handbooks and supplementary teaching materials (kindergarten through collegiate levels). Prepared design materials for production and evaluated at multi-day web press checks.

Graphic Designer
Designed marketing and promotional print material for marketing department of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Graphic Designer
Designed, coordinated and managed print material for WBBM / CBS, Chicago including, brochures, newsletters, sales and promotional materials, invitations, advertisements, and signage. Prepared news broadcast graphics.

Medical Illustrator
Assessed all client visual communication needs and coordinated projects with department Instructor staff of seven at university in-house department servicing major medical campus. Rendered anatomical, surgical, conceptual, and technical illustrations in a variety of media for publication and non-print media. Attended surgeries. Created poster presentations for medical staff conferences. Taught graduate level course in surgical orientation and conducted graduate student independent studies.

Master of Fine Arts
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor | Medical and Scientific Illustration

Bachelor of Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Art, Zoology