Cecile Kaufman

Freelance Book Designer & Brochure Designer

Location:Mendon, Massachusetts, United States
Phone: 508-478-3897
Website: http://www.x-heightstudio.com
2 Skills
Milford, MA • 508.478. 3897 • cecile@x-heightstudio.com

Graphic Designer

Highly motivated and multifaceted candidate with strong ability to develop, streamline and implement effective design and business strategies. Strong commitment to excellence proven through a broad range of supervisory and leadership roles. Comprehensive experience working on all aspects of graphic design, especially book design and publication design. Liaise effectively between designers, owners, and clients to achieve project goals and objectives within stated timelines and budget constraints. Ability to juggle several projects simultaneously while working under pressure in fast-paced environments. Research and evaluate industry trends and competitor products and use findings to develop and implement targeted plans.

Print Design & Production • Web Design & Production • Editing • Decision-Making
Team Leadership • Program/Project Management • Long-Term Management
Customer Service • Strategic Planning • Risk Management • Research & Analysis • Process Improvement


• Print Design & Production: Client consultation; concept development; commissioning and art direction of photography and illustration; publication and packaging design and layout; photo editing and photo research; art buying; type specification; thorough knowledge of printing processes.
•Web Design & Production: Knowledge of HTML, XHTML, and CSS. Basic knowledge of Dreamweaver, Flash, and web page production. Ability to create CSS layouts without tables.
•Editing: Production editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Creation and maintenance of style guides. Familiarity with computer terminology. Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style and Associated Press Stylebook.
•Computer: Macintosh experience: Strongest skills are in Adobe InDesign, Quark Xpress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Acrobat, also work in Dreamweaver, Flash, Microsoft Word, Excel, and various other programs and utilities, Windows XP, Word, Excel.


X-HEIGHT STUDIO - 1999-Present
Founder, Owner
Launch and oversee an innovative graphic design and editorial company to provide services to publishers, corporations, and organizations nationwide. Prospect and cultivate clients, develop key strategies, and expand operations. Design and innovate key marketing activities by performing ongoing competitor research and analyses and staying abreast of current market conditions. Determine client needs, financial capabilities and objectives. Strategically plan and coordinate workflow to maximize use of resources while controlling costs and meeting company needs. Cost-effectively allocate, administer and control annual budgets. Successfully contribute to business development by using proactive prospecting techniques to procure new clients. Apply communication and negotiation skills toward designing, developing, and integrating ongoing business development activities.

Client List: Mill Hill Press, Sterling Publishing, Microsoft Press, Pearson Custom Publishing, Course Technology, Butterworth-Heinemann, Houghton Mifflin, Wadsworth, Cisco Systems, Icon Learning Systems, Butterfly Life, Colonial Williamsburg, and Wachusett Environmental.

Project Manager
Led a team of freelance layout artists and proofreaders and directed and managed project development activities from inception through completion, including defining project scope and deliverables that support business goals. Spearheaded all phases for the production of approximately 80 customized textbooks per year. Developed full-scale project plans and associated communications documents, and effectively communicated project expectations to team members and stakeholders. Liaised with project stakeholders on an ongoing basis to allocate resources and ensure projects are timely and within budget, including contracting with freelance designers, layout artists, copy editors, proofreaders, and indexers. Set and continually managed project expectations with team members; delegated tasks to appropriate personnel and resolved issues and conflicts.

Production Manager, Production Director, Senior Designer and Designer
Oversaw a team of designers, illustrators, layout artists, and production editors in the timely completion of 40 books per year for print, as well as web-based products. Authored and delivered progress reports, proposals, requirements documentation, and presentations. Retained teams of freelance designers, layout artists, copy editors, production editors, proofreaders, and indexers. Purchased printing and tracked shipping and delivery schedules. Proactively managed changes in project scope, identified potential crises, and devised contingency plans. Coached, motivated and supervised project team members, and influenced staff to perform ongoing quality assurance in completing assigned projects.

Additional Employment

Associate Art Director - ComputerLand Magazine. Design & Direction
Freelance Proofreader & Copy Editor Clients have included HarperSan Francisco and Cisco Systems


B.A. with honors in Comparative Literature - University of California, Berkeley
Extension courses in Typography and Design

Painting & Art History Major - Massachusetts College of Art, 2 years

Courses in Film Assembly & Camerawork for the Graphic Arts - Laney College

Courses In Proofreading, Copyediting, and Technical Writing - Editcetera

Courses in Proofreading and Editing - Media Alliance


Bookbuilders of Boston, Bookbuilders West, Print Communications Professionals International, Editorial Freelancers Association, Graphic Artists Guild
Skills (2) Rating
Book Design
Brochure Design