Valerie Widmeyer

Freelance Brochure Designer & Business Card Designer

Location:Davenport, Iowa, United States
2 Skills
Graphic Designer with 14 years experience. Produced weekly, monthly and quarterly projects all with minimal or no direction. Communicated daily with sales reps and customers to achieve what the customer wanted. Excellent time-management skills enabled me to meet tight deadlines and boost productivity. Designed a Girl Scouts publication that required special attention to branding and strict design guidelines. Coordinated a time between sales rep and store manager to have photos taken for weekly ad. Demonstrated excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and currently taking classes for HTML and Web Design.

Professional Experience

Graphic Designer
Rock Island Auction Company, Rock Island, IL • Feb. 2013 - present
(temporary job)
• Designed pages and pathed photos with extreme precision for high quality catalog.

Graphic Designer - Creative Services
Quad-City Times, Davenport, Iowa • 1999 - 2013
• Designed projects such as ads, brochures, letterhead, envelopes, logos, posters, business cards, flyers,
small booklets, monthly publications, direct mail, invitations, calendars, newsletters, tabs, and menus.
• Scanned and toned photos, created original artwork and/or searched websites for appropriate graphics.
• Vast knowledge of preparing four color process and spot color jobs for printers.
• Experienced in preflighting and troubleshooting files that came from clients or agencies.
• Created the layout for the Muscatine Journal paper while being conscious of special ad placement, color spots, and being cost efficient.
• Occasionally collaborated with other team members but majority of work was done individually.
• Software knowledge includes QuarkXPress 6.5 and 7.0, Adobe Creative?Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat).
• Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and HTML.
• Experienced on PC and Mac platforms.

Freelance Graphic Designer,
Myers Communications Group - 50+ Lifestyles Newspaper • 2002-2003
• Designed a 30-40 page monthly newspaper for Seniors.

Freelance Graphic Designer,
Mickle Communications Group - QC Family Focus Magazine • 5/2003-10/2003
• Designed a 32-48 page monthly magazine geared towards families in the Quad City area.


Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Communications, 1999
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa