PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Graphic Design Specialist
Washington State Department of Health, Tumwater, WA
Prevention and Community Health, Health Promotion and Communication Section
February 2017 – Present
GRAPHIC ARTIST 
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (Office of Public Affairs), Chicago, IL
December 2014 – January 2017 (2 years)
SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Quarasan/Teacher Peach/QuaraCORE, Chicago, IL
August 2010 – December 2014 (4 years, 4 months)
FREELANCE DESIGNER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Arnold Creative, Chicago, IL
February 2008 – August 2010 (2 years, 6 months)
DESIGN MANAGER, TECHNOLOGY
InContext Publishing Partners, Chicago, IL
A Black Dot Group Company formerly known as Proof Positive/Farrowlyne Associates
October 1999 – May 2010 (10 years, 7 months)
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Design
•    Conceptualize engaging design solutions for new products, series updates and redesigns, student and teacher editions, ancillaries, transparencies, activity cards, covers, corporate branding, web design, print advertisements, annual reports, invitations, event programs, social media, and signage
•    Adhere to both in-house and client goals, brand guidelines, and printing guidelines (including NASTA specs)
•    Maintain multiple company branding guidelines and design standards
•    Create how-to guides for other team members and assist other departments to comply to best practices so all teams can work seamlessly
•    Present multiple design solutions to in-house and client teams, either in person or clearly communicating design intentions in written proposals
•    Assist marketing with presentation documents
•    Maintain program identity throughout all components
•    Direct design and production teams to ensure designs work effectively as new features appear
•    Design review and quality control art and proofs for style and content consistency to match design and editorial needs
•    Attend press checks and review hard copy or digital proofs
•    Expand print designs to online and multimedia content
•    Create multi-layered composites, tech art, and illustrations
•    Image scanning, color corrections, retouching, and editing
•    Keep current with graphic design trends and emerging software technology solutions through research, training, and networking
Production
• Build electronic pages, implement reprint corrections, prepare and place art or scanned files for print and multimedia products
• Maintain consistent quality throughout all art and pages
• Create and adhere to tech art specifications, editorial writing guidelines for word and line counts, program design specifications, workflow guidelines, and production templates
• Add electronic art to application files
• Quality control application and PDF files
• Create Adobe Acrobat PDFs to printer specifications or best practice procedures
• Preflight and ship files to freelancers, vendors, and printers
Project and Team Management
• Profitably manage multiple large projects with several components from concept through completion
• Workflow planning, execution, control, and budgeting to deliver products on time and on budget
• Implement and coordinate production schedules to meet client and manufacturing needs
• Implement, coordinate, and problem solve production workflows and pre-press tasks
• Maintain clear and positive client and vendor contact, communication, and relationships
• Supply cost information; create, process and track all invoices
• Monitor project status, create written status reports, and attend status meetings
• Coordinate and participate in maintaining schedules and quality for all proof stages and files
• Train and manage project team members
• Hire and manage illustrators, freelance designers, production staff, and pre-press vendors
• Research, select, and purchase the best quality photos and illustrations within client budget
• Project wrap-up: file and proof archiving, recap project costs, create portfolio samples
QUALIFICATIONS
Software Skills
• Current and previous Macintosh and Windows operating systems
• Adobe Creative Suite (early versions as well as Creative Cloud)
• Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver
• HTML, CSS, Wireframing, Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, Volusion, Shopify, WordPress, Amazon Webstore, Social Media
• Working knowledge of Java, PHP, AS3, AS2 for web and Creative Suite scripting use
• SMART Notebook Interactive Whiteboard Software
• FTP Software: Vicomsoft, Fetch
• Quark XPress 6.0, 4.1
• Suitcase Fusion, Suitcase 8, Universal Type Client font management
• Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Entourage, Outlook
• Adobe Acrobat Professional (including digital markup), Distiller, FlightCheck, PitStop
Personality
• Dedicated to project and company with a team attitude
• Self-motivated, organized, detail oriented
• Able to work in a fast-paced environment while handling multiple projects and deadlines
• Quick learner with passion for continuing education
• A go-to technical and Creative Suite resource
Technical Skills
• Strong keyboarding skills
• Proficient at reading, writing, and implementing proofreading marks
• Knowledgeable about 1/c, duotone, 4/c, spot, and Pantone production and pre-press processes
• Server administration, computer troubleshooting, and backup
EDUCATION 
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
Normal, IL 1994 – 1998
Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Graphic Design
• Dean’s List
• Exhibited in several art shows
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