Résumé

 

Art Direction / Design / Development

 

Focus

An award-winning Art Director / Designer / Developer utilizing my creative talents, technological aptitude, and project management abilities. Qualified by a unique blend of design experience, development knowledge, and artistic direction accomplishments.

 

Professional Profile

Highly motivated, adeptly skilled, and creative professional offering the following talents and qualifications:

Visual and Written Communication Ability. Demonstrates an expertise in design and typography utilizing an extensive knowledge of art fundamentals. Awarded for artistic capabilities as well as creative writing talent. Able to articulate rationale and critique for design work. Focused on usability, readability and the overall user experience.

Technical Proficiency. Knowledge of HTML, CSS, ActionScript, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL. Experienced with WordPress, BigCommerce and a variety of other Content Management Systems. Skilled with a wide range of software including Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXpress, and all Microsoft Programs. Adept with both Mac and PC operating systems.

Quick Learner and Adaptable. Strong ability to undertake new tasks. Enjoys continuing education and keeping up with technology trends. Called upon by previous employers to learn new office duties in order to train others. Willing to research any topic that may be beneficial to a project.

Time and Project Management. Accomplished at completing assignments within a time frame by using goal setting, planning, and problem solving techniques. Finished many tasks under tight deadlines.

Detail Oriented and Organized. Capable of meticulous inspection of projects. Naturally inclined to utilize organization to enable a smooth process.

 

Smarts

Graduate Certificate, Interactive Design and Game Development
Savannah College of Art and Design, e-Learning, 2011

BFA, Communication Arts, Graphic Design Emphasis
Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2002

 

Experiences

Freelance Designer and Developer
5/02–present
Offers creative web and print design solutions for clients such as Mortgage Bankers Association of Louisville, Greenhaven Tree Care, Vines and Canines, Dr. Dale M. Roberts, and Basketball Playground. Provides professional consultations to determine the best strategy for conveying the desired message. Uses the latest technology to produce visually stunning communications and dynamic user interfaces. Completes projects on time and within budget. Ensures a smooth process by being detail-oriented, organized, and reliable.

Interactive Designer
10/13–present • Codigo • Louisville, KY
Working with a creative team to design touchscreen kiosks, and implement functionality. Create animated content for digital displays in retail and financial environments. Stay current with development technologies and update digital content accordingly. Increase market awareness of our company by utilizing SEO techniques and online advertising.

Art Director
4/09–1/13 • Presbyterians Today Magazine • Louisville, KY
Responsible for generating effective page layouts. Updated the overall appearance of the magazine, and related promotions, with compelling design strategy to achieve high-end results. Implemented the latest software to ensure a smooth work flow. Stayed current with art trends and directed freelancers. After taking over as Art Director, Presbyterians Today saw it’s first increase in subscriptions in ten years, and was awarded by the Associated Church Press with Best in Class of all denominational magazines, an honor which hadn’t been earned since 1996.

Graphic Designer
12/07–1/13 • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) • Louisville, KY
Designed creative promotional and educational pieces for clients across the organization. Utilized resources effectively while producing meaningful materials for a wide variety of audiences. Assisted with updating the visual identity and branding graphic standards to be used throughout the organization.

Communications Coordinator
6/03–4/07 • Home 123 Mortgage • Louisville, KY
Designed promotional materials including monthly newsletters, flyers, letters, brochures, and coupons. Directed communications projects from concept to production. Maintained all vendor relationships, and managed files for all design projects, contacts and customers.

Communications Intern
9/02–5/03 • Actors Theatre of Louisville • Louisville, KY
Developed signage for the lobby display to be exhibited during the Humana Festival. Designed an assortment of coupons, flyers, and program inserts. Maintained archives of all print media, including advertising and play reviews. Wrote several press releases about upcoming events and performances.

Graphic Design Intern
5/01–6/02 • Mahan Account Management • Cincinnati, OH
Created advertising for such clients as Penn Station and Pure Concept Salon. Designed marketing pieces, including introductory brochures for fledgling companies. Organized files to be sent out to print. Prepared posters and signage for display.

 

Accolades

Associated Church Press
• Best in Class, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2013
• Best in Class, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2012
• Honorable Mention for Best in Class, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2011

DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards
• Award of Excellence in Overall Publication Design, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2013
• Award of Excellence in Graphic Design, Water Way Brochure, 2013
• Certificate of Merit, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2012
• Best in Class, Experience Mission / Mission Experience, 2011
• Certificate of Merit, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2011
• Certificate of Merit, Middle Eastern Presbyterians Brochure, 2010
• Certificate of Merit, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2010

PRSA Annual Landmarks of Excellence Awards
• Award of Excellence in Graphic Design, Diversity in Leadership, 2011
• Award of Merit, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2011
• Award of Merit, Presbyterians Today Magazine, 2010
• Award of Merit, Thank You: A Giving Report, 2010
• Honorable Mention Award, Praying Through Lent, 2010

Savannah College of Art and Design
• Honors Scholarship, 2008–2011

Art Academy of Cincinnati
• Graduated Summa Cum Laude, 2002
• Dean’s List Honors received every semester 1998–2002
• The Creative Writing Award for 2002
• Bertha Langherst-Werner Scholarship, 2000
• Annual Merit Scholarship, 1998–2002

 

Et cetera

Has a positive outlook and can-do attitude. Enjoys Louisville and traveling. Finds joy in keyboard shortcuts. Practices yoga, but manages to stay clumsy. Has been watching SNL since 1986. Found the zen of web coding. Loves the smell of freshly printed ink. Excellent at dreaming up big ideas. Wants to paint more.