Currently, I translate creative concepts into advertising material that maintains the clients branding and business working as the Production Manager at a local newspaper company. I manage over 100 advertisers and design and layout all the ads from concept to completion based on client needs. I also prepare the layout of the paper for print production, and thoroughly understand the printing process. Month to month, I also get myself organized for the upcoming editions, maintain and organize an electronic library of ads, clip art, photographs, editorial material and other items that support the paper, archive .pdf files, process paperwork accordingly and data entry work when needed.
SUMMARY OF EXPERIENCE Over five years of design, print production, managing and marketing experience and I am focused on building the clients sales and brand marketing. Ability to prioritize workloads, manages multiple projects simultaneously, works independently and can adapt in a production design environment. • Advanced: InDesign, Photoshop, & Illustrator • Intermediate: Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat & QuarkXPress • Working knowledge: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) • Advanced level of design including knowledge of color, composition & typography • Knowledge of four-color printing including color and file preparation • Familiar with website design & of basic HTML & CSS. Know-how of print versus web based files • Proficient user of Windows and MAC platform software • Ability to use a wide range of media, including computer aided design and photography • Very responsible and able to prioritize and manage deadlines • Strong design sense and attention to detail • Organized and detail-oriented PORTFOLIO WEBSITE You can view my portfolio website here www.CreativeJen.com PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE The Merrimack Journal, Dracut, Massachusetts Production Manager / Graphic Designer, April 2007 – Present • Manages and oversees all production and design of a 32 page layout publication. • Designs all creative from concept to completion as well as customizing existing ads; Works directly with clients. • Responsible for creating Title / Headline copy writing for stories and/or captions. • Works with the photographer and writers while meeting all deadlines. • Designs artwork or searches the photographic library to go along with the stories and/or photo captions. • Manage and oversee the final validation and proof reading of publication. • Knowledge of FTP servers and uploading and downloading of content. • Experience working with the print manager at the off-site location. • Website Maintenance. • In charge of book pagination layout for multiple books. • Attends Business Expos and interacts with potential clients. • Answers all phone lines, responsible for opening and closing the office, customer service and administrative skills as needed. The Merrimack Journal, Dracut, Massachusetts Production Assistant / Intern, July 2005 – April 2007 • Assisted the Production Manager with designing new ads, researching recipes, gathering calendar items, and customer service and administrative skills as needed. Goodway Graphics, Burlington, Massachusetts Contractor, June – October 2005 • Completed, independently, a 6“ x 9” page insert for the How To Get Around MIT 2005-2006 Volume XXXIV Edition. • Worked on a tri-fold brochure to send out to their clients. Alphagraphics, Burlington, Massachusetts Design Intern, January – April 2003 • Created brochure; business card; time-sheet chart; a flyer and a rate card for a Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym. • Helped the Digital Specialist with the printing jobs. • Typeset business cards for local companies and made deliveries when projects needed drop-off. • Collated and bindery for major printing booklets for companies such as Raytheon. FREELANCE Handmade Wedding Invitations / Baby Shower Invitations November 2004 – Present • Quantity for invites range from 50 – 100. • All are printed, hand cut and creatively designed. • Products and techniques used included but not limited to binding, cardstock, embossing, vellum, and more. • Work closely with clients to effectively create their desired experience for each invite. Lenny Proposki Photography Website May 2010 • www.LennysPhotos.com • Worked on the HTML and CSS for the site. • Worked closely with the owner to get the results he wanted to achieve from a website. Hairs Perfections Salon Website May 2009 • www.HairsPerfection.com • Created and developed Artwork, HTML, and CSS. IdealGraphics, Mason, New Hampshire July 2007 – December 2008 • Recreated logos/Town Seals. • Worked with style sheets for the 2007 yellow pages book in NH and converted Quark Files to InDesign files. • Updated photos from RGB to CMYK for the publishing of a book and created ads for the 2008 phone book. Bada Bing Pizza, Subs, Salads, Wraps & More; Methuen, Massachusetts March 2007 • Created & designed a color and back and white takeout Italian menu. • Revised the description for the food products. • Coordinated the layout and design of the menu with the owner. EDUCATION University of Massachusetts Lowell; Lowell, Massachusetts Bachelors of Fine Arts Graphic Design, 2007 Middlesex Community College; Bedford, Massachusetts Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences Graphic Design, 2003