Highly experienced graphic print designer seeking new graphic design opportunity with an added advisory role (art director). Mac-platform Adobe CS5 proficiency. Pre-press expert. Corporate branding production experience in the service and manufacturing industries. Maintains branding consistencies in print collateral with the intimate understanding of the technical requirements for a file's complete press-readiness. Interested in working closer with marketing and creative teams to implement new ideas for effective branding in 2011 and beyond. Packaging developer with experience in all stages of production from brainstorming to press check. Interested in delving into new design concepts for a consumer base that is changing its spending habits. Would also like to explore "greener" alternatives for print production that are also cost-effective. While print design is my specialty, I do possess an understanding of HTML code for web design. Owner/freelancer with experience in negotiating cost and creative concepts with clients. Interested in building relationships with clients that create a stable, reliable and enjoyable experience for both parties.
OBJECTIVE To be creatively challenged as a graphic designer, utilizing my talent and experience in computer graphics, print production, art direction, copy writing and package design. I possess the creativity and the know-how to oversee and contribute to the written and graphic aspects of branding and advertising campaigns. PROFICIENCIES (YEARS) Creative Suite (5) InDesign (5) QuarkXpress (15) Illustrator (15) Photoshop (15) Acrobat (13) Imageready (4) HTML (4) CSS (2) Dreamweaver (11) Flash (2) Fireworks (2) Microsoft Word (15) Excel (15) Powerpoint (10) Macintosh and PC Platforms (15) WORK EXPERIENCE Owner/Freelance Graphic Designer January 2007–Present Chromozoa Graphic Design San Francisco, CA Established chromozoa.com, a web site for potential clients to review my qualifications and work. On a part-time basis, I contracted print design work with inquiring clients by supplying affordable estimates and by exceeding promised results. Since July of 2007, my client base has more than tripled. Aside from my regular graphics duties, I now have the necessary business skills needed to run a small business: estimates, invoices, budgets and contracts are now a part of my daily routine. Graphic Designer/Production June 2003–Present Marcus & Millichap, Corporate Communications Office Walnut Creek, CA Responsible for the development and layout of all major account brochures and marketing packages, while maintaining style consistencies according to corporate standards. Create corporate event logos and corresponding event materials such as signs, brochures, menus and gifts. Conduct press and printer quality checks to affirm desired and consistent color on all projects. Perform CMYK and RGB color enhancement and retouching on all company photography. Package Design Coordinator/Graphic Designer March 2001–April 2003 Ruiz Food Products, Inc. Dinuba, CA Responsible for planning development of package design from concept to printing within a strict timeline. Directed professional photo shoots for all Ruiz advertising and packaging materials. Conducted press-side approvals for all Ruiz packaging. Created advertisements for all marketing divisions. Designed company brochures, business cards, mailing labels, logos, and holiday greeting cards. Managed package and ad art development for Ruiz, communicating directly with design firm The Biondo Group (Stamford, CT). Developed artwork for use on promotional items and corporate awards. Wrote copy. Directed color retouching and performed color corrections on photography. Graphic Designer/Editor/Quality Control Expert June 1994–March 2001 Certified Ad Services Fresno, CA Highly skilled in Macintosh graphic computer programs, I was responsible for planning, laying out, copywriting, and designing advertisements, brochures, and menus, artfully completing them on a time-sensitive schedule. Exclusively responsible for the design and production for three major accounts of Certified Ad, consulting directly with clients. Developed and managed websites weekly for two major clients. Reliably successful in creating cutting-edge, high-end quality designs, resulting in new clients and their continued business for CAS. Created weekly themes and related artwork for major accounts. Officiated over final prepress operations, ensuring the absence of typographical, grammatical, color and artistic errors before approving jobs for camera and press processing. Delegated assignments as leader of design teams for special newsletters and ad projects. Coordinated product photo shots and ensured high standards for CMYK and RGB photo images used on ads and websites. Knowledged in website development concepts. EDUCATION California State University, Fresno Graduated December 1994 Bachelor of Arts Degree, English ADDITIONAL TRAINING City College of San Francisco Enrolled in one or two courses per semester to expand my skills and knowledge of today’s growing technologies in graphic production with a primary concentration in web design. ACHIEVEMENTS Above Average Review at Marcus & Millichap (June 23, 2010) IAPHC Silver Award. PINC Silver Award. Exceptional Occurrence Award: 8-page ad, no errors or client changes. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People seminar. Elected Central California’s FBLA recording secretary. High school yearbook editor. Yearbook layout champion, San Joaquin Valley Journalism Competition. Regional and state champion, FBLA graphics competition.