Most recently I have focused on retouching for seasonal fashion lookbooks, nationally distributed in-store signage and packaging, monthly e-commerce product photography for nationally known retailers. I definitely value longevity at a company and I thrive most in a full-time environment where I can grow with a group of professionals. Therefore, my 13 years of professional experience consists of 5 years in publishing, 2 years in direct marketing and the past 6 years at an in-house fashion marketing department. At this point I am open to taking on a more leadership oriented Art Direction role where I can utilize my experience to collaborate with other departments. I also am comfortable holding a senior position, as I respond very well to structure and taking direction. My experience has been mostly with print and I'm currently taking classes in web design so I can make a transition into web and multimedia. I am also learning food photography in my spare time purely to enrich my creativity.
EXPERIENCE_____________________ • Li & Fung USA - Hothouse, New York, NY 6/09 - 3/13 Photo Retoucher / Sr. Graphic Designer for in-house fashion marketing department. Photo retouching of in-store signage, lookbooks, and monthly e-commerce projects. Make photo editing selections according to retailer specifications and design team feedback. Correspond with design and sales staff in seeking design and retouching approvals. Manage workflow and quality control of freelancer projects - print design and retouching. Assist Creative Director in photoshoot production and make photography recommendations • Regatta / Pacific Alliance, New York, NY 12/06 - 6/09 Graphic Designer for in-house fashion marketing department. Designed and produced images and marketing materials crucial to the success of successfully launching mid-budget clothing lines. Retouching of nationally distributed in-store signage, and presentation graphics. Design of company website banners, powerpoint presentations, and company promotional materials as needed. Collaborate with sales staff in design and production of merchandising manuals, in-store signage, and sales pitch materials tailored specifically to each retailers’ needs. Collaborate with fashion executives in design of brand labeling, trend boards, and seasonal lookbooks - ensuring that all marketing materials accurately reflect its brand identity. Act as liaison between print vendors and creative director, pre-press preparation of files, attend press checks, proofing, and monitor quality control. • Eidolon Communications, New York, NY 12/04 - 12/06 Assistant Art Director & Production Assistant for direct marketing company Design of direct mail ad campaigns, inserts, brochures, newsletters, annual reports. Prepress preparation of digital files and proofreading and quality control. Concept development of direct mail campaigns and present ideas at weekly conference calls. • Freelance Graphic Design 10/03 - 12/04 Retouching of promotional imagery for local photographers, actors, and models. Retouching of promotional imagery for local photographers, actors, and models. • Lavender Magazine, Minneapolis, MN 12/99 - 7/04 Creative Director 8/01 - 7/04 Design, production and concept development of editorial layout and covers. Manage overall design, production and work of freelancers of bi-weekly magazine. Art direction and coordination of photoshoots. Production and proofing of bi-weekly magazine. Creative Assistant 12/99 - 7/01 Design of print ads, company collateral and editorial layout. EDUCATION _______________________ • University of Minnesota, Bachelors Degree 12/99 Design Communications - Graphic Design • Lynda.com online training 10/12 - current SKILLS __________________________ photo retouching, graphic design, print production, art direction, photography, proofreading, project management SOFTWARE __________________________ Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver), Quark XPress, Powerpoint, Keynote, Microsoft Office AWARDS _________________________ Minnesota Magazine & Publication Association Awards Lavender Magazine 2000 - Third Place, Best Single Cover 2001 - First Place, Best Use of Visuals 2002 - First Place, Best Feature Article