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Brian Donahue  
Art Director, Graphic Designer
Award-winning art director and graphic designer. Owner of bedesign, inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 18 years experience. Specializing in magazine and book design. And now digital tablet versions of each, using Adobe Digital Publishing Solution. Experience in launching several start-up magazines, as well as redesigns for national and regional publications.
bedesign, inc.
(Minneapolis, MN) 
October 2000 to present
Principal, art director/designer.
• Art direction and graphic design services for the publishing industry. Projects include iPad Apps, books, magazines, and brand identity. Specializing in start-ups, redesign, Adobe Digital Publishing Solution, photo and illustration art direction, and book/magazine layout. Clients include: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, University of Minnesota Press, Creative Publishing International, Macalester College, MSP Communications, Bush Foundation, MCAD, Target, and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.  

Minnesota Monthly Publications (Minneapolis, MN) 
March 2000 to October 2000
Senior art director for Minnesota Monthly Publications. (20 issues/yr.) 
• Responsible for creative direction and design of three magazines including Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home & Garden, and tcTaste. Managed art staff, coordinated photo shoots, set and maintained art budget, and improved production by going direct-to-plate in the printing process. Principle designer in charge of covers, features, and graphic standards. 

June 1994 to October 2000
Art director for Midwest Home & Garden. 
(6 issues/yr.) 
• Designed all covers, features, and departments for a bi-monthly shelter magazine, managing budget and meeting deadlines. Other duties include scouting homes and gardens, hiring photography, and styling interiors at photo shoots. Built magazine from two issues to six issues per year. Rated "most-improved magazine" in 1998 by Minnesota Magazine Publishers (MMPA). "Best overall design" in 1999. 

May 1997 to May 2000
Art director for tcTaste Magazine.  
(2 issues/yr.) 
• Instrumental in launching the new Twin Cities food and wine magazine. Designed all departments and occasional features. Developed logo and promotional materials for Twin Cities Food & Wine Show, including posters and programs.

June 1994 to February 1999
Associate art director for Minnesota Monthly. 
(12 issues/yr.) 
• Created the look of the magazine's dining guide, travel section, and up front departments. Scanned and color-corrected photography and illustration, circulated page layouts through the editorial department, and attended necessary press checks.

June 1992 to May 1994 
Design assistant for Minnesota Monthly and graphic designer for the special advertising division. 
• Produced print material for the Mall of America, Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Designed all Minnesota Monthly corporate identity pieces. 

Kiosk Magazine (Lawrence, KS) 
December 1990 to May 1992 
Art director for the University of Kansas art and literary magazine. 
• Responsible for selecting art, managing six designers, budget, and production. 

Oread Advertising (Lawrence, KS) December 1989 to May 1992
Creative director for full-service, 
student-run advertising agency. 
• Created ad campaigns for eight regional clients using multiple mediums: print, radio, newspaper, and billboards.

Whittle Communications 
(Knoxville, TN) Summer 1991 
Design Intern for the Educational Network, which produces Channel One (television) and publishes Big Picture, Connections, and Campus Voice (nationally distributed over-sized posters targeted to elementary, high school, and college students). 
• Responsibilities included layout, type/color specing, and type/image sizing for 
traditional paste-up.

Mac OSX 10.8 (Adobe Creative Cloud)
InDesign, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Bridge, Lightroom, Premiere, Audition, Muse, Microsoft Word, NeoOffice, and yes, Excel.

University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS) 
B.F.A. in visual communications with emphasis in graphic design.
Brian Donahue
Off-site, Freelance/contract
Art Direction, Design
Publishing, Print
POST DATE: 05.10.2016
Minneapolis, MN
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