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Robin Castillo  
Freelance Designer
 
What will Robin do for you? 

Inspired & creative graphic designer, audience captivator, research lover, analytical dreamer, and customer satisfier. Experienced marketeer in a wide variety of industries including real estate, furniture, entertainment, and travel. 

Do you need to get your message out in a visually communicative way? Then we should meet. 

My promise to my clients as your visual communications partner:
Utilize my knowledge in market research to help my clients gain a better understanding of what works for their business, in order to gain return on investment. Incorporate research and creative strategies into designs to deliver solutions and results to my clients. Bring an incredible eye for attention to detail. Obsess over the details and never miss a beat. Push the envelope. Not a know-it-all, a learn-it-all, just give me five minutes and I will have the answer. I learn faster and know better than the average bear without stealing picnic baskets. I am confident, but humble, dependable and resourceful, I make the best out of difficult situations and press thorough tough times when needed. I understand the importance of always learning and staying on top and ahead of what's happening in our business. I am good for your business, because I care about your goals and your vision. I will help you establish your businesses value to it's consumers with the right messaging and plan.

Everyday I obsess over design. I am truly passionate about: designing. I live, breathe and soak up knowledge like sponge, I love advertising and virtually everything that my mouse can handle. To every company and every client I work for, I deliver an incredible eye for visual communication, resourceful ingenuity, market driven designs, and ability to work closely with a team and independently. I understand client needs from analysis and listening to the client and what’s happening in the market and with a customer’s current business.
Resume
Over 15 years experience in graphic design and the publishing industry with emphasis on real estate, retail, food and beverage and automotive. 

Professional Experience:
Freelance Graphic Designer, Studio Via
1996 - Current. Clients include: GANNETT, State Farm Insurance, Arizona Coalition To End Sexual and Domestic Violence, Filiberto's Mexican Restaurant, Flora Apothecary, William Lyon Homes, The Shoe Mill, Children's Action Alliance, JCR Settlements, AdMix Social.

Multimedia Design Supervisor, Advertising
Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. January 2009 - May 2013. Develop and manage graphic design team of 20 graphic designers. Manage workflow issues, implement more efficient processes and maintain customer satisfaction both internal and external. Train employees on new software and create learning and reference tools. Manage personnel issues and create a positive work environment. Work with other managers across departments to implement new process and create workflow efficiency. Lead team of designers

Creative Director, Client Solutions Group
Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. October 2007 - January 2009. Conceptualize, design and produce ad campaigns for current, acquisition and new customers and clients. From print media to web banners and everything in between. Strategize with team members and managers for product recommendations, design and execute the entire campaign from start to finish and present the final product to customer. Research and develop current customers as well as new customers. Manage multiple projects and deadlines on a daily basis. Utilize research to design custom campaigns for audience demographics.

Artist Supervisor, Advertising
Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Phoenix, Arizona. November 2006 - October 2007. Develop and manage graphic design team of 13 designers/production artists. Manage workflow issues, implement more efficient processes and maintain customer satisfaction both internal and external. Train employees on new software and create learning and reference tools. Manage personnel issues and create a positive work environment.

Creative Graphic Designer, Business Development
Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com.Phoenix, Arizona. January 2004 - November 2006. From concept to print I do it all. Create, design, and prepare magazine advertisements for a plethora of magazines that my division publishes including: Arrowhead Life, Camelback, 85255, Chandler Life, House & Home Solutions, How-To Guide, The Greater Phoenix Relocation Guide, AZ Society, Arizona Woman, Who's Who in Business, and the Experts Book. On any given day I could work on designing a special section to producing magazine advertisements and marketing materials, as well as producing spec ads. Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Implement production process for sales team to follow and work closely with ad coordinator to maintain our consistent work flow. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, photography, processing images through digital imaging, preflighting and checking camera ready art for presses, copywriting, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives and managers to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Production Artist, Advertising
Gannett/Republic Media/The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com. Mesa, Arizona. October 2001 - January 2004. Create, design, and prepare black & white and color advertisements for direct mail, daily newspaper, inserts, specs, Republic Real Estate Magazine, 85255 Magazine, and azcentral.com. Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, processing images through digital imaging, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Graphic Design Intern, Advertising
The Tampa Tribune. Tampa, Florida, August 2000 - December 2000. Create, design, and prepare black & white and color advertisements for direct mail, daily newspaper, inserts, specs, Utilize internet for advertiser client research and art acquisition. Work in team environment; plan and organize work flow to meet team goals and project deadlines. Additional responsibilities include: scanning artwork, processing images through digital imaging, client interaction, proofreading, working with advertising representatives to create effective marketing tools, and participating in client presentations and meetings.

Assistant Manager/Visual Merchandiser
Pier 1 Imports, Clearwater, Florida, May 1997 - July 2000. Visual merchandising, identity branding through customer service, cash register operation, IBM computer reports and managerial paperwork, asset protection and assisting store manager.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communication. Collins College, Tempe, Arizona
Associate of Science Degree in Computer Graphics. International Academy of Design & Technology, Tampa, Florida

Honors & Activities:
- Collaboration Recognition Award, William Lyon Homes Creative
- Sales Recognition Award, Terri's Consign & Design
- Member InDesign User Group
- APEX Award, Most Valuable Player Award, The Arizona Republic
- STAR Award for Excellence, The Arizona Republic
- International Academy of Design & Technology, 1st Place Corporate Identity
Robin Castillo
Seeking
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Executive
Skills
Design, Production
Industry
Advertising, Print
SAMPLE WORK
POST DATE: 05.27.2014
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Phoenix, AZ
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