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Lynn Sfanos  
Graphic Designer
 
I consider myself a "left-brained designer." In graduate school, unlike most of my fellow students—fine artists who had turned to graphic design as a means to earn a living—I had a background in communications but had discovered a strong interest in, and talent for, the visual element. I first started working as a designer in the early 1990s but always bring my editorial skills to the table. Communicating a message relies on words, images, and their arrangement.
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SUMMARY

• Editorial expertise and design background contribute to accuracy of message and attention to presentation
• Detail-oriented, highly involved, resourceful 
• Excellent communication skills; able to work collaboratively or independently
• Experienced with Adobe programs; knowledgeable about Microsoft Office suite; interested in learning new software


DESIGN/COMMUNICATIONS/MARKETING

Freelance Graphic Designer/Editor (sideline)
Through 2019
• Print projects: booklets, fliers, logos, business cards, postcards, brochures.
• Digital projects: infographics, photo manipulation, website design. 
• Clients: nonprofit organizations, small businesses/sole proprietors, and musicians, including Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (annual project 2003–19), Quakertown Christian School, Sierra Club, A Natural Alternative (seller of hand-crafted soaps and toiletries), Jim Steager/Jasper Springs (musician), Dave Reber (musician, farmer), William Rich (novelist).

Creative Services Specialist
2011–2013
OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, Pa.
(Initial two-month contract through Allied Personnel Services, Allentown, Pa.)
• Developed medical device brand-specific marketing pieces including sales and training literature, print and digital ads, trade show displays, presentations, infor­mation graphics, brochures, and posters. 
• Coordinated with internal clients to acquire support data and materials to implement, enhance, or complete projects. 
• Researched and contributed to development of promotional messaging. 
• Investigated sources of scholarly citations. 
• Corresponded with outside vendors regarding cost and time estimates and appropriate file preparation for various collateral materials. 

Graphic Designer/Associate Editor
1997–2008
University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.
• Conceived, designed, and prepared for printing 1- to 7-color publications, including variable data publishing, as a member of a production team. 
• Maintained and regulated use of graphic identity. 
• Negotiated with staff and faculty from departments across campus. 
• Edited copy submitted for publications. 
• Art directed photographers during shoots; edited and retouched photos. 
• Co-managed production and executed layout of undergraduate course catalog. 
• Assisted with hardware/software purchasing. 
• Coordinated production with specialty vendors. 
• Contributed to training of communications coordinator and publications manager; mentored students interested in design. 
• Earned Institutional Advancement divisional commendation for interdepartmental collaboration with director of President’s Business Council.

Director of Publications
1994–1997
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Operated as a one-person publications office. 
• Designed, managed, edited, and prepared for printing primarily spot-color publications. 
• Obtained print bids; negotiated with outside vendors and departmental clients. 
• Reviewed proofs on press. 
• Trained and supervised student assistants. 
• Devised and set annual departmental budgets and goals. 
• Expanded scope of job responsibilities and kept design of most publications in-house.


EDUCATION

M.S. in Graphic Design
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Ind.

B.S. in Communication (PR/Advertising)
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.

Professional Development
• Courses for Web Site Design Specialized Diploma
• Online course, “Creating Web Pages” (HTML)
• Noncredit intro courses in Dreamweaver, Flash


BUSINESS AFFILIATIONS

Lehigh Valley Professionals (networking group), 2014–2015; Training Committee member and presenter

Greater Lehigh Valley Ad Club, 2010–12; 2011 & 2012 ADDY Awards committees

University and College Designers Association, 1997–2009; attendance at national conferences and regional seminars

American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1994–97


HONORS

Silver Award, Alumni Publications; Jesuit Advancement Administrators Conference

Merit Award, Catalog: School with 2,000–4,999 Students; Admissions Marketing Report Admissions Advertising Awards

Award for Excellence, Division IV; American Library Association Division of Rare Books and Manuscripts/Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibi­tion

Award of Honor; IABC/Pittsburgh Golden Triangle Awards Competition

Creating-with-Clipper Case History winner (two times); Dynamic Graphics


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The Arts
• Volunteer, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival; board member, PSF Volunteer Guild
• Musician, collegiate/community choral groups and string ensembles

Education
• Résumé reviewer, Pennsylvania CareerLink, 2014–15
• Design portfolio reviewer, Northampton Community College, 2010 & 2011
• Technical advisor, Chatham Communiqué (student newspaper), 1994–96

Environment/Design/Editing
• Designer and assistant editor, Northeastern Sierra Notes (Sierra Club regional group newsletter), 2005–12
• Layout editor, Sylvanian (Sierra Club state chapter newspaper), 2000–02
• Member, Sierra Club
Lynn Sfanos
Seeking
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Mid-level
Skills
Design
Industry
Education, Print
Website
POST DATE: 11.11.2021
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