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Margret R Courtney  
Design - Product - Art/Illustration
With 25+ years of experience in graphic design, consumer product design, illustration and print production, I manage all areas of the design process from concept to production. My array of knowledge and skill has led me to start my own company offering not only graphic design services, but fine art and custom picture framing.

Margret Art & Design LLC - Lebanon, Ohio 
10/05 to Present
Owner / Designer / Artist / Picture Framer

Manage day-to-day business activities and marketing, create artwork, design custom frames and provide graphic design services to businesses and and individuals.

•  Graphic design projects include business collateral, brochures, invitations, event signage, web ads, ecards, stationery, newsletters, catalogs, logos and packaging. Much of this work is provided to Siemens PLM Software.
•  Design, create artwork and provide product specifications for consumer gift and home décor products.
• Inspired by nature to create oil, acrylic, mixed media and pastel paintings. Print and sell giclée prints and note cards of my artwork.
• Meet with framing customers, design innovative custom frames and support chief framer in frame assembly. 

The CM Paula Company - Mason, Ohio 
2/03 to 9/05
Senior Product Designer 

•  Designed and created artwork for gift and home décor products for the retail mass market. Key items include plaques, magnets, stationery and ceramics in seasonal and everyday categories.
•  Created fresh look for product line, which helped move company into new direction and into new markets.
•  Updated look of everyday and seasonal product packaging with graphics that enhanced product presentation. Excellent ability to create product groupings that merchandise well together. 
•  Brainstormed with creative team and product managers to determine direction of product and art lines. 
•  Excelled at researching color, material, fashion and consumer trends and applied this information to product development. 
•  Standardized and completed product specifications needed for manufacturing. Reviewed samples and followed up with product comments for overseas vendors. 
•  Created presentation materials for sales team, including sales sheets, trend boards, product mockups and packaging.

Global Innovations, LLC - Cincinnati, Ohio 
5/00 to 2/03
Graphic Designer 

•  Primary responsibilities were product and brochure development for the fundraising industry.
•  As a part of the marketing team, offered creative input for selection of new products, art and product themes.
•  Created artwork for products such as tins, stationery, giftwrap, and novelty and gift items. Completed product specs, provided product comments and approved final samples.
•  Worked on product lines utilizing licenses such as Betty Boop™, I Love Lucy®, Wizard of Oz™ and Tabasco®. Knowledge of licensing approval process.
•  Designed and produced art for numerous fundraising product brochures and other printed materials within tight time constraints. 
•  Assisted with photography coordination and direction for brochure layouts.

Triangle Advertising, Inc. -  Springboro, Ohio 
3/88 to 4/00
Supervisor – Production Services - 10/95 to 4/00
Coordinator, Production Art - 12/91 to 10/95
Project Coordinator - 10/89 to 12/91
Production Artist  - 3/88 to 10/89

•  Managed the agency’s production art department, supervised one employee and up to two onsite freelancers.
•  Coordinated the design, layout and production of print materials, including large publications. Set up digital print files to allow for the most efficient execution of projects.
•  Secured all elements needed to produce finished art, provided cost estimates, ordered ad films and printing and approved printer’s proofs. 
•  Designed and created finished art for various print materials, including catalogs, annual reports, brochures, direct mail pieces, ads, newsletters, corporate identification, logos, posters, slide and new business presentations. 
Sterling C. Sommer, Inc. - Tonawanda, New York                                             
2/85 to 10/87 
Graphic Designer    

Created layouts and camera-ready art for medium-sized commercial printer. Expedited all small-press jobs (letterheads, envelopes, business cards).

Primarily Macintosh, also Windows.
Applications: Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Microsoft Office, FlippingBook Publisher. Ability to learn new applications quickly and effectively. Understand operation of scanners, printers and digital camera. Internet savvy.

State University of New York College at Buffalo
Bachelor of Science in Design

Middletown Arts Center

Available upon request
Margret R Courtney
Off-site, Freelance/contract
Design, Illustration
Print, Marcomm
POST DATE: 12.05.2018
Lebanon, OH
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