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Michelle Montbertrand  
Graphic Design & Presentations
I believe in powerful communication as the core of great design. The right blend of imagery with the correct message creates intrigue and a compelling story. These key tools attract an audience and create a market for products and services. Understanding the product or service, along with promotional goals and target audience, are essential. From this foundation begins innovation.

I have played creative roles in this process since the mid-90s. Print collateral, presentations, and Photoshop are my strengths. Brand identity and interactive design are additional focuses. 

Alongside my creativity and years in the industry, I’ve fostered cross-platform expertise in producing designs, layouts, and graphic elements to my work. I’m proud to wear many hats with a nuanced understanding in multiple facets of the creative process. I’ve done this for corporations, small businesses, and agencies—in both on-site and remote scenarios—for assorted industries. 

Finally, I work and play well with others. People often comment on my flexibility to work within most given circumstances, getting the job done and done well. I've always enjoyed that challenge; it comes naturally.

Whether it be designing from scratch or within a company's existing branding structure, I always look forward to new design challenges.

Puis si vous avez besoin de quelqu'un qui parle couramment le français, n'hesitez pas à me contacter. J’étais élevé aux Etas-Unis, mais mes ancêtres sont français. Depuis mon enfance, mon père, ma grand-mère, et nos amis m’ont bien montrer notre culture française. Le résultat : je suis bi-cultural, avec un tendance vers le coté américain. Merci.
Graphic designer who sees the bigger picture, yet is still detail-oriented. Understands marketing and design is a collaborative effort. Adaptive, creative and versatile, works well in diverse situations. Quick learner. Speaks, reads, and writes in French.

Freelance Graphic Designer (February 2000–Present)
Manage own business, working with clients both on- and off-site. Take projects from concept to completion; working with vendors, programmers and contractors to that end. Have worked directly with corporations, design agencies, and small business. Primary projects are educational and promotional in print & presentation design.

Legal, pharmaceutical, medical, professional education, technology, financial, insurance, energy, automotive, small retailers, non-profits, and arts & entertainment.

Types of projects:
Print – Use Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to create books, catalogs, brochures, press kits, case studies, product tear sheets, postcards, posters, banners, conference material, direct mail, ads, etc.
Presentation – Have strong proficiency in Powerpoint and Keynote, creating and formatting small-scale internal to high-end conference presentations. Additionally experienced in template creation and storyboarding for video & presentation development.
On-screen – Use Illustrator and Photoshop to design web sites, sliders, banners, and infographics.

Aquent Partners – Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California
Senior Graphic Designer/February 2000–Present

Short-term and remote freelance projects/February 2000-Present
Worked, both on-site and off-site, for a diverse array of clients. Projects have included printed pieces, presentations, and infographics.

Notable long-term assignments:
GMAC Insurance/January 2004–July 2006
• Coordinated print, web, and email assignments – from onset to completion – with various account executives, copywriters, other designers/producers, and programmers.
• Created new email and web marketing campaigns, successfully developing communication solutions going to both internal and external customers.
• Developed new test direct mail packages, challenging control ones already in use. New packages often resulted in increased callback rates and became the control.
• Was the "go to" person when projects needed troubleshooting or had last minute issues to resolve.

Mirant Corporation/September 2001–October 2003
• Worked in an environment where each designer was wholly responsible for their workload, coordinating with in-house clients, team members and outside vendors. These included presentation, print and photo projects.
• Designed and formatted high-end, executive presentations for the CEO, the CFO and other VPs.
• Created new PowerPoint templates, within brand guidelines, that were posted on the company’s intranet site, establishing a library for consistency throughout the organization.
• Evolved and enhanced company brand design across print and presentation media.

Advanced knowledge: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Keynote, PowerPoint, Word, QuarkXPress
Novice to intermediate knowledge: Dreamweaver, Excel

Middlesex County College
Associate Degree in Marketing Art and Design; Emphasis in Professional Commercial Photography (Graduated with Honors)

UC Davis Extension
Website Design, layout and programming classes
Michelle Montbertrand
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Design, Photography
Marcomm, Print
POST DATE: 03.12.2019
Columbia, SC
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