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Kiersten Linde  
Senior Graphic Designer
I have a BFA degree in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin STOUT and over ten years’ working experience in the field of advertising, marketing and design. 

Since graduating and beginning my career in 1991, my work experience has included both freelance and corporate projects, within the US and in Europe/Germany. I have extensive working experience in every aspect of graphic design as well as publishing, from concept development and layout to preflighting, along with management and art direction to quality control. This experience is supported by my strong knowledge in the areas of typesetting, pre-press coordination, and creativity I bring to all projects. 

Due to working with various companies and agencies I am also very flexible, and enjoy working in a team environment as well as independently. And given my well-rounded background in graphic design along with branding, publishing and marketing, I am looking for a well rounded work environment that will challenge me, as well as let me grow as a Graphic Designer in further developing my talent.
Senior Graphic Design position with potential for growth and advancement

• Bilingual in English and German (speaking, reading and writing)
• Adaptable professional with expertise in public speaking
• Motivational with excellent problem solving skills
• Proficient in Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, InDesign CC, Adobe Acrobat Professional and Microsoft PowerPoint

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design
University of Wisconsin STOUT Menomonie, Wisconsin

Contract Graphic Designer for Creative Circle LLC
Chicago, Illinois
• Full-time in house Freelancer for Advocate Health Care
• Create images and layouts that identify with Advocate Health Care’s branding style guidelines
• Design and typeset advertising materials and newsletters for monthly publication 
• Responsible for print projects from the initial phase of reviewing client requirements to the final stage of production
• Review design for errors as well as specifications and troubleshoot any issues, such as font size, color and image quality before printing or publishing

Yoga Instructor for LA Fitness
Chicago, Illinois
• Public speaker and yoga instructor, teaching yoga to all skill levels, from beginning to advanced
• Work with students of all body types and fitness levels to develop customized programs and positional adjustments that increase skill, fitness and wellbeing to ensure maximum benefit and safety
• Promote and lead workshops to increase knowledge in yoga and the asana practice

Graphic Designer and Print Production Manager for Asahi Kasei Bioprocess America, Inc. (AKBA)
Glenview, IL
• Create images and layouts that identify with AKBA’s branding, that support the company’s mission and business goals
• Responsible for the overall look and feel of all marketing pieces, as well as quality control and corporate branding
• Oversee print projects from the initial phase of reviewing client requirements to the final stage of production and distribution
• Manage all print projects and other advertisements, as well as inventory for all marketing materials
• Develop new modern, innovative graphics for projects, such as brochures, fliers, logos, labels, trade shows, eBlasts and other marketing collateral
• Meet with marketing managers to understand vision and requirements of projects, as well as determine messaging to create designs and present to managers for approval
• Responsible for choosing appropriate images, graphics, paper quality and print options
• In charge of putting together print specks and gathering estimates from vendors
• Responsible for maintaining relationships with current suppliers, as well as interviewing and qualifying new vendors 
• Evaluate quotes and use cost-benefit analysis to determine the best source for the job, and negotiate price
• Review design for errors as well as specifications and troubleshoot any issues, such as font size, color and image alignment before printing or publishing
• Communicate with project managers regarding production stages and project status

Senior Art Director for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) 
Chicago, Illinois
•  Responsible for all aspects of design and concept work regarding the AOA
•  Design of logos, advertising and other collateral materials for the AOA marketing division, as well as for the membership department and other divisions and organizations within the osteopathic medical profession
•  Responsible for development and maintaining of corporate branding within the AOA and outside
•  Design, illustrate and develop new concepts for the AOA’s yearly convention, new medical initiatives and campaigns
•  Responsible for production coordination and communication between AOA and outside vendors
•  Art direct freelancers and other employees in the design of various projects

Contract Graphic Designer for AQUENT
Chicago, Illinois
•  Worked as contract designer for several major companies such as Timberland Corporation, Sanford Corporation, Cormark, the Marketing Store, Abbot Labs, and SunChemical 
•  Designed logos, packaging and various marketing pieces for major brands
•  Designed and adapted advertising materials for implementation of current design standards 
•  Responsible for production coordination, and acted as a liaison between external vendors
•  Assisted design manager in implementation and development of new concepts
•  Directed and provided input regarding quality control of brand standards to other designers
•  Provided production graphics for completion of various projects

Key Holder/Lead Sales for Williams-Sonoma Inc.
Natick, Massachusetts
•  Assisted the manager with all store responsibilities and implementing company policies 
•  In charge of opening and closing of store location, and responsible for customer relations

Graphic Designer for the Stoll & Fischbach advertising agency
Herrenberg, Germany
•  Senior designer within a team, developing corporate identity and existing design standards
•  Developed and designed several new concepts for major corporate accounts 
•  Project coordinator for various accounts
•  Directed and assisted apprentices within the department

Graphic Designer for MACOM advertising agency
Stuttgart, Germany
•  Concept design of all advertising materials plus adaptation, and implementation of current design standards for new and current clients
•  Coordinated and managed all areas of pre-press
•  Provided reinforcement with presentations and meetings with new clients

Freelance Graphic Designer
Constance, Germany
•  Responsible for all aspects of design and advertising for various clients within the German Swiss border area

Graphic Designer for IBM Direct
Herrenberg, Germany
•  Concept design, and development of design standards for all in-house and outside direct marketing advertising materials
•  Established better communications between campaign and the desktop publishing department
•  Provided reinforcement with presentations and directed other typesetters and digital photographers’ work
•  Assisted in control of all pre-press materials

Graphic Designer for Koegler advertising agency
Stuttgart, Germany
•  Junior designer developing corporate identity and logos for small clients
•  Responsible for typesetting, key lining and illustration work
•  Provided help and translation with international English speaking clients
•  Coordinated projects with third party vendors
Kiersten Linde
Full-time, Part-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Art Direction, Design
Advertising, Print
POST DATE: 11.30.2018
Palatine, IL
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