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Thomas Melcher  
Graphic Design/Production Artist
A versatile and insightful Graphic Designer and Production Artist with 13 years of experience in multimedia, marketing, and print design. Exceptional communication skills necessary to further collaborative goals and facilitate dynamic and original works. Highly skilled in client and vendor relations and negotiations; talented at building and maintaining “win-win” partnerships. Passionate and inventive creator of marketing strategies and campaigns; accustomed to performing in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments with an emphasis on accuracy and time management. Innovative and creatively able to adapt to time sensitive, constantly changing business environments, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet demanding deadlines. Looking to utilize my diverse background with a respected organization that rewards hard work and innovation.
Resume
WORK EXPERIENCE:

GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Hearing Care of Summerville, Summerville, SC 
February 2012 - Present

- Designs and oversees development of ads, brochures, catalogs, newsletters and postcards. 
- Provides ideas, design direction, and leadership support to marketing team. 
- Researches references for inspiration during the brainstorming process to determine which designs would best express the client’s needs.

DIGITAL ASSET COORDINATOR (Contract through Digital People Creative Staffing)
Hu-Friedy Mfg. Co., LLC, Chicago, IL
September 2012 - October 2012

- Initiated the image editing and resizing needs of over 3,000 product images for redesign and relaunch of corporate website taking place in December of 2012.

DIGITAL ASSET COORDINATOR (Contract through Digital People Creative Staffing)
BCI Acrylic Bath Systems, Palatine, IL
June 2012 - July 2012

- Oversaw the creation, implementation, management, and company-wide use of a digital asset management system to allow for improved image searches and more flexible document retrieval.
- Documented, located and managed digital assets from network servers to create 2 separate digital libraries for corporate image assets.
- Created and managed production schedules for all types of advertising, collateral, and specialty projects.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER/PRODUCTION ARTIST (Contract through NorthShore Staffing Group)
US. Foods, Rosemont, IL
August 2011 - November 2011

- Collaborated with Creative Director and other designers in successful rebranding campaign by producing and updating numerous promotional campaigns in both print and digital media.
- Instrumental in designing and revising about 10-15 projects per week which increased productivity and decreased photo purchasing costs of the marketing department by 20%. 
- Conceived and designed point of sale ads, posters, business cards, email blasts, and newsletters for both print and online usage.

PRODUCTION ARTIST (Contract through Wunderland Group)
Brewer Quilting & Sewing Supplies, Aurora, IL
April 2010 - February 2011

- Managed external communications with over 40 different vendors, requesting product and image samples for corporate website and print collateral. 
- Prepared image files for both print and web usage through image manipulation, color correction and file optimization processes. 
- Furnished marketing department with photo research, proofreading, scanning, and digital asset management needs for both print and online media files.

DIGITAL ASSET MANAGER/PHOTO RESEARCHER
Vertis Communications, Inc., American Color Graphics, Inc., Itasca, IL
October 2005 - October 2009

- Edited, cataloged, archived and maintained a robust library of over 40,000 digital media files including still photography, logos and print promotions. 
- Served as the primary contact for all external image requests and corporate communications materials including pre-designed promotional ads and vendor supplied artwork and imagery. 
- Developed and enhanced catalogs, circular ads, direct mail pieces, email blasts, newsletters, web pages and other marketing content in support of current marketing initiatives.

GRAPHIC DESIGNER/PRODUCTION ARTIST
MediaTec Publishing, Inc., Chicago, IL  
February 2005 - September 2005

- Conceived, designed, developed, edited and managed the production of 3 award- winning monthly publications and all supporting print collateral including but not limited to brochures, direct mail pieces, invitations, newsletters, postcards and trade show banners. 
- Refined conceptual designs and ideas under direction of Creative Director into ad layouts, tradeshow displays, and collateral materials from start to finish within specified deadlines.
- Liaised between internal departments as well as external constituents regarding project specifications, including image content, graphic direction, materials selection, timelines, and media requirements. 


PRODUCTION ARTIST
Printing Arts Chicago, Broadview, IL
September 2002 - September 2004

- Teamed with marketing manager to conceptualize and design in-house corporate promotions, including logos, newsletters, postcards, posters, and other stationery. 
- Supplied digital pre-press department with color correction, file management, preflight, proofing, scanning, and print production needs. 
- Organized and distributed all incoming job files received from the customer service department to the digital prepress department based on project priorities and deadlines.

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY:

Adobe Creative Cloud: (Acrobat, Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop), Microsoft Office: (Entourage, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word), Extensis Portfolio, FileMaker Pro, font management software, FTP programs, iView, Lotus Notes, QuarkXPress 8/9, Macintosh OS, Microsoft Cloud OS

EDUCATION:

Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL   
Bachelor of Arts Degree, Graphic Design

Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL 
Associate of Arts Degree, Graphic Design
Thomas Melcher
Seeking
Full-time, Part-time, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Design, Production
Industry
Advertising, Marcomm
POST DATE: 06.02.2021
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