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Karen Lemieux  
Freelance Production Designer
 
I am an independent production designer with 30 years experience in production and design for print and digital applications in varying formats. My experience includes working on high end luxury brands for automotive brochures, corporate identity guidelines, food and consumer goods packaging, direct mail, catalogs, menus, print advertising, newsletters, posters, banner ads, promotional items, signage, POP displays, trade show graphics, powerpoint presentations, logos, invitations and events collateral, folders, announcements, award certificates and more.

I take pride in my work, have an enthusiastic and positive attitude, pay close attention to details and deadlines and am exceptional at setting priorities while working on multiple projects.

Clients include:
Jaguar
Lincoln/Mercury
Lexus
Bedol International
Mitsubishi
Directv
Jenny Craig
Nestle
Century Plaza Hotel
Preferred Hotel Group
University of Redlands
Desert Recreation District
Resume
Experience

Lemieux Graphics Redlands, CA June 2014 - Present
Restablished a graphic design and production freelance business. Projects include design and production artwork for packaging, direct mail, catalogs, graphic standards manuals, newsletters, brochures, post cards, logos, stationery, posters, advertising, banner ads, landing pages, and web site layout. Clients include: University of Redlands and others mentioned below.

Preferred Hotel Group, Production Designer, Newport Beach, CA  August 2008 – June 2014 
My primary responsibility was to produce graphics and final artwork in multiple sizes and formats for print collateral and digital applications. Projects included brochures, flyers, invitations, posters, varying sizes of print and digital advertising, image retouching and resizing, postcards, newsletters, stationery, announcements, logos, powerpoint presentations, folders, trade show graphics, awards certificates, event programs, signs, pop-up banners, etc. I completed a high volume of projects, at a fast pace, under varying deadlines, accurately and on time while organizing and maintaining multiple versions of digital files.

Lemieux Graphics Redlands, CA May 2006 - August 2008
Restablished a graphic design and production freelance business. Projects include design and production artwork for packaging, direct mail, catalogs, graphic standards manuals, newsletters, brochures, post cards, logos, stationery, posters, advertising, banner ads, landing pages, and web site layout. Clients include: Lexus, Toyota, Sony Entertainment Television, Huxtable Foods, Alegacy Food Service, Chocolatebox Cafe, First Federal Bank, Crystal Cruises, North American Scientific, Comprehensive Child Development, Inc., Mt. San Antonio College, Goodwill Industries, Preferred Hotel Group, Bedol International, Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Quantuvis Consulting, University of Redlands and Desert Recreation District.

Landor Associates Irvine, CA  June 2001 - April 2006
Studio Manager/Production Design Specialist. Responsible for all production artwork for Automotive Catalogs, POS Materials, Graphic Standards Guidelines and Stationery. Coordinated all internal aspects of projects from conception through finished artwork with freelance, account and creative team. Clients included: Jaguar, Lincoln and Mercury. 

Locus Direct Marketing Group San Bernardino, CA June 1999 -  June 2000
Senior Graphic Designer. Responsible for direct mail packages from concept to finished artwork. Clients included: Household Finance & H&R Block Corporation.  

Direct Partners Santa Monica, CA March 1996 - September 1998
Art Manager responsible for direct mail packages from concept to finished artwork. Implemented outside art director's initial execution of design and refined and developed solutions to original layouts to include final copy and graphic selections. 
Designed successful programs for Directv, Pedigree Puppy Food and Mitsubishi. Responsible for preparation of electronic files for numerous printers. Packages included; letters, envelopes, brochures, posters, folders, banners and point-of purchase displays. Client accounts managed were:  Directv, Mitsubishi, M&M Mars/Kal-Kan, Webtv Plus, Blue Cross and Arco Smogpros.

Lemieux Graphics  Encino, CA  June 1994 - March 1996
Established a computer graphics freelance business. Projects included design and production artwork for packaging, direct mail, catalogs, menus, advertising and newsletters. Clients: Herbalife International, Alta Dena Dairies, Hotel Nikko, Century Plaza Hotel, and Chasens. 

Harte Yamashita & Forest Hollywood, CA June 1981 - May 1994 
13 years experience with nationally recognized package design firm. Seven years as Operations Manger of computer systems. Responsible for all aspects of coordinating work done on the computer, buying and training of all software used. Collaborated with art directors to create conceptual designs for client presentations as well as production artwork. Projects completed, included; digital production artwork for the complete line of Jenny Craig food packaging (100+ items, varying structures). Clients: Nestle Foods, Jenny Craig, Natural Nectar and Fenwick Sporting Goods.
Print Buyer - Performed all aspects of print buying, including: estimating, client relations, color corrections, coordination of press checks, delivery and billing.
Media Buyer - Performed all aspects of media buying including: budgeting, negotiating positioning, purchasing of film for multiple trade publications, billing and record keeping.

Education and Training 

California State University, Northridge, CA Art Major
Valley College, Van Nuys, CA Computer Graphics
Regis College, Denver, CO Liberal Arts

Adobe's CS3 Creative License Conference Hollywood, CA
Adobe Partners in Publishing conference and expo for CS2
San Francisco, CA
Macromedia Dreamweaver/Web Design UC Riverside, Riverside, CA 
Photoshop classes Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA 
QuarkXpress, Elements of Color and Typography classes, Learning Tree University, Northridge, CA
Macintosh classes, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, CA
Freehand class Shalek Agency, Santa Monica, CA
Color in Design and Reproduction DGEF Seminar, Anaheim, CA
New Designer Conference, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

Skills

Software knowledge includes: Adobe CC (2014)-InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office (2011)-PowerPoint and Word. 

Personal and professional references available on request.
Karen Lemieux
Seeking
Freelance/contract
Experience
Senior
Skills
Production, Design
Industry
Print, Marcomm
POST DATE: 07.06.2019
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