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Jesse Guay  
Senior/Lead Graphic Designer
Jesse has 15 years graphic design experience in the marketing/communications industry. His focus is on effective communication, intelligent design, production efficiency, and delivery of well-crafted, on-brand communications that work across multiple platforms—from print, to web, to social media. His areas of expertise include a wide range graphic design for print and digital mediums from concept to execution. He has extensive knowledge of print production as well as an expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite – InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator. He has experience concepting and working with copywriters and other creative partners and has high proficiency in project management, developing 508 compliant materials, and excellent illustration and photo retouching skills.

With a background in publication and print media design, Jesse possesses the unique combination of intuitive thinking and analytical discipline, and is passionate about design and its role as a strategic business asset.
Summary of Qualifications:
•	15 years experience in graphic design and art direction from concept to completion
•	Successful track record in project management
•	Well versed in Mac- and PC-based computer applications
•	Experience with marketing and brand identity
•	Skilled at thoroughly researching, organizing and presenting creative ideas
•	Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in communication art and design with extended studies in fine arts and illustration

Professional Experience: 
•	Design and Production
	o	Designed logos to establish brand recognition
	o	Created layout design, navigation and wireframes for web sites
	o	Video production and editing
	o	Created layout design collateral for brochures, advertisements and stationery
	o	Editorial design and illustration for internationally distributed publications
	o	Art directed photo shoots and will personally shoot to capture precise image
	o	Pre-flight designs for printers; review proofs for accuracy
	o	Designed layouts for sales center display rooms and kiosks
	o	Created poster designs for advertising and educating 
	o	Designed proposal graphics and Powerpoint Presentations 
	o	Expert knowledge of Federal 508 accessibility requirements & specifications 			
	o	Worked with Federal Request for Proposal (RFP) graphics and layout.

•	Project Management
	o	Established a clear understanding of client’s goals 	
	o	Proven ability to meet project goals within allotted budget
	o	Tailored projects by priority and set timelines for production
	o	As Freelance Designer established guidelines for time management, budget and production
	o	Commended for positive results of completed projects

Technical Skills:
•	Adobe Creative Suite: Acrobat | Dreamweaver | Flash | Illustrator | InDesign | Photoshop
•	Microsoft Office: Word | Excel | PowerPoint 
•	Windows Movie Maker, SketchUp, HTML and CSS

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Magna Cum Laude
Department of Communication Arts and Design
Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, Virginia
Concentration in Communication Design
Employment History:
Lead Designer | Booz Allen Hamilton | Fairfax, VA | February 2015 – Present
•	Lead Designer for the TRICARE Beneficiary Publications Office (TBPO). Responsible for the design, production, and quality control process of more than 100 printed and online publications such as handbooks, brochures, fact sheets, and newsletters.
•	Preparation of digital products for 508 compliance and accessibility for the vision impaired.  
•	Update the look and feel of and completely re-design the beneficiary educational suite materials (Over 100 printed and online publications) – kicking off a year-long project. Spearheaded  project over the course of a year to keep each element on track and helped lead the designers in finishing each element as assigned. Oversaw the development of refined Newsletter, Fact Sheet and Briefing templates and carefully reviewed other designers work to ensure quality of products. 

Senior Graphic Designer | Hager Sharp, Inc. | Washington, D.C. | October 2013 – Present
•	Manages graphic design projects across all client accounts, including federal and foundation, providing visual communication documents, conceptual designs, and production efficiency. Delivers well-crafted, on-brand communications that work across multiple platforms. Design work ranges from print, to web, to social media.

Visual Information Specialist | NOVA Research Company | Bethesda, MD | April 2012 – September 2013
•	Print and online publication design, exhibit design, and illustration for the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
•	Ensure that required graphics and publications comply with federal 508 accessibility requirements.
•	Support agency-wide print and web design needs for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). 

Graphic Designer | Dell Services Federal Government | Fairfax, VA | February 2009 - October 2011
•	Redesigned website making it more user friendly and increasing traffic of the previous year.
•	Creation of various medical/educational illustrations for use on the website.
•	Production and editing of videos for use on the Office of Women’s Health (OWH) YouTube channel.

Graphic Designer | Power Marketing & Advertising | Hagerstown, MD | December 2006 - October 2008
•	Create builder specific marketing materials such as floor plans, community plats, and signage.
•	Designed and developed new corporate identity package for 15 year anniversary.
•	Design and installation of sales center/point of purchase displays.

Graphic Designer | Power/Warner Communications | Winchester, VA | May 2005 - November 2006.
•	Plan, execute and manage design projects from concept to completion.
•	Create and maintain production schedules on design projects.
•	Maintain print vendor relations, negotiate print bids, manage printing process.

Graphic Designer | Sovereign Media Magazine Publishing | Herndon, VA | February 2004 - May 2005.
•	Develop the design, layout, and artwork for interior/exterior content of publications.
•	Manage and flight check client/agency submitted ads.
•	Provide color and tonal correction and retouching of digital images.

Graphic Designer | Times Community Newspapers | Leesburg, VA | December 2002 - January 2004.
•	Create and maintain advertising solutions for a wide array of clients. 
•	Translate client objectives into effective advertising messages.
•	Responsible for ad trafficking from sales to print.
Jesse Guay
Full-time, On-site, Off-site, Permanent position, Freelance/contract
Design, Illustration
Print, Publishing
POST DATE: 01.11.2021
Manassas, VA
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