• Adapt at prioritizing assignments, scheduling production dates
    and ensuring deadlines are meet

  • Over twelve years experience working with typography, layout design,
    graphs and charts

  • Skilled in verbal and written communications

  • Comfortable working with colleagues to develop visuals that accurately
    communicate a concept or a series of ideas

  • Pro with Adobe design software: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign,
    Dreamweaver, Flash, and Acrobat

  • Exacting eye for detail, high quality standards and rigorous adherence
    to brand guidelines and internal style guides

  • Well versed with creating and modifying vector art

  • Knowledgeable with raster graphics creation and manipulation

  • Proficiency in MS Office including Word and PowerPoint

  • Knowledgeable of MAC and Windows media file format

 

SAE International

Freelance Graphic Designer/ Production Artist

2011 - current

  • Utilized Adobe Creative Suite programs to photo edit, retouch, color correct images and create engaging and topical book jacket designs for hardcover and trade publications

  • Lead Production Artist for Digital Magazine Department: layout and design of publications,
    executed editorial revisions

  • Used Acrobat to embed flash animation ads in PDF final, prepped all slideshow and video
    files for digital media company.

  • Responsible for collecting, processing, checking and uploading files to Insite for production

  • Facilitated branding initiatives for technical manuals, books, magazines, web and
    print ads, and print collateral

  • Collaborated with Design Lead on print and web job templates, utilizing
    InDesign master pages, and style sheets

  • Designed and produced visuals for publication across a variety of media, including: websites, posters, tradeshow booth displays, print collateral, and presentation slides

 

 

Science Lab Studios, Inc.

Freelance Graphic Designer/ Production Artist

Summer 2011-2013

  • Used InDesign master pages and style sheets to expedite layout of new biology laboratory manuals

  • Reviewed and implemented correction and update requests from clients for existing manuals

  • Created new graphics and illustrations for presenting visual information

  • Maintained archived manuals and prepared PDF files to print on request

 

Rotating Mass Media (Dirt Rag and Bicycle Times Magazines)

Art Director

Spring 2007-Fall 2010

  • Oversaw brand design development and successful launch of Bicycle Times Magazine in 2009

  • Managed Art Department staff: prioritized assignments from Editorial staff, ensured
    deadlines were meet, and scheduled production dates   

  • Successfully renegotiated lower paper costs with printer

  • Executed creative direction of all freelance illustrators and photographers

  • Developed promotional products to support publication brand: tradeshow booth,
    media kit and merchandise

  • Established and implemented Standard Operating Procedure for Art Department’s web and
    print production processes

  • Maintained overall creative concepts, layout and design of publications within brand guidelines

  • Responsible for file submission to printer: prepared and upload print ready PDF files to print servers, reviewed proofs, made corrections and approved final press run

  • Visited printer for press checks annually

 

 

Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Mollusks Department

Summer 2012

The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation

  • Renderd various illustrations in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop of bivalves, gastropods, miscellaneous marine life as well as technical charts and graphs.

  • Extrapolated form and function of collecting tools from text descriptions and web research. Sketches were reviewed and approved by editors.

  • Finals were rendered in pen and ink then scanned into Adobe Photoshop and arranged to fit bookplate according to print specifications.

On the trail of Wayne Grimm's Legacy: Cepaea nemoralis in Frederick, Maryland

  • A.O. Orstan, J. Sparks, and T.A. Pearce submitted to

  • Using Google Earth, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop created map of area’s land use.

General

  • Prepared and handled specimans from collection

  • Illustrated high-quality graphs, info-graphics, illustrations, and location maps

  • Worked with museum interns, postdoctoral fellows and staff on illustrations for various projects

  • Interpreted scientific data to convey quantitative and qualitative information

  • Miscellaneous pen and ink illustrations of mollusks for identification guides and other small projects.

Brilliant Dinosaurs on Parade, Carnegie Museum Gift Shop

  • Researched species of dinosaurs for illustration on signage to highlight the award-winning collection of realistic dinosaurs models sold at store

 

Dinosaur Hall Expansion and Renovation under contruction Dino Hall Barrier

  • Carnegie Musuem of Natural History: Illustrated two realistic dinosaurs for large 22 ft. long banner used to hide construction barrier and inform guests of the new exhibit hall renovation progress.

 

Giant Eagle and Market District Corporate Offices

Freelance Graphic Designer/ Signage Design and Developer

Fall 2006 - Spring 2007

  • Key graphics and signage team member on Market District store launch 2007

  • Visited onsite locations to analyze visibility issues, and assess signage needs

  • Researched and developed sign graphic elements based on input from department, store
    layout and proposed budget

  • Evolved original concepts into production drawings and communicated directly with the vendor to finalize signage materials and cost

  • Monitored and preserved deadlines, scheduled and oversaw sign/graphics installation

 

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Freelance Graphic Designer/ Exhibit Signage Design and Developer

Spring 2006 - August 2006

  • Assembled effective Excel document to track status of multiple projects; from initial concepts with Educational Department, through revisions, budget allocations, bids, fabrication and installation

  • Conceptualized original concepts for graphics to create dynamic exhibit experiences focusing on “learning by exploring “ instructional exhibit information

  • Rendered signage, icons and visuals and graphics into production drawings
    using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop

  • Utilized blue prints and construction notes to interpret space restrictions,
    placement and material options

  • Established schedule with the vendor to finalize signage materials, costs and installation

 

iDL, Monroeville, PA

Graphic Designer

Fall 2005-Spring 2006

  • Developed vector art icons and visuals in Adobe Illustrator to use in signage, print collateral and point of purchase design

  • Scheduled, art directed and managed product photo shoots with photographers

  • Worked directly with the vendors to finalize signage materials and request prototypes as needed

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Flora Project

  • Used studies of live specimens, dried herbarium sheets and photos to accurately illustrate Ruby Red Club Moss, (

 

Field Guide to Urban Flora and Fauna in Eastern Pennsylvania (work in progress)

Joseph Reznik, biologist

  • Researcedh in the field, sketches from live plants and animals plus additional information from photos and nature books. Final work in traditional pen and ink and digital media

 

Education

Colorado Institute of Art

Associates Degree in Visual Communications, full scholarship

 

Proficient in Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign CS3,

QuarkExpress 6, PowerPoint, PageMaker, CorelDraw, and Corel Painter 11 and 12

Mac and PC platforms.

 

Traditional media: Pen and Ink, Watercolor, and Graphite

Digital media: Wacom Cintiq,

 

Member of:

Pittsburgh Society of Illustrators

Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators

 

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