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Profile: Highly creative, innovative and multi-talented Senior Graphic Designer with 14 years of experience in the creative industry.

  • Divergent “out of the box” thinker that is inspired by innovation, passion and technology
  • 14 years experience in Image Manipulation, Graphic Design, Print Design, Marketing, Branding, Photography, Project Management and Design Management
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a passion and desire for achieving high level results
  • Multifaceted communicator in a range of disciplines

Skills:

  • Account management
  • Advanced file management / digital library creation
  • Advanced image manipulation, masking, color correction & restoration
  • Advanced photography / post editing
  • Art Direction
  • Effective in meeting deadlines/budgets while remaining flexible with changing needs/demand
  • Internet Marketing Analytics Analysis
  • Managing / developing projects from conception to completion
  • Marketing campaign development / management; print, social, web
  • Mobile/Tablet interactive presentation application
  • New technology geek
  • Proficient using Adobe CC
  • Project / Print management
  • Prototyping
  • Strong conceptual creative skills
  • Strong vendor / client relations
  • Thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Windows, Mac, Chrome platforms

 

 

Professional Experience: 

Contract Presentation Designer, BDA Inc., Woodinville, WA  Feb 2014-April 2014

During short tenure proposed, tested and implemented a new digital interactive platform for sales and new business development teams to present sales tools using media rich, interactive, immersive smartphone and tablet based applications. In addition, creating and re-refreshing digital presentations using Keynote, interactive PDF and PowerPoint applications.

 

Independent Marketing Consultant/Design Manager, Nicholas Nelson Studios, San Francisco, CA / Portland, OR 2007-Current

(On-going since 2007–various contracts/projects between employment)

Created and managed small boutique design consultancy of 3 designers that specialized in industries such as; information technologies, start-ups, entertainment, food, medical and fitness service with budgets ranging from $100-$10,000. Services offered were image editing, project management, business development, art direction, photography, illustration, branding, web/multimedia, social media management and marketing. Clients included Sony, Ford Motor Company, Kontera Web Technologies and Method Products.

Marketing Manager, Dilusso Homes, Portland, OR 2013

Marketing efforts brought in 3-5 home purchases per month resulting in an increase of assets of an average of 1.5 million per month along with an increase of renovation projects of $6-800,000 per month. Created company cloud based communications system which improved employee productivity and communication by 60% and as a result project delays were reduced by 15% and profits exceed projections by 18%.

Pre-Press/Sign Manufacturer, DWA Tradeshow, Portland, OR 2013

Worked with Portland’s only 100% green printer – Mutoh Value Jet using Mubio inks producing large format flat prints/signs – 80’ banners on bamboo. Sign production, producing large format trade-show presentations, lamination, vinyl lettering. Maintained tight time-lines that coordinated with full production trade show events.

Social Media Manager/Web Design, designhouse5, Portland, OR 2011-2012

Assisted with phasing out dated company CRM system, co-implemented new system-trained employees how to effectively operate the program, managed internal first-level IT, set up web chat system to build customer base. Created and managed social media campaigns to increase reach/give the company the ability to listen, engage, understand and respond directly to their target market.

Senior Graphic Designer, Northwest Natural Products, Vancouver, WA 2010-2011

Developed and managed cohesive print/digital materials and illustrations for children’s gummy vitamin consumer brand with an aim of promoting a healthy lifestyle by integrating games and activities into the packaging and marketing materials. Worked closely with Brand Managers and Creative Directors to conceptualize and produce award winning imagery. During my tenure, the brand rose to the #1 best selling international consumer brand and held the spot for 6 weeks and added 4 new products to the existing line.

Senior Graphic Designer, The San Francisco Chocolate Factory/Bridge Brands International, San Francisco, CA, 2007 – 2008

Brand management of 10 product lines including packaging, web and marketing. Re-branded umbrella and distribution company, improved public perception and interest via social, promotions and fund-raising.

Senior Graphic Designer, KTGY Group, Inc.,Santa Monica,CA, 2005 – 2007

Hired on as an assistant to the Graphic Designer; created and managed a graphic design department for the companies new Los Angeles Retail Design Studio. There I co-created a 30 person company wide graphic design committee, an Environmental Graphic Design Studio, and a company wide image library which was integrated into 6 satellite offices. I led the creation and design of marketing materials, branding, trade-show graphics, environmental design, photography, presentation boards/books, illustrations, multimedia presentations for the retail division on accounts ranging from $2-15M.

Production Designer/Pre-press, Laguna Print, Laguna Beach, CA, 2004 – 2005

Typesetting letterheads, business cards, invitations, brochures, flyers, advertisements. Setting up print plates, working with offset press, digital image ripping, laser printing and copying, blueprinting.

Production/Layout Designer, Mariner Art and Design, Newport Beach, CA, 2003 – 2004

Worked with clients such as Taco Bell, Mountain Dew and Southern California Universities on marketing materials, catalogs, print advertisement, package design and branding. Refreshed the company’s file management system and increased productivity by 15% on average which helped increase profits within the first 3 months of implementation.

Graphic Designer, overnightprints.com,Santa Ana,CA, 2003

Worked with team of graphic designer’s on pre-press and quality control for newly established consumer print service. Chosen to build the first company creative advertising campaign to promote services based on preliminary concepts presented to owner.

Graphic Designer, Echo Records, St. Paul, MN, 2000-2003

Created a full-service visual arts studio for an established Hip-Hop, R&B, Metal, Rock and Electronic music recording label. Managed photography, web/multimedia, and graphic design for recording artists from conception to completion with budgets ranging from $50 – $50,000. Produced branding for artist’s that went on to be signed by Sony and Jam Records.

 

Additional Experience:

Freelance Designer, 1999 – Current

 

Client List 

Alec Chase

Amazing Lives

Amore’ Fashions

Asia SF

Avila Design

Casino Touring Magazine Inc.

Champagne Room Night Club

Circle C Convenience Stores

Clark and Bardes Consulting Group

Copyrite Printing

Cricketgear Apparel

Design House 5

DJ AJ

D’urso Italian Delicatessen

Escape Ultra Lounge

Example Motion

Fan Slant

Forgotten Shanghai

JW Mills Management

Handy Fix It Handyman Service

HBS Media Group

Henderson Design Group

HQ Global Workplace

KTGY Group, Inc.

Kontera

Lavision Records

Motor Whiskey

Metropolitan Ford

Method Home

Obsidian Media LLC

Optimus Medical Group

Kohan Professional Consultants

Righteous Rebel Music

San Francisco Chocolate Factory

Sky Castle Media

Sony

TEDx

The Bird Night Club

The Olympic Club

Terrapin Events

VBN Architects

XDR Radiology

VAGADU Fashion Design Studio

Vertillence

Well Yoga Studios

Education:

The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Minneapolis,MN

Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design, 2001

 

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Bachelor of Arts: Advertising Management | Minor: Design Management, January 2014

3.8 GPA - The National Society of Collegiate Scholars

 

Honors & Awards:

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars – 3.8 GPA

 

Affiliations:

Member of:
NAPP (National association of Photoshop Professionals
AIGA
Graphic Art Council at Portland Art Museum