About

Career Objective

A design position where the creativity and the skills I have acquired in the graphic design and web developing fields would be used to further the success of a growing business.

Relevant Work Experience

Kohl’s-Corporate Headquarters

  • August 2010-present/Menomonee Falls, WI
  • Tab – Production Designer
  • Responsibilities:
    • Design page spreads as concept had envisioned and populating with the proper text and photos
    • Communicate with project management, photo studio, and other departments to ensure project is correct and on schedule
    • Proofread and make necessary corrections/adjustments
    • Preflight pages to make sure they will process correctly

Aerotek Personal Services

  • June 2010-August 2010/Wauwatosa, WI
  • Freelance – Designer
  • Responsibilities:
    • Designed page spreads as concept had envisioned and populated with the proper text and photos
    • Communicated with project management, photo studio, and other departments to ensure project was correct and on schedule
    • Proofread and made necessary corrections/adjustments
    • Preflight pages to make sure they would process correctly

Conley Services

  • January 2000-June 2010/West Bend, WI
  • Supervisor – Graphic Artist/Pre-Press Production
  • Responsibilities:
    • Supervised and trained the composing department, primarily second shift but assist with first shift as needed
    • Retouched, color corrected, optimized and built graphics in Photoshop and Illustrator and used actions within the programs for efficiency
    • Created and manipulated existing and original artwork
    • Designed ads (BW, Spot & 4-color) for the various publications in our territory including Hartford, Cedarburg, and Waukesha
    • Designed spec ads & sales tools for sales representatives to use to gain potential clients and promote upcoming special sections
    • Paginated and preflight projects before sending to the press
    • Typeset and proofread own work before sending to the sales rep or client for proof/approval

Campbellsport News

  • June 1998-January 2000/Campbellsport, WI
  • Graphic Artist
  • Responsibilities:
    • Designed ads for the paid publication and free publication
    • Assisted editor and publisher when needed to layout the papers
    • Assisted with publication distribution
    • Designed and typeset special projects for local businesses such as the school district, auctioneers and fundraisers

Freelance Projects

  • Ongoing
  • Logo designs, direct mailers, brochures, letterheads, web site redesigns, high school senior, family, wedding and maternity photograhy
  • Responsibilities:
    • Communicate with clients to ensure the project is meeting its goals
    • Create graphics for the projects from logos to animation
    • Design print projects to meet commercial print standards
    • Develop the web sites to meet web standards including accessibility, W3C standards and Section 508
    • Troubleshoot problems involving web browsers, file errors and cross platform compatibility
    • Increase web site traffic through SEO, E-commerce, Social Networking and Email Campaigns
    • Maintain the web sites on a regular basis – running quality assurance tests, analyzing site traffic using Google Analytics and customer feedback, and checking usability and accessibility

Computer Experience

  • Mac platform
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash
  • Adobe Acrobat with Pitstop
  • QuarkXpress
  • HTML/XHTML, CSS
  • PHP/MySQL
  • Javascript
  • WordPress – Blog Application
  • Joomla – Content Management Software
  • Email Campaign Application – Mail Chimp
  • Zen Cart
  • Prezi Online Presentation
  • Fetch
  • Internet Explorer/Safari/Firefox
  • Outlook Express/Mac Mail
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Powerpoint

Education

  • Moraine Park Technical College
    • West Bend, WI
    • Technical Diploma in IT-Web Developer – May 2010
  • Attended Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tours
    • Directed by Scott Kelby, Ben Willmore and Bert Monroy
    • May 2002, 2007 and 2008, respectively
  • Attended Wisconsin Free Community Papers Conferences
    • Spring 2000 & 2001
  • Moraine Park Technical College
    • Fond du Lac, WI
    • Associate Degree in Graphic Communication/Electronic Pre-press – June 2000

Volunteering

  • Laura’s Smile Mile 5K Run/2 Mile Walk – Ovarian Cancer Awareness
    • Milwaukee, WI
    • Web Site Developer and Photographer
    • Event Set-Up and Take-Down
    • 2010-Present
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