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Design Experience
2 Sister’s Photography and Doug McBride Photography
Freelance Design Consultant: Design storybook albums, DVD covers, postcards, brochures, banner and magazine ads. Do photo corrections and manipulation such as sepia or other tones, selective color and removal of unwanted items including Lightroom work with raw images. Created logos & other branding materials for Red Carpet Weddings & A'more Albums.
Denver, Colorado, 2005-Present and Des Moines, Iowa, 2009-Present

All Packaging Company
Pre-Press Artist: Pre-Pressed files by trapping and correcting files for 6 color offset presses. Worked in Esko and Nexus Workflows. Troubleshooted customer files, generated and manipulated press ready PDFs for packaging for major companies such as Unkle Ben’s Rice, Larabar, Kong and many more.
Aurora, Colorado, 2010

Sports Authority
Production Lead: Manage production team for weekly inserts, to ensure that all deadlines are met with quality performance. Create new photo shoot ideas for lighting and angles. Work with photographer and production team to obtain new shots. Work on creative projects, re-designs, new look ideas, populate, design and create ads and other projects. Develop plans to improve the ad production process and roll out new ones. Create version charts to specify pagination of ads to be printed in numerous national markets. Communicate with the printer to ensure that all information regarding the release of the ads is correct, accurate and timely.
Englewood, Colorado, 2007-2010

Production Artist: Produced inserts and other media according to corporate style guide. Produce variations to improve ad design. Designed and built newspaper and magazine ads, posters, in-store signage, billboards, ROPs and other print media. Managed ROP and Grand Opening campaigns including design and release of all pages. Trained new employees and temps on brand standards and how to use and set-up files and images.
Englewood, Colorado, 2006-2007

A-1 Custom Trophies
Designer and Production Artist: Created large-format prints, photography and banners. Used laser engraver to create awards, trophies, name badges, plaques and specialty items on unique surfaces. Engraved crystal trophies and designed awards for such places as: Colorado Division of Wildlife, Regis University, Rip It Energy Fuel and many other companies.
Westminster, Colorado, 2005-2006

Excell Marketing
Packaging Designer: Designed and built packaging for trading cards, collectables and gaming cards. Designed point of purchase displays, signage and other collateral for manufactures such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, MLB and many more. Implemented the start of logo and image libraries. Worked with vendors to get artwork and style guidelines for packaging design. Worked with marketing to create plan-o-grams and the look of
in-store signage with products and in-store set-up. Products were distributed to retails such as Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid and many others.
Des Moines, Iowa, 2003-2005

Center for Non Destructive Evaluation
Designer: Designed all research brochures, power point presentations, t-shirts, invitations and training material for research for Boeing and other air craft manufactures. Used Macromedia Authorware to create training materials for cd and dvd delivery. Updated and maintained company websites with the most current information.
Ames, Iowa, 2002-2003

Honors, Awards, & Recognition
Sports Authority Champ Award - “Outstanding Work”
Englewood, Colorado, 2008 4th Quarter
Englewood, Colorado, 2007-2008 1st Quarter

Art Directors Association of Iowa Exhibition
“Best of Category” Dolcezza Packaging
“Award of Excellence” Mud Fest Identity
Des Moines, Iowa, 2005

“Award of Excellence” Simple Beauty Photo
Des Moines, Iowa 2004

Education
Bachelor Fine Arts: Graphic Design and Rome Study Abroad Program
Iowa State University, 2005

Web Design Diploma
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 2010-Current

Capabilities
Technical Skills
I am proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on both Mac and PC Platforms. Working knowledge of Dreamweaver, Authorware, QuarkXpress, PowerPoint, Word and Excel. Have worked on laser engraving machine, large-format printer & vinyl cutter. Experience in both digital & print photography and darkroom development of negatives.

Essential Skills
I possess a strong knowledge of design techniques, typography and principals involved in production and design processes. I have the ability and have worked in a fast-paced, creative environment while effectively communicating with all team members. I am comfortable in leadership role and as a team player. I can multi-task while remaining dedicated to bringing each new idea and design concept to life. I possess strong organizational and communication skills and I am resourceful, have a strong work ethic and pay great attention to details.

References - Available in Downloadable format or upon request.

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