Professional Summary

More than ten years working as a Graphic Designer with a passion for clean, fresh and interesting design. Continuously showcases strong creativity, meticulous design prowess and technical savvy resulting in a varied and substantial portfolio. Possesses a talent for creative problem solving, a strong desire to maintain client identity and brand integrity as well as grace under pressure. Maintains a broad range of print design skills including pre-press separation and package design, in addition to a wide range of digital and interactive skills.

Skills & Proficiencies

Adobe CC Suite 2017®
– Photoshop
– Illustrator
– InDesign
– After Effects

WordPress
HTML, CSS, JavaScript
Constant Contact
Microsoft Office 10®
Social media

Art Direction
Photography
Marketing
Department Coordination
Project Management

Work Experience

2016 – PRESENT: KETTLE CUISINE, LYNN, MA
A national, independent artisan soup maker and supplier focusing in both retail and foodservice channels.

Marketing and Design Associate

  • Designed food packaging and labels in conjunction with labeling specialist for private label and retail customers
  • Art directed product photo shoots, created briefs and worked closely with photographers
  • Conceptualized marketing tools for B2B and B2C channels, including but not limited to sales collateral, merchandising materials and presentations
  • Customized design of customer facing product sheets, stocking guides and other selling materials in collaboration with the sales team, as well as packaging mock-ups for prospective clients
  • Worked closely with programmers to maintain and update company website; Reviewed web analytics report regularly and adjusted website accordingly
  • Planned, implemented and managed social media, including writing content for company website, social media outlets and monthly email campaigns
  • Monitored and tracked competitive and industry news and developed prospective customer profiles on an ongoing basis
  • Coordinated Tradeshows and provided design support
  • Worked with various printers and partners to provide print-ready art files

2011 – 2016: FREELANCE DESIGNER

  • Consulted and conceptualized branding and design for a range of companies representing a variety of business needs from music labels Rounder Records and Concord Music, to software support company Switchfast, to massage therapy spa Muscular Therapy Works, to construction company Twin Shores and much more.
  • Coordinated and produced, prepared and estimated concepts, delivered final and prepared files after rounds of proofing and drafts within deadlines.
  • Successfully designed logos for new businesses, developed websites for growing businesses, and sustained brand consistency for established businesses.

2004 – 2010: ROUNDER RECORDS, BURLINGTON, MA
America’s premier independent record label, specializing in traditional and roots-based music since 1970.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER September 2008 – December 2010
GRAPHIC DESIGNER January 2005 – September 2008
CREATIVE ART COORDINATOR April 2004 – January 2005

  • Conceptualized and designed CDs, DVDs, LPs, books, and other packaging that work to define and illustrate the project, as well as exceed client and label expectations.
  • Liaised with the artist, management, product management throughout the design phase. Obtained packaging elements from photographers, illustrators or additional outside resources.
  • Devoted time management to concurrent projects while maintaining each client’s satisfaction.
  • Designed, laid out and produced engaging and effective promotional and marketing materials while navigating tight deadlines. Projects include advertising, catalogs and direct mail, logos and branding.
  • Created and delivered POP marketing materials for releases including advances, inserts, radio singles, posters, postcards, stickers, tour merchandise, and samplers.
  • Designed advertising materials in conjunction with product management and marketing and deliver ad schedule to publications as provided by marketing.
  • Mentored junior designers and interns and ensured design work produced consistently matched a high level of quality and that all deadlines were met.
  • Delivered mechanicals to the separator and approved pre-press proofs, and maintained billing.

2002 – 2004: JOHN HANCOCK, BOSTON, MA
John Hancock provides leading insurance and financial services products including life insurance and mutual funds.

MARKETING ASSISTANT, Guaranteed & Stable Value Products Division

  • Aided senior staff and executive GSVP sales associates with the creation, edits, and production of presentations, letters, spreadsheets, tables, and graphs.
  • Monitored and calculated daily illustrative non-benefit responsive rates and distributed final results to co-workers, brokers and field representatives for use in quoting/selling financial products to clients.
  • Managed office supplies and office technology including printers, copiers, and scanners; answered phones for more than seven senior executives, as well as coordinated meetings between management and clients, including arranging location, travel accommodations.
  • Processed all travel advance check requests, travel expense reports, and attendance; distributed incoming and outgoing mail; maintaining periodicals and journals database.

Education, Courses, & Affiliations

University of Connecticut, Graduated 2002
Storrs, Connecticut
Fine Arts Bachelors Degree
Graphic Design Major / Art History Minor

Specialization in Graphic Design: coursework including Digital Multimedia, Photography, Sculpture, Marketing, Advertising, Printmaking, Communications, Art History, English

  • InDesign Training Class – Advanced, American Graphics Institute, Boston, MA 2017
  • Digital Photography – Advanced, American Graphics Institute, Boston, MA 2017
  • Web Development 8-week Bootcamp, Digital Bootcamp, Chicago IL, 2012
  • Photoshop “Down & Dirty Tricks” in CS 4 and CS5 Seminar, Kelby Training, Boston MA, 2010
  • Flash CS3 personal one-on-one training, levels I and II, Computer Images, Boston MA, 2009
  • The Recording Academy: awarded Grammy®-voting membership, 2008-2011
  • Black & White Photography Summer Course, University of Hartford, Hartford CT, 1999