I am an experienced creative design professional with extensive knowledge in publication design, branding/logos, marketing, and collateral. I have great collaborative and interpersonal skills; accustomed to managing projects in deadline-driven environments and working under tight budgets. I bring passion and dedication to every design project and believe in thinking beyond the traditional in creating high-quality creative work.

SKILLS
Photography  |  Graphic Design  |  Web Design  |  Project Management

SOFTWARE
Photoshop  |  Illustrator  |  InDesign  |  Dreamweaver  |  Word  |  PowerPoint  |  Lightroom  |  Bridge


EXPERIENCE

Chicago Architecture Foundation     Chicago, IL     01.02–present
Graphic Design Manager, Staff Photographer, Web Designer

Create graphic standards and branding guidelines throughout the organization.

Works as project manger to collaborate with team members from all departments on various projects.

Support the marketing, tours, development, membership, education, programs, exhibition, retail, e-communication departments to develop concepts, design and produce a wide range of marketing materials such as: brochures, program flyers, web graphics, e-communications templates and graphics, program and retail signage, invitations, program booklets, books, member magazine, 2-month calendar, ads for a variety of publications and presentation templates.

Manage many graphic projects from concept through production.

Work directly with printers through the entire project, from submitting print specifications,
to delivery of finished projects

Part of the design and production team for the new content managed web site in 2010

In charge of taking photographs for use in published marketing, development, education and tour collateral.

Photograph to document CAF’s programs, tours, lectures, member’s tours and events, education workshops, family events, student field trips, teacher workshops, donor level events (Auxiliary Board and Burnham Society), corporate partner events, annual docent awards dinner and the annual Open House Chicago weekend in October.

Majority of the photographs on architecture.org I have taken.

Photograph shop merchandise for use in marketing collateral or website.

Have 30+ photographs I have taken hanging in CAF’s renovated offices.

Many local and national publications and media request photographs I take for CAF.

Manage the photo archives, currently researching digital asset management systems to implement in 2014.

Create graphics and provide photographs for website, social media and e-communication.

RECENT PROJECTS

Designed new development department suite of marketing materials

Was part of the team for our new ArcelorMittal Design Studio, working with outside vendor for the look & feel of space and graphics

Work with outside designer on the Annual Report, assemble photos needed and shoot new photos used 

Say Cheese project- ongoing - Photograph our 450 volunteer docents for putting a name with a face


Morelli Systems     River Forest, IL     02.99–08.01     Web Designer

Completed multiple projects with tight deadlines as individual contributor and as part
of a team that included the Brookfield Zoo web site.

Developed site architecture after thorough review with client projects and goals in mind.

Participated in prospective client meetings, offered creative solutions to assist
sales process.

Created and built staging sites for clients to access working prototypes.

Worked with existing clients on consistent basis creating seasonal changes and updates.

Interfaced closely with project managers concerning progress of deliverables and developers for back-end programming.

Designed graphics, HTML code, and CSS scripting for a variety of web sites.


Chamberlain Group, Inc.     Elmhurst, IL     02.97–02.99     Graphic Designer in Marketing

Coordinated and produced booklets, overheads and/or screen presentations for monthly executive meetings and other marketing meetings.

Produced a variety of marketing materials e.g., invitations, brochures, support materials,
and logos.

Spoke with other departments to coordinate information gathering and graphics for
specific projects.

Customized creative solutions responsive to specialized client requirements.

Enhanced customer-created graphics and text from multi-platform programs by choosing appropriate software, making adjustments and solving conflicts between software.


EDUCATION

BFA in Fine Art with teaching certificate
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
Major in Painting, minor in Photography
Awarded the special art talent scholarship

Mac University, Chicago, IL – web authoring boot camp

INTERESTS
Photography, create greeting cards and invitations, mixed-media artist.

Exhibits photography in juried exhibitions throughout the Midwest, see cv page.

References on request