Resume

Objective

To design, develop and coordinate creative marketing and communication solutions that provide measurable results.

Philosophy & Style

My creativity is fueled by an honest appreciation of client needs. I tirelessly strive to understand audiences and goals in order to design stimulating, economic, and results-oriented projects. My style is vibrant and defined through bold elements of shape, color, typography and space, but always flexible–when a direction changes, I adapt and continue to provide the unique elements that are necessary for cohesive and recognizable projects.

Skills

Graphic Design, Creative Development, Brand Development & Management, Web & E-blast Design, Project Management, Vendor Coordination, Pre-press, Pre-Flighting, File Preparation & Optimization, Archiving, Customer Service, Photography, and Sales

Software Proficiency

Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Mac or PC Platforms, and Microsoft Office
Experience with: Adobe Acrobat Forms, Adobe Dreamweaver/HTML, Adobe Flash, and Variable Data

Experience

Stemgent-Asterand, Cambridge, MA • Consultant to Senior Graphic Designer & Program Manager • 2012 – Present

  • Provided the corporate brand refresh during company merger and currently brand manage internal and external usage, also assist in on-going improvements to the associated branding guidelines
  • Assist the Director of Marketing with timeline and budget planning, and handle all vendor communication and coordination
  • Create all corporate templates for internal and external web and print
  • Design and coordinate trade show and event booth materials, from initial campaign development and design through materials processing, including shipping and setup
  • Create cohesive email and direct mail campaigns with associated website landing pages and social media content
  • Create corporate documents, product and technical documents, training materials, and advertisements for print and web

Leah VanWhy Design, Boston, MA • Freelance Designer • 2004 – Present

I find projects and build relationships that allow me to experience interesting companies, support worthy causes, and help out friends and family. I have had the opportunity to work most recently within the dairy, publishing, and life science communities, as well as with a professional beer history and profile educator, and a food blogger. I have also donated my services to support cancer awareness and research in New York and Massachusetts, most recently providing hat and t-shirt designs to assist in the fundraising efforts of a friend running the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Essential Salon Products, Holliston, MA • Lead Graphic Designer • 2010 – 2012

  • Edited, designed and produced printed marketing and training materials, JPEGs for e-blast and social media, and presentations, including file management, transfer and archival, and vendor management
  • Bimonthly magazine content research and collection, design, development and vendor management
  • Brand managed for all companies carried under or associated with ESP, and maintained each individual brand’s integrity across all projects
  • Controlled work flow for department, handled and delegated under extreme deadlines, and provided general status information and advice
  • Monitored daily department activity, trained and mentored junior team members, and provided managers with feedback on departmental performance and concerns

AlphaGraphics, NY & RI • Customer Service Rep to Senior Graphic Designer • 2004 – 2008

  • Began as a Customer Service and Inside Sales Rep in Rochester, NY, where I was responsible for front counter quotations and service, phones, archiving, cold-calling and bindery production as needed
  • Promoted to Lead CSR and team mentoring, team training and sales call assistance were added to my responsibilities. Efficient completion of general duties and good performance allowed me to help within the design department as needed
  • Moved to Providence, RI and continued within the franchise as a Digital CSR, Pre-Press & Junior Graphic Designer, designing and developing printed materials for digital and offset production. Responsibilities also included proof reading, general office e-mail communication, lower-tier customer consulting, quotation and deliverable specification, document trouble shooting, file submission instruction and support, and helping with the front counter, bindery and delivery departments as needed
  • Promoted to Senior Designer where upon delegation of department workflow, department staff training and mentoring, and upper-tier account meetings were added to my responsibilities

Education

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, New Media Design & Imaging, 2004

References

Available upon request

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