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Design Manager

Wheaton, Illinois, 60187, United States
May 31, 2010

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Career Summary

Highly-skilled Art Director with 10 years of experience who continually

delivers a great performance by leading and producing outstanding teamwork

and design.

Design Experience

DesignPac Gifts LLC. (a division of 1-800-flowers), Melrose Park, Illinois

Art Director, August 1, 2008-February 25, 2010

Interim Creative Director during the winter of 2008 through the spring, who

lead a team of 8 Graphic Designers and Illustrators for the 2009 holiday

season. Managed team workflow and made sure all deadlines were met. In

charge of Surtex art management which includes call for entries, invoicing

and routing of all sold art for final purchase. Mentors other Graphic

Designers as well as partners up to brainstorm and execute Style Guides for

lines. Branding and logo design of Private Label food products as well as

package design. Collaborated and implemented a new traffic management

system in 2009. Attended the Surtex Show to prepare for the upcoming

holiday season by researching and identifying trends. Collaborated with the

Vice President of Product Development with interviewing and training

potential candidates.

Graphic Designer, September 18, 2006-August 2008

Package design and layouts of holiday gifts, corporate identity design,

photography of beauty shots for packaging. Brainstorming of new gifts for

upcoming seasons. Style guide and trend board development for seasonal

lines. Sample request creation and execution for vendors overseas. Well-

versed with various print applications as well as different substrates.

Stock photography research as well as introducing and managing stock

photography sites for designers to utilize wherever possible to keep art

costs down. Assisted Directors with interviewing potential Graphic

Designers for full time and freelance positions.

Promoted to Art Director in August of 2008.

Clients: 1-800-Flowers, Fannie May, The Popcorn Factory, Cheryl & Co.,

BJ's, Costco, Macy's, Sam's Club, Walmart, Target, Martha Stewart,

Starbuck's and Standard Line Clients

Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications, Naperville, Illinois

Graphic Designer, June 9, 2003-September 15, 2006

Designed a variety of collateral, campaign and direct mail for clients.

Worked in conjunction

with a Senior Art Director and Copywriter on brainstorming of ideas. Took

part in focus group testing of campaign materials. Executed design and

prepared digital files for print. Worked with production and attended press

checks to ensure quality final pieces. In charge

of archiving all work once completed to help maintain server space.

Clients: Pfizer Animal Health, MidAmerica Bank and Bayer CropScience

American Color, Melrose Park, Illinois

Artist Designer II, August 27, 2001-June 6, 2003

Conceptualized and designed weekly advertisements as well as advertisements

for a variety

of publications. Concepted and designed brochures, special inserts and

collateral material. Prepared digital files for print. Art directed,

organized and coordinated photo shoots for merchandise with a photographer

and food stylists. Assisted Cite Manager with interviewing and training

graphic designers.

Clients: Jewel Osco

Jewel-Osco, Melrose Park, Illinois

Artist Designer II, March 19, 2001-August 24, 2001

Designed weekly advertisements as well as advertisements for a variety of

publications. Concepted and designed brochures, special inserts and

collateral material. Introduced Stock photography to the team and

maintained an image library for other Graphic Designers. Prepared digital

files for print. Art directed and coordinated photo shoots for merchandise.

Paramark, Inc., Vernon Hills, Illinois

Graphic Designer, November 29, 1999-March 16, 2001

Designed packaging, corporate identity, brochures, and various collateral

materials from

concept to final print. Outsourced for high resolution scans and films.

Prepared files for print

and proofed dylux to ensure the best output and quality for clients. Dealt

daily with clients,

negotiated printing quotes, and was responsible for the daily file back-up.

Clients: Sony, McGraw Hill, Hewitt, Solo and PNC Mortgage

The Peace Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Graphic Design Intern, Summer 1999

Designed advertisements for upcoming shows to be published in local

newspapers. Worked with the Museum Curator to set-up upcoming exhibits for

the museum.


Living and Giving show at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago, 2007, 2008, 2009

Surtex show at the Jarvis Center, New York, 2009

Computer Skills

MAC and PC Platform: Adobe Acrobat; InDesign; Illustrator; Photoshop;


FileMaker Pro; Microsoft Word; Excel


The Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago, Illinois - B.F.A. in Visual


September 1999

Grade Point Average 3.4/4.0


Photography and Traveling

Volunteer and pro-bono Graphic Designer for The Peace Museum in Chicago,

Winter 2000-2008

Board Member, Winter 2000-June 8, 2003

Pro-bono Graphic Designer for the Friends of the DuPage County Children's


Fall 2005-2006


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