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Graphic Designer Design

Annapolis, MD
March 17, 2018

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work experience

Owner / Creative Director

Drama Queen Graphics LLC 2011 present

Annapolis, MD I

n Conceptualize and execute all brand-related products for theaters including logos, collateral, direct mail, digital art, websites, and signage n Work directly with clients and manage virtual freelance artists n Orchestrate and implement marketing strategies and social media presence Clients include professional and non-professional theaters, colleges, and arts organizations. Co-Creative Director / Senior Designer

Herrmann Advertising Branding Technology 2009 present Annapolis, MD I

Art Director (1995 2009) I Designer (1990 1995) I Production Artist (1989 1990) BRAND DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN

I’ve been the primary design force on most branding projects. I construct and then develop our brands as they apply to websites, annual reports, brochures, direct mail pieces, all manner of collateral and indoor & outdoor signage. Clients include law firms, banks, health care providers, social service agencies, real estate developers, performing arts groups and more.


Generating concepts as well as headlines, I’ve written for television, radio and print. For me the visual and written components are often inextricable. My goal is to present a graphic that has integrity and impact.


I direct studio photoshoots as well as on-location, working side by side with clients, photographers, and stylists. My background as a theater director provides added skill in working with often amateur models.


As Co-Creative Director, I supervise and mentor junior artists and coordinate with account managers.


Working with in-house web programmers, I specialize in visually engaging online experiences. As branding and messaging characteristically drive our designs, I focus on aesthetics as well as functionality.


Whether live or animated, I conceptualize, write, storyboard and direct the project collaborating with a videographer/animator. My live video work is often part of larger branding campaign (usually in the health arena), and is used both online and off. Most animated video work centers around holiday e-cards for law firm clients. Graphic Designer / Public Relations

Catholic Social Services 1988 I Anchorage, AK I n Designed newsletter, collateral and presentation materials for outreach. Graphic Designer / Volunteer Coordinator

Bean’s Cafe 1987 1988 I Anchorage, AK I n Branded Bean’s Cafe, an Anchorage soup kitchen, by developing a logo, letterhead, newsletter, & fund raising. Bean’s still uses many of these materials today. n Coordinated community volunteers

James Gallagher creative direction I graphic design I illustration my career

I’ve spent the bulk of my career with Herrmann

Advertising Branding Technology, a design firm

whose small size necessitates self-direction and

encourages flexibility and versatility.

In 2011, I married my love of design with my love

of the theater and founded Drama Queen

Graphics, a niche design company that provides

graphics to performing arts organizations.

skills & strengths

n Concept creation and messaging

n High proficiency in the Adobe Creative Cloud,

particularly Photoshop

n Skilled digital manipulation via Photoshop

n Proficiency in Keynote and SquareSpace

n Illustration with a flair for comic book-style

n Photoshoot direction

n Storyboard art

n Theater training

n Brand and website auditing


The Communicator Award of Excellence (2)

2015 & 2013 Annual Report, Cardinal Financial Corp. The Communicator Award of Distinction (4)

Communicator Award

Davey Awards - Silver Award

National Healthcare Advertising Awards (3)

Health Campaigns for various Maryland counties

Printing & Graphics Association Mid Atlantic

Excellence in Print, 2012 Annual Report, Loeb & Loeb Government Finance Officers Association

First Place - 2012 Annual Review Metropolitan

Washington Airports Authority

This is a sampling of my awarded work for Herrmann Advertising between 2012-2016.


The University of Notre Dame

College of Arts and Letters

BA with Honors

Double Major: Graphic Design; Art History


Online Portfolio

pw: gallagher

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