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Graphic Designer Microsoft Office

Chicago, Illinois, United States
October 06, 2016

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Paul Grigonis

**** *. ***** ******

Apt. *N

Chicago, IL 60645








With over 20 years of experience in graphic design and art direction, I have developed brand and corporate identities, websites, advertisements, annual reports, direct mail kits and sales collateral for clients in health, medical, education, retail, professional services, high-tech and nonprofit industries. I have been responsible for design concepts, overseeing projects, delegating assignments and intervening with service bureaus, printers and clients.


PRECAST/PRESTRESSED CONCRETE INSTITUTE (PCI), CHICAGO, IL 2005 • 2016 Director, Production, Publishing, and Art Direction PCI is one of the largest and most prestigious trade associations in the precast/prestressed concrete industry.

Managed both in house and freelance graphic designers and copy editors

Duties included overseeing the daily operation of an in-house art/production department, art direction and design of all magazines, marketing pieces, manuals, websites, electronic delivery materials, and publications.

Responsible for the procurement of, as well as acting as liaison for printers, and other vendors.

Acted as staff event and architectural photographer.

Re-designed the PCI Journal.

Established internal editing and proofing systems incorporating Adobe InCopy and Adobe Track Comments feature. This allowed for fewer mistakes and faster turn-around times.

Developed an image database to collect, preserve, and catalog photographs. COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 1994 • 2011 Adjunct Faculty Member

I Taught Audio Production consisting of theoretical audio engineering concepts followed by hands on experience with some of the latest professional audio recording devices to two classes consisting of twenty students each for 17 years at one of the nation’s premier visual, performing, media and communication arts college. OMEGA STUDIOS (R.R. DONNELLEY COMPANY), ELGIN, IL 2004 • 2005 Senior Graphic Designer

Created the concept, design, and layout of direct mail pieces and catalogs for numerous clients including Coldwater Creek and Sears.

ED. GARVEY & COMPANY, NILES, ILLINOIS 1997 • 2004 Graphic Design / Art Director

Managed the in-house art department for a commercial print facility that specialized in large-format full-color printing.

Prepared and troubleshot electronic files for film output.

Established in-house design services division to provide exceptional design and branding services to small businesses and earned the honor of establishing the new control kit for that market.

Established the brand identity of the Garvey Group Marketing Team with the concept and design of their logo and marketing materials.

Gained extensive knowledge and expertise in pre-press procedures to create designs that are print-ready saving client time and money.

BANKERS LIFE & CASUALTY CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 1996 • 1997 Lead Production Artist / Graphic Designer / Manager Managed seven designers at the in-house graphics department of a major health and disability insurance company. Created and/or oversaw eye-catching campaigns for various products and events.

Set up graphic server for art department, saving time spent up and downloading files.

Established effective backup regime and implemented software which eliminated redundant and/or noncurrent files being output for film, eliminating errors and nonchargeable time for re-dues.

Saved tight production schedule by rendering missing artwork from client projects and eliminated the need to stop production.

Worked closely with print production professionals to construct print-ready designs saving client time and money.

Paul Grigonis

7443 N. Hoyne Avenue

Apt. 3N

Chicago, IL 60645







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FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER / ART DIRECTOR 1986 • PRESENT Graphic Designer / Art Director / Senior Production Artist Implemented concepts of original designs, mock-up construction, and general graphic support. AIRWAVE RECORDING STUDIOS 1985 • 1996

Partner / Audio Engineer / Music Producer

Responsibilities include Audio production of music, radio plays, live radio broadcasts for WFMT and NPR radio, and audio production for Poetry Magazine’s, Poet’s in Person series. CREATIVE RADIO PRODUCTIONS, LLC 1984 • 1986

Partner / Audio Engineer / Creative Director

Responsibilities include writing and producing radio commercials. Education

Columbia College Chicago Bachelor of Fine Arts

New York Institute of Photography Certificate in Photographic Arts Concepts and Skills

Audio Production Identity Packages POP Displays

Books Interactive Forms Postcards

Brochures Logo Design Posters

Catalogs Magazine Ads Technical Manuals

CD Cover Art Magazines Theatrical Promotions

Collateral Kits Marketing Materials Video Post Production Direct Mail Kits Newsletters Web Site Design

Awards and Recognition

Awarded Lead Market Share Health Care Direct Mail Sears Insurance Silver Microphone Award Radio Commercial Production Creative Radio LLC

$10 Million Ad Campaign Conceptual and Design Garvey Group LLC Clients and Accounts

3COM DePaul University Midwest New Musicals

Abelson-Taylor Elite Graphics Red Lobster

ADB Frito Lay Rosen Group

Amtrak Garvey Group, LLC RR Donnelley

Bagby Greenpeace Sears

Batletech Ha-Lo Shure Brothers

Bozell Handelan-Pederson Silver Lining

Breyer’s Harley Davidson Taylor-Johnson

Chicago Chamber Musicians Honda Theatre Building Chicago Chicago Dramatists Illinois Philharmonic Orch. True Value Chicago Photography Center Loyola University University of Chicago, The ChicagoTribune Man-O-War Virtual World

City Lit Theatre Mayer, Brown and Platt Zenith Radio Corporation Software Skills

Adobe Creative Suite CC 2015 ProTools QuarkXpress

Logic Pro Microsoft Office Suite Final Cut Pro

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