Freelance Graphic Designer / Art Director
Graphic Designer and Marketing Manager
11/2005 - 10/2006
Armadillo Border Grill and Cantinas, Denver, CO
I wear many hats for this state-wide restaurant chain. I am the one-man team for graphic design, art direction, media buying, and marketing for all 10 of their locations. Responsibilities include campaign concepts, research, implementation, design and evaluation of in-house and direct advertising, including marketing budget and response analysis. Other responsibilites include event planning and coordination, tradeshows, fundraising, community reach, etc. Respond directly to Director of Operations and President. Other duties were media, print, and graphic - creative purchasing.
1/2005 - 1/2006
Allegra Print and Imaging, Aurora, CO
My responsibilities for this position included graphic design typesetting, revising, and manipulating electronic files in various formats on Mac and PC platforms for printing and archiving. I managed files from external marketing firms and design companies, and also created graphic designs for clients. Some of the clients were Black Eyed Pea Restaurants, Frontier Airlines, and Aurora Federal Credit Union.
10/2002 - 9/2004
Outer Body Experience, Inc., Denver, CO
As Graphic Designer to this rapidly growing all-natural soap company, I directed all advertising, photography, sell sheet, packaging, promotional and internal designs and managed buying and printing costs. Their small budget required someone with enough drive, creativity and innovation, to run what some companies would have 3 departments for, myself. My innovation, knowledge and experience within the industry has allowed me to save the company thousands of dollars in printing and graphic design expenses within my first six months alone. My designs proved to be trendy, market driven and effective.
9/2001 - 10/2006
I-deal Designs, LLC., Aurora, CO
Founder. Graphic design and marketing services for growing companies in Colorado. Contracts with clients who include Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub, Whole Body Health Center, Serenity on St.Paul, Ireland's Finest Painting Company, and The Armadillo Mexican restaurants, entailed logo designs, mailers, flyers, menus, marketing promotions, and web/print advertising. In addition, my experience with print, photography brokerage, and creative marketing has allowed my clients to make a strong advertising impact with a limited budget - through creative and innovative graphic design.
Academy of Design,
Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design
I proudly graduated with honors in an intensive Graphic Design program at one of Canada's Top 20 design schools. The program taught the fundementals of graphic design, from layout and color theory, to art history and pre-press. During my studies there, my passion and determination allowed me to advance in classes at double the pace of my fellow students and was occasionally asked to fill in for teachers within the program.
- Expert -
Mac OS X
Pre-press and Production
- Intermediate -
Project Planning and Coordination
Purchasing - Media, Photography, etc.
- Beginner -
English - Fluent - Written and Spoken
French - Advanced - Spoken
Italian - Advanced - Spoken
Spanish - Beginner - Spoken
Willing to travel up to 25% - at clients 100% expense.
I am a self motivated, disciplined and experienced Graphic Design and Creative professional, who is looking to rid the world of cheap, ineffective, futile advertising and branding. With more than 7 years of print, web, marketing and graphic design experience - I bring with me the ability to present solutions and innovative ideas and techniques through graphics. Not only do I thrive in a fast paced position, I understand it's value for a seamless operation. My experience will also prove to be of value, as well as my ability to manage multiple projects from concept to completion, at once - with little or no supervision. I am a team player, and have been called a great motivator and leader many times in my work experiences.
I am fluent on both Mac and PC platforms and am an expert at most Graphic softwares. I am currently studying softwares that will improve my web design abilities.
Thank you in advance for considering me as a candidate and I look forward to hearing from you.