About

work history

Freelance Graphic Designer/Head Creative-type Person & Owner
shd graphics, Philadelphia, PA | Boutique graphic design studio
November 2014 – present
I’m back!!! Returning to shd graphics has been exactly what I needed. I love speaking with the clients directly and guiding them through what is usually their first creative experience. Partnering with other firms provides just the right balance of projects to include branding, exterior signage, and promotional materials. All previously learned skills are currently in play.
Clients include: B&D Marketing, GDG Consulting, JTwo Films

Exhibit + Graphic Designer
studioMUSarx, LLC, Philadelphia, PA | Museum planning + Architecture + Exhibit Design
September 2012 – October 2014
As the sole graphic designer in this Philadelphia-based architecture office, my responsibilities were for all creative work for clients, presentations, and for the company. Projects ranged for a corporate energy education center to a regional museum for music history in addition to PowerPoint presentations, proposals, and ad creation.
Clients include: Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Freelance Graphic Designer/Head Creative-type Person & Owner
shd graphics, Philadelphia, PA | Boutique graphic design studio
August 2009 – September 2012
shd graphics was born out of wanting to continue creative work that included clients in the process of design. Client opportunities include logo & identity design, sales collateral, PowerPoint presentations, packaging and banners for regional events. Including the primary design function, responsibilities also include sales, accounting and marketing for new projects. Other opportunities were expanded to include social media planning, web editing, creation and distribution of press releases and negotiating contracts for advertising placement.
Clients include: Classic Cake, Great Guys Group, Unite for HER

Art Director
Eight Eleven Inc., Camden, NJ | Branding & Marketing agency
July 2007 – August 2009
Primarily tasked with building the brand for Eight Eleven Inc. my work also including conceptualizing, creating initial drafts and managing all projects with a junior designer through to production and completion. Additional responsibilities included administration (estimates, project plans and negotiating with vendors), management (work schedules and distribution of projects) and research (finding project specific vendors, reviewing voice talent for Flash videos). Assistance was also provided to the other team members including Web (creation of Web-ready graphics and site designs) and copywriting (proof-reading and editing as needed).
Clients include: Checkpoint Systems, Sielox, Wavetrend

Creative & Owner
Hutton Designs, Philadelphia, PA | Boutique graphic design studio
February 2004 – July 2007
Solely responsible for bringing in sales, managing projects directly with executive-level managers while simultaneously creating all layouts and graphics and communicating with printers for final production. Additional responsibilities included all required accounting administration.
Clients include: American College of Physicians, FirstQuarter, World Extend

 

additional employment history
Senior Designer
Davis Advertising, Philadelphia, PA | National recruitment advertising agency
July 1998 – February 2004

Graphic Designer
Slack, Inc., Thorofare, NJ | Educational health care publisher
February 1998 – July 1998

Graphic Designer > Senior Designer, Marketing > Art Director, Marketing
Disc Makers, Pennsauken, NJ | Independent media manufacturer
October 1992 – February 1998

 

skills
Creative and conceptual design; visual communication design (print & web); marketing; pre-press file preparation; project management & scheduling; vendor & client consultations; environmental & oversized graphics creation & preparation; photography & photo styling; excellent communication & presentation skills and research skills.

 

the details
Education
Moore College of Art & Design
Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Graphic Design

Software
Macintosh & PC (Adobe Creative Suites, Quark XPress, Microsoft Office® Suite)

Additional Skills
Goal oriented, collaborative, multi-task oriented, excellent organizational & presentation skills, excellent visual memory; proficient typing skills and personable on the telephone

pro bono
Cascarones Por La Vida
Old First UCC
Philadelphia Kids Club
The Philadelphia Sketch Club

leadership
BNI Philadelphia 1, Secretary/Treasurer, 2011-12

awards
2011 American Graphic Design Award, Publications
2008 American Graphic Design Award, Packaging