Graphic Designer and Marketing Communications Specialist
Tapirgraphics Art and Design, August 2011 - current
Freelance digital and print graphic design to include logos, brochures, on-sheets, fliers, books, magazines, posters, infographics, banners, trade show graphics, social media graphics, web graphics and email graphics.
Illustration, photography and photo-manipulation.
Arabian Horse Association, Aurora, CO, January 2017 - September 2017
Multi-media and print publications designer for large show program books, advertising campaigns, branding, web graphics, social media graphics, magazine design, infographics, illustration and photo-editing.
Multi-Media Graphic Designer
M.E.S.A., Colorado Springs, February 2016 - December 2016
Sole graphic designer for online and direct-mail marketing collateral, large production print, specialty print projects, web graphics and layout, and responsive email campaigns
Responsible for conceptualizing, designing and pre-press of product logos, banners, window clings, price tags, table cards, brochures, and large posters while working with an out-of-state press
Identity design and trade show graphics for the upcoming summit in Nashville. Graphics included logo design, app graphics, massive banners, roll-up banners, table cards, posters, pint glasses, awards, event shirts, name tags, corrugated metal signage, fliers, speaker's booklet and custom signage
Digital and online media projects include: retarget ad design, animated advertisements (GIF), digital signage graphics (using Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects and PremierePro), Facebook newsfeed graphics, Facebook banner and advertisement graphics; email header graphics; Pandora ads, and various-sized website banner graphics
Design of responsive email templates and edits of webpages using html5/CSS/and basic Python as well as web edits in Wordpress and Kentico CMS
Collaborating with the executive director, the marketing director and the MESA board members to oversee design style and conceptual advertising strategies. Continually dialoguing in-person, over the phone and through email communications to brainstorm ideas
Wrote and designed the company's first visual style guide
Other responsibilities include updating client lists, print orders, making edits to the marketing calendar, updating and sending weekly MailChimp email campaigns and managing Python template email campaigns
Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP), April 2015 - December 2015
Graphic design projects spanning logos, social media graphics and print and online advertising. Photography of major summer events and concerts. Communications for press releases and social media (Twitter, Instagram and Facebook). Both the Twitter and Instagram accounts were revamped. The Twitter followers doubled and the Instagram followers tripled.
Currently designing brochures and promotional materials for the fundraising efforts of the 2016 Riverwalk enhancement projects. Also managing the Twitter and Instagram accounts, contributing to the Facebook account, and writing a strategic communications plan for the enhancement projects.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, August 2015 - November 2015
Designed posters, fliers, ad design, signage and logos. Photographed and videographed events and artwork for promotional materials (print and website) and social media marketing. Contributed copywriting for the art center's app and weekly newsletter. Helped to contribute daily posts to the Instagram account and generated a hashtag collection.
Senior Graphic Design Editor and Advertising Designer
CSU-Pueblo Today student magazine, August - December 2014
Designed a 64-page editorial magazine from scratch following pre-press parameters. Designed the majority of the ads and prepped client supplied ads for pre-press production.
Corporate and Public Affairs Intern
Bechtel National Inc., Pueblo, June - August 2014
Graphic design for posters, social media graphics, t-shirt and a employee handbook. Design projects included in-house digital printing and professional pre-press. Communications writing for social media posts, fact sheets and assisted with newsletter editing. Photography of facility, events and portraits of employees for promotional purposes.
Digital SLR photography and RAW capture
Off-camera creative flash photography
html5/CSS and some Python
Off-set printing press parameters
Web ads and social media graphics
Drawing and mixed-media
Optimizing images and graphics for web and social media
Public relations writing
Journalism writing and AP style
Social media marketing
CHASS SoCo Conference Logo
CSU-Pueblo College of Humanities and Social Sciences, October 2015 - January 2016
Currently designing the new logo of the rebranded CHASS community and scholarly conference (originally known as the SISSY Conference).
The Brief Student Competition
Art Directors Club of Denver and Cactus Communications, Nov. 12, 2014
First place team. Contributed to the brainstorm and strategy of a new promotional product for Purple Door Coffee in Denver.
Art Walk Brochure
CSU-Pueblo Art Department, January - May 2013
With a team of four other designers, helped document campus artwork and showcase the work on a brochure, complete with a guiding map.
Academic and Professional Awards
Best Magazine, Society of Professional Journalists Region 9 Mark of Excellence Awards, 2015
Finalist, Nikon and Photographer's Forum Magazine Best of College Photography Contest, 2012-14
Evelyn Weir Mass Communications 2015
Lillian Quine Wassar 2013-15
Anthony Capps Capozzolo Visual Arts 2012-15
Art Director's Club of Denver 2014
CSU-Pueblo Leslie De Mare President's 2013-14
Royal Gorge Artist's Association 2010-14
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Golden Key Honor Society
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
B.F.A. Graphic Design
B.S. Mass Communications Integrated Communications
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Graduated Summa Cum Laude December 11, 2015
Dean's list fall 2011- fall 2015