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Currently I have 15 years of working experience as a graphic & creative designer in the digital & print field. I have spent a fair amount of that time working in sign shops, producing signs from the design process, to printing/plotting, to building. I have worked with various printing facilities over the years, designing & setting up projects for screen printing (signs, paper & apparel), embroidery, digital printing & vinyl plotting. I have also spent the last several years enhancing my skills & working in vinyl application on vehicles, photography, photo editing, videography, creative writing, website design & development. I am interested in all types of design: Graphic, Photography, Advertising, Film & Video, Game, Interior, Architecture. I enjoy learning new skills & trades, along with evolving my current skills as a designer. I am quick to learn new skills & encourage myself to evolve as a person & designer. I enjoy working directly with clients, they are all creative; I love to take their visions & bring them to life through my artistic & trade skills. I work efficiently while unsupervised in a quiet environment.
December 2010 to Present Day: INDEPENDENT DESIGN PROFESSIONAL & TEACHER
Serving Multiple Clients in the US. Personal Studio Located in Fayetteville, OH
Responsibilities: Design graphics, websites, illustrations, fliers, advertisements, album covers, menus, signage & other creative media for multiple different clients. Set up art files for printing (screen printing, paper printing, digital large format printing, vinyl printing). Retouch and path photography files of retail products for marketing materials. Manage, promote, photograph, videograph & design for http://www.tajlyn.com. Teach individuals, one on one, the basics & fundamentals of Graphic Design & the Adobe Programs via phone, internet & in person. Programs used daily/often: Adobe Creative Suite Programs CS5: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Bridge, iMovie, WordPress, PowerPoint, Word
December 2008 to December 2010: ART DIRECTOR & DESIGNER / PRODUCTION ARTIST
Paradise Signs & Graphics in Newcastle, CA
Responsibilities: Design & produce advertising media for real estate agencies, local businesses & organizations using vinyl, spot color & digital large format printing techniques. Design art based on customers’ requests & discuss with them ideas to complete the design they want. Design & manage all marketing & web material for Paradise Signs & Graphics. Responsible for computer maintenance & customer service. Produced banners, signs, vehicle graphics, window lettering, magnets,company website & decals. Machines Operated: Vinyl Plotter, Mimaki JV & Plotter, Gerber Edge & Plotter. Programs used daily/often: SignLab6, SignLab8, Adobe Illustrator CS & CS5, Adobe Photoshop CS & CS5, Composer, Dreamweaver MX2004, Microsoft Word, CorelDraw
May 2008 to December 2008: GRAPHIC DESIGNER / PRODUCTION ARTIST
Sign´s Plus of Roseville in Roseville, CA
Responsibilities: Designed & produced advertising media for real estate agencies, local
businesses & organizations using vinyl, spot color & large format printing techniques. Designed art based on customers’ requests & discuss with them ideas to complete the design they want. Responsible for computer maintenance. Produced banners, signs, vehicle graphics, magnets, window lettering & decals. Machines Operated: Vinyl Plotter. Programs used daily/often: SignLab, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver MX2004, CorelDraw
November 2005 to April 2008: DIRECTOR & DESIGNER OF GRAPHICS DEPARTMENT
Unlimited Promotions in Fairfield, OH
Responsibilities: Managed & directed graphics department, oversaw one other graphic
designer. Designed & set up electronic artwork files for screen printing, embroidery,
embossing, etc.. Vectorized bitmap art by tracing, researching the web or company
database. Designed art based on customers’ requests, worked with customers to design what they wanted in the amount of time given. Worked under very strict, tight deadlines at times (large, tight-deadline projects include American Heart Association Mini Heart Marathon, YMCA camps & athletic teams & American Cancer Society Strides Walk). Uploaded images & product information on company website. Programs used daily/often: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, OrderMasters, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Corel Photo-Paint, Dreamweaver MX2004
Antonelli College in Cincinnati, OH
ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF APPLIED BUSINESS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Awards: Blue Ribbon (Professors pick one person each quarter out of the entire class who they think have succeeded in class and in their artwork) & High Honors.
Courses: Working with Color, Type, Illustration in various mediums (marker, colored pencil, ink, graphite, scratch board) Cartooning, Storyboarding, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator,Dreamweaver, GoLive, Flash Animation, HTML, InDesign, Quark Express, Package Design, Logo Design, Speech, Psychology, English.
VERY PROFICIENT IN: Illustrator & Photoshop. MAC & Windows Platforms.
PROFICIENT IN: Dreamweaver, InDesign, iMovie, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Word & Flash.
CREATIVE & HANDS ON:
VERY PROFICIENT IN: Graphic Design, Prepress, Sign Fabrication, Vinyl Application, Large Format Digital Printing, Photo Editing, Creative Writing.
PROFICIENT IN: Web Design & Development, Photography, CMS, Social Media, Marketing,
Videography, Sewing, Illustration.
PROFICIENT IN: Cooking From Scratch, Teaching, Martial Arts, Heavy Lifting, Researching Online & In Textbooks, Patience, Adaptation, Computer Saavy