RESUME

Summary
I have a wide range of experience in art direction, design, marketing, and strategy. Throughout my professional career, I have adapted to new strategies, technologies, and tactics -- learning new skills as needed. Since college (2000) I've worked as an art director (titled and non-titled) and branding specialist, for clients in both B2B and B2C -- including health care, education, and retail.

One of my accomplishments was receiving "Best of Division 1" from the BMA for my art direction and design as part of team for the Delta Dental Plan of Michigan in advertising/direct marketing in 2008.

I am as comfortable in print as I am in web-based design and media. I can shoot a camera, direct a photo-shoot, as well as help draft and implement marketing strategy and create a brand.

Specialties
I provide consistent branding and creative solutions to visual and tactical problems in a variety of media and channels.



Experience
Senior Designer at RJ Schinner
September 2011 - Present
Art direction and design of private labels, including company branding. Design and direction of online and print marketing materials. Branding and logo design, presentation design, website and blog management -- including copywriting and development. Social media content management and creation. Product photography and post production.

Communications Specialist: Graphic Designer at Rogers Memorial Hospital
May 2008 - January 2011
Art direction and design of printed and electronic materials. Vendor co-ordination, photography, and other creative duties.

Art Director at DMC Advertising and Marketing
August 2005 - January 2008
Design and direction of interactive and print materials. Key clients served: Milwaukee County Zoological Society, Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, Concordia College.

Graphic Designer at Design Partners
June 2004 - October 2005
Package designer and Macromedia Flash designer. Key clients served: Miller Brands, Kraft Foods, and Jockey.

Art Director // Graphic Designer at Senario LLC
May 2001 - May 2004
Package designer and all around designer for a manufacturer / marketer of consumer goods. See Podd Morrow Design (below) for complete synopsis of duties.

Art Director // Graphic Designer at Podd Morrow Design
May 2001 - March 2004
Although I was hired as a graphic designer out of college, I provided art direction and the design for packaging, logos, p.o.p, web sites, and other sales collateral for products in the electronic, stationary and toy lines. This included developing the package structure (die-line creation) and mock-ups. There was also a high-level of overseas correspondence and co-ordination with printers and factories in China. Lastly, I was involved in the interviewing, hiring and training of junior designers & student interns. Podd Morrow design was the primary creative services for Senario LLC.



Education
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 1997 - 2000.
B.F.A. GPA: 3/5
Subjects: Graphic Design, Photography, Illustrations, Journalism and Corporate Communications.

1996 - 1997. Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. 
GPA: 3.0
Subjects: Foundations. Graphic Design.

WCTC - Pewaukee. 1994 - 1995.
Subjects: Desktop Publishing Certificate, Graphics.

Madison Area Technical College. 1991 - 1992
Subjects: Printing and Publishing Certificate, Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production.

Kettle Moraine High School
Diploma, 1986 - 1990



Honors and Awards
  • 2010 PIW "Best of Show" 2-Color Award
  • 2006 Bell Awards Best of Show for Dental Dental Plan of Michigan. (Art Director)
  • 2000 Clare Waldheim Student Honorable Mention for Graphic Design