About

An artist at heart, my background in painting and printmaking is complemented by a technical aptitude and a love of learning. I like to think this affords me a broad perspective on the art and craft of design in all of its creative and technical demands. My deep respect for taste and aesthetics is matched only by a passion for clean typography and graceful markup.

Skills

Design

  • Detail-oriented typography and layout skills
  • Strong front end web development knowledge, with basic back end capabilities
  • Understanding of SEO and web accessibility best practices
  • Experienced in 1-, 2- and 4-color print design
  • Intimate knowledge of digital photography and image editing, color correction and retouching

Software

Design
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, QuarkXPress
General
Mac/Windows, Word, Excel
Front end
HTML, CSS, JS (vanilla, jQuery)
Back end
PHP (OOP, Wordpress), MySQL, basic Apache configurations

Education

University of Denver

1998 to 2002

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (Painting)
  • Secondary concentration in Electronic Media Arts & Design

Studio Art Centers International, Florence

Fall and Winter 2001

  • Studies in fresco painting, lithography, screen printing, illustration and black & white photography

Experience

Freelance Graphic Design

2006 to present

  • Web design and front end development
  • Identity and branding
  • Web and print production
  • Illustration
  • Poster and t-shirt design
  • Photo retouching and consultation
Selected clients
First Chair Designs, Rick & Kelly’s American Bistro, Vail Valley Animal Hospital, Brush Creek Dry Goods, Palace Construction, Fara Commercial Brokerage, Hunt to Eat, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Mike Kelly Photography

Designation Labs

UX Researcher and Front-End Designer—July 2014 to present

  • Intensive full-stack immersion program in UX, IxD, UI and front-end development, working on short-term projects with clients from Chicago and around the world.
Clients
Savvo Digital Sommelier Solutions, We Design Think, Plumwise, TeacherCare Online

DJ Photo Corp, Evanston, IL

Digital imaging specialist—2003 to 2014

Photo Retouching
Lead photo retoucher. Perform digital retouching, color/exposure correction and image enchancement for portrait studio and retail customers, as well as light to extensive restoration of faded and damaged photos.
Digital Production
Responsible for large format photo printing, archival scanning and photo duplication, basic video editing, and production of specialty photo products, including greeting cards, photo books, and photo sublimation gifts.
Design & Marketing
Design and maintain website. Developed custom PHP-based system for private online presentation and ordering of portrait images.
Produce direct mail, print and web advertising and in-store flyers.
Systems & Maintenance
Manage Windows-based computer network. Maintain large format inkjet, sublimation inkjet and high-speed production laser printers.
Established color-managed digital imaging workflows in changeover from analog, linking systems from multiple vendors and coordinating diverse inputs with four forms of color output.
Customer Service
Portrait consultation and sales, digital camera instruction and guidance, film processing and quality control, photo framing.

College of American Pathologists, Northfield, IL

Graphic Design Intern—1998 to 2000 (seasonal)

  • In-house print projects executed from concept and design to pre-press delivery.
  • Assisted production and editing of annual meeting and proficiency testing catalogs.
  • Converted legacy assets from PageMaker to QuarkXpress. Prepared internal business card and letterhead updates.