The BIG picture…

As someone who is dedicated to providing the highest quality of service at all times, I am always intimately involved in a project, and oversee and monitor it until both I and the client are completely satisfied. The foundation of my success lies in my talent and passion for graphic design. In every company I work with I not only bring new energy, fresh ideas and a different way of thinking, I also guide them to achieving their full potential.
With a well deserved reputation for getting projects no matter how large or small, done on time, I flourish with planning and coordinating all project phases from conception, through design and execution.

Education

AS, June 2001

Art Institues International at San Francisco
Graphic Design

Coursework included: Illustration, Design Layout, Typography, Art and Design concepts, Color Theory, Print Production, 3D Design, and Photo Retouching, Art History
GPA: 3.8

Experience

September 2018 – December 2019

Digital Composition Specialist III
State of California Franchise Tax Board
  • Applied accessibility standards to forms, notices, and publications to ensure they were compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and WCAG 2.1.
  • Identified issues related to form accessibility and functionality and develop solutions to resolve issues prior to submitting for final departmental accessibility testing.
  • Wrote the most complex source code, to ensure all form fields have accurate label elements and/or prompts.
  • Performed unit accessibility testing and debugging during the forms development lifecycle, utilized various accessibility software testing tools such as JAWS and NVDA.
  • Applied and manipulated appropriate technological solutions to create and remediate interactive and accessible forms for the department’s website and web applications.
  • Collaborated with business and technical partners throughout the department and worked in accordance with Enterprise Publication Process.

December 2015 – September 2018

Layout Specialist/ Art Director
Herburger Publications, Galt, CA
  • Managed the design workflow of five community newspapers, which are printed nine times a month.
  • Administered proficiency in elements and principals of graphic design to create page layouts and meet rigorous deadlines.
  • Coordinated with pre-press specialists in the design and pre-flight of ads in traditional and electronic publications to ensure timely delivery for reproduction.
  • Troubleshot independently and collaboratively, software and hardware issues to maximize efficiency and minimize downtime.
  • Collaborated with departmental program areas to identify, learn and fully understand customer needs to maximize timeliness and effectiveness of deliverables.
  • Communicated daily, both orally and in writing, with colleagues and a divers clientele to reconcile design issues.

January 2001 - Present

Graphic Designer
Freelance, Sacramento, CA
  • Designed and laid out newspapers, logos, business cards, letterheads, t-shirts, CD packaging, webpages, digital newsletters, labels, invitations, and wedding stationary.
  • Print set up, print brokering.

August 2001 – December 2015

Art Director
Valley Community Newspapers, Sacramento, CA
  • Managed the art department and workflow of scheduled and special publications.
  • Designed and created FileMaker Pro databases to schedule ads and track revenue.
  • Planned, coordinated and led meetings with the sales department to boost revenue.
  • Developed social media marketing tactics to increase readership.
  • Instituted an email and online digital forms marketing strategy, which resulted in a five-fold increase in revenue over the prior year. The publication is now thirty-two full color pages.

October 2014 - August 2017

Graphic Designer / Webmaster
Savage Life Fitness, Sacramento, CA
  • Created custom branding and logo design for the business.
  • Designed and produced custom graphic artwork such as a-frames, t-shirts, posters, class schedules for print, newsletters for both print and web, and other business marketing tools.
  • Multi-tasked assignments and met strict deadlines.
  • Managed web design, and created web content and social media designs.

Skills

InDesign
Illustrator
Photoshop
Wordpress
Dreamweaver
Troubleshooting