What I can do for you:
- Work with your creative team
- Work with your clients
- Work with your print vendors
- Design/develop responsive pages
- Develop more effective content
- Art direct photo shoots
- Edit and manipulate digital images and photography
- Concept, design, and produce simple or complex print layouts
- Edit your copy/content (light copywriting)
- Learn quickly and apply your brand and standards to be fully effective
- Design responsive html emails from scratch or templates
- Design 508-compliant electronic documents
- Create banner ads
- Develop and manage your brand
What I do not do:
- Illustration–I can edit and create illustrations as they are a large part of my work, however I am not an illustrator
- 3D imaging/modeling
- Formal UI/UX–I am consciously focused on UI/UX in my freelance work, however I am not a UI/UX designer
- Video shoots–I am not a videographer, but I'd be glad to assist the videographer
- Presentations–I can create great presentations, however I am not a presentation designer
- One type of project for a long period. I work best (as anyone does) with a variety of projects and responsibilities
Digital and Marketing Designer at KavoKerr
December 2012 to April 2017
Contract full-time marketing/digital designer, Woodridge, IL
Primary responsibilities in helping wth rebrand and launch two new company websites: Updating/designing varous CMS existing and new site layouts and content. Working with Hubspot for template creation and landing pages for two new site launches. Content asset template and content design. Environment: local and international team. Highly collaborative workflow and variety of workflow tools.
Graphic Designer at Elgin Community College
August 2012 to August 2016
Part-time graphic/digital designer, Elgin, IL
Reduction in workforce layoff. Letter of recommendation can be provided. Graphic Designer/Production/Layout Artist. In-house agency environment: videographer, photographer, marketing specialists, web team, graphic designers and print/digital designer. Primarily services and event marketing for the college. My duties: html email, interactive PDFs college catalog layout and production, marketing collateral, social media graphics.
Production and Layout Artist for a Dental Industry Journal
December 2014 to une 2016
Part-time Production/Layout Artist, Hoffman Estates, IL
I was brought in to Quintessence to help with the production of a journal only. JOMI, The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, is internationally recognized for its high editorial and scientific standardsis and is Quintessence' most successful publication. My position was absorbed by their shrinking books division. Duties included working with editors, file management, time management, working with authors, use of templates, heavy use of standardized deep styling, advanced knowledge of InDesign and layout techniques.
Graphic Design Instructor at College of DuPage
January 2010 to May 2014
Part-time instructor, Glen Ellyn, IL
I taught two courses in the Liberal Arts Division: I began teaching typography with a focus on esatablishing readability through knowledge of connotative/denotative qualities (type meaning), theme, contrast, hierarchy, typeface pairing, firm understanding of typographic rules, in-depth styles use, content analysis, layout, and applying basic graphic design principles. I taught Web Design/Interactive 1 and 2, involving coding by hand, html email, CSS for layout and styling, responsive layouts, working with templates using Jquery, and APIs. The layout UI design focused heavily on typography and design principles.
Graphic Designer/Web Content editor at Harper College
July 2008 to September 2011
Graphic Designer and Web Content editor, Palatine, IL
Contract/Consulting position providing on-and-off-site graphic/web design services. Largely print and document-related projects generated working closely with marketing specialists. Projects: integrated print/web/email promotions, advertorials, direct mail, logo design, website content management. Heavy branding focus involving image acquisition/manipulation/compositing using Bridge, Photoshop, and Illustrator; Dreamweaver for microsites (CSS/HTML), long document design/production, ad design, and a heavy typographic/content focus.
Graphic Designer/Production Artist at Riverside Publishing
August 2009 to March 2012
Graphic design/production, contract and client, Rolling Meadows, IL
Contract/Consulting position providing on-and-off-site graphic/web design services. Projects included integrated web/e-mail/direct mail campaign; design and production of general collateral (banner ads, brochures, direct mail, html e-mail, posters), and catalogue ad design. Off-site work involved generation and maintenance of interactive PDFs.
Graphic Design Instructor at Waubonsee Community College
January 2002 to May 2010
Teaching position, Sugar Grove, IL
Teaching position. I developed the typography curriculum for the department and taught Graphic Design 1, Digital Illustration (Illustrator), Digital Imaging (Photoshop), and Typography (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator).
Graphic Designer at WMH Tool Group
August 2007 to April 2008
Contract graphic designer/production artist, Elgin, IL
Contract position. Catalog design and production in addition to trade show graphics and signage. Projects: trade show banners and POS, catalogue design and production. I attended press checks and was responsible for managing my projects. Heavy catalogue, and image editing and manipulation. The department became outsourced.
2003 to 2007
Temporary graphic design/digital design/production/prepress
Experian Auto, Schaumburg, IL – Ditigal Designer – Contracted to create a landing page and other digital online html/css projects. Consulting and training.
Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, IL –Graphic Designer – Flux position involving print production/design of presentation and general collateral material: direct mail design, presentations, brochures, flyers, postcards, and html e-mail design. Applications used: Quark, Photoshop, Power Point, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.
Hans Manufacturing, Oswego, IL – Contract Graphic Design position.
Screen printing, layout, template creation.
National Safety Council, Schaumburg, IL – Contract Graphic Design
position. UI design of proprietary software application and packaging design.
Alpha Graphics, Northbrook, IL – Contract Graphic Design/Project management/prepress functions and working with customers/clients.
Block & Company, Wheeling, IL – Contract Graphic Production Artist. Working with bank supplies and forms, and heavy catalogue production.
J. Wagner Printing, Northbrook, IL – Graphic Production artist. Prepress/production involving offset and digital printing, graphic design, and production skills.
BA from Columbia College
GPA 3.85, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
I majored in Graphic Design and also acquired 15 hrs. of photography credits. In addition, I was interested in digital photography and web design. I graduated from Columbia College with honors.
AA from Waubonsee Community College
GPA 3.95, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL
I was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Waubonsee Art Club. I acquired a strong fine art background in addition to introductory graphic design courses. I was an honors program graduate.
I developed a high regard for Susan based on the outstanding work she did in a short period of time. She was able to produce a very high volume of work while maintaining very high standards of quality. Her strong human relations skills enabled her to interface effectively with many different personalities within our organization. She was able to take charge and get things done.
Larry Dannewitz | President, Sandwich Fair Association
I love the award design! I saw it last week and it is PERFECT! I think the committee will like it. I just registered on the event brite and went through the site and think it looks great! You have done an outstanding job re-designing it and getting content up quickly. Thank you!
Scott Peska, Ed.D. | Dean for Students, Waubonsee Community College