History Teaching and contracting part time, full time, and freelance, my experience areas are print and digital design, production, layout, and digital project design and coding. Core interest areas are html email, landing page design/dev, front end HTML/CSS, JQuery, and working in CMS environments and/or within a Bootstrap framework.
Current engagements Hubspot training, Sketch, workflows and productivity, marketing automation, researching best practices, enrolled in UX web design master course.
Focus and end goal for my work To design and arrange layout elements utilizing a user-centric approach to deliver effective messaging and valuable content, fostering marketing strategy and goals.
- Typographic hierarchy, contrast, pairing, systems
- Beautiful layouts
- Engaging users/readers in content
- Style guides
- Content composition and structure (grammar nazi)
- Brand champion
- HTML and CSS
- HTML email coder
- Bootstrap framework, and familiarity with other frameworks
- Structure and template design
- Landing pages
- Photo retouching, optimizing, and photography
Digital Designer at KavoKerr
December 2016 to April 2018
Contract full-time digital designer, Wood Dale, IL
Primary responsibilities in helping wth building, templating, rebranding, and launching two new company websites. Updating/designing varous CMS existing and new site layouts, styles, and content. product page, landing page, services pages, navigation and UI design. Content organization/presentation and content layout. Environment: Marketing and IT; local and international teams. Highly collaborative workflow and variety of workflow tools.
BA from Columbia College
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.
Jon Kula | Art Director, KaVo Kerr
I just want to say how amazingly helpful Susan has been with the new i-CAT website. With months of back and forth of not really getting anywhere I was able to talk it over with Susan and she accomplished what I was looking to have done in a day. All the work she has dedicated to the site so far has helped tremendously to both function and look its best!
Julie Fragoso | Digital Marketing Manager, KaVo Kerr
Susan is a rockstar front-end developer that anyone would want on their team. She joined ours in the middle of a website project and jumped right in — embracing the dental business, learning about the products, building out web pages and offering a ton of value with her UX and typography skills. Within a year her responsibilities grew a ton. In our next website relaunch project, to retrofit one site into an existing site infastructure, she helped define the content migration production process, standardize product templates and content, implemented SEO file naming, enforced brand standards and improved functionality in the live site and CMS, to name a few things. I would work with her again anyday.
Larry Dannewitz | President, Sandwich Fair Association
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.
Scott Peska, Ed.D. | Dean for Students, Waubonsee Community College
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!