EDUCATION


Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL (1997-1999)
Received Associate's degree in Graphic Design

The Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg, IL (1999-2001)
Received Bachelor's degree in Visual Communications


WORK HISTORY


September 2004-Present
Freelance
Self-run freelance business
Communicate with various clients and ensured prompt and quality delivery of projects including magazine ads and layout, product photography, trade show booths, posters, catalogs, business cards, mailers, postcards, websites (can be viewed at  www.grafxone.com), custom logos and various other print media for various companies small and large including Stagnito Media. Created original artwork for the commercially available book "Fresh Air For Life" by Dr. Allan J. Somersall, designed book cover for published work "Never Believe The Odds" by Frank Maenhout. Also laid out and created original artwork for entire 84-page magazine for Stagnito Media. Digital version can be viewed at  http://digitalmedia.gourmetretailer.com/TheGourmetRetailer2013AugSep/index.html


January 2001-Present
Movie Facts Inc., Des Plaines, IL
Art Director (11/2015-present), Graphic Designer (1/2001-8/2015)
Create ads for thousands of various businesses big and small to be printed in a monthly tri-fold publication nationwide or seen on televisions at various Florida golf club locations. Also created other print/advertising media in addition to the company mascot, new company logo, and aided Art Director in complete redesign of brochure. Also assist in preparing files for print and communicate with printer to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.


August 2000-May 2001
Shockwaves Screenprinting & Embroidery, Elk Grove, IL
Graphic Designer
Laid out, prepared, and at times created original artwork to be embroidered or screenprinted for clients such as the Dave Matthews Band.


January 1997-May 1997
Tukaiz Communications, Franklin Park, IL
Graphic Designer
Internship, laid out package designs for major companies such as Fellowes.


Proficiencies: Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign) and QuarkXpress, advanced knowledge of Macromedia Flash, Adobe Premiere, Microsoft Word & Dreamweaver, Powerpoint, Word, HTML and CSS. Experience with web/blog sites such as Wordpress and a broad variety of social media platforms, computer hardware and various other video, audio and graphics creation/editing software (both 2D and 3D) on both Mac and PC. Also have a strong background in photography and my own photo and lighting equipment, and expertise in photo retouching and manipulation. For samples of my work, please visit my website:  www.grafxone.com

 

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