My resume can tell you all about my work experience, education and skill set, but here’s a bit about me that it can’t tell you:
I’m a self-taught designer.
In elementary school, a friend and I thought it was fun to sit for hours on crumby laptops and mess around in Photoshop Elements. When I turned sixteen, instead of asking for a new car or other ‘normal’ teenage gift, I begged my parents for the Adobe Creative Suit. I haven’t looked back since.
I originally went to school for interior design.
I soon learned that although I absolutely loved the design process: the idea generation, the concepting, the color selection and the presentation of it all, I was more interested in the branding of a new space rather than it’s dimensions and ADA compliance.
I’m a Chicago transplant… from Jersey.
No, I don’t know any of the folks from the Jersey Shore but I will do my best to show you how to properly fist-pump. I grew up on a small horse farm in rural north Jersey, but don’t be surprised when I sound like a Mid-Westerner. I have no accent and I'm okay with it.
I find inspiration in a lot of places.
Sometimes all I need is a walk down to Paper Source or thirty minutes of scrolling through Google to clear a creative block. I print some stuff, hang it up, doodle on it, write down some words, ask for opinions and eventually it comes to me. It isn’t a pretty process all the time but it’s always worth it.
university of kentucky, lexington, ky
b.a. integrated strategic communication
art history minor | magna cum laude
school of visual arts, new york, ny
pre-college basic design course
oct 2007 - dec 2007
mac os x
2012 national student advertising competition team member & presenter
2012 ADDY winner, student division
collateral print material
2012 lex ad club scholarship recipient
html & css basics
ymca of metro chicago | nov 12 - present
• design print and digital materials
(social media graphics, postcards, brochures,
flyers, posters and environmental graphics)
• produce suites of campaign materials including
display ads, billboards, transit posters and mailers
• ensure adherence of all projects to brand guidelines
• manage library of graphics and illustrations
ace weekly | sept 12 - jan 14
• layout, cover and ad design for monthly
• worked remotely while remaining in contact
with editor to ensure deadlines were met
admissions assessment intern
norton norris inc | may 12 - sept 12
• ensured admissions departments at select
u.s. colleges were working in compliance
with government standards
group cj | jan 12 - may 12
• collaborated with creative director on design
and updates of print/digital media
• conducted research for clients and projects
• organized and maintained agency’s archives
creative marketing intern
uk information technology | aug 10 - jan 12
• conceptualized and executed designs
for promotional print material
• collaborated with co-workers and other
interns on design development
• assisted in wire-framing and re-design of website
Harness Horse Youth Foundation Stationary Design
VanMeter Sales Logo & Stationary Design
YMCA of Metro Chicago Summer 2014 Campaign Materials