Freelance Graphic Artist/Little Miss V. Designs
Costa Mesa, CA
​8/2007 - present

 

Anything and Everything Creative! I truly love what I do!
I like to think of myself as a Graphic Architect every design custom and handmade by me. Currently working on variety of projects, including custom invitations for private events, custom designed edible images applied on detailed sugar cookies, logo designs, brochures and eblast. Custom designed plates, mugs, and shirts with my own sublimation equipment. Everything done with extreme detail and made with love by me.

 

 

Art Director/Publications International
Lincolnwood, IL
10/2004 - 8/2007

 

Responsible for supervising and executing the design of multiple, nationally sold, cookbooks and magazines. Designed various cover ideas, interiors, recipe binders, tins & cards. Responsible for the art direction and propping of professional photoshoots connected to cookbook interiors and covers. Prepared files for pre-press

to accommodate special cover treatments, endliners and spines for cookbooks and magazines. Designed Cookbooks with recipes from professional companies like Ortega, Hershey’s, Crock-Pot, Campbell’s, Nestlé and more.

 

 

Senior Graphic Designer/Weekenders USA
Vernon Hills, IL
3/2001 - 9/2004

 

Provided design and project management for marketing materials

including catalogs, brochures, logos and email marketing for both sales team and customers, contributing to the company’s highest sales years from 2000-2002.

 

Participated in the entire creative process of projects, from concept

development through design, production and press approvals.

Planned, styled and directed photo shoots with models, provided photo mark-up & editing, optimization & color correction, managed photo libraries.

 

 

Photo Restoration/Scoreboard Memories
Northbrook, IL
5/2001 - 8/2004
 
Digitally restored, manipulates, and color corrected damaged photos for clients such as Walgreens.

 

 

Jr. Graphic Designer/Marks & Whetstone Advertising

Northbrook, IL
8/2000 - 2/2001
 

Assisted the Art Directors in designing brochures, posters and flyers for Chicagoland based furniture stores and Christian book stores.

 

Freelance Production Artist/Marketing Support Inc.
Chicago, IL
3/2000 - 8/2000
 

Worked as a production team member in a deadline driven environment. Assisted the Art Directors on projects for clients such as Home Depot and Lowes. Keylined layouts and scanned and retouched photos.

 

 

Adobe CreativeSuite
QuarkXPress 
Microsoft Office 
Flight Check
Fetch

 

Illinois State University
Normal, IL
​9/1995 - 12/1999

 

​BFA in Art

 

 

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