I believe that when you hire a designer, they not only need to be talented, but you also should be able to see yourself having a beer with them, so this is me…
I grew up in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I love the outdoors, except the bugs. Every time I see something that I want, I go through the process of figuring out if I can just make it myself instead of buying it. I can’t ever remember not having a camera and taking it with me everywhere. I love animals, I have two adopted cats and two retired greyhounds. I love to bake, but I hate to cook. I always knew that I wanted to live in California and will never regret the day I moved here. I love craft beer and even brew my own. I am a graduate of the Art Institute of California-San Diego with a B.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design. I have over 5 years experience in the industry.
So now that you know who I am, I hope you can see having a beer with me and discussing your graphic and web design needs.
I love great design and am always inspired by others and things around me. I work well on teams and am able to communicate my ideas clearly and consicely. I am a productive worker and am skilled at managing my time to meet deadlines. I pay close attention to detail and know that the smallest things often make the largest difference.
Associate Art Director – Alert Diver Magazine
June 2011 – Current
I create visually compelling layouts using provided text and images within the space alotted. I design all pages in InDesign and package the files to send to pre-press to include all images, text and notes. I work closely with the other Art Director and the Editor to make sure that all text and images are properly showcased.
August 2010 – Current
I work with a variety of clients to develop brand identities, websites and promotional materials. I manage multiple accounts at a time and rely on my ability to self start, manage time and communicate progress with the customer. I go through the creative process with each of my clients to help determine the best solutions for their needs. Some clients come to me with current brands that need updated, while some come with a blank slate and need a completely new identity.
Director of Education – Bottlecraft
July 2011 – Current
I help customers select beers based on their personal preferences, listening to the things that they describe in their favorites. I am always researching new beers, learning about styles and gaining more knowlege so that I can better help the customers and expand the craft beer movement. I teach classes about beer styles, regions and processes based on my research and information gained through years of working with and in the industry. I also do weekly information sheets for the staff so they are expanding their knowledge and are able to convey it to the customers.
Graphic Designer – Smashing Designs
May 2007 – April 2011
I worked closely with a number of clients to produce brand identities, promotional materials, catalogs, coffee table books, travel guides, websites, packaging and a variety of other material. I frequently managed multiple clients at a time and many projects during my day to day. I kept hourly records of time spent on each project and worked within the time frame quoted to the client.
Bachelors of Science in Advertising
The Art Institute of California-San Diego
2006 NSAC participant
Alpha Delta Sigma Honorary Society
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