May 2017 – Present: Yandy.com
Photo Editor & Designer
Retouching photos and handling photo assets. Creating mood boards, shoot schedules and other pre-shoot materials. Designing customer facing catalogs and other printed materials, along with assisting the design team with the overflow of day to day projects.
July 2016 – May 2017: The Family Vibe
Independent Design Contractor
Designing emails, public relations materials, apparel graphics, and whole sale catalogs for clients of TFV. As well as assisting in logo design and brand discovery.
February 2015 – January 2017: Kaleidoscope Juice
Managing the Kaleidoscope Juice brand from menus and packaging to website design and management. Developing ideas to increase brand awareness and increase online sales.
July 2014 – February 2015: Splinter Creative
Designing websites in Photoshop and Illustrator using industry best practices. Design and management of WordPress websites for local and national clients. As well as email marketing design and management, responsive web design and responsive HTML email templates. Print work includes large format graphics, poster design, advertisements for print and web.
March 2013 – July 2014: MobiSquad
Web and Graphic Designer
Daily tasks include designing logos, social media marketing, and websites with custom HTML and CSS for small to medium sized businesses using CMS platforms such as Weebly and Squarespace. Creating processes for other designers and account managers to improve efficiencies. Leading brainstorming sessions with small teams to come up with strategy and ideation for large scale branding and marketing projects.
September 2011 – March 2013: Cilento (Lifetouch)
Edits and retouches photography sessions. Ensures that client orders are processed and completed in a timely fashion. Designs marketing pieces. Creates original artwork for photo albums and products for clients.
November 2011 – November 2012: The National Horseman
Independent Design Contractor
Art development for printed advertising and typeset stories for monthly (occasionally bimonthly) publishing. As well as updated web content.
Bowling Green State University / Bowling Green, Ohio
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Graduation Date: May 2008
City Arts / Wichita, KS
Advanced Web Design (4 Week Course)
- Graphic Design
- Hand Lettering
- Logo Design
- Responsive Design For Web
(HTML & CSS)
- Commercial Photography
- Art Direction
- WordPress Management
(as well as other CMS)
- Copy Writing
- Project Management
- Adobe Design Suite
- Printing Processes (CMYK, PMS)
- Mac & PC
In the spring of 2005, at BGSU, I took my first design class. My teacher had pulled up product photos on the projector to give us examples of design in everyday use. Using a Lay's Potato Chips bag as her example, my teacher said, "When you're a designer you have less than 30 seconds to make an impression on someone." Starting college as a Geology major, the idea of an instantaneous reaction to my work was exhilarating to think about. I use this inspiration in every design I create.
After graduation, I began work creating and maintaining a magazine and brand as well as many other brands as a contracted artist. As my work progressed, my illustrative focus turned to hand-lettering and soon started a business designing wedding invitations. My work throughout my career has spanned many mediums, I believe that the different avenues we take in life influence who we are and what we create. Because of this belief I take on most any project that I have the opportunity to do. I love a challenge and learning new things about my craft and always welcome new opportunities to create.