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Desired Industry: Publishing SpiderID: 31991
Desired Job Location: Columbia, South Carolina Date Posted: 12/28/2009
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date: immediately
Desired Wage:
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Experienced with over 2 years experience Willing to Travel: Yes, Less Than 25%
Highest Degree Attained: Other Willing to Relocate: No

To utilize my extensive experience in the graphic arts field to benefit my employer and further challenge my skills and abilities

Performance Ink, Inc., Columbia, SC 3/02-9/09
Graphic Designer: Designed and prepared art for silkscreen, digital printing, thermal foil printing/decal cutting. Produce art for graphic overlays and membrane switches, banners, signs, decals, vehicle graphics, trade show displays. Have PC/Mac cross-platform training; utilize software including Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Gerber Omega, AutoCAD, CorelDraw, QuarkXpress, Eagle RIP, Epilog CO2 laser software, RasterLink Pro RIP. Operate Mimaki JV3 54" inkjet digital printer, Mimaki CG-130 54" digital plotter, Gerber Edge 2 thermal foil printer, Gerber Envision plotter, Epilog CO2 laser, Agfa imagesetter, Epson StylusPro 7800 digital printer. Completely prepare art from concept to design through finished product. Possess flexibility, quickly learn new software/hardware, excellent troubleshooter.

Freelance Designer/Copywriter 6/00-3/02: Provided design and writing services for various clients, producing brochures, logos, promotional/informational pieces, web elements, stationery, slogans.

Spring Valley High School, Columbia, SC 8/99-6/00
Graphic Communications Teacher: Instructed high school students (grades 9-12) in all facets of graphic communications process, from rough draft through camera-ready art, offset presswork and bindery. Eligible to teach graphics in SC public schools at Master's Degree level due to work experience.

Strategic Resource Company, Columbia, SC 2/95-9/98
Graphic Designer: Employment by insurance benefits administrator involved art direction, design, editing and production of client-specific collaterals, corporate promotional/marketing materials, employee newsletter and forms. Responsibilities also included print buying, production management, printing cost containment, consultation to restructure product marketing. Telecommuted and worked on-site.
ADVO Direct Mail, Columbia, SC 4/92-1/95
Creative Artist: Produced ads with Macintosh computer for 16-person sales force for the SC District of the nation’s largest direct mail company. Performed tasks of creative director, art director, copywriter, designer and mechanical artist. Clients included wide range of industries and services with a variety of products, presentation and promotional materials.

Service Printing, Shop Rd., Columbia, SC 4/89-4/92
Graphic Designer: Created art for printed materials for extensive retail, nonprofit and corporate client base. Produced publications including monthly and quarterly magazines, newsletters, brochures and annual reports. Designed logos, mastheads, flyers, and ads. Gained valuable service bureau experience; received projects for disk to film imagesetting preparation and learned the intricacies of the relationship between computer and imagesetter. Additional duties: inside sales, customer assistance with design and stock selection, traffic coordination.

Sullivan Agency, Columbia, SC 3/87-3/89
Art Director/Production Coordinator: Artistic duties at advertising agency included design, freelance illustration direction, type spec, process camera photography, mechanical artwork. Position also involved production scheduling, outlining specifications, receiving bids and awarding jobs to vendors, quality control, proof approval and press checks.

Technographics Decotone US Inc., Lexington, SC 2/84-3/87
Design Coordinator: Responsibilities at rotogravure printing company included preparation of material for presentations: advertising, design, direction and copywriting. Developed exhibit for international trade show: design, organization, procurement, setup, scheduling, and working booth. Monitored interior design and color trends, reported on existing and future market needs. Performed color matching on production press runs. Assisted sales personnel with customer relations.

Lexington Medical Center, West Columbia, SC 2/81-2/84
PR Graphic Specialist: Initiated graphics area of public relations department while filling first hospital PR art position in Columbia. Provided design, typesetting, layout, pasteup, calligraphy, process photography, 35mm photography. Produced brochures, publications, annual reports, posters, signs, logo designs, labels, booklets, charts, graphs, slides, transparencies. Supervised part time employees and contracted with freelance artists for specialized skills. Taught class detailing the graphic design/printing production process.

Community College of Allegheny County, South Campus, West Mifflin, PA; AA degree, Journalism/Art
Ivy School of Professional Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Life Study and Design courses
Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA; Lithography courses
Columbia College, Columbia, SC; art courses
Continuing education and college level courses in management, production methods, photography, painting, four color process, publication design, paper stock and software

Comprehensive experience in the graphic arts field includes

• Cross-platform computer proficiency utilizing Macintosh/Windows software: Illustrator, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, AutoCAD, Omega for Gerber Edge, CorelDraw, Freehand, InDesign
• Hardware/software training and troubleshooting
• Management of both projects and people
• Art experience for offset, silkscreen, digital, flexographic, and rotogravure printing: art direction, design, typesetting, layout, pasteup, digital printing, thermal foil printing, decal design and cutting, signmaking, CO2 laser cutting/engraving, process photography, imagesetting, 35mm and digital photography; stripping, offset press and bindery experience
• Copywriting, editing, research and reporting experience
• Interrelated understanding of computers, graphic arts, photography, and offset, silkscreen, digital, flexographic and rotogravure printing combined with the capability to successfully supervise and motivate people. Hands-on experience enabling optimum results via the most cost-effective and efficient method. Excellent relationships with vendors plus production method savvy equals successfully attained end product.

Available upon request.

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