DESIGN // ART DIRECTION
Editorial and Book design, Brand Identity, Educational Publishing, 
Presentation, Marketing Communications and Campaigns 
​​​​​​​2010 – Present
Designer / Art Director
Freelance | Based in New York
Focus on overall branding and systems. Clients include The North Face, NikeID, American Express, Hunter Douglas and Encyclopedia Britannica.

November 2010 – January 2012
Freelance Designer at Lime Twig Group | Pasadena, CA, USA
• Applied established designs and themes to post-secondary education campaigns, which included pieces such as brochures, flyers, books, and training materials, among multiple other documents.
• Re-imagined and refreshed post-secondary design campaigns, pitching designs to design team. 
• Created mock-ups and templates for alumni publications
• Designed long-form, collegiate publications for professional distribution.
September 2009 – August 2010
Design-Production Manager at National Geographic School Publishing | Evanston, IL, USA
• Developed project plans to take prototypes from concept into physical project production.
• Designed specialty pages around developed campaigns, successfully integrating themes into supplemental materials.
• Created style guides for textbook series, incorporating internal and external design standards.
• Hired company to verify technical map production and communicated with potential companies to determine best fit.
• Reviewed proofs and approved final designs for print in each stage of production.
• Liaised with web content staff to produce correct online content, successfully communicating project calendars and managing deadlines.
• Developed extensive photo coordination plan with internal photography department, creating efficient delivery system.
• Reviewed proofs and approved final designs for print in each stage of publication.
• Managed the production of the science program and its various components, including teacher’s guides, comprehension workbooks and web content.
• Coordinated department workflows by setting staff meetings, schedules, managing editors and designer schedules.
• Created strategies for successful communication between managing editors and designers.
• Liaised with web content staff to produce correct online content, successfully communicating project calendars and managing deadlines.
• Facilitated positive, creative growth in staff to increase department accomplishments.
• Created style guides for textbook series, incorporating internal and external design standards.

July 2006 – August 2009
Senior Designer at Ronan Design | Chicago, IL, USA
• Specializing in educational book design and production.
• Managed development and production of four textbook series from concept to final product, consistently delivering projects on-time and on-budget for clients.
• Managed projects for multiple clients and communicated calendar and budgetary information.
• Created style guides and templates for each textbook series used by outside, international production company.
• Liaised with outside, international production company to produce project materials on time.
• Corrected page proofs and designed programs for interactive whiteboards.
July 2003 – April 2006
Freelance Designer at National Restaurant Association Education Foundation | Chicago, IL, USA
• Book design and project management for the ServSafe training materials, including textbooks and other instructional guides, including customization for specific fast-food chains.
• Art direction on photo shoots.

August 2002 – September 2005
Senior Designer/Art Director at PISTIL Magazine | Chicago, IL, USA
• Independent Magazine dedicated to Urban Professional Women and Activism.
• Designed individual theme from conception to final production for each new issue, incorporating ideas from staff into overall theme.
• Engaged other members of the creative team and working directly with writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators, to produce bi-annual magazine.
• Managed photo shoots, art directed illustrators for specific articles, junior designers to assist in production and design.
• Worked directly with writers, editors, designers, photographers and illustrators

July 2001 – March 2002
Junior Designer at The National Publishing Company | Streamwood, IL, USA
• Editorial design.
• Responsibilities included: layout design, typesetting, color correcting, with a concentration on prepress set-up and proofing of the publication The National Locksmith®.

March 2000 – February 2001
Junior Designer at Dowling & Pope Advertising | Chicago, IL
• Responsibilities included: developing advertisements with Account Executives for various publications, with a concentration on photography and layout design.

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