Experience

  • Present: Freelance Graphic Designer/Writer

  • 10/2012 – 3/2017: Insurance/Financial Agent

Providing advice and selling various lines of insurance and financial products to individuals, families and small businesses. Appointments included; New York Life, Independence Blue Cross, Aetna, Colonial Life, Aflac, United Healthcare, the Healthcare Marketplace and more. I keep this on my resumé because I'm bringing what I learned in a full-time sales position back with me to the creative world.

  • 10/2009 – 10/2012: Graphic/Product Designer/Writer

Independent graphic/product designer and content writer. I provided a variety of graphic arts services including logos and branding, advertising and marketing, packaging, publishing, product concepts and designs, illustration, photography and photo editing. On the writing side, I spent time as a contributor for multiple local branches of the online news company Patch.com, doing field reporting, including photography to go with my articles. I also worked with freelance content writing outfits, crafted marketing/advertising copy for several businesses, and I co-wrote a full-length hardcover game book for a UK game publisher.
Major clients: Philadelphia Flyers, 76ers & Phantoms, Martin Guitars, Savage Mojo Publishing, Junto Creative, Fox Run Brands, Patch.com. Deeper list available upon request.

  • 4/2007 – 9/2009: Art Director, Atomica Design Group

As an Art Director for this Morrisville design firm, I headed a team that worked primarily on packaging and branding. I also worked on product development, content writing, photography and other duties.

  • 05/2005 – 11/2005: Art Director, The Marketing Group

Responsible for concept, design and completion of advertising materials, graphic design, ad concepts and creative writing, pre-press preparation, photo purchasing, retouching and color correction.
Major clients: Waterford Crystal, Anthony & Sylvan Pools, Bradford-White, Carrier.

  • 05/2001 – 05/2005: Senior Designer, CDI

At Creative Designs International (CDI), I started out as an art department of one, and built it into a successful multi-person department which was responsible for  bringing all overseas/outsourced art to the in-house office. My duties included package design and die line engineering, toy product design, art direction/coordination of our in-house people, Hong Kong vendors and freelance artists, application of style guides to new packages for licensed product lines, illustration, upgrade and upkeep of art department equipment, supplies and procedures.
Major clients:  Disney, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, Mars/M&Ms.

  • 04/1998 – 04/2001: Designer, L&N Sales and Marketing

Responsible for concept, design and completion of fashion hair accessory identity and packaging. Duties included; new product identity and design, copy writing for sales and marketing materials, package engineering, management of product lines, pre-press preparation, photo retouching, illustration. Major clients: Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Scunci.


Education

  • 06/1996: BFA – Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Graduated cum laude, Graphic Design and Illustration.


Skills

  • Proficient in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, Excel
  • Excellent conceptual, design, writing and illustration skills
  • Clear communication and strong organization skills
  • Able to manage multiple projects and tight deadlines efficiently
  • Familiarity with major social media outlets and their role in business
  • Comfortable working alone or in a group, taking or giving direction
  • Knowledgeable about pre-press production