Experience

I consider myself lucky to have been able to bring multiple skillsets to each company I’ve worked for. I’ve calibrated each of my talents so that I can offer the most efficient, refined work possible. But don’t just take my word for it — see for yourself…

Graphic Designer

WORLDVENTURES
November 2015 – present

Lead aesthetic design of WorldVentures Foundation, including the foundation’s website, logos and branding for campaigns, and marketing collateral.

Designed a user interface (UI) for the WorldVentures Foundation that was eye-catching, told a story, and had clear calls-to-action. The branding initiative that included the website was later featured in HOW Magazine as a 2016 In-House Design Award Winner.

Collaborate with project teams to plan, analyze, organize and execute projects for WorldVentures events, each of which draw more than 20,000 people from around the world.

Work independently and as part of a larger team to develop marketing materials to enhance brand image (B2B and B2C).

Graphic Designer & Digital Communications Specialist

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AMERICAS
March 2012 – November 2015

Created product catalogs, promotional brochures, online and print advertisements, and other necessary materials for the 13,500-employee company, handling dozens of projects simultaneously.

Oversaw seven social media channels, and strategized and managed a Facebook campaign that grew from 200 followers to over 50,000 in one year.

Collaborated with external consultants to create personas, card-sort, and conduct research to optimize user experience (UX) of new intranet.

Designed and implemented dozens of Facebook advertisements, with reaches of up to 803,000 users per ad.

Elected by executives as the company’s social media subject matter expert, and selected to train salespeople on why social media is a valuable tool for interacting with customers and best practices of communicating on each channel.

Managed and optimized Google Local listings for more than 200 locations across North America.

Maintained the company brand and acted as the subject matter expert on brand standards.

Administered intranet of company, using HTML and CSS skills to make requested changes to Oracle-based system.

Acted as ongoing host of videos that are published externally on social media and used internally for employee training purposes.

Graphic Designer

PEGASUS SOLUTIONS
March 2011 – March 2012

Designed collateral, large-format banners, ads and party graphics for national tradeshows.

Managed design and execution of print, email and online versions of external monthly newsletter.

Conceptualized and designed new company logo and brand identity, including product collateral.

Graphic Designer & Copywriter

BLUESPACE CREATIVE
June 2010 – February 2011

Designed, prepressed and managed dozens of projects simultaneously, including large-format pieces and high-quantity print runs.

Interviewed numerous clients and wrote media releases, fourteen of which received national recognition.

Graphic & Web Designer

LEOPOLD CENTER
FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
May 2009 – June 2010

Conceptualized, designed and executed logo and marketing materials for the company’s largest initiative, then developed logos for the six working groups within that department.

Sharpened web skills by designing and editing two separate websites.

Graphic Designer & Editor

THE WRITE PLACE
December 2008 – February 2010

Enhanced self-motivation and problem-solving skills by meeting deadlines from remote workstation.

Newspaper Editor & Website Designer

OLESON PARK ZOO
June 2001 – November 2009

Refined computer and creative skills by editing and designing layout of quarterly newsletter.

Designed and edited website.

Drew pictures of featured animals to sell.

Graphic Designer & Editor

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
HONORS PROGRAM
August 2008 – May 2009

Edited and designed biweekly e-newsletter that was sent to more than 1,000 Iowa State honors students.

Designed posters, calendars, and other public relations items as needed.

Graphic Design & Public Relations Intern

STATE OF IOWA
DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS
May 2008 – August 2008

Used creative talent to design brochures, booklets, and signs for the State Historical Museum and its programs.

Expanded public relations skills by writing news releases, contributing to newsletters and designing advertisements.

Layout Designer

ETHOS MAGAZINE
August 2007 – January 2008

Worked with photographers and creative directors to create high-quality magazine layouts while under short deadlines.