» More than sixteen years of professional production art and digital prepress experience.
» Accustomed to the pressure of multiple deadlines and working within budgets.
» Extremely detail-oriented and organized.
» Experienced in creating artwork for any media including on-line, interactive, digital and offset printing.
» Completed work includes advertising, annual reports, websites, packaging, collateral, books and corporate identity.
» Advanced photography, photo retouching, compositing and color correction skills.
» Expert in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, FileMaker Pro, and Mac OS X.
» Extensive experience in troubleshooting, technical support, process automation and Windows/Mac compatibility.
» Excellent customer relations and problem solving skills.
Senior Production Specialist
Brady Communications, Pittsburgh · April 2000 – Present
Hats I wear and what I do when I’m wearing each one:
» Senior Prepress Specialist: Partner with creative team to efficiently execute creative vision from sketches or rough layouts; Anticipate issues and suggest solutions; Prepare error-free production art for any media; Automate repetitive tasks; Create digital 3D product shots from flat art; Develop and implement branding and packaging standards.
» Print Buyer: Manage printing process from bidding through art release, press checks and delivery; Maintain quality control while exceeding client expectations; Research new vendors and new printing techniques.
» Creative Technology Mentor: Serve as resident expert / “go-to guy”; Mentor designers and production specialists; Ensure quality control; Train designers and managers about software, vendors and printing techniques; Constantly work to improve staff efficiency.
» Senior Photoshop & Color Specialist: Perform extensive photo retouching, compositing and color correction; Photograph products as needed for on-line and print media; Maintain color accuracy of monitors and printers.
Clients include: American Eagle Outfitters, Carnegie Mellon, CGI, Del Monte, StarKist, Mylan, and PPG.
Publication Designer – Freelance
The Daguerreian Society, Pittsburgh · August 1996 – February 2004
Freelance graphic design and production for a nonprofit arts organization. Design and produce various publications: books, newsletters, brochures and ads; Retouch photography; Maintain Mac OS X network.
Digital Prepress Technician
Keystone Graphic Services, Pittsburgh · April 1994 – April 2000
Color separate, proof and output films from client-supplied artwork; Trap and impose document pages; Retouch and color correct photos; Resolve difficult PostScript errors; Install hardware and software upgrades and evaluations; Implement pre-flight, backup and quality-control systems; Train traditional prepress staff on digital prepress.
Bachelor’s Degree: Graphic Design
LaRoche College, Pittsburgh · GPA: 3.70