things i know how to do
Currently most of my work has consisted of brochures, postcards, logo/branding, buisness cards, websites, content-managed websites, e-commerce websites, e-newsletters, web banner ads, etc.
In the past I've managed and trained a Web Usability Design and Testing team, done workflow development and process management, user-oriented Interaction/Interface Design and Usability Testing, multi-project management & coordination, requirements gathering and proposal documentation, web prototype design, designed and authored, user documentation, designed corporate logo and identity systems as well as product identity development and implementation, as well as tradeshow information display, billboard and large format poster design.
places i've learned how to do things and consequently done them
I received my undergrad at Kent State University in the College of Fine and Professional Arts in Kent, Ohio
It was a highly competitive, five year program that resulted in a Bachelor of Fine Arts Visual Communication and Design. I maintained a 3.4 GPA , graduated summa cum laude and didn't sleep very much. During my final year, I landed a super sweet full-time job...
Bayer Diagnostics in their Technical Communications & Industrial Design Departments as a Graphic Design Specialist
May 1994 - Oct 1999
I developed all graphic materials needed for use in literature, on product, on packaging and within the user interface environments of medical diagnostic systems produced and distributed worldwide. I also produced technical illustrations and layout design for service manuals and customer literature. Then they wanted me to move to Terrytown, NY. So instead I went to work for...
MRI Worldwide in their Online Department as an Online Graphic Manager
Oct 99 - Sept 00
I planned and implemented visual and interaction design concepts for all Internet, Intranet and web application environments. I also developed and implemented online marketing and support system solutions and strategies. They kindly sent me to California and Chicago to attend User Interface 2000 and 2001 West conferences held by User Interface Engineering [www.uie.com]. Then their parent company CDI Corporation recruited me and I joined...
CDI Corporation as part of their Internet Center of Excellence as the User Interaction Design Manager
Sept 00 – June 03
There my responsibilities included management of Usability Design and Testing Team, client business/user needs discovery and assessment, solution planning, interaction design and documentation, provision of specifications to be utilized by multi-disciplinary project teams to deploy reliable, user-centered and marketable products on schedule. I also developed our team's processes and workflow guidelines, worked as the lead project manager, authored all of our training/user documentation and oversaw all usability and quality assurance testing for multiple Internet, Intranet, Extranet and web application projects. Then they wanted me to move to Philadelphia, PA. and I was tired of working 60+ hours/week. So instead I went to work for...
OfficeMax Corporation HQ in their eCommerce Division as a simple, little Multimedia Designer
Aug 03 – April 04
This was intentional - I wanted to work 40 hours/week and not manage anything or anyone anymore. My responsibilities included usability testing and re-design, strategic online marketing, interaction design and documentation, provision of specifications to be utilized by multi-disciplinary project teams and training initiatives. Then they wanted me to move to Chicago, IL but instead I decided to resign, go back to school and get my Master's degree at...
Ursuline College in their Accelerated Licensure / Teacher’s Apprentice Program in Pepper Pike, Ohio
I did a full-year placement in Second Grade at Laurel School and graduated Ursuline with honors with a Master of Arts in Education. I was regarded well enough that I was offered a position at...
Laurel School as a Third Grade Lead Teacher in Shaker Heights, Ohio
Dec 04 – June 07
There I lead and mentored partner teachers, designed and implemented new curriculum while planning and teaching lessons across all areas of study. I devised various methods of authentic assessment within the classroom. I also lead our Primary division's student progress report redesign/implementation effort, served as a faculty liaison and consult to administration, and actively participated in Laurel's ISACS Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) year-long self-study accreditation project. Then we had our first baby and I wanted to stay home with her so I found evening and weekend work just down the street from our house at..
Lakewood Public Library as a Paraprofessional in Lakewood, Ohio
May 2008 - Present
I've worked in the computer lab and as an adult technology instructor. My additional responsibilities have included designing and authoring all instruction materials used for adult computer classes, technical assistance in Library’s 60-seat computer lab, design & authoring of Library’s online employee training/software/operations manual and continuous improvements and updates to the Library's website.
In addition, I've continued to work as a freelance designer all these years. My clients have included; HandsOn Network, Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach, North East Ohio Planned Parenthood, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, Beyond Pesticides Ohio, Nonprofit Newswire, Penton Media, Women’s Community Foundation, Northeast Ohio Nurse Practitioners, Lakewood Buzz, Growing Ahead, Andrej Cuturic Law Office, D. P. Ball Advertising, Italian Tours by Diana, Sacred Hour Boutique Spa & Luxury Retreats, and many more. I have a sound contract. I estimate clearly. I invoice accurately.
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