WORK HISTORY

SW Design / Real Women Magazine (Canada)
2006 - 2009
Senior artist / creative director
With SW Design my responsibilities included design, layout, illustration, photo-editing, photography, web development and copywriting. Additional responsibilities included maintenance and troubleshooting of the computers, printers and computer network. When the company began to change its focus, changing the name to Real Women, phasing out marketing and concentrating on the magazine, I retained the aformentioned responsibilities and added the creation of the magazine (10 issues per year). In the past year a quarterly companion publication (Urban Home & Decor) was added. I worked directly with the publisher and the editor to shape both magazines. I was also responsible for the creation and production of all Real Women's marketing material. I supervised and directed the freelance photographer in shooting many of the images used for the covers and inside pages. In addition to the layout I was also responsible for designing and creating a large portion of the advertising within the book, working directly with the sales representatives, creating and implementing a system for insertion requests, ad creation and client proofing. Between issues I was responsible for the design, coding and maintenance of the magazine's web presence (www.realwomencanada.com and www.urbanhomeanddecor.com) as well as the conversion, video editing and posting to the internet of the weekly Rogers TV show Real Women Live!

Internal Designs / Sharpfusion
1998 - 2006
Senior graphic artist / art director
With Internal Designs my responsibilities included web-based design and layout as well as the design and production of printed marketing material for the company. As the company expanded (and changed its name to Sharpfusion) my responsibilities expanded to include design, layout, illustration, multi-media, copywriting and photography. I was responsible for the supervision and direction of 2 junior artists and 2 programmers/code writers. I worked with the sales representatives rather than directly with the clients. I was responsible for communications with printers and other out-of-house service providers. In addition I was trained on large format digital printing equipment as well as colour printer/copier machines to produce client materials in-house.

ReAct Communications Inc.
1996 - 1998
Senior graphic artist
My responsibilities included design, layout, illustration, pre-press preparation, multi-media and web development. I worked directly with the clients and printers.

MacTop Publishing
1994 - 1996
Senior graphic artist
My responsibilities included design, layout, illustration and pre-press preparation as well as working directly with the clients. I also assisted walk-in customers with the onsite rental computers (including training), coloured copiers, digital printers and duplication machines. In addition I was responsible for general maintenance and troubleshooting of printers, copiers, computers and the computer network.

Barry & Weedmark
1992 - 1994
Senior graphic artist
My responsibilities included design, layout, illustration, photography and pre-press preparation. I worked directly with clients, filmhouses and printers.

Geoff Dray & Associates
1990 - 1992
Senior graphic artist
My responsibilities included the design and layout of client projects. This is also where I first began working with computer layout applications and expanded my responsibilities to include production and pre-press preparation. I worked directly with clients, filmhouses and printers.

StrikeRite Matches
1987 - 1989
Graphic artist
I worked in both the stock and specialty design departments, responsible for design, layout and paste-up. I also worked with the copy camera to reproduce mechanical artwork. Additional responsibilities included producing film and plates for print production of one and two colour jobs. I created artwork for matchbooks, tissuepaks, coasters, cups and other imprinted product lines.

Bothwell Graphic Communications
1985 - 1987
Graphic artist
I worked under an art director but directly with the clients. My responsibilities included design, layout and paste-up.

EDUCATION
Fanshawe College
1982 - 1985
Course of study - Advertising Art (Major: Design)
I received training in design, estimating, illustration, mechanical art, paste-up, photography and typography. The course also included copy camera operation, film stripping, platemaking and typesetting.

Dryden High School
1976 - 1981
Course of study - General.

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