OBJECTIVE

Seeking the expansion of my career utilizing design and illustration skills, knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop dynamic and effective artwork solutions in a challenging environment. I am insatiable as it pertains to art, inspiration, and overall good design, with the mindset that my education and growth will never plateau.

EXPERIENCE

2018 - Present
Art Director
Groupon 
Chicago, Illinois
- Manage, evaluate, and motivate a team of 5 visual designers
- Ensure all designer output meets quality and delivery standards through ongoing quality checks and enforcement of workflow policies
- Transform business requests into content solutions and visual direction that adhere to brand values
- Work with management and stakeholders to review, update, and communicate guidelines, processes, and testing plans at regular cadence in accordance with overall Groupon initiatives and goals
- Develop and implement training programs and ongoing coaching for designers to improve behaviors, error rates, quality and productivity over time
- Develop, maintain, revise, and communicate merchandising guidelines that outline creative strategy, vision, and content goals through available tools and partnership with stakeholders
- Provide logistical and tool support to allow high-volume, high-quality output
- Track and deliver all content within established service-level agreements
- Identify and resolve issues that impact the quality of deliverables
- Drive creative alignment among clients and other internal and external teams
- Empower designers to innovate and suggest improvements to processes or visual styles to improve creative value to customers and stakeholders
- Foster an inspiring and motivating work environment through regular communication, meetings, and adherence to Groupon Values
- Uphold visual standards that align with Groupon’s brand strategy
- Incorporate emerging marketing design trends into best practices to improve the user experience
- Merchandising and design package expertise

2014 - 2018
Visual Designer
Groupon 
Chicago, Illinois
- Produce numerous web and print assets while working on and closely with various teams (i.e. Local, Health and Beauty, Goods, and Getaways). Assets include onsite, email, mobile, social, and affiliate banners
- Train and oversee the work of numerous coworkers, both new and present
Work on campaigns with companies such as Uber, Dunkin Donuts, AMC, Cirque Du Soleil, Samsung, Krispy Kreme, Virgin Airlines, Dyson, Small Business Saturday, Operation Warm, #GivingTuesday, NYC Wine & Food Festival, Petco, FTD, etc…
Present work on a daily basis, be it in small teams or larger presentations company-wide
- Taught (and developed a curriculum for) multiple Design 101 courses to coworkers of varying skill levels
- Produce various logos and/or type lockups for larger campaign needs as well as internal branding
Created style guides for and lead multiple Christmas campaigns, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, our first two Beauty Weeks, and an extensive amount of tentpole campaigns
- Spearheaded, evolved, and improved promo code banner designs, techniques, and styles
Introduced various new illustration techniques to appropriate campaigns
- Improved on and incorporated numerous animations into a plethora of projects

2006 - Present
Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer
- Most recent clients include SAUNA, Ten Bones Theatre Company, Groupon, Sourcebooks, and the Chicago RVA, along with local bands, newspapers, and events
- Work including (but not limited to) art direction, design, layout, typography, illustration, animation, concept art, storyboards, photo manipulation/retouching, posters, as well as .gifs and static advertising for mobile applications and the web

2007 - 2013
Art Director
Publications International, Ltd. • Lincolnwood, Illinois
- Developed children's books from concept to completion while working with a team and project management
- Worked closely with fellow artists, providing them with pencil and color direction as well as corrections. 
- Provided original illustrations to contribute to various published products
- Designed layouts and placed copy for numerous products including books, boxes, sales sheets, and stickers
- Color-corrected and manipulated artwork and photography
- Trained entry-level coworkers and aided them in integrating their work into new and ongoing projects
- Clients: Disney/Pixar, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Hit, The World of Eric Carle, Marvel, DC, Sony, and Dreamworks

2005 - 2006
Health Enhancement • Northern Illinois University • DeKalb, Illinois
Graphic Designer
- Implemented concepts and designs for numerous print and web advertisements, fliers, posters, and banners
- Applied direction from art directors to create effective and informative projects
- Works published in the campus newspaper, The Northern Star

EDUCATION

Graduated May, 2006
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Illustration
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

SKILLS

- Well-versed in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, InDesign, Excel, Power Point, and Word on Mac or PC
- Art direction, illustration, graphic design, typography/lettering, animation storyboarding, and concept art
- Basic HTML and CSS

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Six years of paralegal work for Karbin & Associates in Northfield, Illinois.

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