EXPERIENCE

Presentation editor – Chicago, IL, The Chicago Tribune, July ’13 to the present

  • Blue Sky Innovation
  • Create the visual identity and maintain brand cohesion for a new business publication aimed at news,
    analysis and events surrounding innovation and entrepreneurship in Chicago (blueskyinnovation.com)
  • Design, build and maintain Blue Sky’s latest innovation resource, The Vault (blueskyvault.com)
  • Design a custom-built website in conjunction with the Tribune News Apps team for publishing editorial content while allowing for maximum advertising impressions with unique brand publishing opportunities
  • Gather assets from reporters, photographers and editors for a consistent online-first publication schedule while monitoring daily metrics to maximize reader engagement
  • Coordinate the transition from the now legacy site into a new section within chicagotribune.com using Tribune Publishing’s new digital platform formatted for multiple devices

Design and technology tanager – Baltimore, MD, The Baltimore Sun, January ’12 to July ’13

  • The Baltimore Sun newsroom
  • Co-managed the creation of print, interactive and database-driven infographics, maps and blogs with the director of interactive design (baltimoresun.com)
  • The Darkroom
  • Design, develop and maintain The Sun’s photojournalism blog featuring photos, videos and other multimedia content in a device agnostic framework (darkroom.baltimoresun.com)
  • Contribute stories, interviews and wire photo essays to help exceed lofty pageview goals ( 28 million from March – December of 2012 )
    (Superstorm Sandy, Felix Baumgartner, John Milleker Jr.)

Freelance Graphic Designer, September ’02 to Present

  • La Belle Vie – Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA, May ’12 to Present
  • Website for a multi-line women’s wholesale apparel sales agency (lbvshowroom.com)
  • One Iowa – Des Moines, IA, May ’08 to August ’08
  • Website for Iowa’s largest LGBT advocacy organization (oneiowa.org)
  • MISIX Inc. – Chicago, IL, August ’07 to October ’07
  • Website for innovative marketing group (misixinc.com)
  • Room Restyle – Chicago, IL, April ’05 to April ’08
  • Website for interior makeover studio (roomrestyle.com)
  • Lakeshore Athletic Clubs – Chicago, IL, September ’02 to January ’05
  • Designer of quarterly print newsletter: Shorelines
  • Designer and photographer of quarterly print program guide: Lincoln Park: At a Glance

Senior Web Designer – Des Moines, IA, Right Stuf, Inc., January ’05 to July ’11

  • RightStuf.com
  • Led web design department for Japanese animation (“anime”) producer and retailer (rightstuf.com)
  • Supervised design process in conjunction with online store and content management software development
  • Completed website redesign for 20th Anniversary in August ’07 along with new corporate identity
  • Anime Today
  • Produced, cohosted, edited and designed the first commercially marketed podcast dedicated to anime, manga (comics), and Japanese culture (animetoday.com)
  • Nozomi Entertainment
  • Provided website design and direction for Right Stuf’s production division (nozomient.com)
  • Coordinated with Right Stuf’s marketing and production departments to develop and execute licensing announcements, retail sales and social media sites

PROFESSIONAL ACCOLADES

  • Chicago Tribune Media Group
  • 2013 Publisher’s Team Award as part of the Portfolio Expansion Team with Blue Sky
  • 2013 MDDC Press Awards
  • General Website Excellence: 1st Baltimore Sun Staff, “The Darkroom” (Best in Show)
  • Online Commentary or Blog: 1st Baltimore Sun Staff, “The Darkroom” – See above link and contributions
  • Business Reporting: 1st Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun, “A year after closing of mill, lives still unsettled” (Best in Show) – Designed and produced online presentation (baltimoresun.com/sparrowspoint)
  • Baltimore Sun Media Group
  • 2012 Outstanding Newsroom Performer for 2012
  • 2012 Monthly Outstanding Newsroom Performer for March and November

SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE

Knowledgeable in both PC and Mac environments.

  • Adobe CC: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat
  • Notable languages and formats: HTML/CSS, Javascript, Google Fusion Tables, .php, .xml, .jsp, .swf, .flv
  • Amazon EC2
  • WordPress Publishing Platform
  • Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel, PowerPoint

EDUCATION

B.F.A. in Graphic Design – Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

  • Graduated with Honors and Distinction, May 2001
  • Graphic Design in Rome, College of Design Study Abroad, Fall 2000

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS

  • ISU College of Design Annual – Spring ’00, ’01
  • “Skin Deep” Body Paint Catalog
  • “Undream” Video; Chair’s Award
  • ISU Focus Grant Recipient – Spring ’01
  • “Thumbnails” Video Presentation of Rome 2000 with designer Heather Dubinskas
  • Tri-County Collegiate Print and Photo Showcase – Spring ’00
  • “Skinscapes” Color Photography Series; Best in Show
  • “Demons” Black and White Photograph; Honorable Mention
  • ISU Honors Program
  • Full Member – Spring ’99, Fall ’99, Spring ’00, Fall ’00, Spring ’01
  • Associate – Spring ’98, Fall ’98
  • Valedictorian – Spring ’97
  • West High School, Waterloo, IA – ranked 1 out of 350