Detail oriented visual designer with 18+ years of experience creating revenue generating print and web solutions for brands such as Bank of America, Berlitz, Tokyo Metro University, Osaka University, Kayser-Roth, Red Herring, Zinio and ARAMARK. Excellent at visually communicating complex ideas simply and elegantly. Skilled at leading design teams and mentoring junior designers. Uniquely skilled at finding innovative solutions that are relevant, useful and interesting.
• Creative direction; big picture planning
• Usability and ethnographic product testing
• Graphic design; structured, definite and clear
• Style guide and design document creation
• Design and market research
• Flash based interface design and animation
• Sketch, wireframe and prototype design phases
• Web design standards and best practices
B.A. in Painting and Drawing and interactive electronic multimedia and art installations special concentration;
International Relations minor from East Carolina University
Resume Addendum: Expanded Work Experience
Instructional Designer for the Instruction & Curriculum Department at Berlitz Japan, Inc.
Burbank, CA, 5/2009–Present
Designed books, workshop handouts and manuals for print and online distribution. Managed full life cycle of projects. Created PDF chapters to test usability, relevancy and level appropriateness. Conducted research to help design materials to be more user centric. Developed animated Flash e-learning training modules for use online.
Manager, Product Development for the Instruction & Curriculum Department at Berlitz Japan, Inc.
Tokyo, Japan, 9/2008–5/2009
Oversaw and created regional and international printed and online materials, including presentations, e-learning modules and student text books. Envisioned, created and evangelized an online collaboration and asset management system. Designed website landing pages for student audio supplements. Created proof of concept wrieframes in Flash for executives.
Contract Web / UX Designer at Emode.com, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 1/2003–2/2004
Researched, designed and developed a 4 volume student book and course targeted for Japanese senior citizens learning English. Created supplemental materials and provided on-site support such as training, evaluations, observational surveys and student / instructor feedback sessions.
Contract Senior Web / UX Designer for Online Product Department at Red Herring Communications, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 4/2000–1/2003
Designed online advertisements, promotions and Flash ad units, wireframes, prototypes and user interface designs. Designed interactive sales kits and marketing presentations in Flash. Developed an online asset management system and corporate identity kit which saved several hours per week in time spent searching for art.
Contract User Interface Designer at E*Offering, Inc.
San Francisco, CA 1/2000–3/2000
Created information architecture, wireframes and user interface mock-ups for E*Offering.com. Designed consumer interface based on user study results.
Interactive Art Director at Stratapult Studios, Inc.
Winston-Salem, NC 1/1998–1/2000
Developed specifications, wireframes and guidelines for client websites. Designed websites, advertisements and rich media units for clients such as Kayser-Roth (No Nonsense, PrimaSport and Burlington Socks), Outerbanks.com (A division of Sara-Lee), Wachovia Bank, Volvo Commercial Finance and MetLife. Managed 4 designers and 1 intern in the creative department.
Docent for the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, 1/2010–9/2011
Docent for The Wangenheim Room at the San Diego Public Library, 9/2009–9/2011
Design Mentor at CompuMentor in San Francisco, 2001–2004
C / C++ Programming and Electrical Engineering (member of SDCC Robot Cub) at San Diego City College, 2010–2011
Multimedia Programming in Flash and Electronic Audio Studio at San Diego City College, 2009
Tokyo Comedy Store Improvisational Series (Theatresports™), 2007–2008
The Japanese Language Proficiency Test, Level 4, 2006
Berlitz Instructor Qualification Program at Berlitz Japan, Inc., 2005
Proposal Writing and Fund-raising Seminar at The Foundation Center in San Francisco, 2003
Audio Engineering and Japanese Language at San Francisco City College, 2001–2002
Photography, Media Studies and Filmmaking at University of North Carolina Greensboro, 1998–1999
Piedmont Triad Advertising Federation
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