I am always learning and expanding my knowledgebase. It's where I've come from and where the industry is headed.
I started with production art for a yearbook publisher. In seven years after school I had learned to rule, strip, paste and mask. I worked nights and middle shift to learn the Mac.
Management at Dallas Semiconductor
After 7 years of making a seasonal job steady, I switched jobs and learned graphic design on a PC. I quickly moved up to managing a small in-house agency for a mid-sized electronics firm and discovered Micrografix designer, ultimately moving the department to the Adobe suite.
Pagemaker and Quark were the page layout programs and Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Photoshop were my staple graphic programs. I learned flash design and created websites in HTML, Homesite, Pagemill and eventually Dreamweaver.
After Maxim bought Dallas Semiconductor, I became an ad designer, creating 24 in a week, a film and media coordinator and proofer. Each ad was than translated into 8 languages which I was responsible for reformatting into multiple languages. I also created the publications and translated them as well.
After seven great years, my whole department and my boss was laid off. We were a duplicated department and I followed my old boss to Texas Instruments.
Texas Instruments from Print to Web
At Texas Instruments I started out as a print designer, creating full ad campaigns which I was responsible for conception and delivery to the regions. I worked on multiple print projects including trade shows, flyers, posters and anything else the engineers needed.
As management decided print was dead, I learned to animate using flash and when flash had security problems, I learned to create static and animated ad banners in Fireworks as well as Photoshop. I had some ideas about interactive marketing pieces so I learned scripts for flash to offer more services for individual departments.
Besides creating graphics for web. including social media campaigns, online ads, wallpaper and infographics I photographed all their EVMs, shooting 36 in one day while maintaining tight deadlines.
I was also responsible for creating graphics for magazine articles, working with the article fulfillment person to get TI artwork represented on the cover of many trade journals was one of the many accomplishments I am most proud of.
I learned how to shoot video and edit with Finalcut, even overdubbing a chinese language over an english video. In the end i developed more than 15 videos for TI.
I learned the translation process for TI and helped many designers and marketing people to use the system. I taught a class on Powerpoint to marketing people and worked directly with VPs to make their presentations interactive.
I worked with many different departments, always working to get everyones' projects finished. Some of the special projects were presentations, illustrations for VPs and marketing managers, icons and avatars for the community department and maintaining and creating all the illustrations for the product library. I also shot headshots, photo retouched for colors and blemishes, created illustrations of end equipment and products.
After 16 years, the company decided not to continue my contract. They centralized the graphics through one department so I have been freelancing and working with web design and social media ever since.
You are hiring a designer who is well-versed in industry standards and who grows with the industry as it changes. 28 years of experience a proven team player...so when do we start?