Gallagher & Associates

2015 to 2019: Senior Environmental Graphic Designer

Worked as a Senior Environmental Graphic Designer to ideate and construct rich, immersive, visitor experiences for museums, heritage sites, and corporate headquarters. Partnered with exhibit designers and detailers; media and film producers; lighting and sound designers; and fabricators, architects, and project managers to plan and execute multi-year projects from master planning and programming phases through construction administration, installation, and opening.

  • Partnered with teams of multi-disciplinary designers, historians, curators, and writers to craft unique narrative experiences
  • Conceptualized and executed environmental graphics for interior and exterior spaces
  • Researched and studied a variety of subject matter to visually translate for audiences
  • Collaborated with exhibit design colleagues to shape spaces and environments, interactive elements
  • Developed and designed interior and exterior interpretive, wayfinding, and code signage
  • Developed donor programming plans throughout spaces and designed consolidated donor walls and feature elements
  • Coordinated with fabricators, construction managers, and engineers to ensure quality of craftsmanship and material and structural integrity
  • Projects on which I worked include The International Spy Museum, The Mount Vernon Estate orientation center, The Meijer Corporate Headquarters Heritage Center, The National Museum of Military Vehicles, The Tennessee State Museum, the Motown Museum expansion, temporary and traveling shows at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, and others

Rosetta Stone

2014 to 2015: Senior Digital Designer

Provided creative insight, art direction, and leadership for a large volume of online and print media assets supporting integrated marketing campaigns for a global technology company known for language, child literacy, and brain-fitness software solutions.

  • Partnered with copywriters, social media gurus, web development, engineering teams, and digital strategists
  • Conceptualized and developed compelling online ads, including Rich Media options for DoubleClick; concepted and presented evergreen, omni-channel campaigns to cascade through the audience funnel
  • Designed ads, organic postings, and skins for social media channels; desktop and mobile email and website landing page art; blog post art and infographics; and print ad campaigns
  • Worked with the latest design and project management technologies and cloud-based apps, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, DoubleClick Studio, Google Web Designer, and WorkForce project management

Proof Integrated Communications

2014: Senior Art Director, The Creative Group Contract

Partnered with departmental art directors, copywriters, video producers and editors, and the three most senior creative leaders on a variety of print, web, and broadcast design and communications materials.

  • Analyzed creative briefs; often participated in late-night presentation preparations, including packaging mockups and story boards
  • Developed and presented original ad campaign concepts for key clients based off of extensive research
  • Conceptualized and designed logos, packaging design, print and web ads, social media artwork, and outdoor campaigns to support business development efforts and client pitches
  • Provided complementary advertising and marketing content, developed in close partnership with copywriting

The Chronicle of Higher Education

2013 to 2014: Senior Designer, Independent Contract

Worked on-site as a member of Creative Services team for 3+ months in 2013 and twice in 2014 to concept and execute print and online ads, custom reports and surveys, event and marketing collateral, and storyboards for an animated online film.

  • Converted raw content into compelling, sophisticated data-rich narrative reports; defined style and treatment of each brochure to ensure unique qualities and differentiation
  • Worked within brand guidelines to expand suites of events marketing and site collateral—in-book ads; brochures, programs, and door drops; monitor, table, and podium wraps; stage backdrops; directional signage
  • Collaborated with CS Manager and permanent designers to produce design mockups for stakeholder presentations
  • Partnered closely with copywriting and communications staff to ensure consistency, quality, and accuracy of messaging and writing

MeMyself&Co.© Design

2009 to Present: Chief Creative

Founded and lead a design practice to drive uniquely visualized print and web assets for nearly 50 clients over 6+ years. Provide design for off- and online ad campaigns; branding and identity systems; events; marketing collateral; digital communications; websites; and social media. Source production vendors, web developers, writers, and other creative talent to provide holistic turn-key services.

  • Develop and executed a broad range of marketing, branding, and events collateral for a large number of clients; write compelling copy to complement designs; produce methodology and guidelines documentation
  • Investigate, recommend, and implement best design and process practices to maintain smooth project workflow; adopt current and evolving online and desktop technologies to amplify messaging and brand presence
  • Ensure key milestones are achieved—define and manage project schedule; ideate, execute, and produce creative; source and oversee production vendors and processes
  • Identify and provide best-in-class digital tools to improve communications, file sharing, and accounting
  • Establish, cultivate, and manage client relationships; clients include Atlantic Media Company (The Atlantic, National Journal, Government Executive, and the Hotline); QUARTZ; VOX Global; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; Teach for America; Georgetown University; The Aspen Institute; Editorial Projects in Education; The Chronicle of Higher Education; Foreign Policy Group; City Bikes; and other national and regional businesses and organizations

Atlantic Media Company

2005 to 2008; 2002 to 2004: Associate Art Director; Graphic Designer, Creative Services

Played a vital creative leadership role for the development of a broad range of design deliverables for The Atlantic, National Journal, Government Executive and The Hotline, as well as for other print and web properties.

  • Drove the ideation and execution of agency-level assignments while simultaneously managing department processes and co-leading a team of 4 creative professionals
  • Established and implemented protocols, and helped position the Creative Services team to work effectively and collaboratively with marketing and editorial counterparts
  • Developed and produced monthly informational graphics and layouts for The Atlantic Monthly; marketing materials such as media kits, brochures, sales sheets, RFPs, HTML communications, micro sites, and mock-ups for above- and below-the-line audiences; posters, invitations, and signage for audience- and topic-specific events; identities and logos for new business verticals and content partnerships; book covers, calendars, cover wraps, special inserts, and editorial layouts for branding and positioning purposes
  • Partnered with subject experts, analysts, and authors to produce public, private, and executive presentations

Forge Design Ltd, Hong Kong

2004 to 2005: President

Established and built a freelance design company in Hong Kong providing identity design; character illustrations; book covers; fabric pattern rendering; and design for seasonal stationery, apparel, and other consumer products. Clients included: Tesco, Coles Myer Asia (KMart), Tillsonburg Resources Asia, and Entertainment® for the Asian, European, and Australian markets.

  • Identified emerging themes and gathered new inspiration by engaging in a new design experience of consumer fashion and stationery
  • Delivered original, innovative product concepts and designs for Christmas cards, office products, and private label intimates sold internationally through some of the world’s largest retail companies
  • Partnered with seasoned product developers, raw material procurers, and production managers to achieve merchandise and product category objectives
  • Met with wholesalers and factory representatives to select surface applications and production treatments to conform to budget
  • Created a cohesive brand identity and marketing program for one of the top expat-focused salons and day spas in the chic Mid-Levels neighborhood of Central Hong Kong
  • Concepted and delivered dual-language (English and Chinese) book cover and interior layout templates for consumer publication “The Handbuck,” presented by Entertainment®

The Advisory Board Company

2000 to 2001: Graphic Designer, Creative Services

Provided graphic design and production expertise for layouts, templates, info-graphics, charts, medical illustrations and other special assignments for a variety of media such as books, binders and screen presentations.

  • Participated in and co-led teams of designers who worked directly with research and writing to efficiently produce data-intensive publications and on-screen presentations
  • Selected as a primary department resource for technical illustration: created photo-realistic images of coronary surgery equipment and techniques; human models displaying internal organs and implants; and isometric renderings of lab facilities
  • Spearheaded team of designers that produced the single largest study of the company’s history up to 2001—over 500 pages of technical writing, infographics, and charts
  • Participated in a number of ad hoc projects: helped to revamp the Atlantic Monthly magazine’s brand identity and cover concepts; served on an initiative to rebrand and reposition the Creative Services department
  • Learned and adopted new software such as InDesign 1.0 as new standard layout tool shortly after its launch; learned new data and productivity applications such as Deltagraph, Excel, and Outlook