With a diverse resume, my experiences range from graphic design and teaching, to project management and event coordinating. Types of projects I design, produce, and manage include: print collateral; web-delivered educational materials; website design (WordPress); web content organization; writing and editing for websites and for print; and project management from start to final printed piece or project launch.
1996 to Present – Graphic Designer, Moab, UT
From my home studio I provide graphic design services for print, and also design WordPress sites in collaboration with my studio partner and husband, Greg MacDonald of StudioWhat.
I started my business in Washington State in 1996 then moved to Moab, Utah in 2013. My clients came with me and I have developed new ones since our arrival. Focusing mostly on print and web-deliverable documents, I create brochures, catalogs, e- and print newsletters, ads, direct mail and marketing materials, and educational materials for large and small non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals. I also provide project management, writing and editing services, and art direction. Some clients include ASPCApro, Consumer Reports, Western Wildlife Outreach, Canyonlands Field Institute, Moab Regional Hospital, and the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks.
February – September 2014 – Event Coordinator, Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, Moab, UT
Working under contract with the Friends, I assisted the Group and the National Park Service Southeast Utah Group in planning the Canyonlands 50th Anniversary’s September celebration. Working with the Executive Director of the Friends Group, I helped develop all aspects of the main weekend events and coordinated details for dinners, guest speakers, shuttles, staging, and other events. I was also responsible for creating the marketing materials for the events, including posters, save the date cards, invitations, rack cards, newspaper advertising, and banners.
2003-08 – Teacher/Graphic Designer, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA
For five years, I taught Middle School Humanities and Upper School Graphic Design and was also responsible for managing and designing the school’s marketing materials, publications, annual reports, and annual fundraising collateral. My graphic design class was also responsible for designing and managing all aspects of their annual Yearbook and literary arts publication Mud•Pie.
2003-08 – Programs/Events Manager, West Sound Academy, Poulsbo, WA
My job description covered a variety of school events and programs that required impeccable organization and communication. Two main events were the Long Term Independent Project (LTIP) and Senior Boards.
The annual LTIP required four phases of planning: writing/updating the Guidebooks for Middle School and for Upper School students, organizing and curating an art exhibit, managing and planning two venues for all-school presentations, and planning and conducting an all-school awards luncheon and ceremony. I also worked to secure student mentors in both academics and arts, and community members to offer their expertise in providing feedback to students in a well-structured and accessible format.
The Senior Boards was the culmination of the senior class project. This was a program that required mentoring the senior class through their Capstone program which I began in 2003. Seniors then presented their artistic interpretation of their research topic in either a gallery or media exhibit, and presented their thesis during the Boards, a formal presentation where a panel of community members versed in their topics came to listen, respond, and offer feedback.
1999-2000 – Instructor, Art Institute of Seattle, Seattle, WA
To help the Media department round out its offerings, I developed a new course, Interface Design, then taught for several quarters covering the process of creating media for the Web and other interactive applications.
1994-96 – Senior Designer, Watts-Silverstein and Associates, Seattle, WA
In my Senior Designer position, I art directed and designed numerous interactive media projects including CD-ROM titles, product demos, video graphics, and speaker support for large corporate events.
1990-94 – Graphic Designer, Aldus Corporation/Creative Services Group, Seattle, WA
As an independent contractor, I designed and produced speaker support and multimedia presentations for executive personnel. During this time I also wrote several Aldus/Adobe Magazine articles and product reviews. Earlier, I worked alongside project managers, writers, and document designers in the Aldus’ Documentation Group, and was responsible for producing software manuals.
1988-90 – Art Director/Designer, Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, CA
Apple’s Documentation Team provided me with a firm grip on managing large manual and packaging projects. I worked with illustrators, photographers, and writers to help get “in the box” products ready on time.
1984-90 – Instructor, University of California Santa Cruz Extension, Santa Cruz, CA
After realizing I wanted to pass on what I know, I had the opportunity to develop beginning, intermediate and advanced production courses for the Graphic Arts Production Program at UCSC Extension and taught those courses for six years.
1984-90 – Graphic Designer, Santa Cruz, CA
My design studio provided graphics services to businesses and professional organizations throughout Santa Cruz County, CA.
My work experience actually began in 1973, but I’m no dinosaur! My earliest experiences invited me into a career path that excited me then and still does today. Bringing all of those early hard knocks, successes, and lifelong learning experiences together has provided me with skills and common-sense tools that can be applied in many, many ways.
Education – B.A. Liberal Studies (Visual Art and US History), The Evergreen State College. Thanks to TESC for opening doors in understanding that life’s many subjects and situations are truly integrated and that education should be as well.
Software Proficiencies – I work with Macintosh computer systems and use Adobe Creative Suite software, and other things.