Christina Sinclair

Christina Sinclair

Summary

Experienced Graphic Arts Professional. Highly organized, creative thinker with a reputation for superior customer service, excels at coordinating multiple projects, using industry-standard publishing software, while maintaining the highest standards of quality control and adherence to deadlines. An effective collaborator with a Master’s degree in Graphic Arts Systems, would love to work with like-minded professionals, designing and managing print projects.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2009 - Present

Freelance Graphic Designer

snclrz DESIGN

Use Adobe Creative Suite software to create and develop brand identities, print collateral, and logos. Manage graphic projects from the conceptual phase to production to ensure deliverables meet client requirements.    •    Create and manipulate layouts, typographic elements and other visual information based on brand guidelines, specifications and management direction to produce brochures, logos, web graphics.    •    Take digital photography. Developed workflow process for managing RAW image files: downloading, color correcting, image enhancement, sizing, choosing appropriate file formats and image resolutions, cloud archiving. Search and review stock photos on-line to acquire images as needed.

    •    Portfolio of design samples:  www.wix.com/snclrz/snclrz-DESIGN

Jul 1997 - Jun 2009

Technical Support Representative/Prepress Account Manager

RR Donnelley

Provided technical support, troubleshoot and communicated file problems and solutions to internal and external stakeholders for 4+ color printing process. Monitored production of magazines to ensure compliancy requirements, while adhering to tight deadlines. Engaged in all aspects of preflighting, training, file transfer media, workflow process improvement and quality assurance.    •    Managed prepress production of ~25 to 30 weekly, monthly and quarterly magazines including The Washington Post Magazine, Ad Week, Media Week, Scientific American and Kiplinger Personal Finance.    •    Established and nurtured client relationships with >40 new accounts while maintaining alliances with >25 long-time accounts. Assisted in time phasing to maintain press schedule and provided client training.    •    Collaborated with publishing personnel, prepress businesses, and advertising agencies in the preparation of advertising and editorial print files, troubleshoot and resolve problem files, and to convert files to PDF.    •    Worked with industry-standard graphic arts applications on a daily basis, as well as provided customer support in these software:  QuarkXpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Enfocus Pitstop, Markzware Flightcheck, Suitcase Fusion, Fetch/WamNet/Mass Transit, Kodak Prinergy Workflow, Kodak Insite Prepress Portal.    •    Downloaded and uploaded image files to various file transmittal servers, selected appropriate file formats and file compression formats, modified size and resolutions of images as needed for intended application, as well as for inclusion into page layout. Routed digital images and artwork to the color department for scanning, file manipulation and color correction.    •    Collaborated with manager and co-workers in the creation of the Standard of Operation Procedures for the Preflight Operator position, resulting in the elimination of >90% of problem files.    •    Served as a member of a team that consistently exceeded established department productivity goals by 16% each year for 5 years.

Aug 1996 - May 1997

Production Manager

Rochester Institute of Technology

Production Manager for RIT’s weekly four-color, student-run magazineCoordinated production schedules and tracked advertisement material. Performed scanning operations, preflighted page files and signed-off final approval of bluelines.     •    Converted final Quark Xpress print files to a digital magazine for the web each week.    •    Created a bound guidebook, using Quark Xpress, documenting the steps required to convert weekly print files of The Reporter magazine to PDF format to make it available for downloading from the website.

Aug 1996 - May 1997

Lab Supervisor

Rochester Institute of Technology

Lab Supervisor, School of PrintingProvided technical support to faculty, staff and students with projects and output problems.    •    Produced personal web site.

Aug 1994 - May 1997

Photographer

Rochester Institute of Technology

Photographer, Educational Technical Center, Wallace Library, RIT Photographed 2-D and 3-D art and individual and group portraits in studio and on location.    •    Operated various small, medium, and large camera formats and studio lighting equipment.    •    Quality sorted, labeled and archived 35mm slides and invoiced jobs.

Education

Education
Jun 1996 - May 1997

MS

Rochester Institute of Technology
1990 - May 1994

AAS

Tidewater Community College

Graduated with Honors