Lauren Harlan

Lauren Harlan

Graph Designer/Photographer

Summary

Professional advertising graphic designer skilled in page layout and design.  Seeking a challenging position as a senior advertising graphic designer with a progressive, respected brand that will benefit from my talent and experience.  With my more than 9 years of experience in the advertising design, production and print industry, I have solid skills that work well in challenging, fast pace and deadline-oriented environments.  I am proficient in design software programs such as Indesign, Quark, Photoshop & Illustrator. I am looking to  use my skills to further my career in advertising and design.

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

Digital Composer

Nash Finch - Advertising Image Center

Design and layout multiple grocery store ads per week using QuarkXpressCreate special art drop-ins using Illustrator and PhotoshopCreate ad versions for individual stores needs Acquire knowledge of how plates and printing press workBecame Familiar with different types of press printing and paper qualityWorking closely with account coordinator in a team to achieve the highest quality of ad designUse coworkers and resources available to me to further my knowledge in design programs to better my design skills

2008 - 2011

Imaging Coordinator

Nash Finch - Advertising Image Center

Proficient in Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXpress

Design and layout high end grocery store custom weekly ads and special advertising projects

Responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with internationally recognized Brands Integral part of a design team that promotes products and designs ads using the highest quality images and the most up-to-date packaging artPromote products on a local and national level, researching appropriate digital images and advertising art, requiring careful attention to detail, quality and accuracyDesign and layout a weekly custom grocery ad for upscale grocery stores and maintain their websitePlan, organize, design and maintain the beauty image library for digital composersConsistently able to meet tight weekly publications deadlinesMaintain online web database of slicks for Nash Finch private labelsAttend photo assignments; take photos, coordinate processing and filingProduce and correct photographs for publicationWork in a fast paced, deadline oriented environment

2004 - 2010

Volunteer- Coordinator/manager

Monroe Dolphins Swim Club

Community Volunteer, Monroe Swim Team Manager 2007-presentI donate my services as the Monroe Community Swim Team volunteer coordinator and manager Organizing all swim meets, vendors, and associated fundraising activities, and as team treasurer.

2004 - 2008

Account Coordinator

Nash Finch - Advertising Image Center

Proficient macintosh computers, Indesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop to layout and design creative weekly grocery store advertisementsManaging a team of 5 responsible for Custom, Southeast, Midwest and Corporate advertisingWork closely with clients to ensure quality and satisfactionOrganize workflow and input jobs into production systemAssign work on special projects on an as needed basis; perform audits to insure profitabilityDevelop and maintain a high standard for customer relations for all division personnel that are involved in the projects of his/her  workgroup. This includes addressing inquiries and requests concerning design, billing, production, printing and deadlinesProvide training and/or training resources to staff personnel in order to maintain current and efficient production methodMaintain deadline schedules for customer information flowing into the production systemCreate and maintain an on going system of cross training within the workgroup.  Monitor and approve of all workgroup billing activity prior to releasing to the customer. Administer financial objectives in his/her area of responsibility.Provide and conduct (with the Production Manager) annual employee performance reviews for all members of the designated  workgroup.On call after hours for any printer issues that may occur.

Education

Education
Sep 1997 - Jul 2002

Visual Communcations

Ohio University

Ohio University, Athens - Bachelors Degree 2002-             

Communication college - Photojournalism           

Specialties in anthropology and physics

Skills

Skills

Mac Computer

Mac Systems - Indesign, Photoshop, QuarkXpress, Indesign, Iworks

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