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Summary

Hey everybody! My name is Mel Bishop and I am a full-time student at Minnesota State University-Mankato pursuing a BS in mass media and BFA in graphic design. Who says you can’t do both?

With the significant development of media convergence, the way society views and accesses information/media has changed as well as journalists’ role and expectations in communicating, connecting and relaying information.The merge of message and method and the evident parallels between mass communications and graphic design drove me to pursue both.

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Work experience

May 2008Present

Sales Clerk/Graphic Designer

Still-H2O

My parents own Still-H2O, a home brewing, hydroponic and organic gardening business. They opened their doors for business the same time I left for college. Instead of hiring a professional, they ask me to help them with any media or design needs. 

Gains and Experiences:

  • Taking inventory and stock
  • Renovating logo 
  • Designing new business cards, store signage, fliers, advertisement, product labels, receipts and price tags and t-shirts
  • Writing copy for fliers, online product descriptions and handouts
  • Search engine optimization 
Jun 2009Sep 2009

Intern

Hand Spun Digital
I interned for Rosemary Senjem, a core team member of Hand Spun Digital, who specializes in creating online and hands-on strategies, and packaging for small or individual business owners. Gains and Experiences:
  • Managing a project log to keep track of daily tasks
  • Gathering effective stock photos for particular client projects
  • Training and application of effective keyword research/SEO 
  • Used card sorting technique with clients  to improve his or her website menu structure and navigation paths, as well as participation and feedback from returning customers (part of SEO process)
  • Designing/adjusting logos, business cards, stationary, advertisements and digital elements for web sites
  • Meeting and communicating with clients to implement and achieve his or her business goals on a weekly basis
  • Typing and organizing seminar notes
  • Reviewing, formating and editing content on clients' websites
  • Organizing and writing meeting outlines

Skills

CSS
Will be taking courses for further instruction.
HTML, XHTML, and DHTML
Will be taking courses for further instruction.
Digital Photography
Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with CS4 and CS5 software. Confident in using Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Dreamweaver. Amateur in Adobe Flash but will be receiving further instruction.
Mac OS X
Microsoft Office