Benj Gleeksman

Benj Gleeksman

Work History

Work History

Prepress operator

Shannon-Rose
  • Operated drum and flatbed scanners.
  • Output color separations to film and RC paper for a variety of companies and individualclients.
  • Cleaned up and color corrected scans.
  • Made matchprint proofs.
  • Typeset and formatted text, created clipping paths and silhouettes, and preparedlayouts.
Jun 2007 - Present

Senior Art Director

  • Apply visual direction for textbooks, ancillary materials, and media packaging.
  • Liaison with production, editorial and marketing departments to clearly understandproducts’ visual needs.
  • Hire and manage freelance designers and production artists.
  • Research and purchase stock imagery.
  • Maintain corporate branding standards.
Aug 2004 - Jun 2007

Production Editor / Content Project Manager

  • Oversaw layout and manufacturing of textbooks and interactive educational materials.
  • Assumed responsibility for schedule, quality, aesthetics, and budget of print and electronic products.
  • Designed book covers, packaging for electronic materials, and branding for online training content.
  • Managed copyedit and style of content, vendor performance, and overall quality of deliverables.
  • Oversaw XML tagging of content.
Nov 2003 - Aug 2004

Marketing Graphic Designer

J&D Walter Distributors
  • Created all marketing materials for sales force.
  • Designed and preflighted ads to be printed in motor sports publications.
  • Concepted and created packaging for motor sports apparel and accessories.
  • Redesigned and maintained company website.
Sep 2000 - Jun 2003

Production Manager

Adventure House
  • Oversaw design and layout of educational materials and business collateral.
  • Proofed, preflighted, troubleshot, and repaired large and complicated files for print.
  • Created and maintained digital archives and assets.
  • Met with clients to review printer proofs, production schedules, and trafficking.
  • Hired and managed a staff of 8 freelancers.
  • Strategized procedures for producing 4-color books on tight deadlines.
  • Developed internal processes designed for a workload of over 50 simultaneous jobs, including- Filenaming conventions- Division of labor and staffing- Quality control and proofing
  • Instituted an effective electronic workflow based on creation and exchange of PDF files over the web.
Sep 2000 - Dec 2001

Desktop Publishing Instructor

Playing 2 Win
  • Provided lessons and activities for adults to gain experience with page layout, including- Using Quark and Photoshop to design simple layouts- Applying spot colors vs. process colors- Basic rules of design and effective use of visual devices to convey a message
  • Assisted with lab members’ projects through technical and creative guidance.
Jan 1999 - Jun 2000

Prepress Technician

Type Characters / Unique Litho
  • Troubleshot digital files for a variety of problems including font and support fileissues, trapping, color breaks, resolution, file type, and color correction.
  • Managed customer and in-house projects, maintained contact, and providedtechnical support and consultation for clients.
  • Performed traditional prepress tasks including stripping and plate burning, andcreated various proofs such as matchprints, color keys, and bluelines.
  • Scanned, typeset, and designed for high resolution output.
  • Output film separations, linotronic paper, laser, and dye sublimation proofs.
May 1998 - May 1999

Graphic Designer

Extra Graphics
  • Performed all scanning, typesetting, and image retouching in preparation for layout.
  • Conducted design and layout for all projects.
Apr 1998 - Dec 1998

Digital Specialist

CEC Document Services
  • Prepared an assortment of digital files for print on both PC and Mac platforms.
  • Output native, postscript, and PDF files to laser, Fiery, and DocuTech printers.
  • Typeset and designed business cards, tabs, fliers, posters, and other documents forclients.
  • Troubleshot print jobs.

Education

Education
Sep 1992 - May 1996

Bachelor of Science

Interest

Skateboarding, hiking, eating cookies, laughing, playing drums, falling down, socks, laughing at myself, falling then laughing about it, laughing about stuff from 10 years ago, falling in dirt and then laughing really hard, dancing horribly, juice, wood.

Summary

Since 1995 I have been a graphic designer/art director/prepress technician/production manager/production artist/project manager and have managed or created design projects big and small, for both print and web. Currently I work as an Art Director for Cengage Learning, where I am responsible for the design of educational materials for post-secondary and higher education markets. I am also a busy freelancer and have had an ongoing stream of side projects for the last 12 years.

My software skills include InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Flash, GoLive, MS Office suite, HTML, XML, Javascript, Actionscript, and various utilities used for FTP, file compression, and font management.

I am also a working artist and maintain an art blog at www.gettotallyawesome.blogspot.com