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Graphic Designer

Creating and proofing Direct Mail packages for CFM Direct accounts with Capital One and Advanta

Freelance Graphic Designer

Integrated Merchandising Systems

Creating and designing small, medium, and large format displays as well as promotional material for The Home Depot nationwide

Graphic Designer

C & A Marketing

Art direction, design and production of packaging, collateral material, catalogs and ads for clients such as Fellowes, CSC and Digitron

Freelance Graphic Designer

Harper College

Design and production of marketing and collateral materials including calendar of events and fliers

Freelance Graphic Designer


Retouched and prepared images for upload into the website

Graphic Designer

LM2 Advertising, Marketing & Interactive Media

Design and production of packaging, ads, stationary systems and brochures for regional clients such as Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, New West Realty and Terrapin Properties. Design and production of real estate ads for output to newspapers in the Chicagoland area

Freelance Graphic Designer

Cutting Image Salon

Design and production of marketing and promotional materials, signage and packaging

Freelance Graphic Designer

WAM Asian Grill

Design of identity for their restaurant to be opened in Parktowne Village Shopping Center

Freelance Graphic Designer

JC Thomas Marketing

Design and revamp of advertising, marketing materials and website for their client The Dawson Academy

Freelance Graphic Designer

Providence Life Services

Design and production of collateral, marketing materials including brochures, ads, booklets and event tickets. Successful implementation of new brand guidelines and standards across print material, collateral and marketing pieces.


Sep 2006Nov 2006

M.F.A. Candidate in Graphic Design

Sep 2002Dec 2003

B.A. in Graphic Communications

University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Sep 2000May 2002


Melanie Jongsma

Top qualities: Great Results, On Time, High Integrity

“The first word that comes to mind when I think of Rafael is "solid." He quickly understands the job that needs to be done, and then he performs it reliably, promptly, and well. He has an eye for detail, and notices when corrections need to be made, but he confirms with others before implementing changes. Rafael does quality work. I would definitely hire him again.”

— November 13, 2008

Peggie Hiemer

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

“Rafael comes with the highest of recommendations. He was a great asset to our team for the little bit of time that he was with us. He understood our services, very organized, and had great input on how to improve a piece or procedures. He was always on time, and my team loved him to death. He will be a great asset to the person that picks him up next.”

— February 10, 2009

Providence Life Services

Terrapin Properties


Designer with over 7 years of experience in the design industry. Particularly interested in the print medium and its use to successfully execute advertising campaigns, corporate identity and branding, annual reports, posters and environmental graphics. Extensive experience in the conceptual development and vision phases of projects. Previous clients include Capital One, Advanta, The Home Depot, Lennar Homes, Terrapin Properties and most recently with Providence Life Services.


Dedicated, versatile and conceptually-driven designer with experience in marketing, graphic design, and customer relations seeking to be a creative solution for a company


Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish