I have recently finished a web & application development course at New Horizons computer learning center.
Until April of 2010 I was the in house graphic designer at Alphagraphics. An extremely fast paced environment supporting a wide variety of customers and needs. My duties there ranged from simply checking customer files for print to complete design packages, corporate logos, ads, and large format window and stand alone displays. Aside from design duties I was responsible for maintaining and archiving client projects, ensuring client corporate standards compliance, font management, much of the network maintenance (a Mac environment) and customer support .
Before Alphagraphics I ran a digital print shop for the Xerox Corporation, based at Butler Mfg's HQ. My job often required me to handle extremely tight deadlines, a wide variety of tasks, and self-management skills. I was responsible not only for the shop I ran (with a volume often exceeding 500,000 prints a month) but 19 walk up machines in the HQ building as well as an additional 91 machines in 10 different states. I kept these repaired, supplied, provide training, and provided the client with end of the month charge back accounting, and billing info for Xerox. Besides my contractual obligations, I also provided layout, typesetting and the occasional design piece. Prior to being placed at Butler I was a floater, covering 17 accounts ranging from simple mail room duties to running high end digital web presses.
I have a BFA in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute, with a minor in graphic design. I have been in the printing world for over 15 years, working at the low and high end of the business. I am familiar with and comfortable in a variety of environments. I have worked in both Mac and Windows based systems for over a decade, with a working knowledge of Unix systems. I am well versed in Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Express, InDesign, Microsoft Office products, as well as many system specific programs dealing with commercial printing. Aside from my digital knowledge I have studied and worked in a variety of mediums, they are, in no particular order, etching, lithography, photography (traditional darkroom as well as digital), stone masonry, book making (fine art and commercial), fine woodworking, carpentry, package design, sound design, radio broadcasting, welding, bronze casting, painting and drawing (from life and more conceptual pieces), monotype, and screen printing. I am a history fanatic, with a deep understanding of art history both ancient and modern, world history, political and religious, ancient and recent, from all parts of the world. Through out the years I have held many different jobs, from managing a record store, to working in a sweatshop making tourist items, to document restoration for the Department of Defense.