Stephanie Firestone

Stephanie Firestone

Core Qualifications

  • Effective project management from initial stage to final completion
  • Conceptualizing projects
  • Research on prospective best qualified manpower to staff the projects
  • Exceptional communication skills; presentations
  • Performance track record of meeting the client's objectives with accuracy, consistency, readability, and quality assurance
  • Summary

    Part time employee at an Osteopathic Physician's office as receptionist and medical records scanning expert.

    Sole proprietor of graphic design business. Extensive experience interacting with clients, senior editors, project managers. Projects involve print communication of education, financial, scientific matters for non-profit organizations in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Clients include American Red Cross NHQ, Smithsonian Institution, and GEICO Insurance Co. Provide conference logos and supporting conference materials, posters, newsletters, brochures, and fliers.

    Objective

    I am seeking a full time position that utilizes my organizational and artistic skills; working with people toward a common goal and bringing my varied expertise to whatever project is at hand.

    Work History

    Work History

    Art Director/Graphic Artist

    Stephanie Firestone Design

    Print Design and Production

    • Media kits
    • Conference programs and coordinated materials
    • Brochures and annual reports
    • Trade show display banners
    • Handbooks and guidebooks
    • Advertising materials
    • Newsletters (2 and 4-color, in varying size formats)
    • Logo production
    • Lighted subway displays

    Project Management and Workflow

    • Art direction - Photographers, illustrators, designers
    • Coordinating creation of final product
    • Managing multiple accounts and print deadlines

    Software - Mac OSX:

    • QuarkXPress
    • Adobe CS5 InDesign
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator

    Partial List of Clients

    • American Red Cross, AMVETS, Brazil Industries Coalition, GEICO, Smithsonian Institution

    Selected Exhibitions

    2011   Private Arts II: A Designer's Art Exhibition, Fairfax, VA

    2009   Private Arts: A Designer's Art Exhibition, artery717, Alexandria, VA

    2007   Cooper Carry Art Show and Fundraiser, Alexandria, VA

    2006   Micro-Monumental, Washington Sculptors Group, Washington, DC

    2002   Typographically Speaking, UMBC, The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, Baltimore, MD

    Related Experience

    • Planning Committee Member, Biennial Mid-Atlantic Clay Conference; produced registration brochure for the past eight conferences
    • Chaired Empty Bowls Benefit Dinner for 700 attendees; coordinated all-volunteer staff for artists, benefit staff, and food service. Minimal expense for rent of school cafeteria. Result: $12,000 raised in one evening.
    • Tutoring and assisting - As needed for their particular skill on the computer, help fine artists with their computer needs; especially entering shows and making promotional postcards, posters and brochures

    Skills

    Skills

    Select illustrator and photographer

    When a job calls for an illustrated concept or a photographic approach, I glean the memory banks of my many years of looking at these artists and guide the client to the best match.

    Layout using InDesign

    Working with InDesign to perfect flawless files for printing.

    Image management and formatting

    Extensive knowledge of using the most appropriate file format for the vendor or web use. Assist clients in providing graphics for print or web.

    Vendor interface

    Coordinating, scheduling, pre-flighting files. Extensive knowledge in knowing the right questions to ask - whether it is an illustrator, photographer, printer, or other vendor - and to follow through on production.

    Layout and print production

    Use of QuarkXPress and InDesign for type formatting and layout of 2 color and 4 color process print materials.

    Education

    Education
    1986 - 1999

    Northern Virginia Community College
    1972 - 1976

    BFA

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania