Valerie Janes

Valerie Janes

Work History

Work History

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Designed and produced a variety of advertising materials including, brochures, logos, letterheads/business card, technical manuals, real estate ads, annual reports.

Aug 2007 - Present

Self employed

Graphic Design Professional

Design logos, letterhead, Business Cards and various print materials and advertising for variety of clients.

Next Wave Communications, Ponte Vedra, Florida:­3 month contract, August 2008 – Nov. 2008

Designed and produced direct mail flyers, brochures, oversized postcards, etc for political campaigns, utilizing InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator applications. Worked closely with Project Managers and created high resolution pdf’s and posted to ftp site for printer pickup.

Feb 2007 - Aug 2007

Graphic Designer/Creative Manager

Holland Creative Services

Designed and produced advertising campaigns for a variety of clients using a range of methods, techniques and/or graphic design software to conceptualize original layouts for print media.

Managed and directed Creative team responsible for creating and producing effective advertising materials.

  • Developed visual concepts and designs that reflected the appropriate brand specific tone for each project.
  • Met with clients to gather information and criteria throughout project development.
  • Developed and implemented processes and procedures to improve company efficiency.
  • Lead daily production meetings.
  • Assisted in assembling a Request for Proposal and attended the public evaluations.
1984 - 2006

The Hamilton Collection

Senior Art Director

Designed and produced direct mail campaigns for limited edition collectibles products using a range of methods, techniques and/or graphic design software to conceptualize original layouts for brochures, flyers and other print media.

  • Developed visual concepts and designs that reflected the appropriate brand specific tone for each product.
  • Coordinated with copy staff to ensure accuracy and effectiveness of all advertising components.
  • Conferred with Marketing and Product Development to ascertain needs and discuss creative approach for advertising collateral.
  • Art directed digital and conventional photography to ensure correct lighting and positioning for various collectible products.
  • Worked with a number of photographers, models and created many elaborate sets for porcelain doll promotions.
  • Continually improved the creative format through testing and evaluating of advertising material.
  • Supervised a team of graphic artists, and participated in the selection and development of new hires.

Art Director

Designed and produced effective mail/media materials for collectibles products.

  • Developed visual concepts and designs
  • Directed photography
  • Negotiated pricing with outside vendors for individual programs.
  • Attended press approvals.

Skills

Skills

Web Development

Digital Photography

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Word

Acrobat Professional

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Quark Xpress

Adobe Photoshop CS, CS2 and CS3

Adobe InDesign CS3

Mac OSX Platform

Fine Art

Paper Resume download

Education

Education

Interest

Fine Art Painting

Boating

Snow Skiing

Reading

Spending time with family and friends

Summary

Versatile print advertising Graphic Designer, Art Director and Manager with extensive experience organizing, directing, producing and supervising the creative process. History of on time, under budget multi print campaigns in a dynamic fast paced environment.Skilled in layout/design, color correction, image manipulation and four color printing using the latest in digital photography and computer software. Possesses a very strong work ethic.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent design and execution skills.
  • Knowledge of digital photography and photography art direction.
  • Skilled at color correcting, enhancing and photo manipulation of high-resolution images.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize multiple job tasks in a fast paced tight deadline environment.
  • Knowledge of print production and prepress to press approvals.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Inductive and deductive reasoning skills.
  • Work constructively in a team environment.
  • Strong process and time management skills.
  • Ability to comprehend problems and concerns and address them proactively.

Professional Development & Training:

Member of the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology Communications Academy Advisory Committee

Numerous seminars on leadership and management skills. Dynamic Graphics 2 day seminars. Career Track seminars.Photoshop and Excel classes.