Graphic design and journalism constitute more than just a job for me. From an early age, I have been passionate about creating stimulating visual and literary media. This passion has been further bolstered through my scholastic and professional experiences. Furthermore
Graphic design and journalism constitute more than just a job for me. From an early age, I have been passionate about creating stimulating visual and literary media. This passion has been further bolstered through my scholastic and professional experiences. Furthermore, I continue to seek new challenges and opportunities to apply and grow my talents in rewarding fields.
Following my fervor for design, I needed little direction in choosing my college major. I attended Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., a gradual progression from my upbringing in rural Jessieville, Ark., where I completed my bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Understanding the importance of education and diversity, the next official step of my development was pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Throughout my college career, I participated in internships at the UALR Communications Office and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Through these internships, I saw how essential close coordination of writing and design was in producing quality publications. This insight strengthened my resolve to become prolific in both of these disciplines.
I have been able to parlay my education in this combination of graphic design and journalism into a successful professional career. Upon completion of my degrees, I accepted an editorial assistant position at AY Magazine. At AY, I was responsible for a variety of features ranging in topics from home design, successful businesswomen, health issues and local art for a regionally distributed magazine. I also worked closely with the editor developing a yearly editorial list, coordinating photo shoots and editing incoming articles. The broad exposure and immediate responsibility made for an ideal job for a developing young professional.
Following my passion for design, I left AY for an opportunity as a writer and designer in the Marketing and Special Projects department at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Again I have welcomed the challenge of working on a diverse breadth of meaningful topics such as writing articles on survivor stories for the Komen Arkansas Race for the Cure. I also designed numerous layouts for our publications, ads and advertiser sales sheets. Inherently necessary in working for a daily publication and Arkansas’ most widely distributed periodical, I have been successful at managing deadlines and remaining flexible as priorities shift. My dedication to work has been evidenced by the opportunity to coordinate sections and by my involvement in the launch of two of our most successful special sections.
In September 2009, I was promoted to lead designer for Sync, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's weekly magazine. In this position, I worked closely with the editor, photographer and writers to produce a product that averages 40 pages, while also taking on the challenge to redesign pages making the content more visually interesting and easier for readers to follow.
Always open to new challenges, in July 2011, I accepted a promotion to Creative Director of Arkansas Life Magazine. In this position, I was responsible for conceptualizing the art and layout for the magazine. I worked directly with our freelance photographers and illustrators to create the art for each issue within the typical tight budget of modern print media. Along with my explicit responsibilities, my project management skills have been honed while coordinating several photo shoots including setting up props, prepping models and carrying out art direction. As the sole dedicated designer of this publication, I was responsible for conceptualizing art for a variety of stories for a high-quality magazine that has steadily grown to more than 100 pages.
I welcome any questions or comments, so do not hesitate to call or e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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