I am an art director and graphic designer with over 25 years of hands-on experience…
The first half of that time was spent largely in publishing working in-house. I’ve been self-employed for the past fifteen years working with a wide range of small businesses, corporations, nonprofits, and individuals to help shape their message and presentation through promotional materials, websites, identities and logos.
I am now interested in exploring a full-time position. As you see from my work experience (details below), I have managed a large design staff, created presentations and lead meetings as an Art Director, and taught a college course in Web Design. However, I will always consider myself foremost a hands-on, problem-solving graphic designer.
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Freelance Graphic Designer
Working in publishing, as well as designing for print and web for a variety of clients. Creating websites for businesses, organizations, and individuals.
Owner 744 Creative,
Launched 744 Creative, a Design + Marketing Firm. ID and design for medium and small business and non-profits.
Past / Employment History
February 2011–May 2011: Adjunct Professor at Purchase College
Course: “Design For the Web”
1992–1997: Art Director, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ
John Wiley & Sons, a large Trade, Professional, and Educational publisher. Responsible for over 400 titles annually and managing a staff of eleven. Interfaced with all departments (editorial, marketing, sales) to strategize and conceptualize packaging for books of General Interest, Business, Computer/Tech, and Professional.
1988–1992: Senior Designer promoted to Art Director, Paragon House, NY
As senior designer, and then Art Director, responsible for the packaging of approximately 60-70 titles per year. Participated in the running of art/marketing/sales meetings.
1987–1988: Senior Designer, Renaissance Design Studio, Silver Spring, Maryland
General design work and responsibilities. Print design and presentations for local business and individual professionals.
1985–1987: Balmar, Washington, D.C. area
Design and Art direction for the in-house art department of a large Washington, DC-area printing chain. General print work from business card & stationary design to brochures, signage, corporate and government presentations, and a full range of marketing materials.
1981–1985: GP Putnam’s Sons, NYC
Hired as a full-time entry-level designer at the conclusion of a 6-month internship. Worked on all aspects of book design with a focus on covers.
*An important note on the above websites
I understand—and believe—that websites are meant to evolve. And my clients should feel empowered in updating, and even making needed modifications to their own sites if they desire. Over time however, this can often bring design changes (made by the client) that are far from my original intent, and, quite frankly, at odds with my design aesthetic. So with that in mind, I will be updating this section to include PDFs of the original design.