Kristen Wilson

Design. Creative. Interactive. Strategic.

Communication is key. Having worked as a graphic designer in many industries, this phrase is high on the list of company mantras. It is also easily overlooked and put aside. When there are communication breakdowns, a quality designer may just be the person you need to get things back on track.

Some may feel that Visual Communication is only a narrow spoke on the Communications wheel. I've come to understand that verbalizing concepts, clear and concise writing, understanding a clients' needs and helping them understand how to get their message received takes more than just ink on paper or fingers on a mouse. Graphic designers today are idea generators, business developers, task managers, artists, writers, tech geeks, social networkers and decision makers. If you're finding that they're not, I invite you to take a look at my portfolio and work experience.

The time was right to start a full-time freelance career in January 2011. Prior to that I gained extensive communications experience at the businesses listed below:

Crain’s Cleveland Business
Cleveland, Ohio
January 2004 – January 2011

Graphic Designer
Responsibilities — Sole graphic designer charged with conceptualizing and creating all visual communication needed for print and web for both the editorial and marketing sides of the publication. Involved in day-to-day decision making and execution regarding the promotion (via traditional outlets and social media) and visual content of the editorial products.

Maddox Marketing Group Inc.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
May 2002 – January 2004

Creative Associate
Responsibilities — Led print side of Design Studio, and assisted Interactive side, in concept development and production. Managed project development from concept to design to final output. Handled vendor relationships and supported client services and business development.

Litigation Visuals Inc.
Cleveland, Ohio
January 1999 – February 2002

Production Manager/Trial Consultant
Responsibilities — Consulted clients regarding organization of information and focus points for trial. Produced demonstrative exhibits (in small, large and electronic format) and informational graphics. Oversaw final output and finishing of jobs including management of any outsourced projects. Managed and produced promotional/marketing/corporate identity material for the company and its partners, as well as clients.

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication: Informational Graphics, Page Layout and
Design (Journalism Focus)

Ohio University — Athens, Ohio
GPA: 3.6 Dean’s List

Specialties

    • Graphic Design
    • Web Design
    • Visual Communication
    • Photo Illustration
    • Informational Graphics
    • Corporate Identity
    • Social Media
    • E-mail Marketing

    Skills

    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Dreamweaver
    • InDesign
    • Flash
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • Social media management tools
    • E-mail marketing tools

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