PROFILE

BIO


I am an award winning Graphic Designer for Print and Digital/Web with more than 18 years of experience.

In my most recent experience with MCM Group International, an award winning studio of planners and architects, I enhanced digital and print needs for them and their clients, engaging in signage, wayfinding, illustration, character development, branding, visualization, concept development/artwork and design applied to the web.

My strengths are working with Adobe’s Creative Suite, hand coded HTML5 and CSS3 and applying the principles of design with the user in mind.

I collaborate well in teams and individually, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Media-based Fine Arts and an Associates of Arts degree in Graphic Design, applying the psychology of design into my work and honing my skills to manage deadline driven projects. My past experiences included endeavors with clients like LG Phone, Qualcomm, Jack in the Box at Apollo Interactive, AECOM, a multinational engineering firm and Verizon SuperPages, a top online resource for local businesses and retailers.


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I enjoy designing and illustrating, for the digital and real world, communicating visually. Understanding the message’s intention and organizing elements with the user in mind, are part of the process to effectively and intuitively get a message across.

Creative Inclination

Since I was a kid, I’ve been attracted to drawing, typography and design. Since 1996, I worked in different aspects of the creative industry — around the halls of an advertising firm (as a traffic intern in a print department), inside a production backroom of a sports photography agency (streamlining post-production activities, including slide imprinting) and in a few cubicles, open-spaces and remotely at home (doing graphic and web related projects).

I appreciate detail and acknowledge the importance of the overall outcome.

I’ve Designed With/For

I’ve worked with various types of clients in different capacities, small & large, from mom & pop shops to a couple fortune 500 companies, within an interactive agency, online business directory, in-house and in a consultant/freelance capacity. At the agency, I designed look and feel comps (visual design) and hand-coded html/css, within a team setting, working alongside programmers and other designers for major web site development.

Learn more about the types of customers/clients I’ve worked with and how I contributed to their projects in Customers/Clients + Projects page.

See a list of Awards and Honors below.

Inspiration

I enjoy technology and visual design/arts, finding inspiration from my everyday activities, surroundings, family and friends. Although, I’m still excited learning different mediums, photo snapping with my Android seems to be my everyday favorite, even when I dream of fast film from my old SLR or the sound of aperture adjustments from a my handy DSLR camera.

Life Outside of Design


I enjoy eating good eats, keeping active, staying creative, thinking of far off places, keeping mindful of balance, dancing and keeping my dog company.

I love living and working in Long Beach, California, about thirty minutes to Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County without traffic, forty to an hour with traffic or on the metro rail.


AWARDS + HONORS



October 2015 “Davey Awards” Sliver Winner

presented by International Academy of the Visual Arts

for Museum Murals”, in the “Outdoor/Environmental – Signage/Environmental Graphics” category
Role: Graphic Designer @ MCM Group

June 2011 “17th Annual Communicator Award of Distinction” winner

presented by International Academy of the Visual Arts

for elainenimo.com website, in the Interactive Website: Self Promotion category
Role: Creative + Technical Designer

November 2005 “Exceptional Customer Service recognition”

presented by Verizon Superpages.com iCare Team

for creating pleasurable experiences for our customers.
Role: Web Design Specialist at Verizon Superpages.com

October 2005 “Best Customer Service 3rd Quarter”

presented by Verizon Superpages.com iCare Team

for Call Assessment Score 91.10 (out of 100)
Role: Web Design Specialist at Verizon Superpages.com

2004 “Outstanding Web Site”

presented by National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC)

for lasports.org
Role: Art Director, establish site’s look @ Apollo Interactive

WebAwards

presented by The Web Marketing Association

“Outstanding Achievement in Web Development”
2004

for pardeehomes.com
Role: Designer @ Apollo Interactive

2003

for lasports.org
Role: Art Director @ Apollo Interactive

for luxor.com
Role: Designer

“Best Travel Website”
2003

for excalibur.com
Role: Designer @ Apollo Interactive

1999 “Award of Excellence: The Most Professional Graphic Design Student with the Best Overall Visual and Verbal Presentation of their Portfolio”

sponsored by Peach Pit Press

The Best Attitude and Professionalism in graduating class by Platt College

Spring 1996, won student contest, designing “Student Art Exhibit Centennial Announcement”

presented by USC’s School of Fine Arts (S.O.F.A.)

Announcement printed and sent to students, alumni and friends of S.O.F.A.

TECHNICAL SKILL SET



ENJOYS GRAPHIC DESIGN

User Interface; Logo; Look & Feel; Marketing and Promotional Layout; Typography and Color Theory
 

COLLABORATES

With designers, programmers & account/project managers in sites with .php, .asp, .aspx and .shtml
 

ORGANIZES + APPRECIATES PROCESS

Sitemap + Wire Frame
 

COMFORT LEVEL

Photoshop + Illustrator

Hand Code HTML + CSS

Javascript, DHTML
+ AJAX Integration

Flash Animation

Flash Actionscript

3D Max Fundamentals

SketchUp

SharePoint Web Designer Role

Vignette Content Manager Role

Skill + Comfort Level
Beginner Expert


LOVES

Photography + Illustration

SOFTWARE

Web, Print and Office Software
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign BBEdit, CSSEdit, Dreamweaver, CuteFTP, Transmit FTP, Flash, 3D Max, SketchUp; Microsoft Office: Powerpoint, Word, Excel, SharePoint
 

ENVIRONMENT

Mac OS X and Windows