About Me

When I was staring out in my career as an illustrator and graphic designer some 17 years ago, I was once told by a client that I tuned his sketch on a napkin into gold. He couldn't believe it and was extremely grateful. Similar scenarios have come over the years and I take pride in fleshing-out my client's ideas to their final intended form.

Working simultaneously in two different fields as a production artist and as a patent draftsman, I was able to blend these skills together to produce detail-oriented designs in a timely and cost-effective manner. Exceeding the client's expectations is paramount to me as an artist, and I strive to provide  a quality product at a reasonable price. Whether it's a new type of patentable device, a business logo, a flyer for a band, or a multi-page booklet, I am no stranger to many of today's design trends and processes.

 

Resume

 


Experience

Lead Designer / Senior Graphic Artist [SEPI Marketing, Inc.]                           Oct. 18, 2004 – Sept. 2018

  • Responsible for creating print and digital travel guides as well as advertisements from initial design to final publishing.
  • Responsible for the majority of higher-tier creative projects such as resorts, chambers of commerce, logo design, tradeshow banners, etc.
  • Coordinated with nationwide sales and management teams on high-priority projects
  • Process and submission of art department prepress work to the press
  • Aided the print shop crew with prepress and digital-to-plate production
  • Creation and management of website content / graphics library
  • Aiding art department staff in implementing new design technologies and techniques
  • Interviewed, instructed, and mentored new hires
  • Troubleshoot technical problems as well as various office IT duties
  • Creation and implementation of new departmental standards
  • Managed my own workflow to meet critical deadlines

Patent Draftsman & Freelance Graphic Services [Luke Steward Design Services]           Mar. 2001 – Present

  • Works closely with patent attorneys, patent agents, and clients to create technical illustrations for filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Aids inventors in refining technical details and overall appearance of invention
  • Preparation of logos for submission to the USPTO
  • Advise attorneys and clients on strict USPTO standards
  • Graphic, web, and animation design for various legal and entrepreneurial clients
  • Various flyers for web and print, business cards, courtroom animations, flow charts
  • Design of vehicle wraps and die-cuts

Education

[The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale] - Florida Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Animation - March 23, 2003

Skills

  • Extremely proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat and Photoshop Creative Suites on both Mac and PC
  • Proficient in traditional/digital printing process, prepress, EFI, and print shop operations
  • A natural problem solver and troubleshooter – quick and curious learner
  • Technical illustration - extremely detail oriented
  • WordPress web design & HTML coding

Awards and Honors

  • Award of Excellence in Design presented by SEPI Marketing Sales Managers - 2011
  • Outstanding Employee of the Year, SEPI Marketing - 2007-Present