Resume

Design Expe­ri­ence
Fin­ished Art Inc., Atlanta, GA
Design Strat­egy Con­sul­tant / Designer    (10/11 – present)

Spear­headed the company’s web­site redesign, incor­po­rat­ing a blog and social net­work­ing tools to find a bet­ter way to share FA’s diver­sity and pas­sion with clients and poten­tial new busi­ness part­ners as well as give each team mem­ber the oppor­tu­nity to grow and explore his/her interests

Graphic Designer    (07/06 – 08/10)
  • Designed pack­ag­ing, iden­tity, POS, web­sites, dig­i­tal designs and multi-page col­lat­eral for inter­na­tional clients
  • Man­aged client com­mu­ni­ca­tions and cre­ated project estimates
  • Pre­pared files for print and worked closely with printers
  • Col­lab­o­rated with other design­ers to develop ideas for national campaigns
Gretchen Chern Design     (05/06 – present)
Free­lance Designer
  • Designed/built/maintained web­sites for new and grow­ing businesses
  • Cre­ated inter­ac­tive tuto­ri­als in Flash for client presentations
  • Logo design and invi­ta­tion Design
Visual Data Sys­tems, Colum­bia, MD     (01/06 – 06/06)
Graphic Designer
  • Designed/built web­sites and cre­ated CSS style sheets for rental prop­erty companies
  • Updated inter­ac­tive maps for clients and con­tacted clients regard­ing monthly changes
  • Designed ani­mated ban­ners for prod­ucts to be dis­played on cor­po­rate websites
  • Cre­ated new, uni­fied prod­uct slip sheets for mar­ket­ing department
Stu­dent Events Board, Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County     (05/04 – 05/06)
Direc­tor of Promotions
  • Cre­ated fly­ers, posters, t-shirts and other pro­mo­tional mate­ri­als for var­i­ous stu­dent events on campus
  • Designed and main­tained the Stu­dent Events Board website
  • Respon­si­ble for find­ing and con­tact­ing print­ers for large-scale jobs

Pro­fes­sional Awards/Mentions
39th Cre­ativ­ity Annual Awards – Gold Award Win­ner, Brochure Busi­ness to Busi­ness Cat­e­gory (2009)
Coca-Cola hol­i­day orb bot­tle designs fea­tured on thedieline.com      (11/30/09)

Education/Honors
Savan­nah Col­lege of Art and Design     (09/10 – 09/11)
Savan­nah, GA
MA Design Management
  • Gained expe­ri­ence devel­op­ing frame-changing points of view that can cre­ate long-term value through design
  • Planned and exe­cuted con­tex­tual research stud­ies in order to dis­cover new design opportunities
  • Increased skill in pre­sent­ing ideas through visual mod­els such as sketch­ing and diagramming
  • Acquired a deeper under­stand­ing of inno­va­tion and its role in grow­ing com­merce and chang­ing culture
  • Worked on col­lab­o­ra­tive teams to develop design and brand strategies
  • Learned to facil­i­tate cre­ative think­ing sessions
  • Attained knowl­edge of fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of mar­ket­ing, finance and accounting
Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, Bal­ti­more County (UMBC)     (08/02 – 05/06)
Bal­ti­more, MD
BA Visual Arts – Graphic Design; Art His­tory Minor
  • Grad­u­ated Magna Cum Laude
  • Received Line­han Artist Schol­ar­ship awarded for high artis­tic and intel­lec­tual ability
  • Named Alumni Association’s Out­stand­ing Stu­dent of the Year in Visual Arts, 2006
  • Nom­i­nated for UMBC’s Behind-the-Scenes Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Award in 2005 and 2006
  • Nom­i­nated for Stu­dent Employee of the Year, 2006
  • National Soci­ety of Col­le­giate Schol­ars, Golden Key Inter­na­tional Honor Soci­ety, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Com­puter Skills
Highly Pro­fi­cient on MAC and PC with the fol­low­ing software:
  • Adobe CS5 (Pho­to­shop, Illus­tra­tor, InDe­sign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Pow­er­Point, Excel)
  • Keynote
  • QuarkX­Press
Web Skills Include:
  • HTML, CSS
  • Word­Press
Gretchen is a detail-oriented man­ager who watches the bal­ance sheet like a hawk with­out los­ing sight of the strate­gic objec­tive. She is able to work on mul­ti­ple projects from con­cept through the design and mechan­i­cal. She is a depend­able val­ued employee that we count on to get the job done cor­rectly. She would be a val­ued asset and is highly recommended.”

– Donna John­ston, Pres­i­dent
Fin­ished Art, Inc.

Gretchen is a plea­sure to work with. She is con­fi­dent and depend­able in the exe­cu­tion of a project. She has a great atti­tude and is very detail oriented.”

– Daphne Brown, Account Man­ager
Fin­ished Art, Inc.

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