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About

WELL ROUNDED.

Solution-focused digital and print design professional with 15+ years experience in the creative field, over which time I have designed for a wide range of industries including B2B, B2C, federal, and non-profit organizations. Experience managing projects, designers, clients, and vendors. Excellent client facing skills, with a cooperative approach to problem-solving and a record for providing clear design strategy and solutions that produce effective results.

Throughout my career I’ve worked with such notable companies as ESPN, ABC, the Walt Disney Company, Tommy Bahama, NAFCU, ICF and more. I pride myself in being an extremely hard worker, and a design chameleon who can easily transform my style to meet any client request.

I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University’s school of Art, with a BFA in Visual Communication.

WORK

Portfolio

MY WORK.

EXPERIENCE

Experience

HOW I GOT HERE.

Solution-focused graphic and web design professional with 15+ years of experience in the creative field.
HIP HOUSE DESIGN STUDIO.

A freelance design firm. Alexandria, VA
Founder | Designer | Co-Director (August 2001 – Present)

“The Hip House” was founded in 2001 as a part-time service, which grew into a full-time, 2-person business by 2005. My role shifts as needed from designer to consultant.

  • Establish and maintain working relationships with clients, vendors, and freelance support.
  • Manage multiple projects, budgets, and timelines at once, while determining priority in meeting client obligations and deadlines.
  • Lead design and production of print, digital or multi-media graphic needs that arise.
  • Develop strategic direction by focusing on technology, innovation, and experience-based design solutions.
  • Blend, refresh or maintain various client brand standards while working with multiple at one time.
  • Present creative concepts for client approval through verbal, visual or written formats.
  • Maintain an organized file backup structure for easy access to past work.
ICF.

A worldwide consulting and technology corporation. Fairfax, VA
Senior Designer, Print & Web
(March 2014 – Feb. 2017)

  • Senior designer for in-house creative services and marketing team.
  • Promoted and maintained the ICF brand and best practices, by creating compelling digital designs supporting expert research, advertising collateral and conference materials for corporate, federal, and commercial clients.
  • Supported over a dozen diverse lines of business.
  • Contributed to full corporate rebrand by providing feedback for style guides, advising on policy and best practices, and assisting in template creation, asset rebranding, and new brand promotion.
  • Evaluated icf.com website and intranet for UI/UX needs, and developed architecture, artwork, and basic programming to create and support innovative online marketing strategies.
  • Designed and produced social media graphics, digital presentations, and interactive documents, including multiple award-winning interactive corporate reports.
  • Brought various interactive projects in-house, saving the company the expense of an outside contractor.
TAAZ.com.

An online beauty destination. San Diego, CA
Creative Director (May 2010 – August 2012)

  • Designed and maintained the TAAZ.com website, and the “TAAZ Hair Try-On” mobile application.
  • Managed and mentored creative staff, worked closely with marketing, development, and project
    management teams to ensure scheduling and other needs were met.
  • Provided creative input and design for business solutions team who marketed the “Try-On” application to outside clients including Clinique, Esteé Lauder, and HSN.
MAISEL PRESLEY, INC.

A real estate and development company. San Diego, CA
IT Director (September 2004 – November 2005)

  • Directed and supported all IT needs (computer network, phone systems and help desk) as company grew from 15 to 150 people in 6 month time period.
  • Researched and purchased office hardware and software, and advised on emerging technologies.
  • Hired, trained and managed help-desk employees.
  • Assisted with website redesign and marketing tasks where needed.
OPTION B, INC.

A marketing solutions company. Solana Beach, CA
Art Director (July 2002 – August 2004)

  • Managed four-person creative team who conceptualized and developed new designs for custom apparel and promotional marketing merchandise items.
  • Met with clients to determine need, presented creative concepts, directed work flow, and managed projects.
  • Digitally illustrated designs, and produced templates for merchandise creation.
THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY.

The happiest place on earth, online division. Seattle, WA
Lead UI Designer, MrShowbiz.com (October 1999 – August 2001)
UI/UX Designer, Advertising Department (August 1996 – October 1999)

Lead UI Designer, MrShowbiz.com.

  • Maintained the unique look and feel of the Mr. Showbiz brand.
  • Created compelling designs to complement daily content; Designed icons, banners, flash animations, and full micro site sections for special features and advertising opportunities; Produced print collateral and promotional items for marketing.
  • Managed projects and worked daily with producers, editors, and production staff to maintain site upkeep
    and timeliness.
  • Contributed to complete site redesign by helping determine a refreshed aesthetic and updated UI/UX, plus site development as design was completed.

UI/UX Designer, Advertising Department. 

  • Designed and developed online promotional materials and micro sites for external clients advertising on our family of websites.
  • Managed projects, consulted with clients, and coordinated with salespeople and outside agencies to develop new innovative ideas for online advertisements.
  • High profile clients included ADIDAS, M&M Mars, Miller Brewing Company, and Universal Studios.
AWARDS.
  • 2015: Gold and Platinum MarCom Awards for ICF’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report
  • 2015: Platinum Hermes Creative Award for ICF’s 2013 Corporate Responsibility Report
  • 2015: Platinum MarCom Award for ICF’s 2014 Corporate Highlights Report
  • 2016: Platinum MarCom Award for ICF’s 2014-2015 Corporate Responsibility Report
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SKILLS

Skills

WHAT I KNOW.

I love design and always try to stay up-to-date with the latest technology and techniques to keep the work I do interesting. As I’ve progressed through my career, I’ve accumulated an impressive array of qualifications and expertly honed skills to help me quickly and creatively evaluate client pain points and present clear solutions with effective results.
Adobe Creative Cloud | 99%
Data Visualization | 95%
HTML & CSS | 90%
Motion Graphics | 85%
MS Word & PowerPoint | 80%

MORE DETAILS

  • Progressive leader and mentor, guiding junior staff in developing conceptual skills, building confidence, and following best practices
  • Conceptual thinker with the ability to analyze situations, visualize data, identify existing or potential design problems and recommend solutions
  • Clear understanding of color, layout, typography, aesthetics, and balance in print, web, and interactive design
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Extremely well organized with strong attention to detail and exceptional time management
  • Well-versed in pre-press production and management of print vendor relationships
  • Self-motivated and team-oriented
REFERENCES

References

RAVE REVIEWS.

Roula Behrouzi“Jenn has made my life as a manager so easy. If you have her, you don’t need anyone else. As a designer (print and digital), she is outstanding. From Day 1, she was able to understand the company’s style and brand and create pieces accordingly. She knows when to push the envelope in her designs and when not to. When meeting with clients, she knows the right questions to ask and gets to the undermining issues or goals quickly. She comes back with designs that are on point or even better than expected. She is always looking for new ways of tackling problems and is not afraid to learn new skills to better enhance her work and her team’s capabilities. In addition, she ran her own design business and understands the management that is involved. If I were to start my own business, Jenn would be my first hire. She is peace of mind. I highly recommend her.”

ROULA BEHROUZI – Creative Services Manager

Caroline Choe“Jennifer and I worked together at TAAZ, where she led the graphic design team and helped to build both customer sites as well as the redeveloped TAAZ.com. Her challenges at TAAZ included conflicting priorities with unrealistic deadlines and balancing the opinions of multiple members of senior management. My experience with Jennifer was that she always kept her cool in these situations and managed her priorities well, never missing a deadline. Her diplomacy between members of the management team really stood out to me. When I saw other staff members become defensive on the website reviews, Jennifer saw above the drama, identified areas of compromise and worked tirelessly to roll out changes in a way that each member of senior management felt their comments were included. Lastly, she set a positive tone for the organization and junior staff. She was often the first employee in the office and helped mentor junior staff, company wide.  Jennifer will be an asset to any organization!”

CAROLINE CHOE – VP Finance

Harry Lin“Jennifer is such a wonderful team member that I hired her at two different companies. Her design skills, work ethic, and positive attitude are superb.”

HARRY LIN – Head of Business Development at IMDb.com

Alicia Hosmer“Jennifer is an outstanding graphic designer. She knows how to artfully take copy and ideas and create effective design solutions to reach business goals. Jenn is so easy to work with and is extremely dedicated to her work and the success of her clients.”

ALICIA HOSMER – Vice President of Marketing, NAFCU

Dave Schafer“Jenn is a talented designer that not only produces quality designs quickly, but is able to reflect the intent of a service or product after just a brief discussion. She helps you refine a concept and turn it into designs, while continuously identifying improvements along the way that build upon the original idea. She’s modest and practical, and one of those folks who invite an open and effortless dialogue about what you’re trying to accomplish so she can do the work of making it a reality.”

DAVE SCHAFER – Independent Consultant/Contractor

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