I am an innovative and accomplished graphic design professional with over 15 years experience providing comprehensive coordination of product development, brand strategy, web design, illustration and more.
In my most recent position, I have managed a team of 2 designers, oversaw the design and brand strategy for 3 e-commerce brands, directed photo-shoots for seasonal brand refresh, redesigned our main brand website, and collaborated with outside partners like Cedar Point, Nickelodeon Studios, and Disney.
I am excited to continue expanding my skill set and grow as a designer through new industries and target markets.
I am an innovative and accomplished graphic design professional
with over 15 years experience
Graphic Designer/Product Designer
2007 - 2013
A full-time position in the art department designing novelty and gift items. Job entailed concept drawings, photography, new product development, illustration, photo manipulation, website design, and packaging design.
2013 - 2014
A full-time position in the Marketing department designing news flyer, photographing new products, organizing image data files, updating images for website display, and various illustrations and design work when needed.
Graphic Designer Coordinator
2015 - 2019
Works with Marketing Manager to establish and manage the execution of email campaigns for 4 brands. Coordinates and creates graphic elements for email campaigns, websites, and social media in a timely matter. Increases email engagement rate by creating bold, on-brand graphic elements. Able to pivot from one project from another, based on ever-shifting priorities. Manages in-house designers, training team members as necessary • Improves efficiencies in processes, workflow, and budget, identifying opportunities for streamlining
2019 - 2019
Managing content and maintaining web sites, including company intranet site for employees.
Digital & Print Designer
2020 - Presently
Self employed with a variety of clients including a Chicago Publisher, Winery, and Therapist. My projects have included print media including posters, bookmarks, and banners. To digital media including social media post, emails, and product mock-ups
Business Owner & Artisan Soap Maker
2019 - Presently
On top of my full days of freelance design work I manage to find time to run a small homemade soap shop from me home. From purchasing of materials and equipment, to manufacturing, marketing and sales. I handle all the day to day and have acquired an inside first hand appreciation of how a company runs.
Kandi was quick to help me with a last minute project. Drawing up some fun designs for a birthday party. Her art fit right in with the birthday boys space theme!
Kandi is very easy to work with. My fiance and I are getting married this fall and she is making our place cards as well as a keepsake memory box which will be used in lieu of a guest book. Kandi has been very diligent in following up with me to make sure we have the look we want.
Kandi is endlessly inventive. Recently, just for the fun of it, she created a book about how we met. She not only wrote teh story, she illustrated it, then designed and produced the book itself. The drawings were fresh and lively -- touched with genius. She gave it to me for my birthday -- one of the best presents I've ever gotten!