Averion Web Design, Owner & Operator
2008-Present: Columbus, OH & Telecommute – Manage, design and/or develop web sites for small clients, using HTML/CSS or WordPress Content Management System. Sometimes includes host and domain setup and administration, SEO, site security, virus protection, social media integration and HTML email design and integration. Design as well as code, including designing icons, logos, avatars and favicons, as well as the user interface.
Alliance Data Systems, Loyalty Systems Analyst & Campaign Specialist, E-mail Development & Delivery Team
June-Oct., 2016: Columbus, OH, – (5-month contract) Manage and coordinate the design, editing and execution of automated email messages for brand partners’ cardmembers, adhering to CAN-SPAM requirements and email best practices. Emails include LifeCycle, Capabilities (Apple Pay, MLA), Customer Care (Servicing) and Collections emails that offer timely and targeted communication to drive increases in credit sales and create brand loyalty. We use HTML5 and CSS3 to develop and design responsive emails.
The Wasserstrom Company, On-site E-Commerce Production Designer
Feb.-April 2016: Columbus, OH – (2-month contract) Design, set up and manage bi-weekly HTML email marketing campaign. Designed e-mails in PhotoShop and after final approval, slice them up to transfer and code for ExactTarget Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage and design a variety of other misc. web-related banners and images for company website, such as the 4 Homepage Heroes (sliders) that rotate on the home page of the web site.
Ohio Wesleyan University, On-site Web Consultant
Aug.-Nov. 2015: Delaware, OH – (3-month contract) Assisted the University Communications Department to plan and implement final website redesign. Also helped manage a variety of other misc. designer web-related projects, including setting up training, leading training sessions, documentation, front-end design and usability, touch-screen display presentation, etc. Redesign contracted with Fastspot.com, using BigTree.com, proprietary content management system.
Microsoft Corporation, Remote Trends Photo Editor
Jan.-Aug. 2015: Columbus, OH (Telecommute) – (1-year contract, Aquent) Manage, select and edit images for the Trends Bar along the bottom of Bing.com and completed misc. photo requests that came up.
Restaurant Equippers, On-site Web Content & Email Marketing Specialist
Oct. 2014-Jan 2015: Columbus, OH – (3-month contract) Design, set up and manage weekly HTML email marketing campaign. Take in-house-provided PSDs and slice them up to transfer and code for Emma Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage and design a variety of other misc. web-related projects for company website, such as the 8 product sliders that rotate on the home page of the web site, as well as search banners for various sections.
The Columbus Dispatch, On-site Page Designer/Artist
Dec. 2012-Jan. 2014: Columbus, OH – NewsArt Department – (1.5 year contract) Manage and design news and features pages on deadline for daily metropolitan newspaper, including whole sections and section fronts.
Baesman Marketing, On-site Email Marketing Specialist/Web Designer
Aug.-Nov. 2012: Columbus, OH – (3-month contract) Design, set up and manage weekly Lucky Brand Jeans HTML email marketing campaign. Take client-provided PSDs and slice them up to transfer and code for Exact Target Email Marketing tool for scheduling and management. Also manage a variety of other misc. digital projects for company, as well as design and prepare graphics and 2 web sites for their iPhone/Android App the company was test marketing, called SmartPing.com.
Microsoft Corporation, On-site Photo Editor
Dec. 2008-Dec. 2009: Redmond, WA – (1-year contract) Media Acquisitions Department. Manage, select and edit images for various incoming requests from internal Microsoft departments, including MSN.com and Bing.com.
MSNBC.com, On-site Olympics Multimedia Producer
July-Aug. 2008: Redmond, WA – (8-week contract) Multimedia Team, Manage, select and edit images for ‘Daily Emotional Moments’ slideshow throughout 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Also, manage, select and edit images for MSNBC.com home page, NBCSports.com pages and Olympics-related coverage for TodayShow.com. Create slideshows for breaking news, including 2008 Democratic National Convention.
The Washington Post, Sept. 1999-July 2004, Washington, DC
News IT: Assistant Systems Editor, Answer phones and solve problems on Newsroom HelpDesk, specializing in Macintosh, pagination and production issues. Also wrote documentation on procedure and instructions for various jobs and duties, with regards to technology.
News Desk: Assistant News Editor, Manage news and design pages for daily metropolitan newspaper, including whole sections and section fronts.
Photo Desk: Assistant Photo Editor, Manage and edit news and features photos for daily metropolitan newspaper, including images for whole sections and section fronts. Also manage photo assignments for various desks and for breaking news events.
Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com, JustGo Product Manager
Jan. 1998-Sept. 1999: Akron, OH – Manage and launch an Arts & Entertainment website for Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron & Canton. Plan and implement the design and organization of the site with a staff of one (besides myself). Also led several special projects, such as the Beacon Journal’s first online charity auction, the Home & Garden Show website and the department’s presentation to rest of the company (done in Macromedia Flash).
Orlando Sentinel/OrlandoSentinel.com, Designer/News Producer
Feb. 1997-Jan. 1998: Orlando, FL – Design News & Features sections for newspaper on a daily deadline. Also produce the online sections of the website (A1, Local, Features, Business & Sports), including editing and creating video, audio, graphics, weather maps, polls, and other interactive media to tell and enhance the stories.
Society for News Design Quick Course, 2013, How to Design for the iPad, Washington, DC
WordPress Meetup Columbus, Member since 2013
Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference, July 2009, Panel Member: Visual Journalism Outside the Box: Applying storytelling skills in nontraditional media (A discussion on Finding Unconventional Work in Visual Journalism), Bellingham, WA
Attended The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop, 2007, Ball State University, Muncie, IN
SNDDC (Society for News Design) Convention, 2003, Tech Coordinator, Volunteer. I also designed the convention logo. Washington, DC
Code Academy, Member since 2015
Lynda.com, Member since 2009
Attended Final Cut Express course, 2003, Rockville, Md. (The Washington Post)
Attended SND's Flash short course, 2002, Orlando, Fla. (The Washington Post)
Certified in Unix I, 2001, (The Washington Post)
Attended MacWorld Convention, 2001, San Francisco (The Washington Post)
Attended NEXPO 2000 Exhibition Show, 2000, San Francisco (The Washington Post)
Attended Thunder Lizard's Web Design '99 Convention, 1999, Atlanta (Ohio.com)
Attended News Design Workshop at The St. Petersburg Times, 1998, sponsored by SND (Orlando Sentinel Online)
- Zenger-Miller Graduate, 1994, Management Training program for Knight-Ridder, Inc. (The Sun News)
Attended Digital '94, 1994, Miami, Fla. (The Sun News)
Guest panelist at the South Carolina Press Association Winter Meeting, 1993, Columbia, S.C. (The Sun News)
Attended Detroit Design Conference for Minority Journalists, 1993, Detroit, Mich. (The Sun News)
Attended Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors Meeting, 1990, Iowa City, Iowa (Press-Citizen)
Attended Investigative Reporters & Editors Convention, 1989, Washington, D.C. (The Lantern)
Attended Society of Professional Journalists Convention, 1988, Cincinnati – Reporter for convention newspaper (The Lantern)
2016, WordCamp Cincinnati Speaker, 10 WordPress Hacks for Designers
2016, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Widgets 101 for WordPress
2015, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Photo Prep for WordPress
2014, WordCamp Columbus Speaker, Typography for WordPress
Expertise with PC and Macintosh formats, networking and troubleshooting
CCI SuperUser, Trainer
Truth with a Camera, Norfolk, VA, Design/Multimedia Faculty member, 2006-2008
Ohio High School Journalism Workshop, Ohio University, Athens, Design Instructor, 2007