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Cover Letter

Let me introduce myself

A bit about me

During recent years, I have had the chance to hone my design capabilities in different ways. While working towards a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, I gained hands-on experience as a freelance designer. Among my clients are local Aurora businesses and the Dieterich Elementary School in Aurora, Illinois. I created designs for their multiple fundraisers and promotions ranging from ads to business cards.

Skills learned

In these projects, I have worked with Mac OSX, as well as Windows. In addition, I have in-depth knowledge of top design software, including: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I have learned that good communication and listening skills are essential for a Graphic Designer, as the customer's needs and concerns come first. I am team player to the core, but am also at ease when working alone. I hope you will find enough evidence of my capabilities as a Graphic Designer in this portfolio.

RESUME

Know more about my past

Employment

  • 2017-present

    Sherlocked Graphic Designer

    • Developing images, illustrations and graphics based on Sherlocked brand standards/style • Layout of digital and print content for escape room advertising • Execute on development of creative content assets, including info graphics, booklets and interactive • Efficient and creative work in a collaborative and fun environment • Responsible for keeping creative files organized and producing presentation material • Conducts internet research as required for art, photography, background/area information, etc.

  • 2011-future

    Freelance Graphic Designer

    • Created graphic designs for student night posters at Dieterich Elementary School. • Worked with customers to understand specific brand usage principles in their business. • Created high quality images for newsletters, letters home to parents, and e-mail templates. • Captured moments for Dieterich Elementary School's school website on film and photography • Designed posters for different occasions at said school from fundraisers to fun fairs. • Interacted with local Aurora business to develop materials for ads and business cards.

  • 2015-2016

    Miscarriage Matters Inc. Graphic Designer

    • Created designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and aesthetic design concepts. • Determined size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type. • Used computer software to generate new images for weekly empowerment posts • Marked up, pasted, and assembled final layouts to prepare layouts for printer. • Drew and printed charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer. • Reviewed final layouts and suggested improvements during group presentation.

Education

  • 2016-2017

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, NL M.A. Design Cultures

    Design has developed into a vibrant and important cultural and economic sector in recent decades. Product design, graphic design and fashion design are burgeoning as a service industry. Design is an integral part of our lives. In the Netherlands, design has gained international recognition with past and present designers who are active in graphic design, product design, artistic design, environments and fashion. This is why I decided to study there, so I could gain experience from another point of view while supplementing mine.

  • 2013-2015

    North Central College, Naperville, IL B.A. Graphic Design

    There’s no limit to what I could do in the graphic arts, video production, web design and other media at North Central. Their top-notch facilities featured a chroma key (green screen) studio in their newly renovated Meiley-Swallow Hall, which was also stocked with the latest computer technology. I was guided by their exceptional faculty, where I learned to communicate effectively in virtually any medium using principles of art, computer science, broadcasting, journalism, English and other fields.

  • 2013-2015

    Waubonsee College, Sugar Grove, IL A.A. Graphic Design

    This Associate Degree Arts program was designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study. I gained multi-disciplinary knowledge in the faculties of arts, humanities, and social sciences, and develop tmy critical thinking and research skills. The program provided a comprehensive learning experience that also allowed me to customize my coursework in order to focus on an my area of personal interest.

Programs used in projects

photography
html & css
Muse
indesign
photoshop
illustrator

Portfolio

My latest projects

Services

What I can do

Graphic Design

• basic websites • packaging and brochures • books and magazines • corporate identity - give organisations a visual 'brand' • advertising • exhibitions and displays • flyers • corporate reports • infographs • newspaper layout

Photography

• Correct color of imagery and remove unwanted imperfections using Photoshop and Illustrator. • Edit, tone and upload photographs to websites and servers. • Create slide shows for weddings and graduations, and prepare photographs for print publication. • Provide photography services to clients for individual, family, and graduation portraits. • Manage digital image database and upload images to existing website

Additional Skills

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite • Working knowledge of HTML and CSS • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Contact Me

karenriscos@gmail.com • +16305182741