Michael S. | Elance
Last Sign-in: May 21, 2011

Michael S.

Experienced Graphic Designer
Richmond Hill


Dear Prospective Client;

My varied and extensive experience, including almost four years as the go-to graphics person at Lontours Canada, designing, creating, and editing nearly 1000 marketing pieces, puts me in a strong position to help you get your next design project completed, on time and on budget. From concept to completion, I have had my hand in all the stages of producing effective design solutions.

My graphic design experience, which includes four years as a freelance Graphic Designer, my education, and my skills , all contribute to the best choice for your next creative project., big or small.
Service Description
%u2022 Over 10 years of experience in the creative, customer-oriented, design industry
%u2022 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design and post-graduate certificate in Computer Graphics
%u2022 Very proficient with Mac and PC graphic software
%u2022 Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS web design programming
%u2022 Solid knowledge of print production as it pertains to layout and design
%u2022 Proven ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment with strong organization and time management skills
%u2022 Creative, resourceful and detail oriented
%u2022 Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with both clients and vendors
%u2022 Experience in marketing, developing and managing third-party cross-marketing initiatives
%u2022 Excellent customer service, business development, and communication skills

%u2022 Adobe Creative Suite 3 (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Dreamweaver)
%u2022 Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
%u2022 Quark XPress
%u2022 Simply Accounting
%u2022 FTP software (Fetch, Transmit)
%u2022 Familiar with HTML, and CSS

2008 %u2013 Present
Graphic Designer
Responsible for all the creative and non-creative day-to-day operational needs including sales, marketing, bookkeeping and other non-creative duties plus design and execution of all creative work.
%u2022 Preparing print-ready digital files for printers and publications.
%u2022 Guiding the design and execution of all creative projects.
%u2022 Designing and creating effective and accurate marketing and advertising material, including layout, photo selection, and content management.
%u2022 Producing direct mail pieces, advertising campaigns, corporate branding and other print related marketing material for members of the travel industry.
%u2022 Managing multiple projects in a timely and cost effective manner.

Lontours Canada Ltd 2004 %u2013 2008
Brochure Production, Distribution & Graphic Design Manager
Oversaw and participated in the process of creation and production of brochures. Directed the brochure distribution to retail travel channel, home based agents and consumers, as well as produced marketing materials designed to promote and sell brands.
%u2022 Planned, scheduled and project management on all Canadian creative projects.
%u2022 Provided graphic support for all Canadian advertising, marketing, and corporate identity materials (ads, e-banners, flyers, sell sheets, launch kits, special brochure projects, letterhead, envelopes, business cards, DVDs, mailers, etc).
%u2022 Managed human and technical resource needs to complete annual brochure workload, including overseeing both internal associates and outsourced resources.
%u2022 Negotiated printed and advertised costs when needed.
%u2022 Worked with outside agencies and vendors to facilitate and co-ordinate creative design projects.
%u2022 Prepared digital files for internal and external printing.
%u2022 Allocated and controlled a brochure distribution and printing budgets plus two advertising budgets (trade and co-op).
%u2022 Worked closely with Channel Marketing Manager and National Key Accounts Manager on marketing campaign creation and execution on national and Key Accounts level.
%u2022 Assisted in the creation, customization, implementation and promotion of the Canadian %u201COn Demand%u201D online co-op marketing tool for the Canadian Business Development team.
%u2022 Managed multiple projects in a timely and cost effective manner.
%u2022 Expressed ideas for process improvements to increase flexibility, reduce administrative costs, and increase interactivity with customers.

Sheridan College - Certificate
Graduated from one-year graduate program in Computer Graphics
York University - Diploma
Received Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, majoring in Graphic Design

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Web Design - HTML and CSS 2008
Computer Programming 2001
Payment Terms
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Michael S. | Elance

Michael S.