Betty S. | Elance
 
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Betty S.

Fast, low-rates, 23 years of experience
   United States
  |   Dallas, TX

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With over 23 years experience, Betty can work closely with you to bring your projects to life. From illustrations (including medical and portraits), postcards and forms to large-format graphics, HTML EMAILS, Web pages, and publishing, Betty can maximize your message to sell your product or service. Specializing in branding and logo design with an emphasis in all aspects of publishing and printing, you can trust that your job will be handled professionally from start to finish from an award-winning American designer.

Betty can offer you competitive rates and quick turn-around as well as discounted printing, copy writing, proofing, and text editing. Your vision is important and Betty will work with you until...

...you are pleased

...you understand how to use your files

and

...you are ready to recommend this designer to your friends and colleagues with a glowing review.
Service Description
Betty is a true professional and a joy to work with. Competitive rates and quick turnaround in print and multimedia design is Betty's specialty.

When you hire a designer to handle graphics, you are outsourcing some part of your project to a third party. This can be arduous and stress inducing unless you are confident in the ability of the person responsible for the work. A great designer will offer you proven skills, dependable reliability, and excellent service.

Nearly every graphic artist around will be more than happy to tout the quality of their work or promise you an incredibly low cost only to nickel-and-dime you later or produce inferior-quality work. Choose an experienced professional to do the job right the first time.

There's a lot more to a good graphic designer than raw skill and there's more to design than a pretty picture. Trust your designer to do what they do best and you will have images that are not only nice to look at but will help you sell your product or service.

Three Things to Look For In Your Graphic Designer:

Ability
A good graphic designer will have capability to do just about anything so don't be afraid to shoot your ideas past them and don't assume that their current sample set shows the limit to their abilities. A good designer can match any style or feeling you need to convey. A portfolio may be limited by size, experience or past client dictates. It's important to have a professional portfolio but more important to find a designer that is willing to work closely with you to customize your project.

Tell your designer what you want. Show them images you like and tell them why you like them. Any designer that is worth paying will be more than happy to let you have a few minutes of Q&A time with them. Sharing your vision will help the designer tailor your specific project to your needs. A good designer will also gently steer you away from design mistakes that could hurt your company image or effect the impact your message could have on future business.

A great designer wants your business to succeed. After all, increased revenue for you might mean more work for them.

Ask for references. A designer with confidence and a solid reputation will have no problem allowing you to contact past clients.

Reliability
Many creative people are excellent in terms of their craft but lack organization or good time management skills. If you can find a graphic designer who can deliver quality work in a short timeframe, keep hold of them! However, if your designer disappears on you and begins to ignore your messages there is a good chance that you have a problem. And remember, communication is a two-way street. Answer questions and return proofs promptly to ensure that your job gets the attention it deserves. If you sit on a proof, your designer will have to rush the job, sacrificing quality in the process.

Service
Ask your designer what they will do if you are not happy with the product that they submit. A reputable designer will work with you to create a product that you will be happy with, ensuring that you are satisfied and that they can say that they have another happy client. They should keep the lines of communication open so that you are able to contribute when required and they are able to contact you when they need to.

Other Important Information

Graphic designers work on either a freelance basis or as part of a larger design company. Freelance graphic designers are generally less expensive but there are many people who call themselves designers with no training or experience. Their bids may be cheap but you could pay for it in the long run in frustration, hidden costs, and mistakes.
Education
The Art Institute of Dallas
Visual Communications
1988 - 1990
Employment
American Pacific Resources
Creative Services
2012 - Present
Creates conceptual art, print pieces, websites and more for this company of diverse resources. Projects completed for real estate, home builders, records management, title and research, organic farming, sports, corporate, human resources and more.
ClubCorp
Graphic Designer
2010 - 2012
Graphic Design for branded system in leisure/hospitality industry
ALOA/Keynotes Magazine
Director of Creative Services
2001 - 2008
Department Head responsible for content/ design/ editting/ production/ layout of a monthly technical publication, corporate design pieces, and web content for this nonprofit organization. Leader of the 50th Anniversary Committee, created to develop content and theme for a large anniversary celebration/convention. Created revenue-generating projects resulting in the creation of an expanded department/staff. Developed strategic partnerships with Verizon, EconZ, and Service Magic to provide added benefits to the membership.
Dallas Inner-City Games
Community Coach
2001 - 2003
Responsible for teaching design and multimedia technology skills to high school students in an after-school community enrichment program (Whiz Kidz---Miracles Program). Motivated and encouraged students to learn new skills and develop an interest in the graphic arts field Developed lesson plans to teach the basics of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Front Page Administered weekly SAT pre-tests Facilitated the design of the students' school web page
N2 Creative Solutions
Graphic Designer
2001 - 2001
Responsible for concepting and layout design of printed materials and online content. Helped create this start-up company from it's inception. Introduced sales and marketing ideas to build new business Qualified sales leads and made cold calls for new business opportunities Chosen as part of a crew of 7 to plan and coordinate Bass Hotels and Resorts annual sales incentive trip. Worked with a team to build company website
Bristol Hotels & Resorts
Graphic Designer
1998 - 2001
Responsible for concepting and layout design of printed materials and online content. Redesiged quarterly staff newsletter at a significant cost-reduction. Leader of The Fun Committee, an organization created to develop activities for staff to boost employee morale. Introduced time-saving tips and tricks to staff, enabling artists to spend more time on design and less on production. Trained Sr. Artist and Art Director in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint for the creation and management of onsite presentations, resulting in additional requests for training and a higher-skilled department. Built corporate presentations onsite for Bass Hotels & Resorts Annual Shareholders Meeting
Society of Petroleum Engineers
Graphic Designer
1996 - 1998
Responsible for design, layout, production, and coordination of printed materials and publications (including direct mail) for this international nonprofit organization. Restructured organizational procedures, resulting in fewer lost jobs and and improved perception of the Art Department. Produced an onsite tradeshow newspaper within a 2-hour deadline resulting in reader acclaim and increased subscriptions. Modernized sign-making process by introducing a full-sheet vinyl transfer system, saving money on supplies and staff hours. Promoted from Production Artist to Graphic Designer within the first year on staff.
The King Group
Graphic Artist
1995 - 1996
Responsible for design and layout of b/w print ads, brochures, flyers, and other collateral materials for clients of this diversity marketing firm. Also assisted the CEO, prepared sales proposals and assisted with research, focus groups and photo shoots. Client interaction and some copywriting was involved. Reorganized and established consistent filing system to eliminate lost jobs and missed deadlines. Designed sales proposals which attracted new revenue-generating accounts. Improved client relations, leading to increased revenue and successful negotiations. Represented the company at photo shoots, enabling the Art Director to focus on the content of the shoot.
Applause Emblem and Pin
Designer
1992 - 1995
Designed metal badges, cloisonne pins, and embroidered patches. Also served as Office Manager and directly assisted the CEO. Presented products at trade shows Designed brochures and directed photo shoots Managed Office
Applause Emblem and Pin
Designer
1988 - 1990
Designed Badges, cloisonne pins, and embroidered patches. Also served as Office Manager and directly assisted the CEO. Presented products at trade shows Designed brochures and directed photo shoots Managed Office
Payment Terms
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