resume

For a PDF version of my resume, please contact me at krista(at)kvgcreative(dot)com.

EDUCATION

M.A. in Graphic Design
New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk University, Boston, MA. Graduated May 2013.

B.S. in Communications/Media with concentrations in graphic design and multimedia.
Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg MA. Graduated June 2000.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Senior User Experience Designer: Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA
August 2015–Present

Manager of Media and Design: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA
April 2002–July 2015
Art director responsible for the concept creation, design and project management of various web, print, and environmental related projects for the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Project deliverables include visual design and front-end development of WordPress responsive websites, UX/UI and visual design of custom internal application systems in collaboration with internal IT and Finance teams, logos, brochures, posters, digital advertisements, promotional, and way-finding materials. Involved in art direction of photo and video shoots and management of external developers and writers, while overseeing that all touch-points support the RLE and MIT brands. Works with the Director of the Laboratory to ensure communication strategies align with business goals. Projects range in scope from smaller outreach group projects to large campaigns for several multimillion-dollar funded research centers managed through the laboratory.

Graphic Design Consultant: KVG Creative,Worcester, MA
August 2001–April 2002
Involved with many projects including identity work, print collateral, web site design and maintenance. Responsible for information gathering, creative direction, production and client and project management.

Senior Experience Designer: ZEFER, Boston, MA
July 1999–August 2001
Led the creative vision and implementation of client-based web projects in a mid-sized interactive agency. Focus on visual design while working in a multidisciplinary team environment.

Associate Designer: Ark Studios, Boston, MA
September 1998–July 1999
Focus on front-end web development and design in a small Boston-based interactive agency while reporting directly to the Creative Director/Principal Owner.

Graphic Designer: Superdups,Tewksbury, MA
December 1996–August 1998
Graphic design and layout of external client’s CDs and cassettes ranging from small businesses to local musicians for a CD manufacturing company. Additional responsibilities included photo retouching, pre-flighting of supplied artwork and pre-press work including film and match-print making.

SKILLS

  • Proficient knowledge of both Macintosh and Windows platforms.
  • Extensive knowledge of the entire Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, the Microsoft Office Suite, HTML/CSS and WordPress.
  • Familiarity with PHP, Flash, Javascript, JQuery, and Drupal.
  • Thorough understanding of layout, composition, color, and typography as it relates to web, print, and environmental design.
  • Deep understanding of brand communication and how it applies to both the web, print, and environmental design.
  • Exhaustive understanding of interaction design including UX/UI, information design, usability, content analysis, content management systems, SEO, and analytics.
  • Print production and pre-press knowledge.
  • Strong troubleshooting, problem solving, time management and organizational skills.
  • Good communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to lead teams through creative sessions, manage and mentor junior staff, and juggle multiple projects.
  • Comfortable working alone or in a team environment.
  • Excellent client management and presentation skills.

AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 Graphic Design USA, American Graphic Design Awards.
  • Member of the AIGA Boston chapter since 1998.

© Krista Van Guilder