Graphic Designer, Visual Solutions, RFP Construction & Improvement, Document Creation, Independent Graphic Design Professional.

Graphic Design is more than just conveying information. It is about visual solutions, grabbing the viewer and pulling them in. Giving them something to remember. My goal as a Graphic Designer and/or Graphic Design Manager is to create, or take what you already have and enhance it, change it, and make it POP. If the position I hold is as a Manager, I strive to help my team achieve those self same goals. [[ WELCOME, Come on in and see more! ]]

What Graphic Design Offers me personally
I receive a great deal of pleasure in designing (and managing designers) to achieve creative solutions that keep the attention of the viewer. Through Graphic Design and Management I am able to pursue what I love which is doing art. Graphic Design is an Industrial Art. Looking at the amazing products and ideas people come up with from retail shelf products to documents.

Additionally, my strengths are in the arts which give me an edge which visually enhance the graphic design of various documents and products such as RFP's, RFQ's, and so forth.

Over the years I have become exceptionally proficient with Photoshop, Illustrator, Word and Power Point. I have found a nice union using the Adobe CS software to enhance nearly all products I create when working with the Microsoft Office software.

Independent Graphic Designer, Visual Solutions specialist
RFP Improvement, and Document Creation, & Fine Art
2014 – Present
Graphic Design / Table Top Game Design / Document Creation / Project Coordination

As a Graphic Designer and Visual Solutions specialist, it is my job to seek out ways to get your product or project to POP and grab the viewer. To give them something that will stand out beyond the rest.
     •    Graphic Design for Independent YouTube Video Designer Dextor Plays Games
     •    Graphic Design for Etsy site Comfort and Joy Pillows
     •    (Not yet Public) Design for games to go on (In Development)
     •    Design and Document Creation for Resource Collection Board Game (In Development)
     •    Document creation for Core Rule Book for Fantasy Role Playing Game (In Development)
     •    Graphic Design and Visual Solutions for : Illuminations, CostPlus World Market, Natural Wonders, Alphabet Academy, Kids Konnection.

Graphic Designer
Aon Risk Insurance Services West, Inc.
2006 – 2014
San Francisco California

Graphic Design and Visual Solutions specialist, designing creative solutions that enhance client centric products for Presidents, Vice Presidents, Directors, and 30+ person sales force. Graphic Design for products such as proposals (RFP's RFQ's), presentations, mailers, etc.
     •    Technical and Graphic Design of intricate PDF Forms which increased company profits and reduced loss due to user error.
     •    Graphic Design and Creative Visual Solutions of products with focused customized design for presentations and proposals.
     •    Researched companies to design an empowered visual solution to a client centric product.
     •    Office of the year for 2013 through innovative graphic design and visual solutions which contributed to increased growth.
     •    Prioritized project load which consistently fulfilled exceptionally tight deadlines for RFP’s and RFQ’s thus contributing to growth.
     •    Recognized for graphic and technical skills using Microsoft Office and Adobe software through the creation of a specialized client form. Final project saved 10’s of $1,000 of dollars and 100’s of work hours.

Graphic Designer & Tutor
Dean F. Unger, AIA, INC.
2001 – 2005
Martinez California

As the Graphic Designer/Tutor and Visual Solutions specialist, I worked with the Director/Proposal Designer for Dean F. Unger, Ms. Olga Duval (Now deceased). Along with training Ms. Duval in Document Creation, we worked on developing, designing the proposals for Dean F. Unger (also now deceased). This position offered me the challenge of developing creative visual solutions for client facing documents using Adobe Design Software and Microsoft Office software. In addition to Graphic Design and Tutoring, I also fulfilled the Martinez office site as Information Technology and System Administration.
     •    Every document I participated with the graphic design of made the short list.
     •    90% of the clients became repeat clients.
     •    Creatively reshaped tracking process for projects, increasing efficiency by more than 300%.
     •    Increased efficiency of the physical process of assembly of RFP's by 100% allowing for more time to work on visual solutions and graphic design.
     •    Increased over all efficiency more than 400% through training and tutoring (Produce 4 times the amount of documents they were producing before I started).

Production Manager/Assistant Manager
FedEx (Kinko's)
1995 – 2005
Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Concord, as well as covering other locations

Worked for Kinko's Copy & Office Centers (before and after it became FedEx Office) off and on over a 10 year period. Various roles ranging from Assistant Manager over a team of 5 exceptional team members wqhere we achieved becoming the Number 1 Office on the West Coast. Growth increased such that the store expanded to open a separate Production Center for overflow projects from the other stores within the West Cast Region. I managed the Walnut Creek Production Center (a High Volume copy print production environment) with Project management, Scheduling, as well as Supervising the Computer Services department and System Administration.

Nextron Inc.
Assistant Manager of Graphics Department

Supervised Graphic Design team (10 Designers), Project Management of website design and Graphic Design which integrated Cost Estimation for projects. Designed web sites for Partner corporations for the small business environment using HTML and WYSIWYG Software, and trained new employees. I also worked in Quality Assurance, and Software Testing (bug hunter).

KPMG Peat Marwick LLP
Graphic Design Assistant/Word Processor

Word Processing Technical Assistant, Trained new department employees, Created and Developed Proposals and presentations using Microsoft Office. Rebuilt Proposals done in PageMaker to be in Microsoft Word for Partners to input new content and/or update old information.

Public School Teacher
1991 – 1995
Southern California (Fontana and the Palm Springs Valley)
     •    Art Teacher for Southridge Middle School in Fontana California
     •    Substitute Teacher for Grades k-12 for the Palm Springs Unified School District.
Credentials Held
     •    Single Subject Credential - Art (Not Currently Active)
     •    Multiple Subjects Credential (Not Currently Active)

Education & Professional Development
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Art - California State University, Chico
Associates of Applied Science (AAS) in Systems Administration - Masters Institute, San Jose

Course work in - Computer and Video Imaging - Cogswell Polytechnical College

Achievements / Memberships / Awards
Cogswell Polytechnical College – President’s List for High GPA (3.8)
Masters Institute – Deans List
Second Place Art Award Winner – Danville, Village Sopping center art competition, 1979
Second Place Art Award Winner – DundraCon Fantasy Convention Miniature Art competition.

Past Member of:
California Arts Education Association (CAEA)
Campus Crusade for Christ, Supervisor of Books and Materials check out
International Institute for Education Through the Arts (IIETA) – Chico State, Treasurer
Music Through the Arts – Chico State, Treasurer
California State University Chico Art Club
Diablo Valley College War Games Club
San Ramon Valley High School Art Club
San Ramon Valley High School War Games Club – Founding Member
National Geographic Society – 1990

Network Administrator Training
Although out dated, Novell and some Win NT network coursework. In addition, I am certified Xerox Docutech trained and Xerox Network Server Operator trained.

Additional Skills

Project Layout
Project Management
Project Coordination
Adobe Creative Suite
     •    Adobe Photoshop
     •    Adobe Illustrator
     •    Adobe InDesign
     •    Adobe Dreamweaver
     •    Adobe Illustration
     •    Adobe LiveCycle
PDF Creation
Form Creation
Logo Design
Customer Service
Creative Writing
Creative Solutions
Page Layout
Microsoft Office
     •    Microsoft PowerPoint
     •    Microsoft Word
     •    Microsoft Power Point
     •    Microsoft Excel
Macintosh Applications
Macintosh Hardware
Macintosh Computers
Technical Support
Corel Draw
Visual Solutions
Fine Art
Game Design
Game Development
Game Design Documentation

J. Allen
Past Account Executive with Aon

2006 - 2014,
Ms. Allen worked with Nanette in different groups

During Nanette's employment with Aon, I had the opportunity to work on several projects with her. Her creative outlook, professionalism, skills and program/software expertise never failed to impress our clients and insurance markets. Her ability to take a basic project idea and create a dynamic presentation, pamphlet, marketing specifications or other graphic design was always appreciated. Her insight into what clients and markets wanted to see in their proposals was extremely useful and insightful. Thank you for all your hard work Nanette!

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