Résumé

Creative  |  Communicative  |  Dedicated  |  Enterprising  |  Malleable  |  Methodical  |  Organized  |  Thorough

krystiana brzuza resume portrait

Multi-skilled Designer & Artist

I’m a multi-skilled designer and artist with over a decade and a half of experience in a wide range of creative fields. Currently seeking permanent, part-time employment and/or freelance assignments.  My optimal work environment is a busy one amidst a supportive team with reputable work ethic. My creative pursuits are fueled by an insatiable curiosity, an active lifestyle, a sharing nature, the determination to balance work and play, and the hope of being a positive influence.

Application Proficiency

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Indesign
Acrobat Pro
Premiere Pro
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Canon EOS Utility
Notepad++

Graphic Design Skills

Infographics
Logos
Company Identity
Color Space
Typography
Layout
Proofreading
Pixel/Vector Art

Print Production Skills

Packaging
Binding
Engraving
Apparel Design
Business Cards
Posters
Flyers & Postcards
Stickers
Booklets
Forms

Photography Skills

Photo Manipulation/Optimization
Digital/Analogue Camera Use
Studio Lighting
Commercial Lab Processing
Traditional Processing
Product
Portraiture

Web Skills

Basic HTML & CSS
Dynamic Forms
Email Blasts
Static Ads
Icon Design
E-Commerce Photography
Social Media
Website Development
Some WordPress
Some UI Design

Freehand Skills

Pen, ink, & pencil
Conte crayons
Sketching
Illustration
Oil Painting
Acrylic Painting
Handlettering

Video Skills

Videography: GoPro/Canon7D
Storyboarding
Video Editing
Sound Editing
Color Correction

Seeking Experience

More of everything already
listed, in addition to:
Phone App Development
Human Machine Interface Design
Stock Vector Design
Motion Graphics
Large Format Printing
Modern Calligraphy
Print Publication

Work Experience


Part-time Freelancer
June 2010 – current
Event photography, hand-painted signs, pencil-to-vector conversions, proofreading, short documentary videos, photo restoration, greeting cards, and even party planning: where there’s creativity involved, I’m keen! In freelancing I am able to maintain variety in the breadth of my experience.

Graphic Design Specialist – Sonic Boom Wellness
September 2012 – July 2015
Customized and generated print and web-ready graphic design including internet advertisements, posters, flyers, apparel, user guides, packaging, identity materials, PowerPoint slides, and tutorial videos. Assisted with concept development for all manner of graphics-related projects as such. Served as in-house photographer and videographer. All Adobe design programs and Microsoft Word utilized on a daily basis.

Graphic Designer & Assistant to the Dean – Platt College
September 2011 – July 2013
Consistent with the college branding, I designed a wide range of printed materials, such as catalogs, invites, posters, postcards, labels, bookmarks, student ID’s, etc., while assisting the Dean with research, marketing, and event planning. Primarily used Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Served as photographer for many of the events, the pictures from which I edited and uploaded to the Dean’s private WordPress blog.

Social Media Marketer – JD Property Management
November 2011 – September 2012
Managed all social media accounts (Yelp, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). Designed monthly mailblasts. Regularly improved the payment and application methods for clients and the usability of the company website. Designed the logo.

Graphic Design Intern – El Cajon Print & Class A Trophies
April 2011 – September 2011
Assisted the design department with all print services ranging from business cards, stickers, carbonless forms, postcards, vector logos, banners, and engraving. All Adobe programs utilized on a daily basis. Successfully built the company’s 7-page website using Dreamweaver and personally photographed all showcase products for it.  Permanent employment offered at end of fixed term.

Graphic Design Intern – Skinit Inc.
February 2011 – May 2011 (fixed term)
Assisted the licensing department by researching and reporting trends, potential licensees, and website taxonomy. Contributed to the workflow between all departments by organizing data via Adobe applications, mainly Acrobat and InDesign, and fulfilled general clerical duties.

Front-End Manager – Michaels Arts & Crafts
November 2009 – February 2011
Experience further obtained in retail management, including supervision of a staff body of 4 or more, and visual merchandising: the planning, promotion, and display of sales and products. Occasionally served as an instructor for craft classes. Became familiarized with the professional framing process.

Photographer/Coordinator – YMCA Camp Marston
May 2008 – August 2008 (fixed term)
Photographed children and staff on a full-time basis and maintained the website to which the photos were posted and sold. Earned the title of the highest grossing photographer for the institution. Photoshop was readily used for editing as well as for creating promotional signage and contact booklets. Organized weekly multimedia presentations as well.

District Manager – Absolutely Fabulous Gifts
September 2006 – April 2008
Alongside all aspects of staff supervision, marketing and merchandising were heavily practiced. The methods of demographic research, product purchasing, pricing, and display, and especially in-house advertising design, were learned and refined. This position was, by far, the most educational and inspiring for a graphic design career.

Lab Operator/Cashier – ProLab Photo
May 2006 – August 2008
Operated Fuji Frontier and Agfa photo developing labs where understanding of printing processes continued to develop. Designed promotional posters, mail adverts, and sale signs with Photoshop.

Supervisor/Lab Operator – Sav-On Drugs (now CVS)
2004 – 2006
Supervised staff and operated Gretag and Noritsu photo developing labs where knowledge of color correcting, chemical processes, printing formats and materials, and digital photographic technologies were first acquired.

Education


Platt College
Bachelors, Multimedia Design w/Web emphasis
2011 – 2012

Platt College
Associates, Graphic Design
2010 – 2011

Grossmont College
Associates, Fine Arts w/Photography emphasis
2003 – 2005

LinkedIn Profile
Print Resume (PDF)