Experience
Freelance Creative Designer
Melissa Corrigan Design
8-D Par Place, Queensbury, New York
August 2002 - Present
Work closely with clients to help guide and translate marketing requirements into visually engaging creative solutions. Stay current on industry trends, social sentiment, and competitors, cultivating knowledge and know-how of the latest design trends and best practices across all digital media to inform creative recommendations. Creative work includes brand and marketing materials, custom illustrations, infographics, and website design. Notable work includes developing the Schenectady City School District’s “Circle Up” initiative (project included a logo, posters, and marketing materials), and JMZ Architects logo rebrand and website (jmzarchitects.com).
Graphic Designer/Marketing Communications
Saratoga Hospital/Albany Med Health System
211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, New York
March 2018 - Present
Working independently, I sharpened and evolved the hospital’s marketing brand materials, by setting new elevated standards that maintain the integrity of an approachable brand aesthetic. Notable work includes developing the Albany Med Health System logo and the Quality annual report.
Art Director
Allegory Studios & CultureTalk
153 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs, New York
July 2008 - November 2017
In collaboration with company leadership, I translated over 25 marketing and brand strategies into cohesive, stunning, and engaging visual stories. Lead creative and visual standards for the design team (in-house and freelance) to develop concepts into executable creative. Notable work included two Marcom Award-winning projects: the Balzer and Tuck logo rebrand and website (balzertuck.com), and the “Faith & Family” driver recruitment campaign for Nussbaum Transportation, which included developing four family-themed full-wrap trailer graphics from campaign inception to photomanipulation of final art (nussbaum.com/hauloffaith). 
Additionally, worked side-by-side with company leadership and helped lead creative solutions in the brand and marketing development, promotion, and launch of CultureTalk. Creative work included brand identity, certification and workshop training materials, marketing collateral, testimonial videos and website (culturetalk.com).
Assistant Advt./Private Label Supervisor
The Golub Corporation
501 Duanesburg Road, Schenectady, New York
August 1999 - August 2002 
Assistant Advt./Private Label Supervisor: June 2000 - August 2002
Demonstrated flexibility in the management of a small creative team. Lead creative solutions for multi-packaging design projects from inception and presentation to stakeholders, to the approval of printed materials. Helped to develop and hone the design team’s sensibilities and craft, as well as my own. Notable work included three consecutive NORI Finalist Award-winning packaging designs for Price Chopper Facial Tissues (four designs), Maraschino Cherries, and Pure Maple Syrup.
Graphic Designer: August 1999 - June 2000
Collaborated with the Private Label Supervisor in the creative development of multi-packaging design projects from inception and development of mock-ups for presentation, to final printed materials
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Art Director
Custom Printers & Design Graphix  
2315 South Boulevard, Charlotte, North Carolina
April 1994 - July 1996
In collaboration with business marketing leads, I effectively articulated engaging visual design solutions and helped lead creative strategies effectively with a mindset towards new visual trends and competitive adjacent landscapes.
Graphic Designer
Iuppa/McCartan Marketing Communications
2332 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York
February 1991 - March 1993
Collaborated with Creative Director, lead creative and in house marketing partners in developing executable creative solutions highlighting new products and features offered by Eastman Kodak. Collaborated with the editorial team to translate marketing goals and strategies into compelling communications. Worked under tight deadlines with excellent attention to detail.

Education
Rochester Institute of Technology
One Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, New York
Bachelor of Fine & Applied Arts
Major: Graphic Design, 1988-1990
Mohawk Valley Community College 
1101 Sherman Drive, Utica, New York
Major: Advertising Design & Production, 1986-1988

Skills & Achievements 
Macintosh Desktop Programs
Expert in current graphic design tools for Adobe CC Suite (primarily Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and XD), Sketch, Procreate, WordPress, HubSpot, Qualtrics, and Microsoft Office products. Working knowledge in Premiere Pro, and After Effects..
Traditional Art
Pencil, Markers, Oils, Acrylics, and Watercolors.

Honors & Awards
2017 Marcom Award Winner: Balzer & Tuck Website
2017 Marcom Award Winner: Nussbaum Driver Recruitment Campaign
2012 ReBrand Merit Award: NBS
2011 ReBrand Notable Award: Walking Mountains
2002 NORI Finalist: Price Chopper Facial Tissue
2001 NORI Finalist: Price Chopper Pure Maple Syrup
2000 NORI Finalist: Price Chopper Maraschino Cherries
1999 PICA Gold Award: MCI Kentucky Derby Invite
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