Résumé



INTRODUCTION

I’m a Senior Graphic Designer with ten years experience, a repertoire of creative design skills and diverse media knowledge.


SKILLS SUMMARY

+ Excellent visual, written and verbal communication skills
+ Proficient in software: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Microsoft Office (Mac OS X/PC)
+ Conceptualize and execute diverse range of projects
+ Organize and archive digital files
+ Prioritize time sensitive tasks
+ Work effectively in a team setting
+ Build strong working relationships with clients and co-workers


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

WIND Mobile, Graphic Designer (Jul 2010 — Present)
+ Print: in-store posters, brochures, flyers, retail bags, point of purchase, internal communications, collateral, vehicle wraps, etc.
+ Digital: in-store signage, web images, icons, image resizing, PowerPoint template
+ Preflight and package all artwork to specification
+ Write and/or edit copy for brochures, collateral, posters and invitations
+ Collaborate with ad agency, MacLaren McCann, in the development and implementation of creative concepts, brand guidelines, etc.
+ Promoted to Senior Graphic Designer in July 2014

Oxford Properties Group, Graphic Designer (Nov 2006 — Oct 2009)
+ Brochures, collateral, posters, invitations, advertising, packaging, internal communication, production, visual identity, web design
+ Work with different departments to develop concepts and produce quality work
+ Branding/design of Oxford President's Employee Newsletter, OPEN
+ Taking Ownership Award for contribution to Oxford rebrand, 2007


ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Istolethesoul Records, Label Manager (Jan 2013 — Present)
+ Art direction and design of album art,
+ Select and license all songs
+ Network with international musicians, music professionals, media types
+ Project management, branding, social media, event planning, etc.
+ Nine years experience as a Disc Jockey using vinyl, CDs, Serato, MP3 controllers
+ Gig at bars, restaurants, clubs, entertainment venues (capacity 30 — 1000)
+ 637 followers, 50,000+ plays on Soundcloud
+ Release of inaugural compilation CD, Around Sounds, in March 2013
+ Promotion of Around Sounds Live II at Drake Underground in July 2013
+ Co-promoter of BASS (event) with Artbeat Montreal in November 2013
+ Distribution of Kae’s Five Parts of the Soul LP (Cascade Records) in December 2013
+ Promotion of ESTA’s first ever international gig at The Great Hall in February 2014
+ Release of D. Matthew’s digital single, “2wicethebass”, in February 2014
+ Promotion of Paul Chin’s The Forest EP release party at Wrongbar in July 2014
+ Release of sophomore compilation CD, Around Sounds 2, in February 2015
+ Promotion of Anthony Valadez’s first ever Toronto gig at Drake Underground in March 2015
+ Promotion of Around Sounds Live 3 at Drake Underground in June 2015

Koray Özel Graphic Design, Freelance Designer (May 2005 — Present)
+ Visual identity, advertising, communication, production, and web design
+ Worked with clients such as: Underline Studio, McLellan Group, Trade Secrets, Footprints DJs, Fingerprint Communications


INTERNSHIPS

Concrete Design Communications Inc., Intern (Apr 2006 — May 2006)
+ Assisted in production of packaging, promotional materials, magazine layouts and posters
+ Worked with senior designers on accounts such as: Azure Magazine, Holt Renfrew, Keilhauer, Pizza Nova, Yorkdale

Underline Studio, Intern (Mar 2006 — Apr 2006)
+ Project leader for Prefix ICA website redesign and Paul Weeks print ad
+ Art direction of Marjorie Harris' "How to Make a Garden: The 7 Essential Steps for the Canadian Gardener"
+ Assisted in production of promotional materials for Lily of the Valley, holiday packaging, CIBC sales sheets


EDUCATION

Humber College, Advertising and Graphic Design Diploma (2004 — 2006)
York University, Communications Studies (2002 — 2004)