Design Experience

Creative Director

New Wave Media, Frederick, MD
January 2006 – Present

Currently working on an eclectic mix of projects, both print and web, for a number of clients ranging from large corporations, government projects, associations and smaller businesses. I’m involved in all stages of design, from client meetings, to early design stages and conceptualization, to refining and fine tuning work, doing production work, and quality assurance. I do most of the design work drawing inspiration from current trends and other sources, while overseeing a team of contractors that include HTML programmers, copyrighters and photographers.

Senior Designer

Hanley Wood, Washington, DC
January 2005 – December 2005

Worked in the marketing division under the supervision of the marketing managers to support all marketing efforts for the company. Lending my expertise and savvy to support all collateral efforts for trade shows, advertising, direct mail, conferences, education, the sales teams, and worked very closely with the e-marketing team to assure a consistent brand across the broad spectrum of Hanley Wood’s communication needs. Worked in a fast-paced environment meeting deadlines and expectations consistently, effectively communicating goals and being a team player.

Senior Designer and Project Developer

R+B Design Firm, Gaithersburg, MD
January 2004 – December 2004

Primary responsibilities were to design and manage production of corporate identity packages, promotional materials including logos, letterhead suites, capability brochures, and annual reports for various types of businesses and organizations, as well as extensive publication work. This encompassed concepting design strategy and layout, fostering client relationships and communication, establishing vendor relationships, print specifications and schedules, and securing printing cost estimates. Supervised the completion of edits and design modifications, pre-print production of digital files, blueline and color proof reviews, and on-site press inspections. In conjunction with Art Director, supervised design and production team consisting of 10 people. Work included several GSA projects, most importantly the US Navy’s flagship publication; All Hands.

Senior Designer

National Association of Credit Management, Columbia, MD
July 2001 – December 2003

Worked from concept to completion on all collateral material for the association. Also split schedule on work for the magazine published once a month. Increased productivity and time efficiency by designing a new template for the magazine, including master pages and style sheets for the different editorial sections of the 72 page magazine. Performed numerous press inspections at different locations to assure quality of print jobs.

Graphic Designer

Edelman Public Relations, Washington, DC
July 2000 – June 2001

Worked on multiple newsletters, brochures and posters under the supervision of the senior designer. Also created artwork to enhance PowerPoint presentations for business proposals. Assisted graphics team in varied projects, including packaging. Responsible for various administrative duties.

Professional/Olympic Swimmer

Washington, DC & Barcelona, Spain
1992 – 2001

Swam professionally for a decade representing Spain at the Olympic, World and European level. Managed to be a finalist at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Bronze medal winner at the 1999 World Championships in Hong Kong, China, two-time World Cup gold medal winner, double European Champion and three-time US Open Champion. Trained seven days a week for seven and a half hours a day. Was highly committed and motivated to reach my goals.

Additional Background

  • Objective
  • Education
  • Awards
To obtain a managerial position in an environment where strong interpersonal skills, management experience and a passion for providing creative and eclectic design solutions to clients is needed.
Masters Certificate in Web Design
October 2003
Johns Hopkins University
Columbia, MD

B.A. in Graphic Design
May 1997
American University
Washington, DC


  • Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan, Washington, 2004 (2 awards)
  • IABC Silver Inkwell Awards, Award of Merit, 2004
  • The International Communicator Awards, 2004 (3 Crystal awards)


Testimonial

I have worked with Fred for a couple of years and when it was time to design my company website, without question, he was my first choice. From early concept to delivering the final product, Fred created a top notch product on time and on budget.

So many of today’s businesses rely on making great first impressions through a website, and Fred has given our company a website to be proud of.”


Richard Hoffmann // President // Synergy Interactive

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