Kathleen Coles: Graphic Art Production

20-plus years of demonstrated experience in the graphic design industry with proven leadership and expertise in all aspects of pre-press production technique and managing business operations, teams of artists, and outside vendors to produce measurable results in support of high tech marketing programs.


EXPERTISE

Production Management  •  Layout & Template Creation  •  Design  •  Project Management  •  Creative Problem Solving  •  Web and Print Advertising  •  Digital Asset Management  •  Corporate Identity  •  Key Account Management  •  Branding  •  Estimating  •  FileMaker Pro  •  Illustration  •  Adobe Creative Suite  •  Microsoft Office Suite

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Production Director at LWI.COM, Santa Clara, CA (1997-present)
  • Key account contact for a Fortune 500 client and team lead for a group of communication and design professionals working on multiple projects for several worldwide divisions. 
  • Oversee an annual budget of over $1.2M and all aspects of creative consulting, art direction, digital asset management, and budget administration.
  • Streamlined internal production process to get content out quickly and reduce ­overall costs by 30 percent, strengthening a 25-year relationship with key client. 
  • Manage high-volume production on a wide variety of jobs ­including corporate identity packages, interactive publications, technical documents, at-a-glance and quick reference guides­—all based on specific client brand standards.
  • Significant experience in producing large-format artwork for trade show booths, ­signage, and digital displays. 
  • Template design and development for product launches and promotions, including ­brochures, e-mail messaging, and web banner ads.
  • Business development and sales support including presentation design and web-based sales support tools.
Production Manager at PDI-Graphics, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Produced compelling collateral pieces to drive message and increase revenue for clients including every aspect of the production workflow: estimating new jobs, producing or delegating the jobs to team members, and proofing to ensure quality work was delivered on time and within budget.
  • Supervised production artists and outside vendors, including freelance designers and printers, ensuring we all maintained client specifications.
  • Created trade show catalogs, brochures, print advertising, technical illustrations, proposals, and newsletters.
  • Clients included many Silicon Valley technology companies, SEMI, NASA, and firms under contract with the United States government




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