I am a professional graphic designer, fine artist, illustrator, web, print and typography specialist with extensive knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, In-Design, Illustrator, Adobe Sketch, Quark XPress, MS Office Suite, Apple iWork Suite, Product Studio, Media Bank and Acrobat Pro. Delivering innovative design, digital illustrations, logos, emails, ads and informational graphics. 

 


SUMMARY

  • Award winning Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Web / Print / Typography specialist.
  • Advanced knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, Quark XPress, Product Studio, Media Bank, Acrobat Pro
  • Apple iWork Suite and MS Office Suite.
  • Proven ability to deliver innovative design, digital illustrations, logos, emails, ads and informational graphics on-time and within budget. 
  • Strong computer file organization and image library maintenance skills.
  • Excellent time management and communication skills. 
  • Has an illustrative aesthetic with a strong understanding of typography

 

WORK HISTORY

A. Kraus Design & Illustration        Seattle, WA                 1995 – present

Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator / Owner

Clients include: SmartGames Ltd., Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo, INC. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, PBS, LA Times Magazine, Seattle University, Drugstore.com, Beauty.com, Newsday, Gannett, Paccar, Coldwell Banker IGT, Bank of Boston, McMurry Publishing, Reform Judaism Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Education Resource Institute, Seattle's Child Magazine, The Arizona Republic Newspaper, Duke Communications, Interactive Week, Seattle Experience Music Project, Seattle Public Schools, Brighams Ice-cream, Bear Creek Toys, Billy McHales, Access Internet Magazine, Seattle P.I. Newspaper.

 

Drugstore.com              Bellevue, WA.              2010 – 2012

Graphic and Web Designer

  • Designed cutting edge web graphics and weekly emails for Drugstore.com and Beauty.com web sites promoting a variety of beauty products.
  • Produced sophisticated banner ads, Social Media graphics, landing pages, promotional ads, etc.
  • Worked with art director, producers, editors, photographers and team of designers.
  • Project-based contractor.

Microsoft Corp.             Redmond, WA.            2002 - 2010

Illustrator / Web Designer / Photo Editor

  • Member of Microsoft's Products website team.
  • Worked closely with Art Directors, Producers, Editors and Builders.
  • Products and brands included: Bing, Windows 7, Vista, Office, Windows Help & How, AtHome, AtWork,  Education & Government, V-Studio, Servers, MSDN sites, Windows Mobile and MS Environment.
  • Conducted extensive photo searches from lead photography stock houses for imagery for various Microsoft web pages.
  • Created a variety of web design elements such as hero, spot graphics, icons, newsletters, email promos, banner ads, landing and splash pages.
  • Contracted through Filter LLC.

 

Seattle Post Intelligencer Newspaper               Seattle, WA               2002

Illustrator / Page Designer 

  • Created page layout for daily Living and Business Sections along with informational graphics, illustrations, maps, and logos.
  • Worked with team of designers on daily news items.
  • Project-based contractor.

 

Microsoft Corp.                                                 Redmond, WA.            1996 - 2001

Illustrator / Graphic Designer 

  • Contractor for the Microsoft Network and MSNBC as a Web illustrator/designer.
  • Worked closely with Art Directors, Producers, Editors, Designers and Builders.
  • Websites and shows for MSN and MSNBC included: Election '96 coverage, Rifff (interactive music site), 15 Seconds of Fame.
  • Illustrations for HomeAdvisor.com.
  • Art directed for Underwire.com (Microsoft’s online women's magazine); hired illustrators from around the globe.
  • Contracted through Filter LLC.

 

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Staff Artist / Designer - Journal American Newspaper - Bellevue, WA.
  • Staff Artist / Designer - Gannett Suburban Newspapers - White Plains, NY
  • Staff Artist / Designer / Intern – Newsday - Melville, NY  

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Society of Professional Journalists/ 1st Place
  • Society of Newspaper Design Award of Excellence 
  • Step-By-Step Digital Design magazine
  • Step-By-Step Electronic Design magazine
  • Aldus Magazine Information Design contest winner

 


EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree in Art and Graphic Design / Mass Communications

Buena Vista University,   Storm Lake, IA

Member: Graphic Artist Guild (GAG), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)