I am a professional graphic designer, illustrator, web designer in Squarespace, print and typography specialist with extensive knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, In-Design, Illustrator, Procreate for the iPad, Adobe Sketch, Quark XPress, MS Office Suite, Apple iWork Suite, and Acrobat Pro. Delivering innovative design, digital illustrations, logos, emails, maps, ads and informational graphics. I am also a fine artist in my spare time and sell my paintings at shows, restaurants and online.
Award winning Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Web / Print / Typography specialist.
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
Extensive knowledge of Squarespace.com template and set up for clients
A. Kraus Design & Illustration Seattle, WA 1995 – present
Freelance Graphic Designer & Illustrator / Owner
Designing corporate collaterals, logos and marketing assets for variety of clients. Also, editorial illustrations and graphics for various national publications. Deadline oriented and current on design trends and techniques. Also doing surface design. Able to take abstract concepts and problems to visual completion.
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.
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.
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.
Editorial Illustrations for Microsoft HomeAdvisor.com site
Art directed for Underwire.com (Microsoft’s online women's magazine); hired illustrators from around the globe.
Contracted through Filter LLC.
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 Fine 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)