Education

Pratt Institute
New York City, NY | September 2010 to May 2012

  • MS in Communications Design
  • Graduate Thesis: “Invisible Design”, focusing on readability and typographic design on mobile devices

International Academy of Design and Technology
Chicago, IL | July 2006 to June 2009

  • BFA in Advertising Design
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society

Career Highlights

bridge21

  • Directs user experience, branding, and design
  • Contributes to company strategy and partner selection
  • Front-end responsive web development using Foundation, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript (React, CoffeeScript), and SCSS
  • Search engine optimization and content creation
  • Contributes to social media marketing strategy for bridge21’s beta launch program

One Life Raw Juice Bar
Co-Founder, Creative and Design | April 2015 to to Current

  • Designed and developed a responsive splash page for One Life Raw Juice Bar’s pre-opening site, with custom illustrations designed for each media breakpoint, as well as theme development for their main content site built on WordPress
  • Web hosting and email administration on a Linux server
  • Created and produced business cards and promotional discount cards
  • Assorted t-shirt designs for employee use and customer purchase
  • Illustrated wall graphics for display in the juice bar

Fair Trade LA
Design Consultant | Spring and Summer 2015

  • Illustrated logo variant for FTLA’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
  • Produced a suite of corresponding save-the-dates, invitations, posters, social media banners, and an event program

Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
Design Consultant | February 2015 to Current

  • Designed event booklets and adbooks for fundraising events
  • Created an annual report print campaign
  • Designed and developed responsive email campaigns and newsletter templates with updated branding and illustrations

McHenry County College
Digital Media Instructor | Crystal Lake, IL | August 2013 to Current

  • Updated course curricula to reflect modern web practices
  • Contributed to Mobile Design Development Program as a part of the leadership team that will determine courses, objectives, and assessment standards
  • Created and held Kids & College summer classes for children in 1st through 9th grade
  • Past classes: Computer Literacy, Digital 2D Design, HTML & CSS, Internet Technologies, Portfolio Design, Web Fundamentals, Website Development I
  • Kids & College Academy Classes: Intro to Web Design, Website Creation, Fashion Engineering, Minecraft-themed Art, CSI-themed Art

Chicago Fair Trade
Freelance Designer | Chicago, IL | June 2009 to Current

  • Designed event programs and corresponding invitations, posters, social media banners, and print/web advertisements for the annual Globalfest celebration, pop-up shop, student summit, and other various celebrations
  • Created apparel, promotional stickers, large-scale posters, retractable banners, and eco-friendly tumblers
  • Assisted with rebranding projects by creating a style guide, updating CFT’s logo, and designing business cards for CFT members

Ministry Sync
Freelance Designer | Spring 2013, Summer 2014

  • Produced 2 Retina-ready app icons for the LiveAttendance iPad applications
  • Illustrated web banners and prepared artwork for email blasts and their website

Pratt Institute
Teaching Assistant | New York City, NY | Spring 2012

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in Typography I with Tom Dolle
  • Held regular tutoring appointments for a small group of students
  • Assisted professor during in-class critiques and lessons

Barnes and Noble
Guest Designer | New York City, NY | June 2011 to November 2011

  • Worked with Pratt’s Corporate Partnership Program on B&N’s Back to Campus line
  • Designed, refined, and presented several stationery and office supplies
  • Selected works available online and in B&N stores late summer 2012

Distant Village Packaging
Graphic Design Intern | Chicago, IL | March 2009 to July 2009

  • Detailed product specifications for specialty packaging
  • Photographed, retouched, and organized product images
  • Recreated and updated brand standards manual
  • Produced slip sheets for sustainable labels
  • Attended “Global Fest” event as interviewer
  • Designed alternate brand identity for umbrella company

Wauconda Pharmacy
Designer, Senior Clerk | Wauconda, IL | May 2006 to July 2010

  • Revitalized the company’s existing branding to reflect its goals and actions
  • Created materials to support marketing and new brand standards
  • Designed outdoor signage for the store
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician from 2006 to 2010

I’m also proud of my contract and short-term work with clients such as…

Regulatory Compliance Association
Web Development and Consultation
Virtual Currency Global
Web Development and Identity Design
Novauri (rebranded as bridge21)
Web Development and Branding
Percentage Deal
Web Development and Logo Design
Microsoft Usability Partner Program
Logo Design
JAIDA Display System
Logo, Illustration, and Branding Collateral
The Turn Around
Logo and Branding Collateral
Windy City Performing Arts
Logo and Branding Collateral
Aha Sushi
Menu Design and Collateral
Faceplant: Social Speaking
Logo Design
Maplewood Swim and Tennis Club
Logo Design

Exhibitions, Shows, and Special Projects

The Sketchbook Project 2013
North America | 2013

  • Exhibited during various events:
    • SXSW in Austin, TX
    • Taste of Chicago in Chicago, IL
    • Luminato Festival in Toronto, Canada
    • Portland Zine Symposium in Portland, OR
    • Virginia Highlands Summerfest in Atlanta, GA
  • Also exhibited in San Francisco, CA and Pueblo, CO
  • Permanently archived in the Brooklyn Art Library

The Pratt Show
New York City, NY | May 2012

  • Exhibited in a juried graduate show at Manhattan Center

ColourLovers “Color Inspiration” Book Feature
Published July 2011

  • Highlighted in “Color Inspirations: More than 3,000 Innovative Palettes from the Colourlovers.Com Community” by Darius A. Monsef IV

Canvas Project II
Atlanta, GA | July 2009 to September 2009

  • Published in “The Art House Encyclopedia, Volume One”
  • Exhibited in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Scavenger Hunt Project
Atlanta, GA | July 2009 to September 2009

  • Published in “Scavenger Project” by the Art House Co-Op
  • Exhibited in the Museum of Design in Atlanta

Testimonials

Acknowledging that average isn’t acceptable, she sets the bar high and encourages excellence from those around her. She is a strong model for someone that I’d work with on any project.

—Jim Hohs, internship mentor

She tackles projects with her trademark verve and phenomenal ability. Stephy makes it clear that she is proud of her work and devoted to it.

—Terry Bruner, Wauconda Pharmacy

A great investment; nothing else ever came close. She exceeded what we expected to get from our logo and was thoughtful in creating it. We couldn’t be happier with the project and would love to work with her again any time.

—Mike Berg, Microsoft Usability Partner Program

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