Cherie Alberts

Fremont, California | 94536 | cherie@mouseandpendesign.com

OBJECTIVE

Seeking a challenging position in the field of design that will allow me to utilize my solid software and design skills.

QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY

Knowledgeable in HTML, XHTML and CSS. Comprehensive experience in page layout and print design (4-color process and spot color). Have worked as in-house and freelance designer. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills. Dynamic team player with well-developed written and verbal communication abilities. Adept at quickly learning new software programs. Accustomed to performing in a fast-paced, multi-tasking, and deadline-driven environment.

TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY

Platforms: Mac OS X, Windows XP Professional
Applications: Adobe CS4/CS5 Design Suites (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver [XHTML/CSS], Acrobat), Framemaker, Captivate, Presenter; QuarkXpress; MS Office 2003/2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook); Visio; Sharepoint; WebWorks Publisher; ePublisher Pro and Express

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Production Artist, Beeline Group, Newark, CA
July 2010 – Present

Graphic Artist/Publisher, Maxim Integrated Products, Sunnyvale, CA
2010 (contract)
Responsible for in-house design and production of print advertisements, product brochures, press release graphics, and other sales collateral. Interacted with technical editing staff to interpret technical content and created designs (block diagrams, functional diagrams, and other engineering figures) to illustrate product functions and applications.

Design Specialist, Lam Research, Fremont, CA
2007 – 2009
Provided support to Technical Publications organization with a focus on streamlining processes while paying attention to details of task oriented work. Collaborated with internal departments on the design of a macro-enabled template. Conducted training sessions and provided troubleshooting support to users of new template. Performed HTML conversions and updates of technical manuals.

Key Achievements:
  • Successfully developed a content template designed to reduce the cycle time [by about 40%] that is associated with the creation and release of technical procedures.
  • Created computer based training presentation and step by step tutorials in support of template.
  • Began development of ePublisher Pro stationery to facilitate migration of conversions from WebWorks Publisher to ePublisher Express.

Graphic Designer/Desktop Publisher, Jameco Electronics, Belmont, CA
2003 – 2007
Participated in team effort to produce a full-color quarterly distributed catalog and consistently met publication deadlines. Provided layout design and formatting of catalog pages and corporate advertisements. Ensured accuracy and consistency in catalogs, flyers, advertisements, collateral, and other in-house projects.

Key Achievements:
  • Designed advertising layouts for RobotStore, an online catalog for robotic hobbyists, acquired by Jameco in 2005.
  • Researched, learned and implemented new efficiency-improving methods for online catalog.

Freelance Graphic Designer (principal) , Mouse and Pen Design, Fremont, CA
2000 – Present
Provide graphic/web design and desktop publishing services.
See my portfolio for examples of completed freelance projects:

Marketing Specialist, Spectra Laboratories, Milpitas, CA
1995 – 2000
Collaborated with management and print vendors on design of requisitions used for test ordering by dialysis facilities. Maintained accuracy of all internal and external forms, requisitions, brochures and data sheets. Liaised with print vendors to communicate specifications for all offset printed projects. Managed review cycles, made provisions for printing, and proofed blue lines and match prints. Created all necessary electronic files and camera-ready artwork to provide to printers.

Key Achievements:
  • Designed new logo for Spectra Renal Management, a subsidiary of Spectra Labs and Fresenius Medical Care.
  • Designed layout and maintained editing and publishing of quarterly newsletter.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Graphic Communications Certification, 2003
Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing, 1993
California State University Hayward (EastBay), Hayward, CA


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