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About Me

HELLO, MY NAME IS ARA. I have been a designer since 1999 and have extensive experience in a variety of print & web products. Basically, I’ve worked on or managed just about every type of design project you can imagine.

Print


With many years of experience as a designer and art director in the print publishing industry, I have developed a strong eye for consistent style, both in layout (how it looks) and copy (how it reads). It’s the details that can make all the difference. I can help you organize your content, craft your message and deliver it with clarity and a signature style all your own.

 


  • Ps
    Photoshop
  • Ai
    Illustrator
  • Id
    InDesign
  • W/X/P
    Office Suite

Web


A strong online presence is vital for any business or organization to compete well in the marketplace. Let me help you build your website and social media platform, with a clean, organized approach to make your brand stand out. I can also help you take charge of your online content through a customized, easy to use Content Management System (CMS).

 


  • WP
    Wordpress
  • HTML
    HTML5
  • CSS
    CSS3
  • PHP
    PHP

Project highlights


Aside from standard business tools like: Business Cards, Postcards, Brochures, Media Kits, Sales Sheets, etc.,
I have also art directed and designed many other types of projects, such as:

  • Consumer & Trade Magazines
  • Book covers
  • Music Festival Programs
  • Trade Show & Festival Signage
  • T-shirts and Caps
  • Award Plaques

key Experience


ART DIRECTOR:

  • Worked with renowned photographers, planning & creating magazines, cover-to-cover. See samples on my work page.
  • PRODUCTION MANAGER:

  • Implemented systems and guidelines for managing monthly advertising in print and online, for use by sales, editorial and design staff.
  • Managed ad production and design work for trade show publication, under very tight deadlines. Twenty-eight consecutive successful shows to date.

Additional Skills


  • Photo Retouching:
    Extensive experience retouching both Portrait and Product photography
  • Web Development:
    Experience with both WordPress & Expression Engine as Content Management Systems
  • Relational Databases:
    Experience with Filemaker, creating custom databases for production workflow, sales & customer
    contact management