Art Direction • Print • Web • Motion

Hi again!

I'm Maria, but my family calls me Mariecel.

I am senior-level designer who possesses a great passion for design, typography and white space. I strive to balance project management, design production, and client interaction to meet and, sometimes, beat deadlines. Since 2001, I have worked in the creative field for large DoD government consulting firms, performing arts organizations, marketing agencies, professional associations, publications, and individuals. Over the years, my responsibilities include art direction, design and project management of print and electronic promotional materials, and brand identity creation. Also, I have been responsible for web design and maintenance, publication design and production, post-production video editing, motion graphic compositing, social media management, and distance learning studio management.

I excel in both working independently and in a large team environment. Striving to use my creativity, I utilize my skills to help meet each need. Hoping to take each idea to a new level, I work closely with the clients, creative/marketing directors, and designers to formulate the most sophisticated and effective design solution. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Computer Graphics and a Masters in Digital Art from George Mason University. I have expertise in the Adobe Creative Cloud for all of my design projects.

When I’m not designing, you can find me spending time with my family, listening to an eclectic selection of music, catching the latest superhero film, or binging the next trendy show. You can also find me in the kitchen baking or cooking, attempting a DIY home project, drawing something inspiring, or with my nose in a book.

Education

2007 • George Mason University • Master of Arts

Art & Visual Technology • Digital Art Concentration

2001 • George Mason University • Bachelor of Arts

Studio Art • Computer Graphics Concentration

Experience

2017 – Present • Waters & Bridgman Marketing Solutions • Senior Art Director

Print & Digital Advertising, Promotional Campaigns, Event Collateral, Frontend Web Design, Branding, Social Media Graphics, Display Graphics, Request for Proposals

2014 – 2017 • The Health Journal • Art Director

Publication Design, Art Direction, Print & Digital Advertising, Collateral, Promotional Campaigns, Branding, Web Maintenance, Social Media Management

2011 – 2014 • Virginia Opera • Graphic Artist

Print & Online Advertising, Branding, Print Collateral, Playbills, Web Maintenance, Video, Social Media Management, Fund Raising Support

2006 – 2011 • NACUBO • Multimedia Producer

Webcast Studio Management, Motion Graphics, Video Editing, Flash Demonstrations, Branding, Event Collateral

2001 – 2016 • Booz Allen Hamilton • Multimedia Lead / Senior Designer

Branding, Advertising, Print campaigns, Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Event Collateral, Multimedia Demonstrations, Publications, and Web

Skillset

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Typography, White Space, Composition, Illustration 98%
Adobe creative cloud
Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, After Effects, Premiere 95%
PRINT
Advertising, Collateral, Direct Mail, Publication, and more 99%
IDENTITY
Logos, Style Guides, Stationery Suites, Brand Compliance and more 99%
Web
Frontend Design, WordPress, HTML, CSS 70%
MOTION
Storyboarding, Motion Graphics, Video Editing 75%
art direction
Creativity, Experience, Knowledge, Leadership, Teamwork 80%
Social Media
Design, Scheduling, Management 65%
Microsoft office
Word, Excel, Powerpoint 70%
copy editing
Proofing, Spelling, Writing & Editing 55%