stephanie spino

  • graphic designer + brand strategist
  • nomad mostly, but currently in lovely old Pennsylvania

With over ten years of experience serving a range of clients from education and non-profits to entrepreneurs and Fortune 100, I bring a passion for design and brand strategy to every project. My goal in partnering with you is to craft creative, original, engaging work that clearly conveys your message, instills confidence in your brand, and draws people in to join your story.

Experience

Graphic Designer + Brand Strategist at Self-Employed

October 2015 – Present Harrisburg, PA

Acting Design Director at Trinity International University

February 2015 – July 2015 Deerfield, IL

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there was a gap in roles, which I was asked to fill on an interim basis. During this time, I art directed all incoming projects to the appropriate designers and freelancers, managed all projects, handled our vendor relationships and invoices, and kept the strategic voice of our department a vital player in the wider university’s decision-making processes.

Senior Designer at Trinity International University

October 2013 – October 2015 Deerfield, IL

Led client meetings, collaborated on concepts, presented designs and worked towards solutions. Developed designs for campaigns, one-time events, and weekly communication needs. Worked with Design Director to develop better workflow processes within our department and continually worked for better processes with university clients. Managed student intern and mentored design students from the college.

Graphic Designer, Creative-on-Call at Hallmark Cards, Inc.

June 2012 – September 2013 Kansas City, MO

Worked across various product lines; created new greeting card designs and refreshed older designs; created a cohesive collection of images for a Sales Team website; designed signage with the Visual Merchandising team for their national accounts (Kohls, mainline grocery stores, etc.); implemented direction from art directors; collaborated with other designers and team members to create strong visual product solutions.

Graphic Designer, freelance at Self-Employed

June 2011 – September 2013 Overland Park, KS

Hired by various companies to fulfill design needs; clients included Just Facts, Trinity International University, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, Quality Greenhouses, Workplace Solutions, Write Alongside, Tribune Creative Group East, and Performance Lyseum; projects included creating identities, web graphics, annual reports, magazines, conference concept and all collateral pieces, photo retouching.

Graphic Designer at Trinity International University

February 2008 – June 2011 Deerfield, IL

Developed brand identities, stationery kits, cards, invitations, brochures, postcards, web layouts, annual reports, and Trinity Magazine; met and collaborated with clients, earning their trust and confidence; managed projects through full design cycle; assessed the best options to help each project connect the university with its various audiences; bidded jobs to printers and sent them to press.

Graphic Designer at Hatch Mott MacDonald, engineering firm

May 2006 – December 2007 Millburn, NJ

Created all of the company’s major print collateral, including brochures, newsmagazines, invitations, logos, announcements, tradeshow panels, direct mail, and advertising.

Graphic Designer, part-time at Stafford Communications

January 2006 – April 2006 Berkeley Heights, NJ

Implemented the company’s brand through promotional brochure cover and through new website concepts; created illustrations for tradeshow signage.

Education

Bachelor of Arts | Visual Communications/Graphic Design at Kean University

Fall 2000 – Fall 2005 Union, NJ

University of Northumbria
Spring Semester 2004 • Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Clients

Aspire Consulting Partners, The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity, Christian Service Brigade, Eastern District of the EFCA, Hallmark Cards Inc, Hayes Realty, Just Facts, Kerry Inc, Performance Lyseum, Quality Greenhouses, Trinity International University, Wealth Factory, Wheaton College, Workplace Solutions, Write Alongside, Village Church of Lincolnshire, West Shore Free Church

Skills

InDesign CCIllustrator CCPhotoshop CCAcrobatart direction from concept to completionsketching/illustrationcomping/studio skillsworking collaboratively or independentlyteachable and always looking for feedbackquickly adaptableorganized and detail-orientedhighly motivatedstrong work ethic

Awards

American Graphic Design Award, Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)

Accepted Student Campaign, Trinity International University

American Graphic Design Award, Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)

Easter Card, Trinity International University

Excellence in Print Media, Communicator Awards

Holiday Card, Hatch Mott MacDonald

American Graphic Design Award, Graphic Design USA (GDUSA)

Rena Segal Fine Art Book Catalog

Silver, Art Directors Club of New Jersey

Rena Segal Fine Art Book Catalog

Merit, Art Directors Club of New Jersey

Sideman Poster

Silver, Creativity International Awards

Rena Segal Fine Art Book Catalog