Audrey Gardner
Graphic Design, Westwood Massachusetts United States
 
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Brief Summary
Experienced designer. In-house ad agencies, publishing, printing and packaging.
Outstanding communication skills.
Dependable with high degree of professional integrity.
Organized. Anticipates needs and effective problem solver.
Deadline oriented. Able to relate to all levels of business and management.
Clients
EduServe, Covidien, Teleflex, Edwards Lifesciences, Syneron-Candela, Verizon, Uno Chicago Grill, Global Hockey, Generous Portions, RB Hockey, Westwood Schools, Reebok, Babson College, Athena's Diner, Angelo's Restaurant Group, Fiske Family Honey, 25th Hour Communications, West Hills Community College
Professional Experience
Audrey M. Gardner
email: gardner.audrey@gmail.com • 781.769.3633
37 Buckmaster Rd., Westwood, MA 02090
Portfolio: http://thecreativefinder.com/portfolio-broad.php?username=agardner

Seasoned designer, project manager and product development specialist experienced working in: In-house ad agencies, manufacturing, consumer goods and hospitality industries.
Outstanding communication skills.
Dependable with high degree of professional integrity.
Organized. Anticipates needs and effective problem solver.
Deadline oriented. Able to relate to all levels of business and management.
Macintosh OS and PC.
Database management
Technical and Creative Writing
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat), Quark Xpress, BarTender and NiceLabel labeling software, Freehand, Microsoft Office Suite, SAP, Web Center, OFE, Bar Code Pro, Ignite PLM, and familiar with HTML, CSS and Dynamic HTML.

Career Highlights
Identified cost saving solution to reduce errors by recruiting a proofreader to fix copy errors before releasing files to printer, resulting in a cost savings of $120 thousand per year.

Solved a problem in meeting a deadline with a limited staff and budget, by utilizing the printers production staff to version the project at an average savings of $8,500 per year and a significant time savings to meet our deadline.

Acted as creative director, art director, designer and production designer for a period of six months while the marketing department was in transition.

Worked one on one with the founder of the company to execute his creative ideas while retaining the identity of our brand standards.

My designs resulted in consistent or increased sales for Uno’s Chicago Grill during challenging market conditions.

Designed a highly praised kids menu campaign, which helped earn Uno the 4th Top Restaurant for Families by Parents Magazine.

Acted as interim Supervisor on re-branding initiative at Covidien while Lead designer was on maternity leave, retained my supervisory status when she returned. Responsible for overseeing five designers work plus interviewing and hiring two junior designers.




Professional Experience

Syneron Candela
UDI Labeling Design and
Content Specialist-Contractor
Wayland, MA August 2016 – Present

• Analyzing, design and layout of all labeling to be standardized and FDA compliant by deadline of Sept. 2016.
• Review all content on master documents in Excel and ensure their accuracy.
• Verify all labeling passes set standard
• Create work instructions
• Review SOP’s to make sure they match new process and redline as needed.
• Train labeling staff on how to execute, troubleshoot and print labels.
• Work with QA/RA to coordinate all information is correct and prints properly.

Edwards Lifesciences
UDI Labeling Design and
Content Specialist-Contractor
Irvine, CA Nov. 15 – March 2016

• Part of the UDI labeling team to standardize all labeling to be FDA compliant by deadline of Sept. 2016.
• Analyze all labeling for consolidation/standardization opportunities.
• Research finished good labeling to ensure all required content is accounted for on the packaging.
• Review all content on master documents in Excel and ensure their accuracy.
• Assemble label matrix documentation for the review teams to chart corresponding artwork for review.
• Create redlines and submit for Business Unit reviews.
• Work with teams to coordinate all information is collected and ready for Business Unit review teams.

Avery Dennison RBIS
Customer Product
Development Specialist
Westborough, MA July 2014 – Oct 2015

• Specializing in the design & development of Packaging, Label & Trim development for Reebok, CCM, Vineyard Vines, Timberland, J. Jill, TJX, New Balance and 47.
• Initiating the development process up until final item approval.
• Manage approval process and ensure delivery of materials meets requirements.
• Maintain an advanced level of knowledge concerning permanent branding, point of sale, and exterior embellishments.
• Review and develop creative project plans outlining action steps and deliverables to ensure quality projects delivered within budget and timeline.
• Collaborate with the creative teams in US, UK & Asia to develop concepts for creative packaging solutions to ensure all projects are branded properly and adhere to brand guidelines and quality standards determined by customer.
• Oversee design of packaging, Woven labels, Heat Transfers and paper goods.
• Continuously conduct competitive market research.
• Establish strong relationships and daily communication with customers and production teams.
• Regularly update project status on trackers and communicate to appropriate parties on actions needed.




Teleflex Medical
Labeling Specialist/Graphic Designer
Mansfield, MA Mar 11 - July 14

• Design and coordinate label content for Mansfield and Coventry OEM organizations. Develop and maintain regulatory compliant label content, work with OEM.
• QA to determine priorities.
• Maintain label databases and create new label templates as necessary.
• Work with internal departments and external customers to: design label and instructional manuals for new product development projects using the current approved standards and develop label templates that interact with label content databases to produce regulatory compliant labels.
• Liaise between plant personnel and external customers to implement and to assure all changes are appropriately documented and controlled. Solve problems related to team, project, and cross-functional issues.
• Work with translation and print vendors to coordinate required services and purchases as required.
• Provide support to process improvement projects.

Covidien
Packaging
Graphic Designer - Contractor
Mansfield, MA Dec 08 - Mar 11

• Re-design and re-brand all current medical packaging and marketing materials.
• Schedule and prioritize workload to meet all deadlines.
• Transmit artwork to appropriate vendors and notify key people.
• Verify vendor proofs, make corrections and communicate changes clearly.
• Attend project meetings and participate in approval process.
• Hire, train and supervise support staff of five designers.
• Communicate and manage relationships with internal graphic designers regarding deliverables, schedules, and project expectations.

UNO’s Restaurant
Corporate Headquarters
Art Director
West Roxbury, MA Jan 00 - Mar 08

• Design, layout and art direction of a variety of promotional and collateral marketing and advertising materials including; Direct mail, ROP’s, Sales kits, packaging, menus, Sunday newspaper coupon circulars, billboards etc. for an International restaurant chain.
• Attend photo shoots, interface with outside vendor, hire and manage freelance talent. Provide guidance to external clients to assure consistency of our corporate branding standards.
• Responsible for creative solutions to budget issues.
• Making presentations to marketing team and executives for various creative campaigns. Project management.

Verizon
Graphic Designer Braintree, MA
1990 - 1999

• Designed advertising for Yellow Pages directory campaigns.
• Met with external clients and account executives to develop advertising strategies. Identified client needs, and developed effective solutions.
• Prioritized projects resulting in more efficient workflow.
• Researched competitors advertising and wrote copy as needed.

Additional Relevant Experience:
Freelance design for multiple clients including: 25th Hour Communications, RB Hockey, Commonwealth Appliance, West Hills Community College.
Projects included; Web Banners, Direct Mail, Brochures, Event Marketing materials, Signage, Web landing pages, online web magazine etc…


Education

Mt. Ida College - Newton, MA
Associates Degree in Graphic Design

University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth - No. Dartmouth, MA
Liberal Arts/Arts Curriculum Coursework

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