Mary Minor
Advertising, New York New York United States
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Contact details
434 W. 52nd St. #11
434 W. 52nd St. #11
Tel: 917 532-7050 Fax: 646 405-0204
Brief Summary
I am seasoned Pre-Press Designer with a solid work ethic. Whether saving Revlon, Almay and Cablevision hundreds of thousands of dollars by doing retouching myself, helping Art Directors trouble-shoot issues with the Adobe Creative Suite, helping a studio run more efficiently by revamping the studio archive system, or assuming responsibility for creating a studio guideline document to help new freelancers, my positive attitude and infectious laugh made it all look effortless. I am also a gifted writer and editor, who routinely utilizes my astute eye to provide support to proofreaders, copywriters and account people while working on jobs. I rarely break a sweat while meeting tight deadlines and thrive working independently and in a team.

I am Experienced in all current industry standard software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint; knowledge of HTML5, CSS, DreamWeaver, FireWorks.

Specialties: InDesign, photo retouching, pre-press, design and edit PowerPoint presentations, making your life easier by helping you reach your deadlines. 
Rivet, Revlon, Almay, American Express, Bacardi, Bombay Sappfire Gin, The Sloan Group, Estee Lauder, Polo Ralph Lauren, Suddler & Hennessey, Fox Sports, Ben & Jerry's, Mohegan Sun Casino, Budget Rent a Car, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Glaxo Smithkline, Novartis
Professional Experience
Mary Stuart Minor (917) 532-7050 • [email protected]


Pre-Press Design Wizard

Pre-Press Designer experienced in all current industry standard software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint; knowledge of HTML, DreamWeaver, FireWorks. Currently pursuing a Certificate in Digital Publishing. 15 years experience in the advertising agency environment in direct mail, pharmaceutical, consumer and business-to-business.

Freelance Graphic Designer/Pre-Press Production Specialist
Minor Masterpieces, NY, NY 5/11–11/12
• Quality control of English and Spanish direct mail pieces to ensure adherence to client and
United States Postal requirements.
• Edit and manage pre-press of posters, out-of-home, banners and magazine advertisements ensuring they match Rivet/client specifications
• Retouch images per Art Director/Client request
• Optimize images for use in e-mail or Powerpoint
• Assist Art Directors in developing layouts for letters and brochures
• Update, maintain and organize server with new images as needed
• Prepare comps of envelopes, letters and specialty direct mail pieces for client presentations
• Develop die lines for specialty direct mail pieces
• Assist Art Directors in solving issues with PhotoShop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Client: Rivet Global

Graphic Designer/Pre-Press Artist
Momentum Worldwide/WME2 NY, NY 4/07–4/11

• Maintained one-person design studio whilst fielding numerous requests daily from
Client and account executives for information, images, PDFs, comps and magazine tip-ins
• Reduced project costs by retouching images to extend beauty images to fit magazine
ad sizes and add, remove or enhance type on product images.
• Developed web banners in various sizes utilizing admats as source material.
• Converted print ad mechanicals to PNG-24 files for use in iPad editions of magazines.
• Reorganized server to optimize workflow for Art Directors and studio personnel.
• Collaborated with Art Directors and Account Executives to complete creative projects.
• Attended account and creative team meetings.
• Created mechanicals for magazine advertisements and special inserts.
• Managed pre-press of all sizes of print advertisements and collateral.
• Maintained archive of and catalogued retouched art and completed creative projects.
• Designed and edited PowerPoint presentations.

Revlon – Almay – American Express – Bacardi – Bombay Sappfire Gin – Verizon

Freelance Graphic Designer/Production Artist
Minor Masterpieces, NY, NY 4/04–4/07
• Create mechanicals of and edit advertisements, mailers and collateral of all sizes.
• Perform preflighting/troubleshooting of mechanicals.
• Design and edit PowerPoint presentations.
• Create vector files from PhotoShop scans
• Transcribe interviews, lectures and meetings.
• Reconstruct InDesign documents in Microsoft Word for use by account people.
The Sloan Group – Estee Lauder – Tourneau – Gotham – Rapp Collins – Saatchi & Saatchi
Wishbone – Suddler & Hennessey – Masius – Polo Ralph Lauren

Graphic Designer/Production Artist
Cliff Freeman & Partners, NY, NY 6/00–4/04
• Edited and pre-flighted all sizes of print advertisements and collateral.
• Collaborated with Art Directors and Account Executives to complete creative assignments.
• Assisted Art Directors in creation of comps by compositing photographs, photo retouching
and creating vector art from raster images.
• Created the studio’s first searchable database of archived jobs.
TBS – Fox Sports – Ben & Jerry’s – Budget Rent a Car – Mohegan Sun Casino

Studio Manager/Production Artist
Health Science Comm., NY, NY 6/97– 10/99
• Supervised agency graphics production studio.
• Reduced studio costs by acquiring and learning a software application called ChemDraw, giving the studio capability to generate perpetually in-demand chemical structure diagrams digitally.
• Oversaw production of materials for medical meetings.
• Created and edited PowerPoint presentations and annotated handouts.
• Performed routine maintenance on Macintosh computers and Canon color copier.

Bristol-Myers Squibb – Glaxo SmithKline – Schering-Plough – Novartis

Pratt Institute, New York, NY
Major: Graphic Design
Associate of Occupational Studies-Graphic Design

Additional Coursework
• Currently pursuing a Certificate in Digital Publishing
Classes, lectures and conferences
• The InDesign Seminar Tour
• New York InDesign Users Group
• Noble Desktop
• New York Mac Users Group

Professional Affiliations
• American Institute of Graphic Arts
• National Association of Photoshop Professionals
• NY InDesign User Group
• Pratt Institute Alumni Association
Awards and Recognition
From most recent full time employer:

“Mary was an absolute pleasure to work with. She was detail-oriented, and able to see both the minutia and "large picture" of designs. She often made recommendations that enhanced our pieces and was an integral part of forward movement and meeting client deadlines. I recommend her highly, as she is dependable, smart and one of the kindest colleagues I've had the pleasure of working with.”

“Mary is the type of person you dream of working with. She is diligent, collaborative and has a wonderful attitude (even when it is 11pm and you still have several mechanicals to finish). Mary worked on one of my retail accounts at RIVET and was a valued team member. She was perfect at ensuring our mechanicals were turned around quickly and correctly and could be relied upon to get us out of a pinch or two. I hope to one day work with Mary again and would recommend her without reservation.”

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