Aaron Cooper
Graphic Design, United States
 
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Cologne, MN
Tel: 952 4668844
Brief Summary
Aaron Cooper
aaron @images-designed.com
www.images-designed.com
216 Park Street East
Cologne, MN 55322
952.466.8844


INITIATIVE

To continue to grow as I leverage and share design and development experience within a collaborative team environment as a web site/graphic designer/developer.



HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATIONS

- Strong project management skills developed through years of experience working within teams to design, develop, and deploy interactive and print projects that champion the user experience and achieve client goals through meaningful, focused collaboration.

- Extensive interactive and print design, development and production experience creating solutions that are clean, efficient and dynamic - to champion the user experience and sell.

- Excellent interpersonal communication, customer service, and sales skills developed and honed through practical experience and years of freelance and full-time experience with a wide variety of clients, coupled with a constant desire to learn, grow and share knowledge with others.

- Many years of experience on the Mac and PC platforms learning and utilizing industry standard tools



TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Adobe Photoshop: Advanced: 10 Years
Adobe Illustrator : Advanced: 10 Years
Macromedia Dreamweaver : Advanced: 6 Years
Macromedia Flash: Advanced: 6 Years
Macromedia Director : Proficient: 3 Years
QuarXPress : Proficient: 6 Years
Javascript & Actionscript : Advanced: 9 Years
PERL: Proficient: 4 Years
HTML: Advanced: 9 Years
Mac & PC Environments : Advanced: 12 Years



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HGA : www.hga.com
Web Specialist
Minneapolis, Minnesota
June 2002 to Present
Annual Compensation: $56,000

Full-time position entails management, design and development of the HGA external web site, Intranet, opt-in email marketing and other marketing materials. This collaborative environment requires a proactive, flexible disposition. Interactive projects leverage Flash, html, PERL, SQL, Stellent Content Server, and top notch design and content management technologies. Analysis of site statistics is performed through NetIQÂ’s WebTrends Analysis suite. The sites are deployed via IIS on a Windows 2000 server.


Brooks Stevens Design : www.brooksstevens.com
Interactive Designer
Grafton, Wisconsin
April 2000 to June 2002
Annual Compensation: $50,000

Full-time interactive, print and product design position. Responsibilities included project management, interactive design and development, identity graphics design, design for direct mail and magazine advertising, product design, kiosk development, product interface design, studio photography, high bandwidth Internet access and TCP/IP network maintenance, and other endeavors. I was the design lead for projects related to interactive and print deliverables for clients within medical, consumer, and commercial markets. Contributions increased sales through leads in response to web and targeted print marketing.


Laughlin/Constable : www.laughlin.com
Web Designer
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
January 2000 to April 2000
Annual Compensation: $49,000

Full-time senior web designer position. As a lead web designer I was responsible for creating unexpected designs that produced extraordinary results for national and international clients Including Buell, Midwest Express Airlines, Briggs and Stratton, Wells Fargo and others. I worked within a team environment comprised of in-house and external programmers, account managers, creative directors, copywriters and other individuals. I lent my design and client communication skills to projects that provided consistent branding within fresh and exciting frameworks. I left Laughlin Constable to pursue a position within a company that offered greater opportunities for multi-disciplinary interaction and upward mobility without excessive “layers” between myself and the client.


GS Design : www.gsdesign.com
Designer
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
February 1999 to February 2000
Annual Compensation: $49,000

Full-time interactive and print design position. Entailed detailed planning, concepting, critique, and production of a wide variety of marketing collateral products including catalogs, magazine layouts and interactive projects for clients such as Harley Davidson, WPC Brands, and others. Client consultation, in cooperation with in-house programming and marketing departments, was an ongoing responsibility. Projects were executed utilizing a team philosophy that emphasized constructive critiques of creative work, constant communication and mentoring, and a high level of direct client interaction and satisfaction.


FREELANCE EXPERIENCE

images.designed : www.images-designed.com
Designer/Developer/Sole Proprietor

Images.designed, my freelance business, offers web and print design and development services to a wide range of clients, including Warner Brothers Records, Carrie Newcomer, EFI, and other businesses. I started the business in 1996 with two clients, both travel agencies. Since then I have grown my client base to include a wide range of customers ranging from music artists and furniture designers to high technology companies. I maintain, and continue to create, strategic partnerships with other web development professionals offering clients top quality online and offline marketing materials. This business has been lucrative in many ways, in terms of both personal growth and financial gains. It has allowed me to develop relationships that endure and deliverables that succeed in the marketplace.


FORMAL EDUCATION

Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, WI
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, 4-Year Degree, GPA 3.7/4.0, Magna Cum Laude

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Candidate, Master Degree in Counseling Psychology, GPA 3.9/4.0

Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, WI
Candidate, Associates Degree in Commercial Art, GP A 3.89/4.0


CERTIFICATIONS

Macromedia Director Certified
Macromedia Flash Certified - Advanced Actionscripting for Applications


:: references available upon request
Clients
Arista Records
HGA Architects
Rounder Records
Carrie Newcomer
Willy Porter
Don Henley
Groove House Records
Hearts and Hammers
MCA Records
Restless Records
Vita Bella Photography
Warner Bros Records
ZOE Records
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