JG DesignJohn Gendreau
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    Professional Summary
63A Chestnut Street, Wakefield, MA
  Graphic Designer with 10+ years of experience in deadline-driven agency and corporate print environments. Highly resourceful; skilled in branding and presentation design; efficient; passionately creative; and professional. Experienced in every stage of project process, from initial concept to prepress to press check. Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office suite, DeltaGraph, HTML and CSS, with special expertise in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
    Professional Experience
New Venture Media Group
Publishing group, Boston, MA
September 2010–Present
  Associate Art Director Design and coordinate publishing of 5–10 Playbill and Theatrebill programs for the Boston area monthly, plus 30+ national shows. Design and coordinate publishing of ClubMail, a quarterly theatre and travel catalog. Design branding and presentations for special projects. Contribute to design of Art New England, a bi-monthly magazine.

key achievements Redesigned ClubMail catalog. Created branding for Frame to Fame, a collaborative project tracing the careers of several up-and-coming area filmmakers.

JG Design
Freelance design, Wakefield, MA
July 2009–Present
  Freelance Designer Collaborate with clients to conceptualize and design projects involving branding, information design, feature layout, and more.

key achievements Created several successful branding suites. Designed and copy edited informational posters used throughout Cape Cod Healthcare hospitals. Accepted long-term contract with Corporate Executive Board.

Corporate Executive Board
Research firm, Rosslyn, VA
February 2005–July 2009
  Senior Graphic Design Specialist Worked with internal clients and top executives to prioritize and design high-volume, deadline-driven long- and short-form projects—research studies, presentation materials, brochures, meeting binders, and more. Coordinated projects across the department of 80+ designers on two continents, and worked with Print Production department to bring in projects on time and under budget. Participated in hiring process for junior designers, then mentored new hires and taught classes across the department on InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

key achievements Contributed heavily to a top-down redesign and rebranding of all templates used for common projects across the company, including personally redesigning the look and implementation of all charts and graphs across all published materials. Led a team focused on ongoing design education for the department. Promoted to Senior Designer for excellence in project management, client relations, and leadership within the department.

Open Eye Communications
Design firm, Brewster, MA
June 2003–February 2005
  Graphic Designer Led production of quarterly Cape Healing Arts magazine, including feature design, layout, ad design and sales, photo retouching, feature writing, and prepress. Worked with print vendors, writers, advertisers, and distributors to assemble, edit, print, and deliver the magazine. Paired with firm’s owner to produce monthly Nantucket Times magazine, including feature design and overall look. Contributed to branding, marketing, and publishing projects.

key achievements Promoted to full ownership of production of Cape Healing Arts magazine. Contributed to full redesign of Nantucket Times magazine.

Atlantic Retail Properties
Retail real estate firm, Burlington, MA
September 2002–February 2003
  Graphic Designer Worked with real estate agents to produce marketing materials including flyers, advertisements, trade show booths, and posters. Used aerial mapping software (Terrain Navigator Pro) and QuarkXPress to demonstrate the attractiveness of retail site offerings and increase sales.

key achievement Contributed to redesign of leave-behind flyers, the company’s primary marketing tool.

Sir Speedy Printing
Quick print shop, Worcester, MA
January 2002–August 2002
  Preproduction artist Consulted with clients, then designed, edited, proofread, corrected, and prepared the files for press. Separated, developed, and stripped plates for two- and four-color print runs. Maintained and compiled customer orders from the company’s web site and online ordering system.

key achievement Repaired preproduction department’s computers and recovered past customers’ art files after a series of hard drive failures.

Home Locator Network
Real estate printer, Hudson, MA
July 2001–January 2002
  Preproduction artist Assembled customer files from QuarkXPress, InDesign, PageMaker, Publisher, Word, and other programs, and readied them for print on color copier, imagesetter, and direct-to-plate press system.

key achievements Redesigned the company’s logo. Redesigned and rewrote the company’s web site, including the creation of all code, design, images, and copy.

University of Massachusetts
at Lowell

January 2011–Present
  Web Design and Development Certificate 
Currently pursuing; expected completion in 2012.
Boston University
September 1997–May 2001
  Bachelor’s Degree in English
Graduated magna cum laude.