Kate E. Durr Professional

2-D and 3-D Branding Design

2-D and 3-D Branding Design

Currently, I am open to work as a freelance artist and designer on a contract or full-hire basis.  Review my most recent work hereIf you would like me to work on a project for you, contact me via my contact page.
Welcome! Here, you can find more information regarding my professional experience.  For a full .PDF version of my official resume, please click here.  If you have any additional comments or questions, you can contact me here.

Professional Information

Objective:
To enthusiastically contribute my skills as a 2-D and 3-D graphic designer and obtain valuable experience while remaining innovative and dedicated as a part of a creative team.

Education:
Sanford-Brown College Online
(Previously the International Academy of Design and Technology - Online)
    7702 Woodland Center Boulevard, Suite 100
    Tampa, FL 33614
Enrolled: May 2013 - June 2015
    Graduated Summa Cum Laude
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Video Game Production and Design

Industry Experience:

General Branding Graphic Design Consultant - Upwork Global, Inc. Columbus, Ohio.

November 2015 - Present.

Work one-on-one with business owners to create personalized, professional branding following tight deadlines for use with various products and services. Design and optimize logos, advertisements, websites, documents, and website graphics according to client requests. Create assets using Adobe CS6 and package in digital and print formats. Manage multiple client correspondences and expenses based on hourly and per-asset contracts.


Logo and Website Design Consultant – Imprimis Networks, LLC. Houston, Texas.

January 2016 – June 2016.

Repaired and optimized company logo for multi-purpose print and digital use. Collaborated efficiently with management team to optimize website design and layout better representing brand. Managed and implemented changes to Wordpress site on a regularly scheduled basis. Designed assets using Adobe CS6 and format for both Apple and Windows devices.


Pixel-Art Animation Designer and Consultant - Stern Pinball, Inc. Chicago, Illinois. 

October 2015 - February 2016.

Illustrate several detailed pixel-art panels for different licensed projects. Collaborate closely with animation team to meet strict palette guidelines which conform to the color limitations of a retro-style LED marquee display. Design assets with a combination of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Cosmigo Pro Motion 6.5


Character Designer - Back Alley Games LLC, Kevin Lee. Mesa, Arizona. April 2015. 

Commissioned as a free-lance artist to design a compatible 2-D character for Adobe Flash Professional in a cartoon vector art style, character designed in two possible iterations and was available to be exported into Flash as a 6-piece to 24-piece Movie Clip


Skills:
  • Branding and advertisement design experience working in-person and remotely for clients with various technical and design backgrounds
  • Adept at 2-D photo optimization, vector and hand-sketched graphics, and pixel-art
  • Thorough experience in 3-D modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation
  • Highly flexible in challenging and versatile working environments
  • Professional experience as copywriter in creative and technical writing
  • Experience with effective and efficient team organization and communication, compiling and presenting reference, and formatting on several different mediums

Additional Experience:
Video Game Production Team Leader - Sanford-Brown College Online. Tampa, Florida. December 2014 - January 2015.
Volunteered to lead a team of 9 to repair disorganized video game production project which had fallen far behind due to team member conflict. Organized team roles, regulated communication, created and presented weekly plans to cover design goals, managed and balanced assignments, and created all final documentation summarizing the final product.

Catalog Clerk and Technical Consultant - Robert L. Sell. Bellaire, Michigan. July 2013. 

Worked as a part of a team of two to organize, repair, and digitally catalog a large library of farm equipment manuals for their eventual sale, created various documentation to explain accessing this library for a less technology-savvy audience, completed this task three weeks ahead of our scheduled deadline.


On-Location Researcher - Delaware Area Career Center Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Zoological Research School. Delaware, Ohio. August 2010 - June 2011.
Independently produced two written Master's Degree level theses and presented results for the working staff along with traditional poster board visuals, info-graphics and explanations, and film interviews.

Relevant Honors:
  • Top-Rated and Featured Freelancer for Upwork Global, Inc.
  • Member of IADT and Sanford-Brown College President’s Lists
  • Member of Mu Alpha Theta national mathematics honor society, La Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica national Spanish language honor society, Phi Alpha Theta national history honor society, and National Honor Society
 

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