About John Connell

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I am a highly creative expert graphic designer & print specialist with over 26 years experience in graphic design, production, layout, photography, pagination and customer service. As a team player, I work well with others, have excellent collaborative and interpersonal skills, as well as good written and verbal communication. I have a passion for creating and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with clients. To this point, I am known for finishing designs/projects on or before deadlines & to the client's satisfaction. I am able to appreciate more than one perspective, while also taking constructive criticism well.


Positions held in descending order:

Art Director / Print Specialist - Fetching Designs in Las Cruces, NM (2017 - Current)

Senior Graphic Designer - American Classifieds / Dog'Cruces in Las Cruces, NM (2010 - Current)

Senior Graphic Designer / Print Specialist - Superior Printing in Hobbs, NM (2006 - 09)

Partner, Art Director, & Head of Production - Gerben & Associates in Amarillo, TX  (2002 - 06)

Junior Art Director - World Pages in Amarillo, TX (1997 - 2001)

Scanner / Junior Graphic Designer - World Pages in Amarillo, TX (1994 - 1997)


Expertise in the following creative areas:

GRAPHIC DESIGN IN PRINT MEDIA

  • Mac & PC Platforms (I'm Mac Based)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Photoshop
  • Lightroom
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Acrobat
  • Bridge
  • Quark Express
  • Logos, Icons, & Custom Designs
  • Corporate Identities
  • Business, Post, & Rack Cards
  • Letterheads, Envelopes, & Business Forms
  • Brochures, Fliers, & Newsletters
  • POP's, Banners, Posters, Feather Flags, & Billboards
  • Package Design for Boxes, Bottles, & Bags
  • CMYK+Spot Color Separations
  • Screen Printing / Line-Screen & Halftones
  • Digital & Photographic Plate Making
  • Ads, Layouts, & Pagination for Magazines, Newspapers, & Phonebooks


PHOTOGRAPHY

  • Portrait & Commercial
  • Studio / On Location
  • Products
  • Sports
  • Studio, Indoor, & Outdoor Lighting
  • Cityscape & Real Estate (Exterior & Interior)
  • Nature (Macro, Wide Angle, & Telephoto)
  • Digital Darkroom (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop)
  • Darkroom
  • Retouching / Restoration / Manipulation
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR)