About

Shana

Overview

I am a self-motivated, detail oriented, web / graphic designer and front-end developer based in South Florida. I get excited about solving problems with visual designs and I have an insatiable appetite to continually push design elements and technologies to create best-in-class solutions.

Over twenty five years experience with a myriad of increasing and diverse technical and graphic arts positions. I possess an MBA with a concentration in Information Technology. This has given me a clear understanding of how to address a company's needs, manage projects within time and budget constraints, and acted as a springboard for addressing the technical aspects of design.

My career foundation is in print and packaging design and I am fully adept at digital formats. Effective design communicator and problem solver. I use Adobe Creative Suite consistently and hand code several of my web projects. Experienced with XHTML, CSS, Bootstrap, W3C standards, responsive design and cross browser implementation. Knowledge of Wordpress, PHP, JQuery, React, Storybook, SQL, and SEO/SEM techniques.

Fun Facts

25

Books I read in a year. Some educational but mostly fiction and I love a good British detective mystery.

110

Things still left on my bucket list. From sky-diving to chilling in outer space, the list goes on.

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Cups of tea I drink monthly. Between green teas and herbal teas I have to get my fix at least once a day.

Experience

The only source of knowledge is experience.

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Freelance Designer

01/06 - Present

Graphic / Web Designer,
Front End Developer

  • Conceptualized, designed and produced website templates, software user interfaces, page layouts, and promotional elements.
  • Built large Wordpress sites using Oxygen / Divi / WooCommerce.
  • Worked on shopping carts / retail websites using React and Storybook.
  • Understood and translated strategic company goals and business requirements into visually compelling layouts, functionality and online user experiences.
  • Created product packaging (boxes, labels, bags, POS displays), from concept to release, for various food and nutrition companies.
  • Designed print ads featured in national magazines, marketing brochures, sales catalogs, swag and other promotional collateral.
  • Utilized design skills to communicate marketing plans for small to medium sized companies while operating within time constraints and multi-tasking in fast-paced environments.
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PXE Group, LLC / iS3 Inc.

06-12 - Present

Senior Web Designer

  • Managed several of the business entities' websites simultaneously, both commercial large scale sites and informational sites.
  • Designed and built the front-end for different product cart pages using React and Storybook.
  • Designed, built and maintained company Wordpress blogs and product websites using custom themes and templates.
  • Redesigned and coded several corporate websites, admin sites, landing pages and email templates using current technologies.
  • Reconstructed the UI (user interface) for several of the company's top selling software to enhance the user experience.
  • Designed custom brochures, booklets and trifolds that helped legal defense gain more clients.
  • Developed ideas for corporate swag and promotional marketing collateral.
  • Created interesting, detailed infographics and worked on branded print materials for the Sales department.
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Media Placement Group

10/09 - 09/10

Senior Web Designer

  • Designed moderately complex multimedia corporate websites, microsites and related digital media/marketing assets for national advertising clients.
  • Aided in the development of front end user interfaces, using elegant and efficient semantic code.
  • Interpreted and understood the client's needs; thought creatively to produce new ideas that supported business goals and objectives while incorporating industry best practice methods.
  • Worked with project staff to provide forward-thinking, high quality conceptual solutions for clients and presented ideas to executive level staff in a professional manner.
  • Handled production requirements and specifications for all managed projects.
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Nutri-Force Nutrition

11/04 - 12/05

Senior Graphic/Web Designer

  • Developed in-house advertising and communication pieces including design concepts, artwork, and production to enhance company image/positioning and increase market exposure.
  • Translated the brand and brand message to customers and partners through the implementation and co-development of design guidelines established by the organization.
  • Communicated with external clients to assess the most appropriate solution for their communication objectives while ensuring sales and productivity goals were achieved.
  • Coordinated interactions with internal and external vendors to ensure price, quality, schedule and delivery of all integral materials.
  • Worked on hundreds of nutritional supplement labels and ensured both the visual design guidelines and the FDA regulations were met.
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Scitec Nutrition

04/02 - 11/04

Creative Director/Web Designer/Project Manager

  • Defined and developed brand standards for in-house marketing collateral and client projects.
  • Responsible for the creation and production of design concepts, layout and printing for company's international quarterly magazine publications.
  • Managed, developed and re-designed company's interactive website.
  • Designed and produced complex internal and external marketing and communications materials, including proposals, brochures, promotional materials, advertisements, trade show graphics, and exhibit booth graphics.
  • Worked on the product packaging / labels for dozens of nutritional supplements.
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University of Central Florida

08/98 – 10/01

Grad Assistant (Marketing & MIS Depts)

  • Conducted meta-analytic studies within the information technology industry.
  • Developed training curriculums and designed and built databases for undergraduate students.
  • Conducted research on industry trends within the marketing profession.

Education

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.

Skills

Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hundreds of hours of work.

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Website Development

  • Intermediate to advanced skills in HTML, CSS, SEO/SEM techniques.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in several Microsoft software including: Microsoft Project, Visio, Powerpoint, Word, Excel, Visual Basic, and Access.
  • Intermediate skills in Javascript/JQuery, React, PHP, Storybook, SQL, and creating and maintaining SQL databases.
  • Familiar with content management systems including Wordpress and Drupal, and able to build custom themes and manage content and graphics accurately in a CMS environment.
  • Trained in database design, system analysis, project management.
  • Proficiency in Mac OS and PC Windows environment.
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Graphic Design

  • Strong understanding of fundamental graphic design principles.
  • Ability to conceptualize ideas and execute visuals using various software.
  • Understanding and knowledge of animation techniques, electronic illustration, multi-page document layout, presentation graphics, promotional and product packaging, and other production techniques.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in the Adobe Creative Suite software including: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat Pro.
  • Html 5 / CSS 3
  • Wordpress
  • JQuery / React
  • PHP / MySQL
  • Storybook
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver
  • Indesign / Acrobat Pro
  • Microsoft Project / Visio
  • Word / Excel / Powerpoint
  • Visual Studio Code
  • SEO / SEM Techniques