Creative communications professional – graphic designer, art director, copywriter, illustrator, photographer, production artist, and production manager with freelance and ad agency experience.
Strategic thinker and problem solver, effective at providing creative solutions that are distinctive, memorable and tailored to the organization’s communication needs.
Well organized, attentive to detail, budget, deadline, strategy, and goals.
Graphic Design and Production – All phases from concept through delivery. Excellent computer, art direction and project management skills, solid knowledge of pre-press, print and digital production.
Illustration – Versatile, working in several styles – by hand and electronically. Strong Photoshop skills for image manipulation, color correction and retouching.
Software Expertise – InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, QuarkXPress, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel.
Scott Keidong’s Image Enterprises, Schoharie, NY
1984 – Present
Self-Employed Graphic Artist – Creative communications services including conceptual development, graphic design, art direction, copywriting, layout, pre-press and production, illustration, project management, editing, and photography.
Clients: 1 Click Media (web design and marketing), Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Flanagan’s Publishing Services, Howard Schaffer Media Marketing, Imaginer Communications, Kinderhook Bank, Mehigan Bellone & Associates (ad agency), MESA Technical Associates (power industry engineers), Nature’s Formulary (personal care products), PESCO (power and environmental services), Research Foundation of SUNY, Schoharie County Planning and Development, Thomson Delmar Learning (publisher).
Empire Education Corporation, Albany, NY
December 2013 – July 2014
Graphic Designer – Full-time temporary position – Design, copywriting and production of advertising, web and social media graphics, collateral, direct mail, and signage for Mildred Elley career colleges. Managed scheduling for multiple projects, prepared purchase and insertion orders and handled submission of materials to publications and vendors.
Allegra Print & Imaging, Schenectady, NY
April 2012 – December 2013
Freelance – Digital pre-press, production and graphic design for fast paced print shop.
State University of New York at Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY
August 2011 – June 2013
Graphic Arts Adjunct Instructor – Introduction to Digital Media.
Fairbrother & Company (ad agency), Chatham, NY
August 2003 – May 2011
Art Director and Production Manager – Graphic design, illustration, photography, art direction, and production of print, branding, web, signage, exhibit, and presentation projects. Production management of all print projects, managed ad insertions, wrote print job specs and requests for quotes, worked with vendors submitting materials and proofing to ensure on-time delivery of quality jobs.
Accounts: The Albany Academies, Blue (restaurant), Chernoff Diamond (benefits advisors), Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Columbia County Tourism Dept., First New York Federal Credit Union, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Hudson Valley Community College, Kinderhook Bank, Magoo’s (restaurant), Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, New York State Library.
Partners Meany/Beckman Meany/Beckman Associates (ad agency),
1990 – 1995
Freelance Graphic Artist – Graphic design, production and illustration for advertising and printed materials.
Accounts: American Beverage Institute, Columbia Federal Savings Bank, F&B (food & beverage industry magazine), First Vermont Bank, Freihofer Baking Company, GE Silicones, Heublein Spirits, Miller Brewing Company, Smirnoff, Sugarbush Resort.
Lee Publications/The Daily Editor newspaper, Cobleskill, NY
Photo Editor – Supervised staff and freelance photographers, managed darkrooms, photographed news. Originally hired as Art Director, responsible for client contact, advertising concepts, design and electronic production.
Don Conover Communications/The Mountain Eagle Newspaper, Hunter, NY
1989 – 1990
The Post News Group, Pennington, NJ
1986 – 1989
Staff Photographer – Freelance, for The Pennington Post and The Ewing Post newspapers.
Rob Thacker & Associates Advertising, Princeton, NJ
1985 – 1989
Associate Art Director – Graphic design, art direction, illustration, photography, and print production.
Accounts: Comtech/TMLC (computer training center), EasiLease (auto leasing), Forest Jewelers, Lambertville Station (restaurant and inn), Landau (retail and mail order clothing), Paul Fredrick Shirt Company, Stephen M. Segal Realtors, Thoughts In Bloom (florist).
Rapid Graphics Company, Princeton, NJ
Graphic Designer – Design, illustration and mechanical artwork for advertising and promotional materials.
Lewis Brothers Ceramics, Trenton, NJ
1982 – 1984
Graphic Designer – Design, illustration and mechanical artwork for silkscreened ceramic products.
BA in Advertising Design 1982
Trenton State College – Ewing, NJ – Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
International Education Program 1980
Exchange student at LaTrobe University and Preston Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.