Experience & Qualifications

Summary

Graphic Designer / Director of Creative Development with extensive experience in the management of creative production projects for both print and digital media avenues. Highly skilled in facilitating transitions from print to digital based advertising and communications. Certified technical trainer adept in conducting training courses on leading design software. Strong interpersonal skills with ability to collaborate and represent department in organizational meetings. Ability to manage and streamline digital products including websites, apps and advertisements which improve communication efficiencies and significantly increase advertising exposure according to business initiatives.

Professional Experience

Owner/Designer/Artist, Play & Dream/Brian Mays Creative
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 2001 – present

  • Create print and digital solutions for various clients, including Putnam City Baptist Church, Inventronics, Adventure Year, Startup Dad Headquarters, The Pursuit, Build A Plane, and Sunni Mercer.
  • Provide consulting and training to individuals and organizations in creative software such as Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator. Create and implement more efficient and effective workflows.

Director of Creative Development, Heritage Hall
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 2011 – 2015
Responsible for print and digital design. Highlights include:

  • Directed creative development functions for print and digital designs including the Charger Call, Inside the Hall, annual reports and the school website; increased digital work in the areas of web, mobile, video and social media.
  • Created, designed and developed multiple avenues for increased exposure and accessibility including the Charger Call online magazine and the Heritage Hall iPhone app.
  • Implemented processes and procedures to enhance the production process.
  • Facilitated implementation of a student-driven broadcast station.
  • Streamlined processes to reduce company cost and increase production time; developed processes allowing for in-house creation for school directory; reduced technical issues for 3rd party vendors by increasing quality of projects.
  • Orchestrated new projects for campus departments which increased campus exposure throughout the community.

Graphic Designer, OPUBCO Communications Group
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 1999 – 2011

  • Managed design projects for multiple client websites and advertisements including production and update of print ads for the promotion of digital services.
  • Created and implemented client and internal website designs, often from step one through completion.
  • Updated both client and internal website content using a variety of methods, from static HTML to graphical edits to working with multiple content management systems.
  • Created new advertising revenue streams by introducing ads involving animation.
  • Increased productivity, creative processes and technical knowledge of the design staff by researching and implementing new techniques with software already in use.
  • Coordinated job flow in the digital design department and created a culture of deadline oriented production.
  • Represented design department in weekly production meetings and client meetings.
  • Provided continuing education to designers, sales executives and newsroom editors to transition from print to web and multimedia production.
    Created graphics for print and digital news products, such as maps, charts, illustration, and digital page layouts; created NewsOK.com’s first customized video player.
  • Generated new advertising revenue streams by introducing video advertisements and ads that interacted with the page.

Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor, Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 2011 – Present

  • Conduct adult learning classes including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Google Apps, Introduction to Macintosh, Mac Apps 1, and 2, and HTML Email.

Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor, Southern Nazarene University – College of Art and Design
Bethany, Oklahoma | 2008 – 2011

  • Provided instruction for courses including Web Authoring with Dreamweaver; History of Graphic Design;
    evaluated projects to prepare students for the design workforce.
  • Successfully implemented an adjustment to an online course for History of Graphic Design.

Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor, University of Central Oklahoma – College of Arts, Media and Design
Edmond, Oklahoma | 2005 – 2008

  • Classes included Design Technology and Computer Graphics 2.

Adjunct Graphic Design Instructor, Oklahoma City Community College – Graphic Communication
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | 2003 – 2006 and 2011, 2015-present

  • Classes included Publication Design, Creativity and Design, Applied Design, Multimedia Design, Web Design 2, Publication Design, InDesign 2, Flash 1, and Flash 2.

References & Testimonials

Testimonials are available on the Recommendations page. References are available on request.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Graphic Design, 1997

University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

Professional Training

University & College Designers Association (UCDA), August 2011

Lynda.com online courses – ongoing education, 2002 – Present

Training sessions with American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA): Vector Boot Camp, Adobe CS Primer

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop / Flash / Illustrator / InDesign / Dreamweaver
HTML and CSS to build websites / Mobile App Design / WordPress
Mac Environment

Professional Certifications

Comp-TIA CTT+ Certified Technical Trainer

Professional Affiliations

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), Board Member, 1999 – 2011; Advisory Board Member, 2009 – 2011; Vice-President, 2008 – 2009; President, 2006 – 2008; Secretary, 2002 – 2003

Community Involvement

IgniteOKC, Public Speaker, November 2014
Oklahoma City Community College, Graphic Communications, Advisory Board Member, 2003 – Present
“Beginning the Journey,” Deaconess Adoption Services, Public Speaker, 2014
Baptist Communication Association, Web Design Division, Judge, January 2010
Baptist Communication Association, Regional Publication Design, Judge, March 2010
Oklahoma City Metro Technology Center – Graphic Design, Advisory Board Member, 2002 – 2010
“Be Nice, Have Fun – Finding and Keeping the Joy In Your Work.” RefreshOKC, Public Speaker, 2010
AIGA “20×2” program, Public Speaker, 2007, 2003, 2001
SkillsUSA, Web Design Competition, Judge, February 2010, March 2005
Putnam City Schools, Career Mentor, 2003
Oklahoma City Metro Technology Center Advertising Competition, Judge, February 2003
Oklahoma City Metro Technology Center Advertising Competition, Judge, February 2003