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Yvonne (Vonnie) Pytel Ph: 630.325.3654 Cell: 630.253.1012 9s.025B Lake Drive #208 Willowbrook, IL 60527 Email: YvonnePytel@aol.com EDUCATION The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) - Visual Communication, GPA 3.9 March 2004 (Graduated with Honors) The College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) - Ad, Design & Illustration, GPA 3.92 June 2000 (Graduated with High Honors) The College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL Certificate I - Advertising, Design and Illustration June 1999 (High Honors recipient) GRAPHIC DESIGN EXPERIENCE Pytel Productions Willowbrook, IL 01/2004-present BUSINESS OWNER/DIRECTOR -Establish and organize a strong business from the ground up. -Supervise and direct illustrators, computer artists and web developers. -Conceive children's character art along with inventive patterns and prints. -Analyze market trends and develop appropriate activities. -Design, construct and exhibit company's trade show booths for marketing art to Licensees. -Work with domestic and foreign vendors/licensees. -Manage all facets of the development process and responsible for all events. Precious Moments, Inc. Rolling Meadows, IL 05/2006-12/2008 SR. GRAPHIC DESIGNER -Lead the graphic design team. -Provided technical computer and application assistance. -Developed department procedure manual. -Managed freelance artists and designers. -Produced style guides for licensees and constructed trend boards for company presentations. -Originated patterns, borders, prints and spot graphics. -Produced company marketing materials and signage which includes large format (trade show displays) and small formats (including table toppers). -Created Flash animated e-cards and web graphics. -Executed color fill artwork and color correction. PRODUCT DESIGNER -Designed and developed new lines of product. -Initiated trend research and sourcing vendors. -Coordinated and supervised illustrators and designers. -Did freehand sketching and created computer artwork. Claire's Stores Inc. Hoffman Estates, IL 11/2004-05/2006 PRODUCT DESIGNER -Was in charge of Interns and Assistant Product Designers. -Sourced product and original product designs such as home décor, cosmetics, accessories, apparel. -Communicated with and supplied artwork to vendors. -Planned color and trend presentations. -Shared research and market trends with merchandise teams. -Spoke to large groups and presented product concepts/procedures. -Did competitive shopping. Beck Hill Group
Glen Ellyn, IL 01/2000-01/2004 GRAPHIC DESIGNER / PRODUCT & PACKAGE DESIGNER -Developed children's products, package design, book illustrations, brochures, marketing ads, displays. -Produced designs for Scholastic Books, and The Learning Line. Long Hill Entertainment, Inc. Clarendon Hills, IL 05/2000-08/2001 SR. GRAPHIC DESIGNER -Headed design department. -Managed five member Illustration team. -Coordinated and revised book designs. -Created trade show advertisements, brochures, web site graphics, book covers, labels, graphics for CD and clam shell cases. Chicagoland Gardening Magazine Downers Grove, IL 03/2000-03/2001 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT / AD DESIGNER -Interacted with customers designing and laying out advertisements. -Contributed illustrations, web site graphics, and marketing material designs. FREELANCE EXPERIENCE Steve Toan PRODUCT DESIGNER /PACKAGE DESIGNER -Fully developed original artwork, product and package design for quot;The Irish Rhyming Gamequot;. -Worked with overseas vendor. Graphics Extensions DESKTOP PUBLISHER / PRODUCTION ASSISTANT -Assisted with the layout of grade school textbooks, type and artwork. Contractors Credit GRAPHIC DESIGNER / CORP. ID / LOGO DESIGNER -Established company logos, trade show/exhibit displays and backdrops, brochures, and letterhead. Artline, Inc. PACKAGE DESIGNER -Assisted Creative Director with 2D and 3D Package design and layout. Follett and efollett.com PRODUCT PRODUCTION ASSISTANT -Layout fliers, brochures, and posters using existing ad campaign. Costello Communications GRAPHIC DESIGNER -Large brochure mock-ups, photo and web graphics color correction. MSFI, Inc. PACKAGE DESIGNER -Corrugated box mock-ups, layout and design. Admark GRAPHIC DESIGNER -Created fliers, brochures and ads. TEACHING EXPERIENCE The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg Schaumburg, IL 06/2004–09/2007 DIGITAL GRAPHIC DESIGN INSTRUCTOR -Taught design, Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXPress. -Participated as a PAC committee member. -Revised and implemented curriculum. -Evaluated and assisted in the preparation for Regional Accreditation. College of DuPage Glen Ellyn, IL 03/2001-09/2005
COLLEGE GRAPHIC DESIGN INSTRUCTOR -Planned, coordinated and taught freehand illustration classes, typography and design instruction. -Instructed computer art classes using Illustrator, QuarkXPress and Photoshop. -Conducted academic advising. Westwood College of Technology Schiller Park, IL 10/2001-03/2002 COLLEGE DIGITAL DESIGN INSTRUCTOR -Class planned and taught freehand drawing and typography classes; Illustrator, Photoshop, digital imaging, scanning and printing techniques. TRADITIONAL SKILLS -Watercolor & Acrylic Painting -Children's illustrations -Drawing/Illustration -Conceptual Drawing -Corporate Identity -Layout -Marker Rendering -Typography -Graphic Design -Product/package design -Logo Design -Advertising COMPUTER SKILLS -Photoshop -Microsoft Word -Illustrator -PowerPoint -Flash -Excel -Bridge -Entourage -QuarkXPress -Lotus Notes -Mac/PC Portfolio available upon request. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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