About Me

Helena MacDonald
Graphic Designer | Production Artist | Graphics Manager

Senior Graphic Designer with eight years of experience in the management of the complete design process, from conceptualization to print production. Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills; dynamic team player with well-developed written and verbal communication abilities.

Work Experience
AEX Convention Services / Texas Xpo
January 2012 — Present
Graphic Designer / Manager
  • Design, layout and production for over 100 national trade shows including popup displays, banners, and large format signage
  • Translate project objectives and create solutions that combine functionality and aesthetics
  • Manage two person staff in a fast-paced, deadline-driven sign shop while overseeing warehouse staff in setting up graphics in trade show structures
  • Collaborate with an average of 80 clients on an annual basis regarding design briefs and concepts
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaborate with clients and other team members
  • Coordinate with vendors/printers on collateral/large format projects, producing clear job specs, reviewing proofs for accuracy, and ordering material
  • Production work including preflighting, printing, and cutting large format signs
  • Engineer custom three dimensional units and floor plans using AutoCAD
Staples, Turnersville, NJ
April 2011 — June 2014
Sales Associate
  • Worked in the Copy & Print Center on clients small and large format printing needs
  • Performed daily department tasks including stocking, creating merchandise displays, remerchandising, pricing markdowns, transferring merchandise, inventory control, and processing transactions.
Office Depot, Voorhees, NJ
February 2004 — April 2011
Copy Center & Sales Associate
  • Maintained stock of supplies and requisition any needed items.
  • Cleaned machines, perform minor repairs, and reported major repair needs.
  • Resolved all customer complaints in a professional manner while prioritizing customer satisfaction
  • Built and maintained strong client relationships to ensure leads, future business and maximized productivity
Freelance
Education
Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
May 2011
Bachelor of Arts
CAD INSTITUTE - www.cadinstitute.org
2012
  • Fundamentals of AutoCad
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
2011
Certificate of Web Design
Camden County College, Blackwood, NJ
May 2007
Associates Degree in Computer Graphics
Technical Skills
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe In-Design CC
Adobe Acrobat Professional CC
Web Design
HTML, CSS & Wordpress
AutoCAD
Floor Plans
Microsoft Office
Word, Power Point & Excel
Mac & PC Platform