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HLK AGENCY | Art Director
St. Louis, MO | Remote

Sept 2018 –Present
Art Director reporting to the Associate Creative Director, fully remote/WFH status. In this position I work collaboratively with copywriters and other designers to develop high-quality, strategic and effective creative that is on time and exceeds expectations.

Responsibilities: Provide art direction on all types of projects, such as print campaigns, packaging, digital ads, website design, marketing and sales materials, displays, emails, etc. Create polished client presentations, demonstrating a clear vision of how the work addresses the client challenge. Develop and execute concepts that reflect the strategy aligned in the creative briefs. Work in close collaboration with copywriters, strategists, developers, UX designers and other departments to deliver high-quality products on time and within budget. Use solid typographic skills and a good sense of composition and color. Keep current on the latest techniques of design, graphics, layout, typography and photography, and seek new and innovative techniques. 
Freelance | Art Director & Graphic Designer
Global | Various Clients
Sept 2018 –Present
Various freelance work for independent clients and businesses, completed during Masters Degree studies. Part-time or full-time work load, depending on client needs as well as MA schedule/ deadlines.

I specialize in graphic design, publications, editorial and content creation, photography, photo editing and manipulation, print design, digital design, visual art, and problem solving with design thinking.
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions | Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer
Wisconsin Dells, WI, United States
June 2021 – Present
Lead in house design team for the Kalahari brand umbrella; four resort properties with their various attractions and retail/dining outlets, two charity foundations, a golf course and family ownerships' other ventures as needed. Responsible for consistency in design work output within the corporate office and onsite at each property. Weigh in on brand usage, design output, foster creativity in the team, and keep on top of deadlines and output for the design team as a whole. 
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Tara Khorzad London | Photographer & Graphic Designer
Catford, London, United Kingdom
Summer 2019
London based fashion brand:
SO GRAPHIC - IT STOPS TRAFFIC Fashion for the fearlessly fun - colourful printed apparel to inspire you to be your boldest. Sells a selection of catsuits, jumpsuits, co ords & swimwear - bringing festival vibes all year long.

I created motion graphics and written content for social media, product shots and fashion photography. I took the existing logo and brand aesthetics to the next level by creating a brand guideline booklet covering social, web, and print guidelines, font uses, and guidelines for embodying the voice of the brand in writing and advertising situations. This position included learning pattern making, as well as the ins and outs of fashion design processes, the running of an independent studio brand, and utilising my graphic design background for the purposes of promoting the brand and driving product sales.
Palmer Print Co. | Print & Design Specialist
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Aug 2017 –Sept 2018
I was a print and design specialist reporting directly to to the owner of Palmer Print Company in Detroit, Michigan. This third generation family owned business is focused on all print production techniques from a still operational traditional press, to modern digital print.

My responsibilities included client interactions, project management, creating and sending project quotes, creating designs for print, pre-press work on client provided design work, machine maintenance, and print production. I managed paper stocks and produced perfect bound and saddle stitched booklets, posters, event collateral, and more during my time here.
McKenna | Graphic Designer
Northville, Michigan, United States
Aug 2017 –Jan 2018 
Brought in for the rebrand process as a fixed term contract Graphic Designer. I was solely responsible for making internal documents compliant with the new brand system, teaching the team across four offices about the use of our new assets and the importance of continuity in all communications. 
Additionally, produced written content, design for print and web, signage, project overview publications for print and web, and branding for various external client projects, like the one shown here for Bangor Township. Was the full production finisher for all printed documents, publications, and large format prints, which I produced in house. 
Related Work: Digital Illustration
Bloomfield Hills Schools | Graphic Designer
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
Feb  –April 2016
Fixed term contract Graphic Design role created to aid with the additional task load in the communications department in a time of transition from the old high school to a new building. This prestigious, private K–12 district used print and digital design output all created through the Communications Department. Responsible for creation of fliers, publications, research, writing, event photography, selecting imagery and editorial design within the Bloomfield Hills Schools Brand Standards. Tracked and updated the website and social media pages, and brought dated designs up to date with the current branding and message. Additionally responsible for projects requested by external departments including classroom learning tools for teachers, annual recreation department publication design, editorial and print production, and more.
Ann Arbor SPARK | Graphic Designer
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Oct 2015  –Feb 2016
Worked in the organisation's marketing department on a fixed term contract creating marketing collateral for both print and digital. 
Worked on additional projects for the organisation's public-private partnership brand as well as the tech-sector start-up incubator space. Was responsible for tasks in branding, social media content, copywriting, event photography, blog posts, website updates, press releases, advertisement design, publication design, and more.
OHNO Design | Graphic Design Intern
Bay City, Michigan, United States
Sept 2014  –Aug 2015
Intern working under the Creative Director, Graphic Designer, Content Copywriter, and Owner/Founders. Work experience included social media, graphic design, blog writing, content creation, and administrative tasks.
Relevant Work: Studio & Exhibition Gallery 

Midland Daily News | Freelance Journalist & Photographer
 Midland, Michigan, United States
Jan 2012  –Oct 2015
I worked as a stringer (AKA Freelancer) for the local news paper. I was responsible for full stories including interviews, reporting, attending events and photography.
Delta Collegiate Newspaper | Associate Editor
Delta College, Michigan, United States
Jan  –Dec 2014 
Associate Editor for the Student Run Newspaper. Duties included proofing and editing articles, layout design, headlines, and photo selection alongside the Editor in Chief and Faculty Supervisor. This is in addition to regular photo and copywriting assignments and full time student schedule in the Journalism Department.
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