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Education
TAFE Armidale - February 2010 - December 2010

Diploma - Graphic Design

My Diploma developed my conceptual skills and knowledge of design theory. I obtained an advanced understanding of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and was recommended by my teacher as a tutor for other students.

TAFE Armidale - February 2009 - December 2009

Certificate IV - Graphic Design

This course gave me a solid understanding of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop while developing my conceptual design skills. I was taught brand development and maintenance, correct typography practices, typesetting, digital painting, photo editing, designing for print and how to prepare documents for print.

TAFE Armidale - February 2007 - December 2007

Certificate III - Business Administration

This course made me proficient at producing workplace documentation using Microsoft Office, data entry, using business equipment, Occupational Health & Safety, bookkeeping, time management and effective work practices. I also completed advanced medical terminology as an extension of this course.

Design Experience
Núcleo Marketing Agency - May 2019 - September 2019 

Graphic Designer - Armidale, Australia - Full Time

  • Website design, collaborating with the web development team.

  • Design for print; books, information graphics.

  • Social media campaigns; conceptualisation, graphics, copy writing, scheduling.

  • Web content management and implementation using WordPress, bugtests.

  • Copywriting/editing and meta content writing.

SCM Insurance Services - February 2013 - June 2015

Graphic Designer - Edmonton, Canada - Full Time

  • Creating new, and updating existing marketing materials.

  • ​Brand design for new products and services.

  • Developing visuals for email marketing, web and software applications.

  • Infographic development.

  • Design for branded merchandise.
  • Designing brochures, flyers, booklets, invitations and more!

Sunne Printing Services - April 2011 - May 2012

Graphic Designer - Taree, Australia - Full Time

  • Created design for print, from brief to finished art.

  • Conceptualised original design for a diverse range of printed pieces.

  • Recreated design from supplied hard copies and followed existing style guides.

  • Researched and implemented new procedures to boost productivity.

  • Operated commercial digital printers.

  • Consulted in-house offset press operators to achieve optimum production results.

Kate the Designer - 2010 - present

Freelance Graphic Designer - Everywhere

  • Working with business owners around the world to find creative design solutions.

Non-design experience
This has inspired and moulded me into the well-rounded designer/human I am today:

Ski Japan - Northern Hemisphere Winters 2016/17 & 17/18

Receptions Team Leader - Niseko, Japan - Full Time

  • Led 6 staff to successfully run 2 hotel reception desks.

  • Planned and executed pre-season training for operations and locale familiarisation.

  • Led by example in providing top-notch service to international guests.

  • Utilised Google Docs and proprietary software for a variety of tasks.

  • Received Booking.com Guest Review Awards for both our hotels.

Peace House Hostels - May 2017 - November 2018

Hostel Manager - Osaka, Japan - Full Time

  • Oversaw the general day to day operations of a 70 bed Japanese hostel.

  • Managed 8-10 staff; roster construction, training, team building and motivation.

  • Created fun, interactive processes, procedures and signage.

  • Made sure we didn't run out of the essentials.

  • Event planning for guests and staff. Always there to kick karaoke night off!

Treble Cone Ski Resort - Southern Hemisphere Winter 2016

Barista - Wanaka, New Zealand - Full Time

  • Crafted fantastic espresso coffee for caffeine craving powder hounds.

  • Remembered regular customers by name, number of sugars and favourite cookie.

  • Ensured everyone left the coffee booth smiling.