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Person: Catherine Azzarello

Tualatin, Oregon 97062

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Catherine Azzarello

Azzcat Design

catherine@azzcatdesign.com



www.azzcatdesign.com



Custom website design & front-end development.



OBJECTIVE

My goal is to build my client base, particularly with businesses (local /nationwide) who need custom solutions for web & print, and prefer the individual attention they receive from a “hands on” designer, rather than corporate project manager. I particularly enjoy being the trusted source for clients who return again later because I “know what they want” and will deliver just the new product they need—on time and well done.



EXPERIENCE



Independent Contractor, 1992 to present:

responsible for developing logo/identity for new businesses, designing newspaper ads & signage, illustration for booklet & magazine covers, and editing/producing a monthly 8-page newsletter. Additionally, I regularly work on direct mail, booklets, invitations and posters. In recent years, web design has become a major portion of my workload where I maintain W3C standards, working with XHTML/CSS and Flash. No two projects are alike and all are treated with individual attention—without templates.



Clients include: Oregon Health & Sciences University (OR), Casey Eye Institute (OR), MyRuckus (OR), The City of Tualatin (OR), Midpen Properties (CA), Patrick J. Murphy Assoc. (PA), Class Act Events (OR), Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (OR), Young's Ice Cream & Candy Bar (CA), Espresso Lane (CA), The Garden Corner (OR), Barbarino’s Salon (OR).



Art Literacy Volunteer, Edward Byrom Elementary, Tualatin, OR, 1996-2005:

responsible for the design & installation of Byrom’s award-winning wildlife habitat (SOLV Best Youth Involvement Award, 2001), as well as gardening education for Byrom’s TAG students.



Master Gardener Volunteer, Edward Byrom Elementary, Tualatin, OR, 2001-2003:

responsible for the design and installation of Byrom’s award-winning wildlife habitat (SOLV Best Youth Involvement Award, 2001), as well as gardening education for Byrom’s TAG students.



Senior Designer, DiDonato Associates, Chicago, IL, 1989-1992:

responsible for design & illustration of a variety of print materials, including retail foodstuff packaging, corporate identity development, corporate collateral and intern training/supervision.



Clients included Rytec, La Preferida Foods, and World’s Finest Chocolate.



Design Consultant, Hewitt Associates, Lincolnshire, IL 1985-1989:

responsible for design, illustration, and production of slide presentations and design/storyboarding for video & interactive presentations. This position originated with me as the lone operator in greater Chicago of a high-end computer graphics imaging system (Via Video) for slidemaking and illustration. Part of Hewitt Associates’ contract was to serve as a beta test site for Via Video Systems, while producing slide presentations on a demanding corporate schedule. Besides initiating Hewitt Associates into the world of computer-generated graphics, I was responsible for traditional media design, production, and illustration in print, employee training, and computer file management.



Clients included many Fortune 500 companies.



Production Artist, O’Connor/Roe, Inc., Chicago, IL 1981-1985:

responsible for print production, specializing in ad & catalog work for many of Chicago’s largest ad agencies. I was well-versed in the preparation traditional of camera-ready artwork. Notable projects included ads & catalogs for Crate & Barrel and The Popcorn Factory.





Achievements & Awards:

Volunteer of the Year by The Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools (2007)

Host Garden, METRO’s “Gardens of Natural Delights” annual tour, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

This annual tour requires host to utilize natural gardening techniques, as well as educate

2nd Place in AV Video Magazine’s Computer Graphics Cover Art Contest (1989)

DESI 11 Award in Computer Graphics (1988)

Honorable Mention, Syracuse University’s “Computers & the Graphic Designer” Exhibition (1987)

3rd Place in AV Video Magazine’s International Computer Graphics Contest (1986)

Honorable Mention in Via Visual’s Computer Graphics Contest (1986)

One-Person Exhibition at Northern Illinois University (1980)

Drawing & Print Exhibition at William Rainey Harper Community College, IL (1980)



EDUCATION

Portland Community College & Lynda.com online training in SEO, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, 2006, 2007

Portland Community College class in garden design & illustration, 2000

Master Gardener, Oregon State University Extension Program, 2001

Evanston Art League classes in figure drawing/painting, Evanston, IL, 1995, 1996

DGEF seminars in production techniques, typography, & calligraphy, Chicago, 1985, 1986, 1987

American Academy of Art class in computer graphics, Chicago 1985

Via Video class in computer graphics, Chicago 1984

Graduate work in art history, serigraphy, NIU, DeKalb, IL, 1980-81

BFA in Drawing & Painting, Magna cum Laude, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1980



SKILLS

Web: XHTML & CSS hand coding, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop CS3

Print: InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat, Photoshop CS3; CorelDraw X3

Platforms: Mac OSX & Windows

Traditional: drawing & painting (various media), serigraphy, linocut & collage

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