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Contact Info

JR Prospal

614.440.5802

Summary

In my nearly twenty years in the graphics industry I have fulfilled roles from production to creative in fast-paced environments and self-direction equally with assuredness and a high level of technical skill. I do not settle for minimums in my work any more than you should. I am seeking to be part of a design and business mission to save the world, or at least make it look and work better.

Education

Continuous
I read trade journals, design webblogs, marketing, design and technical books as much as possible in my spare time seeking "best practices" to incorporate into my craft and share with others. Experiences, relationships and the surrounding environment provide constant education, which directly affect and enhance my work.

Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Associate in Specialized Technology Degree Majored in Visual Communications Coursework included Advertising Design, Illustration, Typography, Photography and technical skills.

The Navicor Group

Internal courses on topics of oncology disease states, adverse events, chemotherapy, and targeted therapies for current and prospective clients.

Affiliations

Central Ohio Macromedia Users Group (COMMUG)
http://www.commug.org/
Active member of online technical support community with other experts, designers, developers, and users as well as attend seminars and lectures. Organized ‘Shop Talk’ informal meetings for members to meet face-to-face.

Columbus Society of Communication Arts
http://www.cscarts.org/
Attend seminars and network with Columbus' premier group of talent.

CSS-Discuss E-mail Mailing List
http://www.css-discuss.org/
Member of online support and discussion group devoted to practical uses and applications of CSS web authoring.

Skills:

Adept in the following applications:

  • Adobe Photoshop (CS3) retouching and rendering
  • Adobe InDesign (CS3)
  • Adobe Illustrator (CS3)
  • Acrobat Pro (CS3) interactive navigation and forms
  • Macromedia Freehand 10
  • QuarkXPress 6
  • Hand-coding (X)HTML/CSS web layouts, 13 years

Experienced in the following applications:

  • Macromedia Flash (keyframing)
  • Large miscellany of shareware and freeware to enhance productivity and creativity.

Employment History

02.08-current

The Navicor Group (an inVentiv health company), Westerville, OH

Presentation Specialist

I work closely with core teams to help elevate communications for internal and external audiences. These communications include proposals, pitches, capabilities, scopes and creative delivery. This entails developing information graphics, PowerPoint templates and animations, leave behinds and the packaging of presentations.

  • For larger projects I lead a presentation team managing resources, materials and time.
  • I am proficient in both Mac and PC versions of PowerPoint along with Apple Keynote and interactive PDFs.
  • For our internal creative staff I have led a PowerPoint class as well as one-on-one instruction.
  • I research, report on, and implement current and future trends in both verbal and slide-driven presentations.
  • As an expert in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat, I also provide solutions, executions and instruction to various teams within the organization.
  • As needed I also create keyframe Flash animations, websites, and html emails.
  • I regularly participate in agency charity events and often feed my co-workers as an amateur chef.

11.06-02.08

The Navicor Group (an inVentiv health company), Westerville, OH

Associate Art Director/Art Director

Effectively implement layout and design solutions, following the direction of the team Associate Creative Director, Group Art Supervisor using computer and/or traditional production skills in a full service pharmaceutical advertising agency specializing in oncology and immunology.

  • Developed an understanding of the science and market dynamics of assigned product(s) via internals classes and self study.
  • Assisted in preparing materials necessary for client presentations and new business pitches.
  • Developed the ability to communicate knowledge of assigned product(s).
  • Assisted in workload management when needed.

11.99-7.05

Sevell+Sevell, Inc., Columbus, OH

Senior Designer/Art Director

  • Design of website and print media, and the coordination of projects through completion.
  • Build relationships and work with clients such as Duffy Homes’ print advertising; logotypes and collateral for Dominion Homes; brochures and trade show displays with Sunpower, Inc., and bi-annual mailers for the National Restaurant Association.
  • Provide knowledge and resource in all aspects of web design, including estimating, recommending hosting, and domain management.
  • Function as Project Manager, coordinating and -recruiting programmers and other team members, for web-based projects which included Duffy Homes, Rickenbacker International Airport, Floyd Browne Group, Lorz Communications, and Tobacco-Free Ohio.
  • Administrate and troubleshoot network of Macintosh workstations, as well as maintain daily backups. Create organizational databases to track projects and schedules.
  • Responsible for the design and maintenance of company website.
  • Work miracles as necessary.

6.90-5.99

GTR Advertising, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Art Director

  • Art Director managing two other designers in a very high-volume environment.
  • Designer of recruitment advertising presentations, collateral pieces, trade and display ads for companies such as Applied Innovations, Allied Signal, Avery, Bank One, Wendy’s, and The Limited.
  • Self-taught in HTML, began creating client profiles as a new revenue stream and worked on GTR website.
  • Achieved high proficiency in Macintosh applications such as PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Photoshop, FreeHand, Adobe Acrobat and FileMaker.
  • Also learned to maintain, troubleshoot and backup Macintosh workstations and network.