Intelligent Design

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Portfolio

Illustrated Infographic

Illustrated Infographic

Researched, visualized, and illustrated the story of the importance of reading early and often to children.

ITU Web Site

ITU Web Site

Redesigned the main web presence for the ITU to be more visually-pleasing and customer oriented.

ACCS Conference Posters

Conference Posters

Prepared conference collateral for the Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia.

Dulles Day Festival Banner

Dulles Day Festival Collateral

Energized the look of the annual Dulles Day Festival & Plane Pull for the Special Olympics of Virginia.

Unstress CD Cover

Unstress CD Cover Concept

Imagined a company and a product to quickly and easily allow busy, over-worked people to destress.

Confucius Institute at Mason 5th Anniversary Book

5th Anniversary Book

Showcased the work that the Confucius Institute at Mason has accomplished in their first five years (view book).

DC.gov web site concept

DC.gov web site concept

Reorganized and enhanced the DC.gov web site to be more visually powerful as well as user- and mobile-friendly.

Illustrated Story

Illustrated Story

Conceptualized Mark Twain's classic "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" as a comic strip.

Multi-Language Poster

Multi-Language Poster

Created a series of posters celebrating the poetry of Chinese, German, and American cultures for the annual event.

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

Conceived, wrote, illustrated, and hand-crafted an accordian-fold book to "thank the waves."

Menu Redesign

Menu Redesign Concept

Prepared a new logo, reorganized, and redesigned the takeout menu for a local Thai restaurant.

Band Poster

Concert Poster concept

Designed a poster for screen-printing to promote a concert by the band The Gaslight Anthem.

 

 

 

 

About


With a technical background in environmental science and a flair for design, I'm uniquely qualified to help your organization achieve its creative goals. I offer an international perspective to design, having lived and worked overseas for more than two years. My clients appreciate my unique approach, dedication to quality, work speed, and affable personality.

 

My background and training has given me the rare ability to transform technically complex, difficult to understand messages into digestible bits to empower and educate consumers.

 

My design work is as varied as my customers. I design for the brand—whether it be classic and simple, playful, or imaginative. With a million different influences constantly bombarding our senses for attention, my goal has always been to employ a method to catch the eye so that people will stop, look, and learn.

Resume


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experience

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
George Mason University // Fairfax, VA / Arlington, VA // November 2005–present

  • Design and manage communications campaigns for Information Technology Services (ITS) to promote IT services to our customers. Campaigns include communicating difficult, complex, and technical messages to the university faculty, staff, and students.
  • Create the brand and marketing collateral for the Confucius Institute at Mason, guiding the communications for the institute during its first five years.
  • Prepare collateral material for various programs, including writing/designing articles, banners, branding guidelines, brochures, posters, email postcards, flyers, instructional sheets, web sites, and a range of other items.
  • Redesign ITS web sites to improve the site’s functionality, intuitivity, and accessibility.
  • Build web sites in a web content management system and train users in how to update those web sites.
  • Manage web content and messaging for several ITS sites.
  • Promote and graphically-enhance activities of various organizations that Mason is involved with, including the Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia.

COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Worldwide Fund for Nature -- Indochina Programme // Hanoi, Vietnam // 2003–2005

  • Developed and managed the web site and trained several staff in web site maintenance.
  • Prepared collateral materials for the communications unit, including newsletters, press releases, brochures, and other publications for effective community outreach and education across Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

ENERGY ANALYST
KEMA-XENERGY // Burlington, MA // 2000–2004

  • Created marketing materials for corporate business development and the company’s searchable energy market database.
  • Provided program development, logistical, and outreach support to the State of New York to promote energy efficiency awareness amongst various local industries. Developed brochures and web sites to support the effort.
  • Conducted in-depth research on electricity and gas utility industry restructuring, energy-related products and services markets, energy efficiency programs, and consumer awareness campaigns in numerous U.S. states.

RESEARCH ANALYST, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES DIVISION
Aspen Systems Corporation // Rockville, MD // 1998–2000

  • Provided technical support to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® programs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s programs to encourage energy efficiency in public housing, and the Department of Energy.

NATURAL RESOURCES SPECIALIST, ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING DIVISION
Tams Consultants, Inc. // Arlington, VA // 1997–1998

  • Conducted reviews of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments for U.S. Government agencies. Performed extensive research on U.S. environmental laws and the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of proposed military/federal actions.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION SPECIALIST
Vista Computer Services Inc. // Bethesda, MD // 1996–1997

  • Conducted public outreach for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics to promote public understanding of the dangers associated with lead paint.
  • Planned and facilitated regional conferences.

INTERN/ANALYST
U.S. Department of State // Washington, DC // 1996

  • Assisted and supported the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in their efforts to promote global climate change stabilization.

education

MA, Graphic Design // George Mason University // December 2015 (expected)

BS, Natural Environmental Sciences // Mary Washington College // May 1996

 

honors & memberships

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • AIGA—the professional association for design
  • EDUCAUSE

design skills

Proficient in:

  • Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver)
  • HTML/CSS
  • CommonSpot CMS
  • Microsoft Office

Contact


Address: Arlington, VA

Phone: 1 703 473 7505

Skype: kerin.seward

Email: design@kerinseward.com

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