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Deborah Sherwin

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  • Kym Abrams Design

    Graphic Designer

    chicago, il • september 2007–SEPTEMBER 2013

    Developed design concepts and strategic messaging for clients in Education, Healthcare, Arts and Social Justice. Collaborated with the creative director and an editorial director as part of tightly integrated project teams. Managed concepts from editorial discussion, to presentation, to execution, through full production (print and web). Deliverables range from publications and identities, to websites and branded campaigns. Responsibilities also included account management, acting as primary contact for multiple ongoing clients, such as Heartland Alliance, The Joyce Foundation, Macarthur Foundation, Chicago-Kent School of Law, Chicago Family Health Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Harris Theater and Music of the Baroque. Project-based management included creation and oversight of budgets and schedules, selection of vendors, coordination and direction of photoshoots, quality control, and delegation of tasks to junior staff. Established office social media presence.

  • Trillium Creative

    Graphic Design Intern

    chicago, il • july 2007–september 2007

    Worked one-on-one with principal to concept and design identity systems and print collateral. Clients ranged from financial to arts and non-profit.

  • 50,000 feet

    Graphic Design Intern

    chicago, il • may–august 2006

    Designed bmw and mini corporate publications. Collaborated with art director and writer on concept development.

  • Visual Communications Research Studio

    washington university • january–may 2007

    Student team researched and designed a social marketing campaign for the Healthy Youth Partnership.

  • AIGA Member

    october 2005–present


  • Proficient in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, Muse, Word, Powerpoint, art direction, print production, font and file management

  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS and Flash.

  • Additional studies in Integrated Marketing Communications and French.

Conferences & Hackathons

  • Geeks Without Bounds: Everyone Hacks Chicago

    chicago, il • 2013

    Part of winning team that conceived a data visualization tool for the Red Cross, and was accepted to the Geeks Without Bounds accelerator program.

  • Moxie Conference

    chicago, il • 2013

Publications & Exhibitions

  • Graphis 100 Best Annual Reports

    2011, 2012, 2013
  • Graphis Poster Annual

  • Graphis Design Annual

  • STA Archive

    2007, 2010
  • Adobe Muse Site of the Day

    november 28, 2012
  • AIGA Snapshot

  • Bright Ideas in Graphic Design

    2011 • by d. carter
  • AIGA 12 Show

    mad art gallery • st. louis, mo • april 6–11 2007
  • Graphic Design Portfolio Strategies for Print and Digital Media

    2009 • by h. linton, r. rowe and g. will
  • Washington University Magazine

    st. louis, mo • fall 2007
  • Washington University Special Collections

    st. louis, mo • may 2007
  • Exhibition of Books

    st. louis artist’s guild • april 13–25 2007


  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Art

    BFA Visual Communications and Art History

    st. louis, mo • august 2003–may 2007

    Graduated as Eliot Scholar, with GPA of 3.70 and 7 semesters on Dean’s List.

  • University of South Florida School of Art

    paris, france • june 2005

    Summer in Paris program

  • Btzalel Award for Leadership in the Arts

    washington university • april 19 2007

    Awarded by St. Louis Hillel

  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars

    september 2004–present

References available upon request