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Stephen LaFrance

Graphic Designer

503/351-4664
www.lafrancestephen.com
lafrancestephen@hotmail.com

Professional Summary
There are three kinds of creatives: The Sporadic making progress in fits and starts, The Procrastinators who say they do their best work at the last minute, and The Methodical who meticulously march through the work.

I am a member of the last group meaning that I take an analytical approach to my work. Understanding the motivations and goals of each project as well as the target audience drive my process. While it’s not as flashy it ensures that the project gets done right and on time.

Experience

LaFrance Graphic Design
Lead Designer
2008 – Current
Beaverton, OR

Key project achievements
• Create multiple concepts for new User Interface, deliver production files as well as guide the organization and structure of the interface as it was developed.
• Design graphics for company events, apply the graphic theme to collateral ranging from posters to invitations to books with 50 to 200 pages.
• Develop and update style guides for brand applications, User Interface design and development as well as Industrial Design.
The work at Tektronix is as varied as the electrical signals its products detect. Any given day can include creating from scratch, or updating an existing product’s exterior labeling, collaborating on new product designs, updating user interface components within legacy architecture, working with implementation teams on new user interfaces created with contemporary programing architecture, reviewing vendor pad or screen printed samples for color accuracy and printing quality, performing point of contact duties for each internal division that needs design work, maintaining consistency within and defending brand integrity, creating new imagery for the marketing department, updating and maintaining department production records, meeting with product owners to find and review their goals for a project, illustrating technical/mechanical/theoretical concepts, and managing deadlines. The one constant is the directive that anything and everything that customers associate with the Tektronix brand be of the highest quality possible.

Lucid Inc.
Intern
10/2007 – 12/2007
Portland, OR
The bread and butter of Lucid was package design. The days there were filled with learning to understand client style guides, to then create packaging based on client specifications, updating flat designs based on the client feedback and finally forwarding the design to manufacturing, all while creating new and unique designs.

Wells Fargo Bank
Document Specialist
2005 –2012
Beaverton, OR
Created production tracking system for team of 20-40 people, forecasted expected output based on individual processes. Maintained and updated established tracking systems for regulation compliance and review. Analyzed processes for the division to identify areas of potential improvement, submitted change proposals, and modified established processes.

Encompass TeleServices
Evening Shift Manager
2003-2004
Beaverton, OR
Oversaw call floor of 50-200 agents to coordinate adequate coverage. Tracked and evaluated Key Point Indicators for the call center. Ensured that company goals were met at the team and center level.

Education

2005 – 2008
The Art Institute of Portland Portland, OR
Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design

2003
Portland State University Portland, OR
Urban and Regional Planning program

1995 – 1999
University of Idaho Moscow, ID
Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture

Software/Skills

Client engagement
Project management
Art direction
Digital photography
Microsoft Suite–Excel, Word, Powerpoint, LiveMeeting, VBA
Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Creative Suite–Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver
HTML
Wordpress
Apple Audio/Video Suite-GarageBand, iMovieAutoCAD
Quark Express
Freehand MX