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About me

My name is Gary Sharp and I have over 30 years of experience in graphic design, web design, animation and video editing.

I am a Digital Designer with a passion for building projects that promote community and help small businesses thrive.

My goal is to help small businesses thrive in todays market. Over the past three years the world has seen many changes in how we do business. Small businesses are struggling or dying now more than ever. I want to help serve the community by delivering affordable, quality graphic design specifically to those small business.

I have an extensive background in graphic design and marketing that spans over 30 years and I believe that everyone deserves an equal place in todays market.

Call or email me today and lets develop a plan to help your business grow.

My Resume

Video Editor

Love A Child, Inc.

03/2021 – 10/2022

  • Edited video by adding graphics, titles, audio and special effects.
  • Reviewed video and selected best footage for storytelling.
  • Analyzed video content for quality control and editorial corrections.
  • Managed graphics, sound, music and color corrections for documentary/fundraising style videos.
  • Completed sound design, sequence selection and compression for post-production purposes.
  • Checked video for corruption and confirmed media rendered correctly.
  • Transformed footage and assets to create compelling documentary/fundraising videos and content.
  • Uploaded final cuts to content management systems and client platforms.
  • Collaborated with creative team and director to align editing approach with artistic vision.
  • Facilitated projects and contributed to every stage of video and film production.
  • Provided onsite event editing to create quality media content and accommodate tight deadlines.
  • Implemented keyframe animations effectively within content to drive intended narrative.
  • Oversaw editing of motion design and visual effects to deliver campaigns and network brand identities in line with specific goals.
  • Coordinated scheduling and task delegation for video editing team members.
  • Incorporated feedback in workflow process to deliver global consistency across work.
  • Liaised with editorial personnel to create and produce digital and marketing content and promo development.
  • Partnered with marketers and developers to write, direct and edit engaging commercial videos.
  • Created multimedia content for social media, digital advertising, marketing videos and customer help videos.
  • Watched films and helped select clips, observing and assisting editing process.

Graphic Designer/Press Operator/Video Editor

Direct Impressions

10/2017 – 12/2020

  • Developed website layouts, templates and unique branded looks for all projects.
  • Determined marketing and design vision with clients for all types of graphic design projects.
  • Formatted designs and media for print and web applications to deliver production ready graphics.
  • Leveraged graphic design expertise to produce email blasts, catalogs, posters and other promotional materials.
  • Designed print materials such as brochures, banners and signs.
  • Oversaw all product development processes from concept to completion, including product design, print design and marketing collateral.
  • Worked with customers to present mockups and collect information for adjustments.
  • Created prototypes and mockups of products using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator.
  • Oversaw editing of motion design and visual effects to deliver campaigns and network brand identities in line with specific goals.
  • Performed all aspects of post-production, including sound design, sequence selection and compression.
  • Maintained adequate productivity by setting and enforcing deadlines.
  • Managed paper, ink and printing supplies, placing orders to replenish inventory.
  • Examined printed copy for correct ink density, position on paper and registration.
  • Jogged and stacked paper by delivering blank or partially printed stock to equipment.
  • Measured paper thickness and adjusted space between blanket and impression cylinders.
  • Adhered to allocated budgets by collecting time projections and reporting changes during creative implementation.
  • Collaborated with technicians to diagnose equipment breakdowns and address quality issues.
  • Properly handled hazardous waste materials to uphold safety regulations.
  • Monitored time and performance standards and reduced waste and spoilage during run mode.
  • Improved operations by working with team members and customers to find workable solutions.
  • Edited video by adding graphics, titles, audio and special effects.
  • Reviewed video and selected best footage for storytelling.
  • Analyzed video content for quality control and editorial corrections.
  • Managed graphics, sound, music and color corrections for [Type] videos.
  • Completed sound design, sequence selection and compression for post-production purposes.
  • Checked video for corruption and confirmed media rendered correctly.
  • Transformed footage and assets to create compelling [Type] videos and content.
  • Uploaded final cuts to content management systems and client platforms.
  • Collaborated with creative team and director to align editing approach with artistic vision.
  • Facilitated projects and contributed to every stage of video and film production.
  • Implemented keyframe animations effectively within content to drive intended narrative.
  • Incorporated feedback in workflow process to deliver global consistency across work.
  • Liaised with editorial personnel to create and produce digital and marketing content and promo development.
  • Partnered with marketers and developers to write, direct and edit engaging commercial videos.
  • Pitched ideas, developed concepts and produced online content to develop brand content.
  • Created multimedia content for social media, digital advertising, marketing videos and customer help videos.

Managing Partner

Markit Group

03/2016 – 09/2017

  • Balanced corporate management with day-to-day procedures and overseeing a staff of 4 people.
  • Developed and implemented process improvements and key business procedures.
  • Established organizational vision and developed strategies to achieve sales, profit and loss and customer service goals.
  • Used Adobe inDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator to create images and layouts.
  • Generated digital image files for use in digital and traditional printing.
  • Determined marketing and design vision with clients for all types of graphic design projects.
  • Formatted designs and media for print and web applications to deliver production ready graphics.
  • Prepared branding packages for multiple new product lines, including point of purchase displays, marketing materials and product packages.
  • Designed new, on-brand visual elements focusing on concept and messaging.
  • Created corporate brands by designing cohesive looks between elements such as logos and letterheads.
  • Leveraged media and graphic design expertise to develop engaging marketing and
    promotional materials, including flyers and advertisements to generate new sales revenues and grow customer base.
  • Submitted design ideas to plan projects with customers and managers.
  • Worked with customers to present mockups and collect information for adjustments.
  • Designed, produced and coordinated manufacturing of inline items and small retail consumer goods.
  • Utilized knowledge of production to create high quality images.
  • Created prototypes and mockups of products using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Selected colors and themes while adding functionality to create new designs.
  • Directed advertisement, trade show banner and signage projects from conceptualization to final delivery.

Graphic/Web Designer

Spiro & Associates

07/2012 – 03/2016

  • Balanced corporate management with day-to-day procedures and overseeing a staff of 4 people.
  • Developed and implemented process improvements and key business procedures.
  • Established organizational vision and developed strategies to achieve sales, profit and loss and customer service goals.
  • Used Adobe inDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator to create images and layouts.
  • Generated digital image files for use in digital and traditional printing.
  • Determined marketing and design vision with clients for all types of graphic design projects.
  • Formatted designs and media for print and web applications to deliver production ready graphics.
  • Prepared branding packages for multiple new product lines, including point of purchase displays, marketing materials and product packages.
  • Designed new, on-brand visual elements focusing on concept and messaging.
  • Created corporate brands by designing cohesive looks between elements such as logos and letterheads.
  • Leveraged media and graphic design expertise to develop engaging marketing and
    promotional materials, including flyers and advertisements to generate new sales revenues and grow customer base.
  • Submitted design ideas to plan projects with customers and managers.
  • Worked with customers to present mockups and collect information for adjustments.
  • Designed, produced and coordinated manufacturing of inline items and small retail consumer goods.
  • Utilized knowledge of production to create high quality images.
  • Created prototypes and mockups of products using Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Selected colors and themes while adding functionality to create new designs.
  • Directed advertisement, trade show banner and signage projects from conceptualization to final delivery.

 

Owner Operator

Simply Sharp Design

01/2010 – 03/2012

  • Devised and implemented marketing strategies to attract new clients.
  • Updated financial accounts with current revenue and expense data and quickly resolved discrepancies to maintain compliance.
  • Calculated net income and adjusted strategies to increase income and bottom-line profits.
  • Monitored market conditions to set accurate pricing structures and take advantage of emerging trends.
  • Produced multiple projects for advertising and informational purposes.
  • Utilized knowledge of production to create high quality images.
  • Generated digital image files for use in digital and traditional printing.
  • Designed print materials such as brochures, banners and signs.
  • Worked with customers to present mockups and collect information for adjustments.
  • Created corporate brands by designing cohesive looks between elements such as logos and letterheads.
  • Submitted design ideas to plan projects with customers and managers.
  • Developed website layouts, templates and unique branded looks for multiple projects.
  • Leveraged media and graphic design expertise to develop engaging marketing and promotional materials, including flyers and advertisements to generate new sales revenues and grow customer base.
  • Established organizational vision and developed strategies to achieve sales, profit and loss and customer service goals.
  • Designed new, on-brand visual elements focusing on concept and messaging.
  • Formatted designs and media for print and web applications to deliver production ready graphics.
  • Determined marketing and design vision with clients for all types of graphic design projects.
  • Performed artistic project, exhibit scheduling and artist interface duties effectively without supervision.
  • Drove business growth and community visibility through implementation of targeted marketing and sales strategies.
  • Prioritized graphic workload and effectively coordinated multiple projects.
  • Recommended techniques, methods and media best suited to produce desired visual effects.
  • Consistently adhered to all internal delivery schedules.
  • Produced packaging for domestic markets.
  • Assisted in developing and maintaining user-friendly websites.
  • Addressed client concerns and worked together to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
  • Translated prototypes and PSDs into launch-ready, pixel-perfect formats.
  • Met with commission clients to gain agreement on artistic project goals, parameters and financial considerations.
  • Adhered to all corporate brand guidelines when preparing graphic materials.
  • Contributed ideas during strategic and conceptual brainstorming sessions.
  • Supported production of various proposal volumes under tight time constraints.
  • Planned and produced marketing materials, including catalogs, handbooks and charts.
  • Fostered productive, professional working relationships with fellow craftspeople, vendors and media representatives.
  • Created all communications collateral, including web pages, brochures and fliers.

Lead Web Developer

Priority Marketing

01/2000 – 12/2010

  • Created landing pages, dashboards and web applications using Dreamweaver and HTML and PHP programming languages.
  • Designed visual and graphic images to use on multiple platforms.
  • Designed site layouts and user interfaces using best practices and Dreamweaver.
  • Validated code for proper structuring, security and compatibility with different browsers, devices or operating systems.
  • Determined project technical needs and coordinated specifications and requirements.
  • Gathered, defined and translated client requirements into product stories and actionable tasks.
  • Troubleshot, tested and remedied identified issues before software deployment.
  • Delivered end-user training allowing staff to make easy updates and maintenance to website without developer assistance.
  • Determined job priorities for multiple projects and communicated sequencing, priorities and timelines to entire team.
  • Participated in pre-project analysis and technical assessments to develop user-friendly interface and correct functionality to meet business objectives.
  • Translated concepts into user flows, wireframes, mockups and prototypes to promote positive intuitive designs, site interactions and user experiences.
  • Established hosting for each website and completed go-live process by uploading sites to host account.
  • Defined and conducted design processes at all stages, including research, conceptualization, testing and implementation.
  • Coded user-customizable applications to convert raw data from design engine to easily understandable graphical formats.
  • Completed design projects to meet budget, equipment, performance and legal requirements.
  • Redesigned sites to enhance navigation and improve visual appeal.

Graphic Designer/
Pre-Press Lead

Direct Impressions

04/2004 – 12/2009

  • Designed new, on-brand visual elements focusing on concept and messaging.
  • Formatted designs and media for print and web applications to deliver production ready graphics.
  • Generated digital image files for use in digital and traditional printing.
  • Determined marketing and design vision with clients for all types of graphic design projects.
  • Adjusted images sizes and selected fonts for multiple projects.
  • Developed website layouts, templates and unique branded looks for multiple projects.
  • Submitted design ideas to plan projects with customers and managers.
  • Designed and artistically configured prepress projects using layout programs, including Adobe inDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw.
  • Analyzed and solved digital file issues and software and hardware challenges associated with prepress and printing.
  • Created and formatted newsletters, promotional documents and other projects based on design ideas or rough samples proposed by clients.
  • Communicated printing project requirements verbally and in writing with clients and staff members to verify clarity and full customer satisfaction with results.
  • Received and reviewed client project specifications, quoted price and delivery and invoiced.
  • Inspected, maintained and repaired printing cameras and presses to avoid equipment malfunction.
  • Managed hard copy and electronic art and data files, verifying file availability to correct staff members or clients when required.
  • Coordinated workflow and scheduling of printing projects including, proofing, reviews, approvals and submittals.
  • Collaborated with vendors on projects fully or partially contracted out and verified deliverables met or exceeded internal standards.
  • Selected printing format and layout, prepared text and images for final print run and set up presses.
  • Handled troubleshooting tasks regarding all prepress equipment to resolve issues quickly and avoid downtime.

Recent Work

Direct Impressions Corporate brochure

Disinfectant Doctors Corporate Brochure

Direct Impressions Infographic Mailer

Direct Impressions Menu Direct Mail Catalog

 

Direct Impressions Website Design

Comic Impressions Website Design

 

Diana Tordova – Motion Graphics

Love A Child – Editing and
Motion Graphics

Sparkle Brite Car Wash Logo

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