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Delivering great design to happy clients over 25 years

Ottawa-based, fluently bilingual Senior Graphic Designer Christopher Heaney with over twenty-five years industry experience in print and digital mediums (including AODA / WCAG accessibility). Extensive background in concept development; art direction, magazine and publication layout; and web design for various industries including: academic, commercial, retail, professional, high-tech, charitable, retirement and hospitality.

Also loves animals, especially rescues; Montréal Canadiens and Ottawa Redblacks fan; and Liverpool FC supporter.

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My Résumé

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Self-Assessment

A fluently bilingual, Mac-based, Senior Graphic Designer with twenty-five of industry experience in print and digital mediums, including WCAG accessible / AODA-compliant digital content. Extensive background in concept development; art direction / publication layout; and web design for various industries including: academic, commercial, retail, professional, high-tech, charitable, retirement and hospitality.

Knowledge

Extensive knowledge of Adobe products (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, XD); Microsoft products; Content Management Systems (WordPress); text editors (VS Code, Atom, Sublime); HTML, CSS, SASS, search engine optimization, sFTP and cloud technologies (FileZilla, Cyberduck, Transmit, DropBox, Google Drive); AODA / WCAG accessibility (PDF documents and web).

Work Experience

Graphic Designer (casual)

Carleton University (Ottawa ON)

November 2019 to present

Providing professional graphic design services to internal and external University clients. Such aspects include: concept development; logo and brand development; publication layout and AAA-rated accessible digital documents.

Senior Graphic Designer

Simzer Design Inc. (Ottawa ON)

2006 to 2021 (14+ years)

Responsibilities: Concept development for high-tech; academic; residential development; retirement and hospitality industries and associations; creative strategy; client interaction in both official languages (English and French); magazine and publication layout & production, including AAA-rated AODA-compliant accessible PDFs; sourcing of external suppliers; print-management (brand standards, paper specification, proof inspection, on-site press-checks); ad creation; web design and production (WordPress / HTML / CSS / SEO); social media marketing; website and blog maintenance / optimization; and third-party technical liaison.

Software and tools used: Mac OS; Adobe CC (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat); Microsoft (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, VS Code, Teams); WordPress; HTML; CSS; SASS; sFTP; cPanel; Harvest; BaseCamp; Trello; Google (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Meetings); Cloud storage (DropBox; Drive; etc.).

Art Director / Graphic Designer / Webmaster

St. Joseph Media Inc. (Ottawa ON)

2003 to 2006 (2.5 years)

Art director, graphic designer, and webmaster for several local high-quality publications such as Ottawa Magazine, Destination Planner’s Guide, Visitor’s Guide (for both Ottawa Tourism and Tourisme Outaouais), and the National Arts Centre’s (NAC) Prélude Magazine, as well as frequent photo-shoot creative direction; ad creation; production; preflight under tight deadlines; proof sign-off and press-checks.

Graphic Designer

ArTemp Personnel (Ottawa ON)

2002 to 2003 (11 months)

Contract work for the Canadian Museum of Civilization and several local design studios.

Instructor: Publication layout and production

La Cité collégiale (Ottawa ON)

2002 (1 semester)

Delivering relevant graphic design knowledge and software (QuarkXPress 4.11, Adobe Photoshop 6, Illustrator 9, Mac and PC platforms) and instruction of Annual Report, magazine, and publication design, layout and pre-press file preparation in a francophone environment at the college.

Graphic Designer

Venture Communications Inc. (Ottawa ON)

2000 to 2001 (1 year)

Duties as a designer included concept development; client meetings; design and production for print and web; project-management; search engine positioning and optimization; press-checks and proof sign-off; illustration, and photography.

Education

La Cité collégiale: Diplôme en Conception graphique (Graphic Design), 1996–98

E.S. De La Salle: OSSD, 1988–93

Security Clearance

Reliability Status (through Nortak Software Ltd, 2012)

Level II Secret Clearance (through ArTemp Personnel, 2003)

References

Available on request

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for.”

– Milton Glaser