Mash-up of QA/test engineer and process/systems czar, with years as an award-winning art/creative director and at the helm of a print & digital production studio. I’m a relentless, meticulous, curious and competent problem-solving technology fanatic committed to the making of great stuff. I have 20+ years of experience working in the fast and fluid environments of small ad agencies and dev shops.
Experience & Capabilities
Graphic Design/Art Direction
My origin is as a designer, which steered me toward advertising, an industry I worked in for over 20 years. The work directly below represents my time as an art director and creative director, as well as freelance projects, both print and digital.
Front-End QA & Technical PM—and More
I’ve managed the development of many types of digital projects. I’ve done QA planning, testing and issue logging & tracking, and regularly created, optimized and edited assets for WordPress, Drupal, Magento e-commerce and hand-coded sites, marketing emails, landing pages and display advertising. I’ve transcoded and subtitled video content, generated animated SVG graphics and optimized media. I can spin up a server, create, update and migrate a WordPress site, track dev with Github and edit DNS records.
I’ve coordinated the work of internal, off-site, and contract developers and animators to produce and QA countless HTML emails and scores of Flash display ads, then subsequently managed the transition to HTML5 display when Flash support was discontinued—and QA’d those, too. I’m a very hands-on troubleshooting partner and love jumping into code when the opportunity arises.
In a nutshell, I step up. If I don’t already know how to do it, I learn — even if that means learning the ins and outs of managing an entire Linux-based marketing intelligence platform when I had to, or taking over dev duties and authoring and/or maintaining content for websites and emails myself.
Print/Direct Mail/Digital Marketing Production
With years of experience as a working manager of a fast-paced production studio, I know my way around specs, mechs, and comps — as well as production artists — who are a breed unto themselves. I’ve managed internal resources and external contractors, maintaining a tight grip on quality control, as the bi-directional conduit in and out of the production studio. As is often the case of production gurus, I’ve also anchored the creation, documentation, maintenance and policing of agency workflows and processes.
QA/PM/Print Production work samples
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