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I am a cross-media applications designer/developer (Web, mobile, video, audio, interactive, print) with broad expertise in creating concepts, production design, management of user interface and user experience solutions, client-facing web and interactive media applications for corporate branding and marketing communications strategies and products. Expertise working with Adobe Color Prepress/Offset Technologies and Adobe’s Master Collection suite of multimedia applications and Creative Cloud versions (Mac/PC).  

Wire frame and prototyping experience accrued via Illustrator, FreeHand, Draw, Omnigraffle, Axure RP, Prototyper Pro, iRISE, CSS Edit, BB Edit, PHP Coder, DreamWeaver, GoLive, Expression Web, SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, PhotoShop, FireWorks, Painter, Live Picture, Live Motion, Flash, and Director. Utilize HTML, XHTML, CSS 2/3, PHP, ActionScript, ColdFusion, MySQL, Ajax, JavaScript, JQuery mobile for Web design, development, and interactive media. CMS Website design via Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, Movable Type, etc. Responsible for conceptualizing and designing engaging, clean, and functional user experiences on multiple concurrent projects. Emersive collaboration on projects with upper management and cross-functional teams to translate challenging business requirements into effective business marketing communications solutions. Experienced with troubleshooting and resolving customer and employee collateral and digital usability problems.  

Proficient in user-centered visual design, layout, typography, usability and interaction methodologies (prepress, print, web, interactive multimedia, video, film and photography). Experienced working with corporate news and marketing content including video, photos, and rich media within static and CMS driven environments. Worked as a Senior Application Designer/Multimedia designer with expertise in producing dynamic media solutions for applications, products, print, video, audio, and Internet projects. Background includes color prepress, print production, audio recording, photography, video, and the utilization of a broad range of hardware/software application technologies for static, motion and audio design projects.  

Experienced with corporate and product branding, applications development, search engine/social media marketing and optimization, interactive multimedia design and production, HD/HDV/AVC/DV videography and broadcast design/production, studio and location photography, set and location staging, audio recording, music scoring, mixing and mastering, and offset/digital offset print production. Experienced with designing and developing prototypes/finals for rich media CD-ROM’s/ DVD’s/Kiosks and interactive Web applications. eLearning applications design via Captivate 5/6/7. Expertise in the integration of external websites with content management solutions (i.e. NetGravity AdServer 3.0, SharePoint Server 3.0, MOSS, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Services 3.0, InfoPath, Joomla, WordPress, CMS Made Simple, Drupal, EZ Publish and Megento). Extensive experience with online GIF/JPEG/Flash animated marketing/advertising campaign design and delivery. Formal training and certifications in search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media marketing and cross-media optimization.



Skills (creative digital multimedia design):
Current 2014 resources utilized on-site and off-site for client projects

Ableton Live, Acid Pro, Acrobat, Acrobat XI Pro, ActionScript, AdServer 3.0, After Effects, After Effects/Blue Ice Ultra, AJAX, Allaire ColdFusion, Apple XServ, Artisteer, ASP, Audition, Avid MCXpress, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress Pro HD, Axure RP, Balsimiq Mockups, BB Edit, Blender, Bridge, Bryce, Captivate, Cinema 4D, Cleaner XL, CMS Made Simple, Coda, ColdFusion MX & 9, Combustion, CSS Edit, CSS3, Cubase 5, DAZ Studio, Debabelizer, Digital Performer, Dimensions, Director/Lingo, DMX, Dot Net Nuke DreamWeaver, Drupal, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Inspect, Edge Reflow, Encore, Entourage, Excel, Expression Web, Expresso, EZ Generator, EZ Publish, Final Cut Studio, FireWorks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, Formoid, FreeHand, Freeway Pro, FrontPage, Garage Band, GoLive, Groboto, Group Mail, Hexagon, HTML 4.01, HTML 5, Hype, Illustrator, ImageReady, iMovie, InCopy, InDesign, Infini-D, InfoPath, iRISE, iStop Motion, JavaScript, Joomla, JustinMind Prototyper Pro, JQuary, Keynote, LightRoom, LightWave, Liquid Edition Chrome, Live Picture, LiveMotion, Logic Pro, Macintosh OS 6.5 thru OSX 10.7, Magento, Mail Designer, Maya Unlimited, Media Encoder, Microsoft Server 2010 Enterprise. Modo, Motion Artist, MPEG 2, MPEG 4, Muse, MySQL, NetObjects, Fusion, Nuke, Numbers, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PageMaker, Pages, Painter, PhotoShop, PHP, Poser, PowerPoint, Prelude, Premiere Pro, Preps, Project, Publisher, Quark XPress, QuickTime Pro, QuickTime VR, RapidWeaver, Real Producer, Reaper, Reason, Schedule, Sencha Architect, Shake, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Services 3.0, SoundBooth, Soundtrack Pro, SpeedGrade, SPRY, Strata CX, Strata Studio, Streamline, 3DS Max, Vegas Pro + DVD, Video Fusion, Visio, Windows ’98/2000 Pro, XP Professional/Vista/7/8.1, Word, WordPress
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Vargas Art LLC – Lawrenceville, NJ
03/90 – Present
Digital Multimedia Design, Consulting and Multimedia Studio Production Services
Clients


Merrill Lynch/Bank of America – Pennington, NJ, Altimetrik – India
5/14 – 8/14
Contract UI/UX Prototype Designer/Developer

Created concepts and fully functional interactive Web UI front-end designs with high fidelity to production front end code and applied corporate branding standards and section 503, 504, 508 usability specifications for all HTML 5 builds completed for client review and approval. Defined navigation schema/data flow patterns, and recommended visual site design directions for use within Merrill Lynch and Bank of America environments. Developed HTML 5/CSS3/JavaScript animated financial charts and graphic components for Widget/Web Part libraries. Designed new graphic branding treatments in Vector format for cross-media usage, including new logo designs. Developed all project deliverable prototypes as responsive/touch application front-end builds for use on iPhone, iPad, Android, and standard high-res desktops with backward compatibility versions created for I.E., FireFox, Safari on legacy operating systems. Provided personal studio hardware and software applications for Altemetrik’s client support.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Axure RP, Balsimiq, Bridge, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Inspect, Entourage, FireWorks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, Indesign, JQuery, JavaScript, Macintosh OS 10.7.5, Muse, MYSQL, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, PHP, Premiere Pro, JustinMind Prototyper Pro, PowerPoint, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer, Windows 7, Word



Web Redesign Project – Lawrenceville, NJ
11/13 – 4/14
Non-Disclosure Contract: UI UX Multimedia Design/Production

Redesign project for a cross-platform responsive Website/application. Involved in designing graphics and photo special effects imaging for enhancing end user visitation experiences. Work includes concepts, prototypes, and live builds. Also adding value by providing audio engineering for scores and video editing/post production for social exposure via YouTube, Vimeo, and FaceBook marketing promotions.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Ableton Live, ActionScript, Acrobat XI Pro, After Effects, Audition, Balsimiq, Bridge, Axure RP, CSS3, DMX, Digital Performer, DreamWeaver, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Inspect, Entourage, FireWorks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, InCopy, Indesign, JQuery, JavaScript, LightRoom, Logic Pro, Macintosh OS 10.7.5, Muse, MYSQL, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, PHP, Prelude, Premiere Pro, PowerPoint, Reason, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, SpeedGrade, Windows 7/8, Word



Pfizer, Inc. – Peapack, NJ
10/13 – 11/13 (budget limited project)
Contract: UI/UX Specialist

Designed brand logos, developed wireframes, created detailed visual designs/graphics and functional Website prototypes with branded interfaces. Worked with stakeholders to visualize and test production ready portal site and site page solutions with animated interactivity. Applied section 508 usability compliance standards to all client facing interfaces developed, and followed usability and brand standard guidelines as set forth by the WC3 and by Pfizer, Inc. Built HTML/CSS3/Jquery/Spry interactive animated features for use within OpenText CMS.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Acrobat XI Pro, After Effects, Audition, Bridge, Axure RP, Balsimiq, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Inspect, Entourage, Excel, Expression Web, FireWorks, HTML 5, illustrator, JQuery, JavaScript, LightRoom, Macintosh OS 10.7, OmniGraffle Pro, OpenText, OutLook, PhotoShop, Windows 7, Word



Johnson & Johnson WHQ – New Brunswick, NJ
07/13 – 09/13 (budget limited project)
Contract: Procurement Portal Administration

Provided support for Johnson & Johnson’s intranet portal and collaboration spaces utilizing SharePoint 2007 platform. Site responsibilities included editing lists, discussion boards, permissions management, web parts, site extensions, and translated division partner requirements into simple, effective designs that allowed sharing and collaboration across the organization.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
ActionScript, Acrobat Pro, Axure RP, Captivate, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Entourage, FireWorks, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, Indesign, InfoPath, JQuery, JavaScript, LightRoom, Macintosh OS 10.7, Muse, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, Windows 7, Word



Commissioned Special Effects Project – New York, NY
06/13 – 2/14
Video Compositor & 3D visual Design (remote)

Working on a small project building backgrounds and textures for a four thousand image 4K/HD video/Web graphics and motion graphics library to be distributed via online/Ebay/Paypal environment.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
ActionScript, Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Audition, Blender, Bridge, Axure RP, Cinema 4D, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Edge Animate, Edge Code, Edge Reflow, Edge Inspect, Entourage, FireWorks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, Final Cut Studio 3, HTML 5, illustrator, InCopy, Indesign, JQuery, LightRoom, LightWave, Macintosh OS 10.7, Maya, Muse, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, Prelude, Premiere Pro, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, Strata Design 3D, SpeedGrade, Word



UST-Global– Trivandrum, India, Kansas, Mo
04/13 – 06/13 (hour limited project)
Contract: Joomla 2.5.9 & WordPress 3.5.1 Developer

Developed UI/UX theme directions for use within both Joomla and WordPress CMS environments to help transition UST-Global’s client Global Virus Network, from a generic HTML Website to a fully accessible member driven online solution. Developed functional requirements and set-up IA/UI/UX staging site for testing. Audited existing content, wire framed and prepared builds for section 503, 504 and 508 compliance. Developed HTML/Mobile responsive demonstration sites, prepared creative concepts, presented functional prototypes and provided full production studio support off-site.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
ActionScript, Acrobat Pro, Axure RP, CSS Edit, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Entourage, Excel, FireWorks, Flash Builder, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, Indesign, Joomla, JQuery, LightRoom, Macintosh OS 10.7, MySQL, Muse, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, PHP, Premiere Pro, Windows 7, Word, WordPress



Lincoln Financial Group/Lincoln National Life Insurance Company – Radnor, PA
08/12 – 03/13
Contract: User Experience Designer

Developed highly usable user experience designs that elegantly and intuitively met user, business and functional requirements. Developed functional requirements and set-up IA/UI/UX staging for protosite testing. Determined overall goals, addressed content, audited existing content, site mapped and addressed existing client site hierarchy/schema. Set-up naming conventions, wire framed and prepared builds for section 503, 504 and 508 compliance. Defined key user paths, developed HTML demonstration sites, prepared creative concepts, presented designs and gathered stakeholder feedback. Confirmed flow and functionality, created final templates and generated design style guide/specification scope documents. Generated user flows, site maps, page flows, storyboards and user interface specifications. Established prototype guidelines, setup file structures, sliced/optimized and mastered final template HTML reference models. Implemented code scripting, created populated doppelganger pages and prioritized revisions/ changes, and bug fixes as requested. Conducted final checks, finalized scope-to-date and prepared projects for final client handoff.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
ActionScript, Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Audition, Axure RP, Captivate, CSS Edit, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Entourage, Expression Web, FireWorks, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, InfoPath, iRISE, JQuery, Macintosh OS 10.7, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, PowerPoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, Visio, Windows 7, Word



Commissioned Digital Multimedia Production
05/12 – 08-12
Audio visual design, sound engineering and production

Recording and audio mastering of Chapman Stick, Foulk Lap Steel Guitar, Moog Steel Guitar, Korg Kronos/Roland Juptier/Fantom Keyboards, and percussion instruments for online distribution. Mastering via ProTools editing suites at VA Studio, NJ. Creating visual design concepts for each audio experience to include still and motion graphics, 3D and 4K resolution video sequences assembled via Avid Media Composer HD suite.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Acrobat XI Pro, Audition, Avid Media Composer, Digital Performer, Entourage, Final Cut Studio 3, FireWorks, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, LightRoom, Live, Logic Pro, Macintosh OS 10.7.5, OutLook, PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, Reason, Vegas Pro, Windows 7/8, Word



Vanguard – Malvern, PA
03/12 – 05/12 (hour limited project)
Contract: Senior User Experience Designer

Developed dynamic prototype Flash and HTML 5/CSS 3/Jquery Parallax presentations for Vanguard's client Steris. Developed an Android Mobile App buy-in for Vanguard's client Google. Developed a Flash based knowledge guide for Vanguard's client Volkswagen. Developed an iPad focused HTML 5/CSS 3 Fluid/Responsive Photo Gallery and Parallax Website for Vanguard's Internal Participant Education requirements. Analyzed user needs and business goals to create experiences that will enable users to complete tasks easily, quickly and accurately. Presented at design reviews. Including presenting storyboards of user navigation, content, graphic design, and UI design elements. Recommended new solutions for web functionality, navigation, and UI design elements that will enable users and internal business clients to achieve their goals.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
ActionScript, Acrobat Pro, After Effects, Axure RP, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Entourage, Expression Web, FireWorks, Flash Professional, HTML 5, illustrator, LightRoom, Macintosh OS 10.7, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, Premiere Pro, PowerPoint, SharePoint Designer, Visio, Windows 7, Word



Lockheed Martin / Social Security Administration – Woodlawn, MD
09/11 – 03/12
Contract: Wire Framing/508 compliance/Web Design/Development
Clearance Level: Public Trust, Social Security Administration

Worked extensively designing and prototyping wireframes and functional application design approaches for the Lockheed Martin/Social Security Administration’s Disability Case Processing System (DCPS). The project scope entailed developing user interface solutions for an integrated solution that will replace SSA’s five disability determination case processing systems into a single Intranet system that is expected to integrate seamlessly with existing software applications in use by State DDS's and other agency historical data systems where and when necessary.

Served as a user advocate for DCPS IA/UI/UX project tasks. Leveraged rapid prototyping and frequent customer interactions to inform design decisions. Developed a deep and detailed knowledge of SSA's products and their users. Collaborated with strategists to conceptualize DCPS UI features and application enhancements based on business needs, product goals and user behavior. Define user interface requirements, including use cases, user stories, page flows, task analysis, information architecture, wireframes and prototypes that achieve business and user goals. Worked with visual designers and web designers to ensure graphic design and interaction is consistent with SSA standards and usability best practices. Analyzed user-behavior metrics. Helped plan, support and sometimes lead user research and analysis, including heuristic evaluations, usability testing, A/B testing, surveys and focus groups. Participated in business and functional requirements gathering. Exposed site usability problems and provided creative UI/UX solutions.

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Acrobat Pro, AJAX, Axure RP, BB Edit, Captivate, Coda, CSS Edit, CSS3, DMX, DreamWeaver, Entourage, FreeHand, FireWorks, Flash Professional, GoLive, HTML 5, illustrator, InfoPath, JQuery, JavaScript, Macintosh OS 10.6, OmniGraffle Pro, OutLook, PhotoShop, Quark Xpress, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, Windows 7, Word



Contract Projects, IA/UI/SEO/SEM/SMO/SMM – New York, NY
05-10 – 06-11
Web Designer/Developer for cross-media projects (remote)

Provided contracted consulting services to YellowPages Group, CA, Verizon, IVD/ECN, and Sony regarding building multiple Website properties supporting SEO/SEM & SMO/SMM requirements for increased industry brand awareness and customer impact. Sites designed in Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, PHP/CSS3/XHTML/HTML5, and development for interactive Flash & HMTL5 based Mobile micro-site projects (Apple SDK, Android SDK, ActionScript, etc.)

Applications/technical skills utilized for client:
Ableton Live, Acid Pro, Acrobat Pro, ActionScript, After Effects, Artisteer, ASP, Audition, Avid Media Composer, Axure RP, Balsimiq Mockups, BB Edit, Bryce, Captivate, Cinema 4D, Cleaner XL, CMS Made Simple, Coda, ColdFusion MX & 9, Combustion, CSS Edit, CSS2, Cubase, DAZ Studio, Digital Performer, DreamWeaver, Entourage, Final Cut Studio, FireWorks, Flash 8, FreeHand, FrontPage, GoLive, Group Mail, HTML 4.01, Illustrator, ImageReady, iMovie, InDesign, JavaScript, LightWave, Liquid Edition Chrome, LiveMotion, Logic Pro, Maya Unlimited, MySQL, NetObjects, Fusion, OutLook, Painter, PhotoShop, PHP, Poser, PowerPoint, Premiere, Project, Quark XPress, QuickTime, Real Producer, Shake, SharePoint, SPRY, Windows XP Professional/Vista, Word, WordPress, XHTML, XML



Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJ HESAA) – Trenton. NJ
04/07 – 09/10
WebMaster

Created IA/UX/UI concepts and solutions for client-facing web and interactive media applications for corporate branding and marketing communications strategies. Complete CMS development and support of HESAA’s online presence, designed and developed content for online and traditional offset printing projects, redesigned HESAA’s logo brand identity, Managed daily Google Analytics 2.0/SEO/SEM/ SMM/SMO, increased HESAA’s search engine ranking from 389,000 to 78,000, tripled HESAA’s Website traffic performance during normal and peak performance periods, increased end-user Apply Now and Register performance for HESAA’s revenue generating stream, provided off-site design and production services for HESAA’s multimedia/visual/audio/ Website development projects. Collaborated with cross functional groups to create and manage user-centered visual design, layout, typography, usability and interaction methodologies (prepress, print, web, interactive multimedia, video, film and photography). Responsible for wireframe and successfully branded and customized user interfaces for HESAA’s HTTPS SharePoint portals and Windows SharePoint Services secure sites (NJSTARS I and II , NJCLASS, FAFSA, HESAA customer NAV). SharePoint experience includes navigation planning, creating and managing sites, working with site definitions, templates, themes, lists, worked with library settings, working with document workspaces and meeting workspaces, surveys and discussion boards, wikis and blogs, etc. Trained and certified in CMS Made Simple, Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, SharePoint, Windows Server 2003/2010 Enterprise, Microsoft and Apple streaming media solutions. Received Dale Carnegie certification for effective communication, and received a State of New Jersey Award for Achievement in Web Redesign from Governor Corzine.

Applications/technical skills utilized for employer:
Ableton Live, Acid Pro, Acrobat, ActionScript, After Effects, ASP, Audition, Avid Media Composer, BB Edit, Cleaner XL, CMS Made Simple, Coda, ColdFusion MX & 9, CSS3, DreamWeaver, Entourage, Expression Web, FireWorks, Flash Professional, FreeHand, GoLive, HTML 4.01, Illustrator, ImageReady, iMovie, InDesign, JavaScript, Joomla, Edition Chrome, Live Picture, LiveMotion, Logic Pro, Macintosh OSX, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server 2010 Enterprise. MySQL, OutLook, Painter, PhotoShop, PHP, PowerPoint, Premiere Pro, Quark XPress, QuickTime Pro, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Services 3.0, SPRY, Visio, Windows XP Professional, Word, XHTML



Additional past consulting and employment experiences (1990 thru 2007):

• David Allen Enterprises, Asbury Park, NJ – Contract: Web Design & Development
• QMED, Eatontown, NJ – Contract: 3D Design Developer
• Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, NJ – Contract: Interactive Multimedia & Trade Show/Event Designer
• New Jersey Office of Information Technology, Trenton, NJ – Contract: Multimedia/Web Designer
• Baldwin & Obenauf, Raritan, NJ – Contract: Art Director Multimedia Design & Development
• Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, World Trade Center, NYC – Contract: Corporate Graphics & Multimedia
• Digital Re-Imaging Enhancement, Cliffside Park, NJ – Digital media design
• Indigo America, Woburn, Ma – Digital offset equipment instruction/training
• Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ – Multimedia design and executive events
• Cactus, Inc., Fairfield, NJ – Large format digital printing instruction/training
• Grand Union Corporate H.Q., Wayne, NJ – Color Prepress production install/support
• Lehrer McGovern Bovis, Inc., NYC – Macintosh system service/color prepress support
• Fromageries Bell, Inc., Fort Lee, NJ – Graphic design and prepress services
• Brown Forman, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky – Graphic design and prepress services
• Applied Graphics Technologies, Inc., NYC – CGI art direction and prepress trainer
• The Color Wheel · M.C.G. Division, NYC – CGI art direction and prepress trainer
• RDA International, Inc., NYC – CGI/color prepress instruction/training
• Linotype Company, Hauppauge, NY – Image setter/Apple instruction/training
• Alvin J. Bart Lithographers, RHI, Inc. Brooklyn, NY – Macintosh color prepress
• Microcomputer Publishing Center, Inc., NYC – Macintosh technical sales and support
• The Computer Studio, NYC – Macintosh & PC System Sales



Confidentiality:

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the industries, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business ventures I have served. Signed corporate confidentiality, non-disclosure, privacy and copyright ownership agreements are currently being honored.


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