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James Jacob Porter

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University of Rhode Island, Providence, RI

Print Media & Web Design Certificate

Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Printmaking & Bachelor Arts: Art History
Summa Cum Laude & Faculty Honors, Inter-collegian Lacrosse Team Member

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA

Certificate of Training in Web Design & Photoshop


• Highly proficient in:
- Adobe Photoshop - Creating imagery and optimizing photographs for print and the web.
- Adobe Illustrator - Creating original vector art as well as designing complete layouts.
- Adobe In Design - Creating complex and multi-page layouts formatted for web or print, through the importation and combination of Photoshop, Illustrator and Word files.
- Adobe Acrobat - Use, combination and manipulation of PDFs for easy viewing, cyber-transportation and print.

• A strong Fine Art and Design background, instilling both visual and written skills as well as critical/collaborative abilities in achieving marketing and promotional goals.

• A thorough understanding of (standard compliant) HTML coding and Cascading Style Sheets (both through the use of Dreamweaver and direct hand coding), as well as some simple Java Script implementation.

• A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite: specifically Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

• Experience creating production files for in-house and contract printing as well as managing extensive visual libraries.


Chrisad Inc. San Rafael, CA January, 2015-present
Graphic Designer

• Design Original layouts in both InDesign and Illustrator, for print and the web. Some translated into templates to be used by a 15 person Creative Department.

• Design eBlasts within template structures for monthly and yearly campaigns.

• Create White Papers/Sell Sheets for internal marketing campaigns.

• Design and maintain (update) PHP websites through WordPress and hosted files, individualizing templated sites, as well as adjusting scripts for forms.

• Design sign-age, both interior and exterior (monuments, building signage, banners, etc.); interacting with vendors to provide multiple bids and finally working with the chosen vendor to produce and install sign-age.

• Interact with sales team and client base throughout the design and production of assets.

Schulberg Media Works Sausalito, CA August, 2014-present
Graphic Response Designer

• Design marketing and promotional assets, for print and the web.

• Design POS displays for clients entering new markets.

• Design manuals and quick start guides for new products.

• Create infographics for use in online marketing and sales.

• Design packaging for new products and accessories.

• Research competitive brands and potential vendors, in an effort to assist in successful product launches.

Castle Inc. Petaluma, CA September, 2013-August, 2014
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

•Formulate and execute marketing campaigns to promote and sell machinery for the Woodworking industry.

• Design of all promotional materials for marketing campaigns: print ads, web ads, white pages & website content.

• Maintain company website & webstore. Update existing content as well as integrate new materials.

• Exploring the concepts and vehicles of Inbound marketing through autodidacticism. Currently attempting to convince thought leaders to embrace and dedicate resources towards Inbound efforts.

• Research new markets, establishing distribution relationships/agreements when applicable.

Anvil-Head Designs Petaluma, CA/Providence, RI 2002-present
Graphic Designer (Freelance)

• Design promotional materials with appropriate color profile and resolution, for both printing and web based needs.

• Create original 'branding' elements, using Adobe Illustrator to allow unlimited scalability.

• Create layouts for print using Adobe In Design, Illustrator, Photoshop and Acrobat.

• Design and build websites by hand coding & utilizing simple Java Scripts, implementing best practices of HTML and CSS.

• Cultivate clientele, enact contracts, conduct 'discovery' filling all roles as designer and manager.

Sign O Rama Santa Rosa, CA February, 2012-September, 2013
Lead Designer

• Designed promotional materials for print using Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw at busy/fast paced sign shop. Projects ranged in size from business cards to complete sign packages.

• Prepared entire sign package proposals, including pricing, installation and visual mock-ups.

• Managed projects from inception, through design and production, to delivery/install, under tight deadlines.

• Prepared files for print, in house and through outside vendors. Maintained and updated image libraries for hundreds of clients.

• Maintained positive and productive relationships with clientele and suppliers.

Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA 2002-2009
Two-Dimensional Instructional Technician (Managed Facility)

• Managed the day-to-day operations of all art studios, classrooms and support facilities.

• Created working protocol for new equipment and curricula.

• Coordinated and met needs for special events: guest lecturers, gallery shows, etc.

• Worked closely with all faculty, in order to meet all of their material and logistical needs.

• Through conservation, creativity and planning, kept facilities operating on ever decreasing budgets.

• Oversaw and managed approximately 80 upper division students.

Aurobora Press San Francisco, CA 1998-2002

• Printed limited edition fine art for visiting artists.

• Taught and printed in open workshops.

• Accounted for materials and ordering.

• Provided creative feedback of layouts and designs.

Additional Employment

Dempsey's Restaurant & Brewery Petaluma, CA 2007-2009, 2011-present
Manager, Bartender & Server

• Oversee all aspect of food quality, customer service and satisfaction.

• Manage staff and labor costs through varying seasons.

• Daily transaction accounting.

The Mooring Seafood Kitchen & Bar Newport, RI 2009-2011

• Provided table service for patrons in fast paced, often hectic fine dinning establishment.

Mills Tavern Providence, RI 2009-2010
Bartender & Server

• Served full cocktail and food menu to patrons at historic and popular fine dinning establishment.

• Stocked and invoiced bar needs.

La Leterie at Farmstead Providence, RI 2009-2010

• Initiated and streamlined lunch service.

• Solely provided table service to entire 10-table boutique restaurant.