I AM

VISUAL COMMUNICATOR | CREATIVE THINKER | EDUCATOR

about me

Education

B.F.A. in Art, Graphic Design Concentration, Longwood University; M.F.A. in Design Thinking, Radford University

Experience

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication at High Point University. Previous employers in which I designed for include Radford University, The Roanoke Times and KCI Communications.

Objective

To obtain meaningful job opportunities that will maximize my creative skills and talents and make an impact.

Without change there is no innovation, creativity, or incentive for improvement.

- WILLIAM POLLARD

my skills

In my design career, I have worked as a senior graphic design manager and graphic designer where I have oversaw graphic execution of projects and upheld the objectives of creative briefs as well as researched, conceptualized and created artwork and digital images. My experience also includes creating brand guides; collaborating with copywriters, media teams, and other internal and external affiliates; managing designers’ workload and client expectations as well as art directing, supporting, and mentoring team members.

Branding

92%

Layout

95%

Illustration

85%

Adobe InDesign 98%

Adobe Illustrator 95%

Adobe Photoshop 87%

Adhering to brand standards, I have created webpages, e-newsletters, customized and updated WordPress websites, and created digital advertisements. I am knowledgable in CSS and HTML and have built content in Adobe Dreamweaver and Aptana web programs and utilized content management systems.

CSS

60%

HTML

75%

Layout

95%

Adobe Dreamweaver 70%

Adobe XD 30%

I primarily work in oil and acrylic paint. Most of my subject matter consists of figures and landscapes. I usually paint from photographs unless I am working on an abstract piece or illustration. I would describe my painting style as flat, modern, and stylized. My favorite painter is Alex Katz.

Portraits

80%

Landscapes

85%

Abstract

95%

I primarily art direct photoshoots when it comes to professional photography. However, I have taken photos, as needed, for The Roanoke Times and Radford University. My strength is in composition and editing.

Art Direction

97%

Editing

85%

Bridge 83%

Photoshop 87%

Utilizing design thinking, I have implemented desirable, feasible and viable ideas for product development, social change, and organizational progress. I believe self-awareness and empathy are vital to innovative human-centered design. As a designer, I know how important it is to design with people instead of for people. Impactful solutions are produced when all stakeholders are actively involved in the design process.

Empathetic 100%

Collaborative 100%

Creative 97%

Curious 100%

Problem Solver 100%

0 Coffee cups a day
0 Years of Experience
0 Honors and awards
0 Commissioned Paintings

portfolio

“Nakia is one of the most talented and intuitive graphic designers I have ever worked with. Her ideas are always on target, her designs are flawlessly executed and she never misses a deadline. Her attention to detail is unmatched.“
- Kelly Hilsey, Former Senior Manager for Creative Services, Radford University
“Nakia is a highly creative, intelligent designer with a ‘can do’ attitude. Add to Nakia’s creativity an intense customer service focus and you’ve got an exceptional find.“
- Christopher Church, Former Advertising Operations Team Leader, The Roanoke Times
“She always delivered excellent creative and solid design in a proficient and organized manner each and every time. Nakia is superb in her craft, a true pleasure to work and has my highest recommendation.“
- John Lucas, Former Senior Graphic Design Manager, Radford University
“Nakia is the one you go to to get things done! She is efficient, creative and always is more than willing to help. She never says no to new challenges and always does what she can to help solve problems and keep our customers happy.“
- Kimberly N. Owens, Advertising Page Planner, The Roanoke Times

get in touch

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