I AM

VISUAL COMMUNICATOR | CREATIVE THINKER | DESIGN GUIDE
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about me

Education

Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 2005 – B.F.A. in Art, Graphic Design Concentration. Currently pursuing a M.F.A. in Design Thinking at Radford University, Radford, VA.

Experience

I currently work for Radford University. Previous employers include The Roanoke Times and KCI Communications.

Objective

To obtain job opportunities that will utilize my creative skills and talents.

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

- WILLIAM POLLARD

my skills

Most of my graphic design experience has been in the advertising industry. I currently work in higher education designing for Radford University. There I research, conceptualize and create artwork and digital images that promote Radford University to local, national and global audiences, and among campus constituencies.

Branding

92%

Layout

95%

Illustration

85%

InDesign 98%

Illustrator 95%

Photoshop 87%

My knowledge in web design includes basic CSS, HTML, and XHTML. I have worked with Flash, Dreamweaver, Go Live, and Aptana web programs as well as content management systems. I also have experience creating e-newsletters and designing websites in Photoshop for web developers to code.

CSS

60%

HTML

75%

Layout

95%

Dreamweaver 70%

Flash 60%

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 88%

Throughout my coursework in Design Thinking, I have had the opportunity to practice many different strategies and methodologies, generating impactful solutions 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%

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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

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