Hello, I’m Donna Gentile, fully remote Senior Digital Designer.

Let’s tackle this together from the heart!

RÉSUMÉ

PROFILE

Highly creative and resourceful remote senior digital designer with expert-level skills and experience creating strong brands, thoughtful communication strategies and compelling designs from the heart for digital, social, web, e-commerce, e-communications, packaging and more available for remote freelance, part- or full-time work.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Achievement — 2016-2020

Safe & Together Institute transforms globally!

2016 – 2020

Comprehensive brand and web design helped Safe & Together Institute triple in size and transform from a small regional company into a global institute in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Achievement — 2016-2018

DGC helps FVHD win $100,000 grant for Resilience Grows Here veteran's mental health initiative.

2016 – 2018

Branding and design of a logo, marketing collateral, poster/coaster outreach campaign and event graphics as well as custom-designed workshops for veterans helped Farmington Valley Health District win a $100,000 grant from The Prevention Institute for their Resilience Grows Here (RHG) veteran’s and community mental health initiative.

Achievement — 2010 and beyond

With a bold new brand, DGC helps Plan B expand nationally!

2010 + Beyond

Since the redesign of the Plan B Burger Bar brand, logo and identity system in 2010, Plan B has grown from a small company with two Connecticut locations into a bold leader in the hospitality industry bolstering nine locations across Connecticut and in Springfield, MA, Washington DC and Ashburn, VA.

KEY SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

Self-motivated and comfortable in leadership role.

Able to work independently or with clients, teams and creatives.

Can-do attitude with focus on the process and completing projects on-time and within budget.

Strategic thinker, active listener and fast learner.

Able to think on feet and respond quickly to creative challenges.

Dependable. Takes responsibility. Has common sense, relationship skills and emotional intelligence.

Professional yet quirky. Serious, but knows when to let hair down.

Resilient, self-motivated, positive, nurturing and friendly.

Passionate about helping and empowering others to succeed. Eager to share knowledge.

Graphic Design
Senior Digital Designer with superior talent, clean aesthetic and expertise designing for digital, web, social, print, e-communications, e-commerce, presentations, packaging and more. 98%
Web Design & Development
Highly proficient at planning, designing, developing and maintaining WordPress websites, UX Design, Information Architecture, UI Design, and integrating plugins and applications to extend functionality, fulfill marketing goals and objectives, and improve user experience. 96%
Social Media Marketing
Highly skilled at social media marketing and design as well as content creation and account setup for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and more. 95%
Digital Assets
Expert at communicating complex data visually and designing branded assets and infographics for web, digital, print and social media. 98%
98%
Adobe CS

Expert proficiency with Adobe CS including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and more.

96%
CMS & CRM

Well-versed in Joomla, SquareSpace, Wix, Weebly and WPClient, and able to learn most any CMS, web builder or CRM platform.

96%
Microsoft Office

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as all Google applications.

95%
Promo Videos

Experienced creating and editing short promotional videos for B2C using Adobe CS, iPhoto and iMovie.

75%
HTML & CSS

Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Senior Digital Designer, Donna Gentile Creative, New Hartford, CT     20+ years
Provides art direction, marketing and communication strategies, graphic, brand and web design, content creation and consultation across digital, web, social and print and has worked with Advocacy Unlimited, B Restaurants (Plan B Burger Bar), Bullhorn Media, Capital Community College, The Children’s Museum, Circle Media, Critical Edge Group, CT Health Foundation, Dinosaur State Park, Durham Group, Farmington River Financial Group, Farmington Valley Health District, Galata Chemicals, Global Test Equipment, Mintz & Hoke, Programs for Social Change, Ray Charles Jr., Safe & Together Institute, Saxe Doernberger & Vita PC, United Way and more.

Temporary Freelance Senior Designer, Durham Group, Farmington, CT     3 months
Provided art direction, conceptual design, content creation, mechanical production and vendor liaison for print digital and web projects for the following accounts: CT Health Annual Report, Education First fundraising event, ChinaCare fundraising event, Somnio and more.

Account Executive, Artist Representative, Toti.Rose Design, Collinsville, CT    3 years
Developed, designed and performed sales, marketing, advertising and publicity initiatives. Presented design portfolio and provided design support. Maintained and tracked database systems. Met and corresponded with clients to oversee creative projects. Served as vendor liaison and performed press approvals.

Graphic Designer, Production Coordinator, Group Four Design, Avon, CT    3 years
Designed packaging systems, collateral and identity standards. Prepared digital mechanicals for print. Developed, implemented, trained and monitored production processes and guidelines. Performed press approvals and vendor liaison. Managed, calibrated and maintained computer systems.

Junior Designer, Broughton Jacques Design & Advertising Agency, Manchester, England    3 months
Collaborated with art directors, senior designers and copywriters to develop advertising solutions from concepts to finished visuals. Designed and illustrated logos, brochures and posters. Wrote ad copy.

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Workshop Leader, Community Mandala Project (initiative) by Donna Gentile,  New Hartford, CT
Designs, develops and teaches art enrichment experiences to inspire and empower people, communities and brands. Has worked with Advocacy Unlimited, AIM for a Better Tomorrow, The Bushnell of Hartford, CancerCare, Catalyst Foundation, CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS), The Connecticut Women’s Consortium, Cut Out Cancer, Farmington Valley Health District, Hartford Performs, schools (K-12), senior and assisted living centers, recovery clubhouses, veterans and more.

Steering Committee member, Resilience Grows Here, a veteran’s mental health initiative by FVHD    1 year
Provided creative input and helped steer the direction of planning for events, goals and objectives.

EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATION

Bachelor’s Degree – Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

One-year Student Exchange — Bolton University, Lancashire, England

AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS

  • Photography published in ARTIS, The Republican American and The Winsted Journal.
  • Poetry published in Voices Along The River Anthology and ARTIS Magazine.
  • Original music published on Music is Medicine EP, The Thriver Workbook Companion CD and Friday Night at LaSalle compilation CD.
  • Awarded first place in illustration at CCSU student art show.
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