Building foundations in design.

Brand is more than a logo. It is a foundation of information, values, goals, and more. The foundation helps to create your company's image through media. KGKnapp Design will work with you to determine your design foundation and needs to create Web Design, Graphic Design, and Photography.

Web Design

Building on your design foundation to create your online presence, KGKnapp Design will help create your website including blogs and social networking. To view my current personal Web Design work see the portfolio at the bottom of this page. I can provide you with additional web sites I have designed upon request.

Graphic Design

Creating print work that meets your company's standards. KGKnapp Design will work with you to determine your needs and help develop your design foundation from the ground up or to change previous print work.

Photography

Building an image library to showcase your company's design foundation. KGKnapp Design will showcase your company's image with photography from corporate headshots to product images.

 
 
 
 

My experience

While attending Grand View University I focused on Graphic Design, Web Design, and Photography. The classes along with internships gave me knowledge and experience with the Adobe Creative Suite. Meredith Intergated Marketing allowed me to create editorial layouts combining text and images while working within a brand style guide. I also gained experience in how a magazine is put together; from brainstorming story ideas to setting up photo shoots to pin-up reviews of the issue. I thrived in the fast-paced environment and the constant change of the publishing world. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation added practical experience to what I learned in my web classes and allowed me the opportunity to design more promotional pieces for specific events. Reviews from Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation have recognized my attention to detail, problem solving skills, organization, and positive attitude. Since graduation I have continued learning about CSS (cascading style sheets) and ActionScript which have improved my web design skills. My most recent experience at EDJE Technologies has helped further these skills. Each day I work towards creating designs with the user in mind, be it the web site viewer or another web designer, I want the user to easily understand and use the sites I create.

Education

Grand View University
Des Moines, Iowa
Major: Graphic Design GPA 3.738
Minor: Photography
Graduation: December 2009

Courses of Study

Communication Design, Desktop Publishing, Digital Photo Editing, Illustration, Photography, Web Design

Skills Mac/PC

Bridge, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, HTML, CSS, Java Script, Microsoft Office

Professional Affilitation

American Institute of Graphic Arts, Associate Member, 2009-Present
Art Directors Association of Iowa, Student Member, 2008-2009

Awards & Honors

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities, 2008/2009
Summer Photography Camp Teaching Assistant, Grand View University, June 2009
ADAI Student Design Exhibition, Art Directors Association of Iowa, 2009
Iowa Crossroads Conference, 2009, 1st place
Alpha Sigma Lambda, 2009
Phi Theta Kappa, 2005

Publications

The Grand Views, Photographer, Fall 2009
ALT Magazine, Design Editor, 2009
Figure Magazine, Design Intern, 2008-2009

Freelance

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Completed March 2011
Redesign the web site www.icadv.org to be clean, attractive and easy to navigate. The new site will be the place for members to find materials and events while also providing victims a place to find help. This project also included an update to their logo and a microsite for www.iowaman.org.

Employment

Robert Half Technologies
Web Designer at Principal Funds, Des Moines, IA
June 2012 to Present
• Update and maintain web site
• Design and update HTML email templates
• Design and build landing pages and microsites
• Share and recommend current web trends and new technologies
• Design print materials as needed

EDJE Technologies
Web Designer, Indianola, IA
September 2010 to June 2012
• Create web site designs and then build the site using HTML, CSS, Java Script and additional resources
• Designing additional print materials to keep the clients branding in all materials
• Update client web sites
• Plan monthly meetings to discuss design, technology, and innovation.

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF)
Web Intern, Design Intern, Des Moines, IA
August 2009 to April 2010
• Assist communications staff to create designs for print and web promoting fund-raising events and activities
• Create materials consistent with design standards
• Maintain and update INHF web site
• Edit photos to prepare for print or web

Staples
Copy & Printer Center Associate, Altoona, IA
March 2009 to August 2009
• Process Copy and Print Center orders
• Copy, laminate, bind and cut customer orders
• Up-sell products and services
• Create business relationships and repeat customers

Meredith Integrated Marketing
Design Intern, Des Moines, IA
May 2008 to January 2009
• Assisted in image retrieval and editing
• Designed layouts with final copy and images
• Archived all files related to previous issues

*additional job history available on request
** references available upon request

 
 
 
 

Samples of my work

Graphic Design



Web Design


Photography