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  Kerstin Vogdes Diehn
Professional/Personal Overview
  Over 14 years graphic design experience in art direction, print design, branding, and production. 10 years experience in environmental and exhibit design, interactive design, and marketing. Expert on nonprofit design solutions.
In brief:
-Experienced creative director and hands-on graphic designer who specializes in helping businesses and non-profits communicate effectively with a broad range of constituents: audience members, funders and the general public
-NYC-trained and honed but deep, local NJ roots
-Collaborative, listen-first style that suits complex projects with multiple sources of creative input
-Nimble & agile -- iterative approach to design that ensures fast turnaround and frequent opportunity for client feedback
-Versatile in style and execution -- from clean and simple to illustrative and edgy, print to digital, branding to editorial
Work Info
Art Director 10 Years
Graphic Designer 11 Years
Production (print) 14 Years
Arts & Humanities 9 Years
Real Estate 5 Years
General Design, A lot of nonprofit organization / museum / cultural institution / architecture work 10 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
11 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
American Lung Association (11+), UNICEF (11+), Sokol Media (6-10), The Progressive Magazine (3-5), Common Cause (3-5)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
NYC Parks (6-10), Align Communications (6-10), Rabin Strategic Partners (3-5)
Other Work History
Before becoming a sole proprietor, I worked at Blumlein Associates, Inc., a multi-disciplinary design studio.
Computer Skills
InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Quark QPS, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver, Flash, HTML/CSS, WordPress, Mac/PC literate, Font Management Software
Technical Skills
Graphic Design (Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark, InDesign), Layout (InDesign, Quark), Photo editing (Photoshop), Copy Editing (Chicago Manual of Style), Illustration (hand and Illustrator), Web design (Flash, Dreamweaver), Color proofing
laptop, digital camera
Upon request
2012 Silver Davie Award, Summer on Hudson
2011 GDUSA Book Design Award, printed in the 2011 GDUSA Annual
2007 American Graphic Design Award, The Spice Parlour, printed in 2008 GDUSA Annual.
Award of Excellence, Goodyoneshoe Logo Design, printed in American Corporate Identity 21.
AIGA, Media Bistro AvantGuild
Phi Beta Kappa, American University
Magna Cum Laude, Pratt Institute & American University
Drawing, Painting & Bookmaking Skills
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel regionally. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
Please check out samples of my work here at http://www.kvdesign.net and here... http://www.behance.net/kerstindiehn
(Green Matters Magazine, 12/1/2013)
Art direction, design and layout of architecture magazine.
(South Florida Real Estate, 2/1/2013)
Art direction, design, and layout of real estate magazine
(Green Matters Magazine, 2/1/2013)
Art direction, design and layout of architecture magazine.
(Work Life Matters Magazine , 11/1/2012)
Art direction, design and layout of work life balance magazine. This particular issue focused on gay rights and honored companies who have successfully promoted LGBT issues in the workplace.
(Green Matters Magazine, 10/1/2012)
Art direction, design, and layout of architecture magazine.
(Top Women in Real Estate, 6/1/2012)
Art direction, design and layout of magazine showcasing the top women in NYC real estate.
(Green Matters Magazine, 6/1/2012)
Art direction, design and production of architecture magazine
(Green Matters Magazine, 5/1/2012)
Art direction, layout and production of architecture magazine
(NY Residential, 5/1/2012)
Art direction, layout, and editorial design for residential architecture magazine
(Green Matters Magazine, 4/1/2012)
Art direction, design and production on architecture magazine.
(Green Matters Magazine, 4/1/2012)
Art direction, design and production for architecture magazine.
(Lark Books, 3/1/2014)
Interior design of craft book on paper art (quilling). Includes step-by-step instructions and templates for building designs.
(United Methodist Women/Living the Heart of God, 1/1/2013)
Design and layout of United Methodist Women 2013 program guide
(United Methodist Women/Haiti: Challenges and Hopes, 3/1/2012)
Design and layout of book about UMW mission work in Haiti
(United Methodist Woman/Sudan Books, 12/1/2011)
Art direction, design, and layout of covers and interiors of two companion books on UMW work in Sudan. Package included a custom-designed map of Sudan with infographics and a supporting DVD package.
(Beth's Farm Kitchen/Cooking with Jams and Chutneys, 1/1/2011)
Art direction, design, layout and illustration of cook book for Beth's Farm Kitchen, a local jam and chutney maker. Book includes recipes using her products and stories about the local farm movement. I drew all of the illustrations by hand.
Partnering with a freelance developer, Kerstin had the opportunity to redesign this fully responsive recruitment website. Aclipse connects people with opportunities to teach English in Korea and China.
(Melton Foundation, 5/1/2014)
Partnering with TakeTwo Communications, Kerstin had the opportunity to help reshape the Melton Foundation's brand from the ground up. Deliverables on this project included a series of flexible logo treatments, a brand story book, a stationery system, marketing materials, and a responsive website.
(National Dialogues on Immigration, 4/1/2014)
Kerstin designed the logo, the responsive website (in collaboration with Gorilla Web Studio), and a kit of materials for member museums to customize with their own logo and relevant information.
(International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, 1/1/2014)
Partnering with Gorilla Web Studio, Kerstin designed a new site for the Coaltion that is dynamic, responsive and can easily be manipulated by staff members.