Kerstin Vogdes Diehn

Maplewood, NJ USA
Website: http://www.kvdesign.net
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Professional Experience

Over 14 years graphic design experience in art direction, print design, branding, and production. 10 years experience in environmental and exhibit design, web design, and marketing. Expert on nonprofit design solutions. In brief: (1) 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 (2) NYC-trained and honed but local NJ roots (3) Collaborative, listen-first style that suits complex projects with multiple sources of creative input (4) Nimble & agile -- iterative approach to design that ensures fast turnaround and frequent opportunity for client feedback (5) Versatile in style and execution -- from clean and simple to illustrative and edgy.

Expertise

Art Director
10 Years
Graphic Designer
11 Years
Production (print)
14 Years

Specialty

Arts & Humanities
10 Years
Real Estate
6 Years
Other, Specify
12 Years

Industries


Academia Teaching
5 Years
Nonprofit
12 Years
Other
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

12 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Progressive Magazine (10+), Sokol Media (10+), Common Cause (10+), UNICEF (10+), NY Times (3-5), Timber Press (1-2), Lark (Sterling) Books (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Dyanmo Technologies (3-5), NYC Parks (6-10), Young Audiences (6-10)

Other Work History

Before becoming a sole proprietor, I worked at Blumlein Associates, Inc., a multi-disciplinary design studio.

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 (Basic HTML/CSS, Mockup designs, banner ads), Color proofing

Computer Skills

InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress, HTML/CSS, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Square Space, Dreamweaver, Flash, WordPress, Mac/PC literate, Font Management Software

Equipment

laptop, digital camera

References

Upon request

Awards

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.

Associations

AIGA, Media Bistro AvantGuild

Work Samples

Magazine

(Progressive 11/10/2016)
Art director for the Progressive. Samples are from 2015-2016. I design, layout, and produce each monthly issue. I work with illustrators on cover concepts and source art for the interior.
(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
(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
(Green Matters Magazine 2/1/2013)
Art direction, design and layout of architecture magazine.
(Green Matters Magazine 4/1/2012)
Art direction, design and production on architecture magazine.
(NY Residential 5/1/2012)
Art direction, layout, and editorial design for residential architecture magazine
(Progressive 11/10/2016)
Art director for the Progressive. Samples are from 2015-2016. I design, layout, and produce each monthly issue. I work with illustrators on cover concepts and source art for the interior.
(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.
(Green Matters Magazine 4/1/2012)
Art direction, design and production for architecture magazine.

Books

(Lark Books 3/1/2014)
Interior design of craft book on paper art (quilling). Includes step-by-step instructions and templates for building designs.
(Timber Press 12/29/2016)
Layout and production of Sowing Beauty, a book about how to create meadow-like gardens. Includes case studies and many charts and graphs
(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.
(United Methodist Women/Haiti: Challenges and Hopes 3/1/2012)
Design and layout of book about UMW mission work in Haiti
(United Methodist Women/Living the Heart of God 1/1/2013)
Design and layout of United Methodist Women 2013 program guide
(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.

Websites

(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.
(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.
(6/1/2014)
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.
(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.
(Jeff Wolfe, Video Producer 12/29/2016)
Web and logo design for video producer.
(South Mountain Speech and Feeding 12/29/2016)
Logo and web design for speech and feeding therapy practice.

General

(2/19/2017)
Please check out samples of my work here at http://www.kvdesign.net and here... http://www.behance.net/kerstindiehn
(Various 12/29/2016)
Logos for a whole variety of different clients