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ABOUT ME 

My name is Bob Ward and I am a graphic designer/print production artist with many years in the business of getting things printed — from conception to delivery. My experience in fast-paced, deadline driven environments enables me to be better suited for high volume studios. I have worked for publishers, printers, advertising agencies and most recently health & benefits/retirement administration companies.

Due to company restructuring at Mercer, I was recently laid off (Nov. 2018). Working as a Production Artist/Designer, I provided print/web support and design to their Communications department. A high volume studio producing health and benifits with (some retirement) print/web products for their clients employees. Mercer is a global leader for trusted human resources and related financial advice, products and services.

Before Mercer, I was employed at Hill Holliday (til 12/08) — I was hired to work initially as a dedicated Mac Artist on the John Hancock retail account but later moved into the "studio" preparing print files for Hill Holliday's client base.

Embracing the latest prepress technology, I am proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and use Acrobat, MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint routinely. Being skilled as a mock-up artist, I have experience creating professional high-quality renditions and prototypes. In a days workload, I am able to rebuild files, resize ads to publication specifications and produce layout solutions from an art director's concepts or designs.

Do you need a reliable, senior print production artist? 
Please see Work Experience for my qualifications.

Download my current professional resume
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I HAVE DABBELED IN VIDEO

Using iMovie I made a few movies to promote non-profit organzations in my neighborhood, such as; Roslindale Main Streets & Roslindale Open Studios.
Go to my Videos page to view those videos.                              _____________________________________________________

MY PAST VOLUNTEER WORK

  • ROSLINDALE VILLAGE MAIN STREET

I help promote my community of Roslindale by volunteering for Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). 
I was active on the RVMS Marketing team where I create ads, videos and other promotional collateral. Additionally,
I provide pro bono graphic design, print production, and photography services for RVMS.
Roslindale Village Main Street

  • ROSLINDALE OPEN STUDIOS 

 As one of the original organizers of Roslindale Open Studios (ROS), I provided volunteer hours and creative pro bono services including: graphic and logo design, program brochure, ads, banners, signage, print production to help brand the event. I also generated $4,000 in ad sales for the program brochure. Roslindale Open Studios

Roslindale Open Studios 2010 Preview Video

 

 —  RECOMMENDATIONS  —

"By the way, our prepress operators told me that your file was absolutely great...they wish all of our clients would send in files as perfect as yours!"
                                   
— Don Woo at Park Press, So. Holland, IL

"Bob, What can I say— you are the best! Thanks for ALL
you have done for Roslindale Open Studios. The brochure, postcards, advertisements and posters that you worked your graphic design magic on helped to make the event a huge success. I really appreciate all your dedication. It was a pleasure working with you."
            
  — Janice Williams, Roslindale Open Studios Coordinator

“As a volunteer on the Marketing Committee that I chair for Roslindale Village Main Street, Bob is an excellent resource for our social media, design, print and video needs. He is passionate about promoting small businesses and demonstrates a strong understanding of the challenges that small business owners face in this economic climate. Bob has a prolific talent for conceptualizing and then producing short videos to raise awareness of Roslindale's events and neighborhood character. We have also relied on him for a long time to develop our printed promotions, as he is very skilled in design and print production. He always takes initiative, always delivers a high quality product, and is always willing to do more. Bob is a stellar, invaluable member of our team - I wish we had 10 more just like him!”
— Erin Lyons, Director of the HSPH Annual Fund, Office of External Relations, Harvard School of Public Health

 

 

Thursday
Feb272014

Random 2014 Photos taken with my iPhone

Here is a photo taken in January from Red's in Rozzie window in Roslindale Village.

Tuesday
Feb182014

Random photos from 2013 taken from my iPhone

Here is yours truly

Thursday
Oct242013

I recently completed "Maximize Your Channel" from Youtube creator academy

Sunday
Sep152013

Candidate Forum, Boston City Council, District 5

Here is a video I recently produced for Roslindale Village Main Street.

 

Thursday
Sep052013

New Bag Labels For Solera Wine in Roslindale

Using Vista Print, my client Solera Wine, asked me to rework the banner sign I designed for them two years ago. Just a few tweaks of the banner layout and we were good for the printing of new labels that were mounted onto their wine bags.

 

Monday
Jun102013

HDR photo using my new iphone 5

Gay Pride Block Party 2013 on St James Steet in the Back Bay (Boston).

Monday
Mar252013

Postcard for SoulfulBody Fitness

Here is a small postcard I designed for Carlos Moran, owner of SoulfulBody Fitness to help advertise his personal fitness training and its new workout studio in Jamaica Plain. Carlos intergrates his training at Sweat JP, located at 22 Brookley Road, Jamiaca Plain, MA (off washington St. behinfd the JP Car Wash)

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Saturday
Mar092013

Jimmies Ice Cream Cafe in Roslindale Village - New 2013 Menu

I just completed updating/redesigned the new Jimmies IceCream Cafe 2013 menu (sides 1 & 2).

Monday
Feb182013

Older Winter Scenes from Roslindale Village

Since its still winter here in Roslindale I thought I would share some winter images from years past.

 

Sunday
Jan272013

New Crepes Menu at Jimmies Ice Cream Cafe

Jimmies Ice Ceam Cafe owner Donna Cabral asked me to design a new crepes menu to help promote her latest addition to her food menu- Crepes! There are more than 25 different crepes now being served. Well have a look below. Winter hours; Wed. thru Sat. 11AM to 6PM. Closed Sunday. www.jimmiesicecreamcafe.com

My next projects for Jimmies are to redesign the regular menu, design a new outdoor blade sign that will be back lite, and 4 or 5 indoor menu posters.