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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 recently health and benefits/retirement companies.

Today, I am working as a Production Artist/Designer, at Mercer in Norwood, MA, providing print/web/email support and design to their Creative Services department. Mercer's Creative Services department is a high volume studio producing retirement and, health and benifits 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 at Hill Holliday (til 12/08) — where 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, talented print production artist? 
Please see Work Experience for my qualifications.

Download my current professional resume


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WOULD YOU LIKE A VIDEO
FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT
OR BUSINESS WEBSITE?

I am available to create professional quality videos for your next event, party or function. I can make videos from your existing photographs (or you can hire me as your photographer) to create your next video. My rates are reasonable and it depends on your needs before I can quote you a price. Are you a small business owner and need a video on your website? Google loves videos which makes your business come right to the top of Google searches. Contact me today to get your business video made.
See My Videos page for samples.

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Today, I am teaching myself Internet marketing & video for the web and how to utilize social media to get job leads in the changing advertising environment. I have completed several webinars and workshops on social media and have completed the fall workshop at Social Media Magic University which includes 22 hours plus of practical training. Please see Social/Internet Marketing tab for my list of completed courses. LATEST NEWS: I just became a certified Social Media Specialist passing the exam at Social Media Magic University.

 

MY VOLUNTEER WORK

  • ROSLINDALE VILLAGE MAIN STREET

I help promote my community of Roslindale by volunteering for Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS). I am an active member
of 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 provide 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

 
Please feel free to post a comment, an image, or a video about anything relating to inbound marketing, outbound marketing, social media, graphic design, branding, marketing, internet marketing, on-line video advertising, printing, print production or imaging! No log in is needed.

 

 

Monday
Jan022012

Happy New Year! 2012

I spent some time New Years Eve in downtown Boston walking around First Night and observing the ice scuptures.

Thursday
Dec082011

Beautiful Roslindale holiday cards for sale; 10 for $20

Contact me by using the "CONTACT" tab here on my website

FRONT SIDE (Adams Park)

 

INSIDE

Sunday
Nov132011

Roslindale Village Main Streets Window Decorating Contest & Kick off for Roslindale Village Holiday Wander

Roslindale Village Business Holiday Window Decorating PosterBeing on the Marketing Committee at Roslindale Village Main Streets, I was asked if I would design a poster to help promote this years Roslindale Village business window decorating contest appearing at left). 

Read below for poster content.

Join in the holiday festivities by decorating your storefront and participating in the Roslindale Village and citywide Boston Main Streets holiday window decorating contests!

Window decorating must be completed by Dec.1st.

Decorated windows will be photographed and posted on the Roslindale Village Main Street Facebook page as soon as they're completed. 

Judging will take place from 5 to 8 pm on December 1st as part of the kickoff of the Holiday Wander.

Roslindale residents will participate in a walking tour of the Village and will submit their ballots to the RVMS office by 8 pm on December 1st.

The Roslindale winner will be selected by December 8th and will be entered into the citywide Boston Main Streets contest, with online voting taking place from December 12th to 18th.

The citywide Grand Prize winner will be announced on December 20th.

Click on the poster image above to learn more about the contest.

Sunday
Nov132011

Roslindale Open Studios 2011 Update

Another year has come and gone including the 7th Annual Roslindale Open Studios, which was held Nov 5-6, 2011. It was my seventh year as an event organizer and my 5th year as a participant. It was a lot of work on both fronts and very tiring but in the end it was well worth it. I got to meet people, make some money and share ideas with others.

Again my best selling photo was the Pleasant Cafe, located on Washington Street here in Roslindale. The photo was taken in 1999 and as a framed image it typically out sells anything else that I have for sale.

Click on the image to go visit the Pleasant Cafe website.

Thursday
Nov032011

Roslindale Open Studios Cluster Poster and Roslindale Holiday card for sale

Something I designed to help promote my home studio and others artists exhibiting in my neighborhood by designing a cluster poster called "The Village Triangle".

Stop by and watch my Youtube channel "bobdward2" and have a look at mostly Roslindale photographs/... some Boston pictures too. My images are mostly scenic view and locally inspired with the 4 New England seasons. But you will see mostly images of Roslindale.

I print my photos on my Epson 2200 inkjet printer using espson brand archival inks for longevity.

Stop by my home, site 37, 11 Cliftondale St and browse, look, ask questions and have a look at my images.

I am also selling my original Roslindale Village holiday cards of various wintry images. Price range from $3 each to packages of 8 for $16 or packages of 10 for $20.

Click
here
to see video

Thursday
Nov032011

Roslindale Open Studios Preview Show Tomorrow Night

Here is a video that I made using Photoshop and iMovie to publicize the event and to help promote the business and home studio artists. This video will be playing continuously at the Preview Show Nov 4. 6:30-8pm, and throughout the weekend of the event.

 

Tuesday
Oct182011

Check Out the new Solera Wine Store front banner I designed

Solera Wine recently moved form Corinth Street to trendy Birch Street #16, Roslindale. I was asked to design a storefront banner using there logo and colors from the newly painted interior walls. Ironically Boston Cheese Cellar is next door—a perfect match for wine and cheese in Roslindale. (MA).

Tuesday
Sep272011

Business Card Design for SoulfulBody Fitness, Utilizing QR Code

Here is a business card I designed for fitness trainer Carlos Moran of SoulfulBody Fitness. Utilizing QR code technology, I included a QR code on the back side of his card. With a smart phone or mobile device, one can scan the code to go directly to his website to find out more about his affordable fitness packages.

Sunday
Sep252011

3 designs for a storefont banner for Solera Wine

The design on the right will ultimately be the chosen. Colors were adjusted to match the colors of the new interior walls at their new location at 16 Birch Street in Roslindale.

Thursday
Sep222011

Ads I designed for this years Roslindale Open Studios 24 page Brochure

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