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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 Mercer's 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


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

 

 

Tuesday
Jul172012

Roslindale Village Stroll, July, 12, 19, 26, & August 2

My latest video

 

Tuesday
Jun262012

Its that time again to register for Roslindale OPen Studios 2012

The poster says it all.

 

 

Tuesday
Jun052012

Roslindale Parade Talent Contest & Awards Dinner Fund Raiser

AWARDS PRESENTATION

I have made two videos of the Roslindale Parade "Talent Contest" and "Awards Presentation dinner. This video is the awards presentation. The Roslindale Parade was October 2, 2011. 

 

Wednesday
May232012

Roslindale Parade Talent Contest & Awards Dinner Fund Raiser

TALENT CONTEST SECTION

I have made two videos of the Roslindale Parade "Talent Contest" and "Awards Presentation dinner. This video is the talent contest. The Roslindale Parade was October 2, 2011. 

Monday
Mar052012

My Documentary Video of the Bussey Bridge Disaster 125 Years Ago.

March is Train Month in Roslindale and I produced this video to illustrate the ill-fated train ride from Dedham, MA to downtown Boston. 

Monday
Feb132012

Bussey Bridge Train Disaster 125 Years Ago next month

Roslindale Village Main Street will be commemorating the 125th year anniversary, of the Bussey Bridge Train Disaster with "Train Month, next month" The bridge collapsed on March 14, 1887. Walking tours, children bridge building contest, speakers, train model museum open house, film series, and regional economic tie-ins are all being discussed to be part of the event. Stay tune as the plan unveils and I figure out how I am going to help with the promotion.

Below is a plaque on the site of the new bridge at the corner of Archdale and South Streets, adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum.

 

Below is a picture of the replaced bridge, at the corner of Archdale and South Streets, adjacent to the Arnold Arboretum.

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.

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