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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

 

 

MY PRINT PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

Having extensive experience as a Graphic Artist in the health & benefits administration, advertising, publishing and printing, industries. I am skilled in prepress production for high-resolution color, offset printing and large-format color imaging in an OSX Macintosh environment.   

I have the skills to “mechanicalize” client's ads and print collateral projects for the creation of clean and accurate vendor ready files. In addition to embracing the latest prepress technology, I am an experienced mock-up artist with top-notch skills able to create professional high-quality 3-D renditions and prototypes.

Understanding the importance of details, I am adept at branding campaign launches and adhering to all guidelines for implementation and consistency.

I am a team player and able to manage and prioritize multiple projects in fast-paced studio environments with emphasis on quality control. Also, I am an accomplished photographer, photo illustrator and graphic designer with strong type sensitivity. 

Here is a list of companies and organizations I have produced print collateral for:

Current employer:

  • Looking for new full time opportunities

Past employers:

  • Mercer, Norwood, MA
  • Hill Holliday (advertising agency), Boston, MA
  • Baldwin Clancy Rogan (advertising agency), Needham, MA
  • Baldwin & Stone (advertising agency), Cambridge, MA
  • DAP Associates (direct marketing advertising agency), Boston, MA
  • Child World Headquarters (toy store chain), Avon, MA
  • United Lithograph (printer), Somerville, MA
  • Colourpicture Publishers (greeting and post card manufacturer and distributor), Boston, MA

Past freelance clients:

  • Boston Globe, Boston, MA
  • Brand Content, Boston, MA
  • WB Mason, Brockton, MA
  • BBK Worldwide, Newton, MA 
  • Mullen, Boston, MA
  • Marketing Drive, Boston, MA
  • Toth Brand Imaging, Cambridge, MA
  • Coull Creative, Boston, MA
  • The Belli Group Strategic Marketing, Sharon, MA 
  • Roslindale Village Main Street, Boston, MA
  • Roslindale Open Studios (pro bono), Boston MA
  • Back2Basics Tea Dance events, Boston, MA
  • Soulfulbody Fitness, Boston, MA
  • Kaz, Southbourgh, MA
  • Stringer, Burlington, MA
  • Staples, Framingham, MA
  • FM Global, Johnston, RI
  • Paper Magic (greeting card manufacturer), Boston, MA
  • The Holmes Group (manufacturer of small appliances), Milford, MA
  • Scudder Investments (Deutsche Asset Management), Boston, MA
  • Air Charter Guide (air transportation services), Cambridge, MA

 

RECOMMENDATIONS

"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


"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, Park Press, South Holland, IL

 

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Bob Ward for many years. He is a talented Mac production artist, a conscientious overseer of mechanical details, and skilled in the broad array of programs required for his job."

         — Ellen Belli, Executive Vice President , Baldwin & Stone Advertising

 

"Bob's skills as a production artist were considerable and meticulous. Whenever there was a need for late hours or an extra effort I could count on Bob to step in and help."

         — Paul Stone, Creative Director/Principal, Baldwin & Stone Advertising

 

“As a member of the Creative Services team, he was instrumental in providing top-notch print production support under very tight deadlines. I found him to be very adept at prepress and digital file preparation. Projects that Bob completed were always done well, adhered to our corporate standards and were done on time — he never missed a deadline. He's the guy that you could always count on to do things right every time. 

          — Linda Bruce, Senior Graphic Designer, DWS Scudder Investments


References are furnished upon request.

Please navigate to my "PRINT PRODUCTION SAMPLES" in the PORTFOLIO section of this website to view projects.