About

I am a freelance graphic designer with over 20 years experience. I specialize in book and print design, and have also done marketing and magazine design, as well as digital photo editing, website design and maintenance, and project management.

My experience has mainly been with Heyday, a nonprofit publisher in Berkeley, California. I have often collaborated with other nonprofits, museums, historical societies, universities, and other organizations to produce design materials.

I am proficient in the Mac OS environment and Adobe Creative Cloud.

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VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

SKILLS

EDUCATION

I can be reached at rlegates@gmail.com.


EXPERIENCE

Designer at Heyday — January 2007–April 2017

Responsibilities included creating and implementing cover and interior book designs, catalogs, marketing materials (postcards, brochures, ads, banners); designed issues of print magazine, News from Native California; helped to maintain websites (www.heydaybooks.com, www.newsfromnativecalifornia.com); managed production and printing of reprint titles; general computer maintenance and IT support.

Art Director at Heyday — January 2003–January 2007

Responsibilities included creative direction for book projects; book design and production (interior and cover design); managing book production work ow; scheduling editorial and production work; coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; catalog design and production; design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development and maintenance (heydaybooks.com; heydaybooks.com/news); general computer maintenance.

Freelance Graphic Designer for Bay Nature magazine — January 2001–January 2003

Provided design services for ads, bind-in cards, and assorted marketing materials.

Production Manager at Heyday — January 1999–January 2003

Responsibilities included coordinating editors and freelance designers; soliciting print bids and communicating with printers; book design and production (interior and cover design); catalog design and production; design and production of other marketing materials; website design, development, and maintenance (heydaybooks.com; heydaybooks.com/news); general computer maintenance.

Sales and Marketing Assistant at Heyday — January 1997–December 1999

Responsibilities included sales calls; preparing sales and press kits for new titles; preparing and designing press releases and ads; designing catalog and other sales material; computer maintenance; interior book and cover design and production; website design and development.

Special Orders Supervisor at Barnes & Noble, Inc. — August 1994–December 1996

Responsibilities included implementing new customer order service in the bookstore; maintaining computer database; researching Books in Print and contacting publishers; supervising other employees; customer service.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

VP of Communications, Brookvale Parent Teacher Association — August 2013 – Present

Designed, developed, and currently maintain the website http://www.brookvalepta.com; manage the PTA Facebook page; and create newsletters and flyers for digital distribution.

Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of Northern California — August 2014 – Present

Plan activities and coordinate parent volunteers for Troop 30046. Historian and photographer for Troop 33617.

Yearbook Designer, Brookvale Elementary School — August 2015 – Present

Designed and coordinated school yearbook for 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Webmaster, Bay Nature Institute — January 2001 – December 2005

Designed, developed, and maintained http://www.baynature.org.

SKILLS

Adobe Creative Cloud (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom)
Book project management (production and printing)
Digital photo editing (color correction and touch-ups)
Wordpress
Word, Excel, and email applications
Extensive knowledge of Mac platform

EDUCATION

University of California, Santa Cruz, B.A. in World Literature and Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies, 1990–1994 (Honors, Phi Beta Kappa)

Université Pierre Mendès-France (Grenoble II), study abroad, 1992–1993