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 experienced in the Mac OS environment and Adobe Creative Cloud.

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SKILLS

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

EDUCATION

I can be reached at rlegates@gmail.com.

 

EXPERIENCE

Freelance Graphic Designer — April 2017 to present
Clients include: UC Press (print and digital ad campaign); Bay Area Women’s Theatre Festival (catalog design); Jewish Community Relations Council (event branding and poster design); California Institute for Community, Arts, & Nature (identity and website design, www.californiaican.org); Camron-Stanford House (exhibit and book design); Heyday (book design); Friends of Ohlone Park (marketing design).

Book Production Manager at The Book Club Of California — June 2019 to present
Responsibilities include coordination and production management for services (work with and support authors, designers, printers, and other vendors) to produce high-quality, limited edition, fine press publication.

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

PTA/PTSA
President, Thornton Jr. High School PTSA — August 2019 – present
VP of Communications, Brookvale Parent Teacher Association — August 2013 – June 2019

Girl Scouts — August 2014 – present
Troop Leader for Troop 30046
Troop Volunteer/Treasurer for Troop 33617

Yearbook Designer, Brookvale Elementary School — August 2015 – present
Yearbook Designer, Pacific West Gymnastics — January 2019 – present

Webmaster, Bay Nature Institute — January 2001 – December 2005

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