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Blake Phillips
B.P.Wilding Graphics

Founded in 1986, B.P.Wilding Graphics specializes in unique art work and graphic design for the Internet and for print. I am currently a Commercial Producer for MassLive.com and have held that position since June 2003. I provided Creative Direction for DMS Strategies, a recognized, dynamic marketing and sales training firm that was based in Canton, MA from 1999 – 2001 and served as the Creative Director for BAP Web Design & Consulting, a full service consulting agency based in Plymouth, MA from April 2000 – April 2008.

I have over 30 years of digital and traditional graphic design experience and 10 years of creative management experience directing and supervising teams of artists and designers. I am proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite, other software packages, and Prepress systems. I am comfortable working in web, mobile and print mediums.


Education
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Studio Painting – May 1989


Professional Experience

MassLive.com, Springfield, MA
Commercial Producer, April 2000 – Nov. 2001 | June 2003 – Present

Participate in all aspects of marketing and sales related design and production work for Masslive.com owned by Advance Internet, a leading creator of highly interactive, online community-based news and information Web sites. I have also provided Commercial Production assistance to Syracuseonline.com, Syracuse, NY and PennLive.com, Harrisburg, PA.

Paper House Newell Printing, Amherst, MA
Senior Graphic Designer & Prepress Supervisor, June 1999 – March 00

Provided design experience in a wide range of media and for a variety of end uses: assessed clients needs, formulated a creative strategy, prepared cost estimates, developed and presented comps for approval, prepared camera ready/Internet ready art work and design. Supervised and participated in all aspects of prepress production work: preflighting, imposition & trapping, film output, stripping, match prints and blue lines, plate burning and processing. Kept inventory, ordered supplies, and dealt with outside vendors.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA
Advertising Production Manager, June 1993 – June 1999

Managed the daily production of display advertising for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Amherst Bulletin, Hampshire Life and all related Gazette commercial products. The Gazette is over 210 years old, one of the oldest newspapers in the country, and serves Western Massachusetts with a circulation of 21,000. The Amherst Bulletin is a weekly broad sheet newspaper that serves Amherst Massachusetts, circulation 12,000. Hampshire Life is a weekly magazine distributed throughout Hampshire County Massachusetts, circulation 12,000.

Supervised an award winning production team of five graphic artists. Delegated and monitored the flow of work through the department. Interfaced with other managers and staff and re-engineered production procedures and interdepartmental communication, updated computer systems and graphics related software, and maintained the departments standard of quality, accuracy, and customer service.

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Graphics Technician, Professional Staff, August 1991 – May 1993

Managed the daily production of display advertising for the Daily Collegian, the largest college daily in New England – circulation 19,000. Hired, trained, and supervised student production teams and taught them the fundamentals of traditional and digital graphic design and production including computer training. Acted as liaison with the University of Massachusetts Management Team. Systems management, inventory/supply ordering, and dealt with outside vendors.

Design Graphics – Paper House Print Shop, Amherst, MA
Manager/Graphic Designer, August 1989 – May 1991

Designed annual reports and newsletters, logos, letterheads and business cards, manuals, promotional materials, and posters. Assessed clients needs, provided creative advice, prepared cost estimates, presented comps for approval, and prepared camera ready art work. Scheduled and monitored the flow of work through the department.

Beta Tester
Impressions/Sierra On-line, Boston, MA Winter 1993 – Winter 1995

Computer Consultant
LaserTone, Northampton, MA – Winter 1991

Guest Lecturer
University of Massachusetts Art Department – Spring 1991

Ad Production
The Comic News, Northampton, MA – Summer 1991

Illustration/Paste-up Artist/Camera Operator
Campus Center Printshop, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 1987 – May 1989

Art Exhibits & Group Shows
Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts, 1995.
University of Massachusetts, 1986, 1987, & 1989

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