To work in a managerial or freelance position using my graphic design,
copywriting, art direction, teaching and organization talents.
Valerie Thatcher Design, March 1986 to present. Proprietor. Design,
illustration, art direction and copywriting. Specializing in multiple-page
documents such as catalogs and annual reports, ad and logo design,
Austin Community College, August 1990 to August 2004. Adjunct professor,
Visual Communications Design Department. Taught a variety of classes,
most recently Digital Publishing I (QuarkXPress), Digital Imaging
I (Photoshop and Illustrator), Web Design I (Dreamweaver and Fireworks).
Austin/San Antonio Homes & Gardens magazines, Austin, TX, February
1985 to June 1986. Freelance layout and production, promoted to
Assistant Art Director. Position included magazine layout, design
and production of all related print material and coordinating managerial
responsibilities with Senior Art Director.
AKG&M Communications, Austin,TX, March 1984 to December 1984.
Design and production for advertising agency, in-house freelance.
Atkins & Associates Advertising, Inc., Austin, TX, September
1983 to March 1984. Art Director. Responsibilities included design
and production of all printed material for various clients. Creative
collaboration and conceptualization for radio and TV. Hiring freelance
New Texas magazine, Austin, TX, April-September 1983. Art Director.
Part-time position redesigning magazine, layout and production of
monthly issues. Duties also included hiring of vendors and freelance
Various freelance design, illustration and production, October 1982
to September 1983.
Now Publications, Denver, CO, December 1981 to September 1982. Art
Director and Production Coordinator. Responsibilities ranged from
design of in-house advertising and publications to hiring of production
artists, photographers and vendors.
The Lovelace Corporation, Denver, CO, April to November 1982. Illustrator
and advertising artist for publishing company. Duties included production,
illustration, design and layout of make-ready ads for magazines,
corporate newsletters and various jobs.
Sentinel Newspapers, Aurora, CO, May 1980 to April 1981. Staff artist.
Position involved ad layout, advertising and editorial illustration,
and managing art department.
Various freelance illustration and production, November 1979 to
St. Edwards University, January 2004 to present. Communication
degree, graphic design minor. Graduate May 2006, Summa Cum Laude.
Austin Community College, January 1997 to present. Various multimedia
and general education classes.
Dynamic Graphics Educational Foundation's seminar, "Publication
Design," Denver, CO, June 23-24, 1982. An avanced hands-on
design workshop covering consumer trade and limited audience magazines,
annual reports, newspapers, maganews publications and books
Colorado Institute of Art, 200 E. 9th Ave., Denver, CO 80203. Graduated
September 1979, Advertising Design
Salina South High School, Salina KS 67401. Graduated January 1977
Austin Ad Fed, 2001 Big Wig Awards. Nominated for Educator
of the Year
Laguna Gloria Art Schoo. Instructor, Blockprint Design, November
Member, National Association for Female Executives, 1997
Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. Inducted 1996-97
Austin Graphic Arts Society. Board of Directors, 1990-91;
regular member 1987-1993
Ad2/Austin. Board of Directors, 1985-1987; Publications committee
chairperson, editor and designer of quarterly newsletter, 1985-1987
Who's Who Among Young American Professionals. Inducted 1992-93
University of Texas, Visual Communications Association. Portfolio
review committee, Spring 1992
Center for Marine Conservation's Beach Buddy children's poster
contest. Judge, 1989, 1990 and 1991
Mead Paper Company's Mead Top 60 of '82. Award of Excellence
for the publication, Denver Now
Aurora, Colorado Human Relations Commission/Aurora Middle
Schools art contest. Judge, February 1981
references: Available upon request
portfolio: Available for review