Richard Toland

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Visual designer with more than 15 years of experience leveraging communication, problem solving, design, and client management skills to produce outstanding visual products. Works in print and digital media, including websites and mobile devices. Manages workflow and budgets while ensuring accuracy and technical precision.

  • Possesses over 15 years of experience in the graphic design field, including over 8 years in production departments
  • Knowledge and experience with HTML5, HTML, CSS3, CSS, and web development using bootstrap for both websites and mobile devices
  • Expert knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite including versions CS5, CS6, and the current Creative Cloud specializing in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Dreamweaver in both PC and Mac environments and remotely
  • Ability to manage work flows, budgets, and tight deadlines effectively across multiple graphic and publishing projects
  • Accurate and technically precise with great attention to aesthetic detail of creative projects
  • Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and truly passionate for graphic design, digital content, and visual design and communication
  • Able to collaborative effectively with all invested parties both directly and remotely on projects
  • Able to work independently with little or no direct supervision
  • Self-starter and stays positive and reliable under pressure and tight deadlines
  • Expert knowledge of strategic thinking, visual problem solving, and time management.

May 2013 - Present
Talon Knight Enterprises

  • Designs and creates a wide variety of graphic art and collateral for both print and web utilizing Adobe Creative Suite
  • Coordinates both large and small marketing and publishing projects
  • Provides graphical consultation and support for blogs, websites, social media, publishing projects, and design solutions including HTML5 and CSS3

Oct 2012 - May 2013
Tri-Lin Integrated Services Inc.

  • Created artwork, designs, concepts, and sample layouts for testing booklets and collateral
  • Prepared illustrations and rough sketches of material and made necessary changes
  • Developed charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork according to established guidelines and branding company wide
  • Prepared and sourced hundreds of photographs for presentation and inclusion in marketing materials, visual products, and design services
  • Maintained archives of images, assets, and product collateral

Aug. 2002 - Nov. 2010
Educational Testing Services

  • Supported, managed and trained internal graphic department for over 24 State run testing programs; growing the graphic production department from just 6 artists to over 22 artists in less than 8 years.
  • Developed and implemented brand guidelines and style guides for both print and digital media across multiple projects
  • Prepared professional production graphics for use on-line and in print mediums across multiple projects averaging over 2000 graphics a week department wide

January 2002 - November 2005
American Intercontinental University
Bachelor’s Degree
Digital and Graphic Design

January 1999 - December 2000
St. Philip’s College
Associate Degree
Microcomputer Technician Support Specialist

Richard was spectacular! He was competitively priced and offered us more than we bargained for. In addition to being timely and efficient, Richard offered sound advice on how to improve our current designs that were helpful for both us and our customers. I would highly recommend Richard for illustrative work, and look forward to working with him on future projects as well.

— DC International

Richard was AWESOME to work with! He understood just what I wanted and completed the project MUCH faster than I had anticipated! He has a great eye for detail and is very creative. I will be hiring him for all my graphic design projects in the future.

— Jill_Christensen

I have worked with Richard for well over a year and a half, both here and while Elance was operational.He did a superb job laying out and designing my entire textbook. You will find his work is exceptional! His knowledge is off the charts! He is conscience and willing to make changes in order to produce an excellent product. In short, select him for big projects! He's professional and capable of giving you exactly what you want.

— Jimmi Byler

Richard did a great job with this project. Even though the project ending up being a lot more difficult than we initially anticipated, he came through and provided a product that the client was happy with. I look forward to working with Richard on future projects.

— KineticMediaLLC

Richard took on my graphic design project and transformed my word document content into a beautifully illustrated e-report. He chose the fonts and photos that matched pefectly to my business. He is a very talented guy!

— Alan, mabenconsulting

Very passionate about his work. Will make valuable suggestions to exceed client expectations. Very timely and professional. A highly skilled freelancer.

— Maxvii, Tinder

Great person to work with. Very friendly, service oriented and knows what he is doing. Went out of his way to help me with using a new software for the project I was working on. I would highly recommend him. Would and will hire him again.

— Harvest Woods

Richard is a talented Graphic Designer with great technical and creative skills. He was diligent with his work and produced a great product for us. I would highly recommend him for various creative projects.

— Elliman

I am beyond satisfied with the professional results of this project. You skill and excellence are evident throughout! You have been patient, knowledgeable, and treated the project as if it were your own! You seldom find this type of excellence anymore! Thank you from the depths of my heart for facilitating the vision! I highly recommend Richard as your publishing professional.

— Linda Williams

This is the 2nd time I have used Richard to do my e-book design projects. Great job. He has a talent of coming up with designs and layouts that work perfectly. Enjoyable to work together.

— mabenconsulting

One of the best experiences I've had with a graphic designer. He turned my simple draft into a 5 star masterpiece. Getting rave reviews from every one who sees it. I will absolutely work with this designer again!!

— goldfngz31

Response was timely and he worked extremely hard to deliver. Even when there were complications formatting the image. Very knowledgable of illustrator programs.

— LMBrooks

What a fantastic job! Exceeded my expectations... Will definitely be hiring again for all future projects!

— Cliff12345

Amazing Designer! I will use him again, it was so easy, he is so efficient and understands clearly what needed to be done. Rework was not a problem and deadlines were kept. Highly recommended! Great work thank you!

— Clair4774

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