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Molly Wells
designer/front-end developer

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education

Illinois State University — Normal, IL
2003–2007
Bachelor of Science, Graphic Design Sequence

internships

Grip Design — Chicago IL
Design Intern / January 2008 – May 2008
Worked in collaboration with a creative director on a variety of print and web-based projects.

technical skills

Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat, HTML (including HTML5 & XHTML), CSS (including CSS3), jQuery, basic Javascript, basic PHP, Wordpress child-themes, Microsoft Office

professional experience

Grip Design — Chicago IL
Designer / May 2008 – May 2012
Working directly with clients and vendors to develop and execute a variety of print and web-based projects. Collaborating and contributing on all projects in a studio environment. Producing effective branding and marketing materials including identity systems, print collateral, and websites. Clients include Whole Foods Market, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Death’s Door Spirits, DePaul University, GT Fish & Oyster, Northlight Theatre, and the Society of Typographic Arts. Skills gained during employment include project management and front-end web development.

professional experience (cont.)

Freelance Design & Direction
Print & Web Design / May 2008 – Present
Independently designing and managing projects for a variety of local clients including Village Eyecare, Restaurant Intelligence Agency, Canning Travel, Theatre for Young Audiences USA, and Ifrah Law.

volunteer experience

Grip Grant
Co-founder / May 2008 – May 2012
Helped create Grip Design’s first Grip Grant program, which provides strategy and design services to local nonprofits.

Volunteer Day
Co-founder & Lead Organizer / May 2008 – May 2012
A coordinated effort with several Chicago-based design firms. Working as a group to volunteer one day per year to a variety of in-need programs. Past recipients include the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Turning Point Woman’s Shelter, and the Garfield Park Conservatory.

Other volunteer efforts include work with the Society of Typographic Arts and Marwen, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate under-served young people through the visual arts.