About

Kyle Michard is an energetic and passionate graphic design thinker whose love for creativity, attention to detail and well thought-out solutions are paramount. A typical day may consist of specializing in retail sales campaigns, building branding projects, designing effective and beautiful corporate communications in SWAY or Outlook, or strategizing great design work under strict nonprofit budgets. Kyle's design and work ethic is client-centric, deadline-driven, extending across traditional and digital channels. 

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RESUME
Graphic Designer  | Microsoft | Simplicity Consulting 2016 – 2017
Designed infographics for third party website and training for Retail Pros
Created Powerpoint/Sway decks/Outlook email templates for executive and
manager-level events, meetings and pitches. Member of "tented" team for new Surface Laptop launch creating ILT (instructor led training) materials for all third party retail stores.
Worked on START and READY internal company events, interacting directly with stakeholders to ensure the best possible direction and outcome for effective storytelling. 
Developed internal and external ppt templates for WWRM (Worldwide Retail Marketing)

Senior Graphic Designer | Savers, Inc. | 2014 – 2016
Designed campaigns and retail marketing support for 347 retail thrift superstore in U.S. and Canada. Localized 5 brands in 3 languages
Designer/developer/onsite executive support for two annual company events per year
Created animated and static digital banners for public facing websites
Worked with marketing team to stategize overall campaign goals and tactics - then implemented in print and digital media. Holiday 2015 campaign was the best ever according to store managers: implemented new endcap "shelf-talker" displays to showcase relevant holiday merchandise in an effort to boost shopper attention

Freelance Graphic Designer | 2001 – 2003, 2009 – 2014
Microsoft Presentation designer/producer for 2011 and 2012 MGX annual conferences, 2013 OEM Summit, LCA 2012 Summit 
Created product scenarios for SharePoint and Word downloads for Windows 8 phone, LYNC, and Skype for Microsoft LCA group 
Focused on Microsoft Hardware, Microsoft Dynamics and OGC groups: executive presentations, data sheets, print ads
New product ebook for Microsoft Outlook.com 
Waggener Edstrom new business pitch presentations for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 
Presentation development for Microsoft, United Way, Cigna, Nordstrom, HP, Seattle Times, Marler Clark, Chef’n, Teamwork Athletic, Edelman, Scholastic, FIS
Package design for Parallels, Seattle Lighting
E-mail marketing campaigns for All-Star Directories (created campaigns for major educational silos with a return rate of over 35%), Seattle Lighting, Simplicity Consulting, UST Training
UST Training: Re-branded online training website, bringing in 27% more click-throughs 
Created E-newsletters and marketing  emails promoting environmental training to gas stations 

Senior Graphic Designer | Seattle Lighting | 2005 – 2009 
Helped create e-commerce site: branding, wireframe, launch and weekly creation of sales events and new products
Created strategic landing pages, site promos, Flash banner ads, print ads, direct mail,
e-mail marketing 
Concepted and designed magazine ads, catalogs, retail signage, tags, POP displays, packaging, premiums, bus advertising
Managed design production team (copywriter, production artist, web developers) 

Lead Graphic Designer | Sound Publishing | 2003 – 2005 
Designed advertising, tourism magazine, brochures and direct mail promotions
Managed production artist, coordinated with editor, publisher, and printer for local newspapers

Graphic Designer | USWest Creative Services | 1999 – 2001 
Presentation design/on-site support for events, corporate meetings
Designed direct mail promotions, new business proposals and corporate collateral for
US WEST and client web sites

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) | 2017 
Designed print collateral with marketing/event team for annual auction
Easter Seals Washington | 2009 – 2011
Designed new business presentations, business collateral
Pierce County AIDS Foundation | 2006 – 2007
Creative design for newsletter, newspaper ads, posters, business collateral
South Whidbey Youth Connection | 2003 – 2005
Re-branded identity, designed weekly ads, web site, posters, business collateral 

EDUCATION
Bachelors Degree Graphic Design, Columbia College, Chicago
Industrial Design | One year program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Flash 1 and 2 | School of Visual Communications, Seattle
Web/Multimedia Development |  two year program, Skagit Valley College
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