JA Design

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Jay Archambeau  :  Senior Digital Designer . UI/UX Designer . Quality Assurance . Marketing Designer . Creative Problem Solver



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Web Development : Quality Assurance | UI/UX Design | Marketing Design November 2012 – present

  • The number one market provider of eBooks for the K-12 Education sector; serving over 150,000 unique titles for teachers and students throughout North America and many parts of the world

  • Web design and front end web coding in an agile development environment for education sectors. UI/UX design, planning and initiation support; including : desktop, tablet and mobile device usability considerations

  • Platform : Windows and Mac Os
  • Software : Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Drive, Eclipse, Notepad C++, Microsoft Office, Teams
  • Technical : HTML 5, CSS 3, JavaScript, Bootstrap, Foundation, Robo3T, Command Line, GIT
  • Projects : Follett Book eFairs UI/UX and QA Testing ($2 Million commerce portal for virtual bookfairs), Follett Destiny (library resource management software) UI redesign and QA Testing, Follett Shelf (eBooks portal and eReader) design and HTML/CSS code delivery, Follett Titlewave (commerce portal for educators and media staff) graphic asset support, Follett Marketing (social media, landing page graphics, email campaigns, banner ads), Agile JBoss development team environment with Kaban project management organization


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Senior Web Designer (Contractor) July 2012 – November 2012

  • Web and mobile UI/UX Design; CSS and front-end development design and support for online and mobile customer-facing sites, in an Agile Development environment

  • Platform : Mac Os
  • Software : Adobe Creative Suite 6, Espresso, Eclipse
  • Technical : HTML 4 and 5, CSS 3, JavaScript, Bootstrap
  • Projects : CSS trouble-shooting support for Follett Shelf (web-based eReader and eBooks manager), Follett Textflow Reader (iOS/Android based eReader platform), and MyFollett, single sign-on resource portal for all Follett subscription services

  • Technologies used : Media Queries, Virtualbox


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Senior UI Designer (Contractor) May 2012 – July 2012

  • Site re-brand design support, UI/UX design for multi-variant testing and implementation in an Agile Development environment

  • Technologies: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Jira

  • Platform : Mac Os
  • Software : Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Photoshop)
  • Technical : Jira


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Senior Designer (Self-Employed) June 1995 – July 2012


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Senior Designer (Contractor) April 2012 – May 2012

  • Contract design work on landing pages, banner ads, and email campaigns, supporting acquisition and new card member marketing efforts

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Photoshop, Indesign)


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Senior Designer (Self-Employed) January 2012 – April 2012


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Direct Marketing Strategist April 2011 – December 2011

  • Marketing efforts of W.W. Grainger products to and for small to mid-size businesses

  • Developed email marketing campaign, based on customer buying behaviors from ground up, securing revenues over $270K within 8 months

  • Promoted social media activity bringing in over $60K of revenue within same time period

  • Organically grew in-house email list by over 3,000 unique new contacts through web site

  • Worked with third-party vendors for print insert programs, web initiatives and social media efforts

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Creative Suite 5 (Photoshop, Dreamweaver)
  • Technical : Netsuite


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Internet Design Manager February 2005 – October 2010

  • Directed creative for all e-marketing promotions

  • Managed work and art directed projects for 3 junior level designers, 4 content coordinators

  • Furnished 2 full site redesigns; including shopping cart UI [cchgroup.com]

  • Designed +$5 million revenue user conference sites [5 sites in total]

  • Oversaw 3 redesigns of +$1 million annual revenue training site

  • Managed all $1 million tax legislation content updates

  • Led and trained internet team on Marketing Pilot [project management software]

  • Managed +$3 million annual revenue product re-categorization efforts

  • Developed and maintained web style guide for internal customers

  • Created best practice standards for +$2 million revenue generating email program

  • Raised web metrics by +30%; 50% 1st year; ensured SEO / SEM design standards

  • Improved design of social media UI for all community and affiliate sites

  • Served as cross-promotional team lead; ensuring design continuity and quality between customer channels [web, print, email, direct mail, and video]

  • Platform : Windows XP
  • software : Adobe Creative Suite 4
  • technical : HTML 4, CSS 2, Marketing Pilot, Microsoft CMS, Microsoft Sharepoint, Robohead


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Adjunct Professor January 2008 – May 2008

  • Developed curriculum, syllabi and projects from square one

  • Instructed 200-level graphic design and creativity exploration courses

  • Secured and coordinated guest speakers and led class outings and presentations


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Senior Interactive Designer M arch 2001 – February 2005

  • Established usability design standards for quill.com

  • Designed weekly +1.5 million revenue generating emails and landing pages

  • Managed, built, posted and programmed site ads with Microsoft Adserver

  • Platform : Windows 95, Windows XP
  • Software : Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Rireworks, Quark XPress
  • Technical : Microsoft Ad Server, HTML 4, Microsoft Access


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Media Designer October 1999 – March 2001

  • Led design efforts for +500 unique email campaigns

  • Developed, presented and maintained new email standard templates

  • Worked with product team; result: Most popular shopping site of 1999

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • software : Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks
  • technical : Filemaker Pro


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Freelance Designer October 1998 – October 1999


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Graphic Designer July 1997 – October 1998

  • Served as single-point of contact for all in-house design projects

  • Created point-of-purchase and merchandising design standards for Home Depot account

  • Worked with legal department to establish trilingual labelling, adhering to OSHA requirements

  • Furthered branding development for : Professional, Painter’s Touch and American Accent product lines

  • Implemented cross-team communication between merchandising, sales, advertising, legal, and marketing groups

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Quark XPress
  • Technical : Pre-press file set ups


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Art Director & Web Master June 1996 – July 1997

  • Wrote and secured print bids for over 20 unique product lines

  • Designed and maintained all customer-facing web sites for each product

  • Worked to secure inventory statistics with fulfilment staff and product management

  • Design and development of all product labels and packaging

  • Worked with 3rd party vendors for design, marketing, printing, and production

  • Maintained all designed forms, contracts and sales promotions material

  • Secured and directed all product photo shoots

  • Enacted corporate identity materials and manual

  • Coordinated and designed sales-driven product literature

  • Secured multi-lingual translations for all packaging, sales and marketing materials

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • software : Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark XPress
  • Technical : Pre-press, Color separations, HTML scripting


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Art Director June 1995 – June 1996

  • Designed sales collateral, consumer packaging and merchandising support materials

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark XPress
  • Technical : Pre-press


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Graphic Designer May 1994 – September 1994

  • Summer intern apprentice with local design agency

  • Multiple design projects; including logos, packaging and advertising

  • Learned about client relations and art direction from agency owner

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Freehand, Quark XPress
  • Technical : Pre-press


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Desktop Publishing Consultant August 1993 – May 1994

  • Pre-flight and pre-press desktop support for all customers of Iowa State University and sponsored programs

  • Film production and development

  • High-quality, high-resolution proofing

  • Platform : Mac OS
  • Software : Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, PageMaker, TrapWise
  • Technical : Pre-press, color separations, film developing, Adobe PostScript

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