Artwork

This is the first piece that I have finished in a new series called, duo tones. The series is so called because each piece in this series will be black and white with one other accent color. In the case of this piece, mellow yellow, the color is yellow.

More artwork can be seen here at katherinebenedict.com.

Resume

katherinebenedict@gmail.com
Click here to view a pdf version of the complete resume


Experience:

Adjunct Professor
Maine College of Art
January 2018-Present

FN 101 DP1: Digital Imaging-Drawing & Painting
With a focus on improving their drawing and illustration skills, students in this freshman foundation drawing and painting class go from learning and using very basic Photoshop tools to feeling comfortable executing advanced Photoshop techniques. The goal of the class is two fold: 1- improve your drawing and illustration skills and 2- become as comfortable using Photoshop as they would with a traditional media such as pencil, chalk or paint.


Graphic Designer
Puelle Design
2016-Present

A small, boutique design studio in Maine focusing on brand design and corporate creative problem solving. I’ve had the great privilege to work on everything from z-fold brochures for a Maine land trust, developing icon systems for a bank specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, marketing and can design for a local brewery, and a plethora of projects for a Healthcare nonprofit who has the political clout, willpower and unique business makeup to actually possibly succeed in this lofty goal.


Senior Production Designer
The VIA Agency
2010-2015

I worked on the Sam’s Club account at VIA for the last three years. During that time I was a Senior Production Designer for the account in charge of creating everything from their annual Christmas catalogs, the quarterly produced Instant Savings Books, billboards, flyers, print ads, FSI’s, postcards, emails, splash pages, digital banner ads and all forms of social media. My job also included retouching photography from photo shoots, going on press checks around the US to guarantee product quality, and help produce the brand guidelines for Sam’s Club. Because I was the Senior Production Designer on the acoount, my job also included designing and implementing various new production procedures and standards as needed for VIA such as new work flow processes and/or InDesign/Photoshop templates for print and social media work.

I was also at times the lead production designer and fill-in-as-needed art director for the Samsung, Klondike, Peoples United Bank, LoJack, Perdue, Welch’s, Shutterfly and Friendly’s accounts.

Awards

VIA rock award – Every year VIA gives an award to a handful of employees for exemplary service. Many employees go their whole career without getting one. I was fortunate in my 5 years of being there to earn this award twice.


Assoc. Creative Designer
LL Bean through Aquent
2009-2010

Created promotional emails and on line promos for various aspects of llbean.com including the homepage, department pages, search pages, and sale pages.


Continuing Studies Teacher
Maine College of Art
2003-2010

Taught the following for the Maine College of Art Continuing Studies Program three times a year: CGT 176 – Web Design: From Concept to Completion: a course specifically designed for students who have never made websites before. CGT 137 – Intro to Adobe Photoshop: a weekend crash course designed for the absolute beginner. CGT 144 – Intro to Adobe Illustrator: a weekend crash course designed for the absolute beginner.


Principal
Katie Benedict Designs
2005-2009

Specialized in creating websites, logos, and marketing materials for artists and small businesses.


Graphic Manager & Web Designer
MRLD
2003-2009

Created graphics, websites and visual materials to help promote public awareness about certain environmental, urban planning, sprawl, and design issues for this Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Planning Office.


Education

BFA in Graphic Design & Multi-Media
Maine College of Art, 2001

Master Degree in Theology
Bangor Theological Seminary, 2013
Click here to see my work on Adult Sexual Exploitation by Clergy


Activities

Fine Art
Create my own drawings and paintings at www.katherinebenedict.com. Will be a visiting panelist/speaker at the UCC annual convocation in Portland, Maine on January 25 discussing art as spiritual practice.

Poetry
Help publish and maintain the website for the Café Review, an over 25 year old, internationally recognized quarterly poetry and art journal based in Maine. www.thecafereview.com

Rock climber
Lead climb outdoor sport routes.

Sailor
Race as crew on a Sabre 36 sailboat.

Yoga
Practitioner off/on for five years.

Cafe Review Ipad App

This is an iPad App I created using the Adobe Digital Solutions Software for a poetry publication I work for called, The Cafe Review. The goal was to make an online version of the printed issues that we produce. As a test run, I started with creating an online version of the four archived issues we produced in 2008.

I created an overall app landing/homepage that allowed the viewer to select which of the four issues the viewer would like to view, and then created a full issue for each of the spring, fall, summer and winter issues that we published in 2008. Each issue was a complete online copy of the printed issues with poetry, artwork, reviews, bios for all the poets, artists, reviewers in the issue, interviews and interviewer bios as needed.

Unfortunately due to Adobes pricing we were not able to do more issues or get it in the App Store but it will still a great exercise for me to learn something completely new and create something that visually looked wonderful.

This is an image from the landing page I created for the fall 2008 issue. There is an intuitive menu for viewers to select what content that wish to view and there is a link for the viewer to subscribe to receive the latest issues (print or online version).

Cafe Review Ipad App

This is an iPad App I created using the Adobe Digital Solutions Software for a poetry publication I work for called, The Cafe Review. The goal was to make an online version of the printed issues that we produce. As a test run, I started with creating an online version of the four archived issues we produced in 2008.

I created an overall app landing/homepage that allowed the viewer to select which of the four issues the viewer would like to view, and then created a full issue for each of the spring, fall, summer and winter issues that we published in 2008. Each issue was a complete online copy of the printed issues with poetry, artwork, reviews, bios for all the poets, artists, reviewers in the issue, interviews and interviewer bios as needed.

Unfortunately due to Adobes pricing we were not able to do more issues or get it in the App Store but it will still a great exercise for me to learn something completely new and create something that visually looked wonderful.

This is an image from the art page I created for the fall 2008 issue. Viewers could click on any of the images to see a larger image with image specific details such as image size, medium and artist.

Cafe Review Ipad App

This is an iPad App I created using the Adobe Digital Solutions Software for a poetry publication I work for called, The Cafe Review. The goal was to make an online version of the printed issues that we produce. As a test run, I started with creating an online version of the four archived issues we produced in 2008.

I created an overall app landing/homepage that allowed the viewer to select which of the four issues the viewer would like to view, and then created a full issue for each of the spring, fall, summer and winter issues that we published in 2008. Each issue was a complete online copy of the printed issues with poetry, artwork, reviews, bios for all the poets, artists, reviewers in the issue, interviews and interviewer bios as needed.

Unfortunately due to Adobes pricing we were not able to do more issues or get it in the App Store but it will still a great exercise for me to learn something completely new and create something that visually looked wonderful.

This is an image from the poetry page I created for the fall 2008 issue. Viewers could select an poetry title to see the whole poem.

Cafe Review Ipad App

This is an iPad App I created using the Adobe Digital Solutions Software for a poetry publication I work for called, The Cafe Review. The goal was to make an online version of the printed issues that we produce. As a test run, I started with creating an online version of the four archived issues we produced in 2008.

I created an overall app landing/homepage that allowed the viewer to select which of the four issues the viewer would like to view, and then created a full issue for each of the spring, fall, summer and winter issues that we published in 2008. Each issue was a complete online copy of the printed issues with poetry, artwork, reviews, bios for all the poets, artists, reviewers in the issue, interviews and interviewer bios as needed.

Unfortunately due to Adobes pricing we were not able to do more issues or get it in the App Store but it will still a great exercise for me to learn something completely new and create something that visually looked wonderful.

This is an image from the poets bio page I created for the fall 2008 issue. If a poet included a webpage in their bio, I created a clickable link for viewers to click on.

Cafe Review Ipad App

This is an iPad App I created using the Adobe Digital Solutions Software for a poetry publication I work for called, The Cafe Review. The goal was to make an online version of the printed issues that we produce. As a test run, I started with creating an online version of the four archived issues we produced in 2008.

I created an overall app landing/homepage that allowed the viewer to select which of the four issues the viewer would like to view, and then created a full issue for each of the spring, fall, summer and winter issues that we published in 2008. Each issue was a complete online copy of the printed issues with poetry, artwork, reviews, bios for all the poets, artists, reviewers in the issue, interviews and interviewer bios as needed.

Unfortunately due to Adobes pricing we were not able to do more issues or get it in the App Store but it will still a great exercise for me to learn something completely new and create something that visually looked wonderful.

This is an image from the reviews page I created for the fall 2008 issue showing the full text of the review written. There is also a button allowing to buy the book online from Amazon if they wish.

Sexual Exploitation of Adults by Clergy

This is a book I wrote and produced while earning my Masters degree in Theology. I was inspired to write this book because there seemed to be lots of resources about this subject created for clergy but not  many for lay church goer or non-church going person. This seemed incredibly problematic for me since everything I read about the subject stated that an educated congregation and congregants was the best defense against this kind of abuse.

I decided to write it in a question/answer format so it can be read as a traditional book from beginning to end or the reader could simply look at the table of contents and read the section that interested them. At around 100 pages, it is a quick and simple read designed to give a basic but helpful overview and dos and donuts about the subject.

A pdf of the complete book can be found here.

Sam’s Club

I worked on the Sam’s Club account at VIA for the last three years. During that time I was a Senior Production Designer for the account in charge of creating everything from their annual Christmas catalogs, the quarterly produced Instant Savings Books, billboards, flyers, print ads, FSI’s, postcards, emails, splash pages, digital banner ads and all forms of social media. My job also included retouching photography from photo shoots, going on press checks around the US to guarantee product quality, and help produce the brand guidelines for Sam’s Club. Because I was the Senior Production Designer on the acoount, my job also included designing and implementing various new production procedures and standards as needed for VIA such as new work flow processes and/or InDesign/Photoshop templates for print and social media work.

Shutterfly TV Props

For the Shutterfly TV spot which can be viewed on youtube here, my job was to create some of the props for the shoot.

Each of the shots of the website shown on the TV was actually made from an Illustrator file I created based on the shutterfly website rather then the actual website itself since the visual quality of the Illustrator file would look much better.

The biggest challenge was creating the actual books used in the commercial. The commercial was being shot over 3 days. The decision of which actors were being used in the commercial was not finalized until the first day of shooting and that meant that the first day of shooting was a still photo shoot creating the images to be used to create the shutterfly books needed to create the commercial. Because of the timeline usedto shoot the commercial, this meant that the shutterfly book needed to be used in the commercial had to be made overnight so the scenes with the actors interacting with shutterfly books with the actors pictures could be shot the next day. Since all of shutterfly’s books are made in China, this was a problem. There was no time for the books to be made the traditional way a shutterfly book would normally be made.

The solution was to have several blank shutterfly books on hand at VIA. After the still photo shoot on the first day of shooting, the photos were sent to VIA, placed in the shutterfly templates and used to create the shutterfly books used in the commercial. We created about 12-15 books and sent them overnight to be used the next day for the rest of the shoot.