Candice Sarah Stevens

  • Senior Designer / Art Director
  • Costa Mesa, California, United States
  • Marketing and Advertising

Previous positions

  • Freelance Designer at Creative Salt
  • Graphic Designer at Rollins College

Education

UC San Diego Extension, , UX Design

Background

Summary

Strategic visual communicator with art direction experience. Problem solver who can convert ideas to solutions and execute deliverables throughout the entire creative process from concept to completion. I’m an adaptive team player who uses an inclusive process to tell stories, engage users, sell products, and build trust in brands. I facilitate an all hands on deck environment. I’m deadline driven and thrive under pressure. I’m currently enrolled in the UX Design program at UC San Diego to further develop design thinking methods and skills. Expert working knowledge of Adobe Creative Creative Cloud (Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, XD, Animate, Lightroom, Bridge, Spark, Dreamweaver, Acrobat) Skills include art direction, visual design, brand identity systems, editorial design, packaging, digital design, UX/UI design, basic HTML+CSS, set styling (photography/video), and curating content.

Experience

  • Senior Designer

    Arlon

    July 2016 – Present(3 years 3 months)Placentia, California

    Oversee the art direction for product launches, packaging, brochures, trade show exhibits/pop/displays, marketing kits, and corporate branding including the development of the brand style guide and logos for trademarked technology. Responsible for designing promotional campaigns including landing pages, emails, and distributor assets. Evaluate project scopes to maintain and track project’s expectations, requirements, and budget. Evaluate and elevate the effectiveness of visual design for our websites and interactive learning experiences. Support and foster a creative team environment that inhibits innovation, out of the box thinking, and staying abreast of design trends. Provide constructive design feedback and expertise to the team when needed. Contribute user experience recommendations and design thinking strategies during development stages.

  • Freelance Designer

    Creative Salt

    November 2015 – January 2018(2 years 2 months)Costa Mesa, California

    Contracted for design, art direction, and copy editing. Clients include Fourth Door Creative Agency, Tampa Magazine, Trinity Preparatory School, Zora! Magazine, SCORE Orlando, Jeunesse Beauty, and World of Decor. Inc.

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  • Graphic Designer

    Rollins College

    September 2012 – November 2015(3 years 2 months)Orlando, Florida Area

    Collaborated with creative team and contributed major design efforts to the college’s award-winning websites, magazines, and community newspapers. Designed ads for campaigns targeting high-school and college aged prospective students, while also supporting high volume needs for posters, postcards, mailers, and branding for fundraising and guest speaker events. Mentored and managed junior designers and freelancers. Provided art direction and styling for photo shoots. Researched and reviewed design trends.

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  • Graphic Designer, Part Time (Corporate offices)

    World of Decor

    October 2011 – November 2013(2 years 1 month)Orlando, Florida Area

    Designed advertising campaigns for national retail company and assisted in evolving brand standards. Main contributions focused on website redesign, digital & magazine ads, catalogs, promotional mailers, and email campaigns. Also assisted in creating copy and content when needed.

  • Digital Marketing Specialist

    MaxLiving

    October 2011 – September 2012(11 months)

    Designed digital ads and publications. Coordinated and assisted video shoots. Strategized and implemented online marketing efforts for email, blogs, and digital advertising. Managed and strategized all ppc adversing and budget. Managed all social media platforms and coordinated content. Worked closely with the web development team to design landing pages and websites. Managed and mentored digital marketing interns.

  • Digital Media Designer (Corporate offices)

    AFD Home

    September 2010 – October 2011(1 year 1 month)Orlando

    Designed all digital ads and materials for retail and wholesale divisions. Coordinated and designed content for email campaigns. Managed online advertising budget. Analyzed and reported metrics.

  • Lead Graphic Designer (Corporate office)

    AFD Home

    June 2006 – October 2010(4 years 4 months)Orlando, Florida Area

    Designed print collateral for retail and wholesale stores as well as magazine ads, billboards, catalogs, and promotional event materials. Provided direction and assistance to junior designers. Assisted photographers with on location photo shoots for major companies such as Home Depot, Costco, Home Goods, and Bloomingdales. Managed editing/retouching of all product photography.

Education

  • UC San Diego Extension

    UX Design

    2019 – 2020

  • Seminole State College

    A.S., Graphic Design and Publishing
    Activities and Societies

    AD2

Languages

  • English

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Branding
  • Brochures
  • Graphic Design
  • Editorial Design
  • Illustrator
  • Illustration
  • Adobe Digital Publishing
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Art Direction
  • Ad Design
  • Logo Design
  • Email Newsletter Design
  • Branding & Identity
  • Facebook
  • Digital Marketing
  • Corporate Branding
  • Marketing
  • InDesign
  • Online Advertising
  • Page Layout
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • CMS
  • HTML
  • Social Media
  • Web Design
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Web Content

Organizations

  • AIGA

    Member

    September 2012 – Present

  • UCDA

    Member

    September 2012 – Present

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Candice Sarah cares about:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Civil Rights and Social Action
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Human Rights
  • Science and Technology