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Heather Blish

drawerist, graphic design junkie

Location
Green Bay, Wisconsin Area
Industry
Graphic Design
Current
  1. drawerist
Previous
  1. Maelstrom Solutions, LLC,
  2. Ideal Campaign,
  3. Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation
Education
  1. Westwood College
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Websites
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drawerist

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drawerist

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Background

Summary

Draw·er·ist (n): 1. an amalgamation of 'drawer' & 'artist'. 2. Official company title coined for me by Scott Detweiler, Big Cheese over at Maelstrom Solutions (I work with some strange but exceptionally talented people.)

I support my design addiction by freelancing for partner companies Maelstrom Solutions and sister company Ideal Campaig; Envano Inc., and Imagine That Creative. From my kitchen-counter headquarters in a tiny Wisconsin town on the shores of Lake Michigan, I design logos, websites, and print graphics for small business, Fortune 500's, and political candidates all over the country. My work has been featured in The New York Times and the Queens Chronicle. Did I mention I’m a stay-at-home mother of 4?

My goal is to be able to keep doing what I'm doing until I physically can't do it anymore, but if I could take it one step further, it would be to break out into international design, especially if it means travel. I was raised overseas, which gives me a unique perspective on the broader international marketplace.

Specialties: Graphics and web design, branding, social media marketing

Experience

drawerist

drawerist
– Present (4 years 10 months)

Draw·er·ist (n): 1. an amalgamation of 'drawer' & 'artist'. 2. Official company title coined for me by Scott Detweiler, Big Cheese over at Maelstrom Solutions. I work with some strange but talented people.

I support my design addiction by freelancing for companies such as Milwaukee-based Maelstrom Solutions and sister company Ideal Campaign. From my kitchen-counter headquarters in a tiny Wisconsin town on the shores of Lake Michigan, I design logos, websites, and print graphics for small business, Fortune 500's, and political candidates all over the country. My work has been featured in such publications as The New York Times and the Queens Chronicle. Did I mention I’m a stay-at-home mother of 4?.”

Drawerist

Maelstrom Solutions, LLC
(3 years 3 months)

Maelstrom is a premier Microsoft Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & web site development studio in the Milwaukee metro area. We provide complete software services including Maelstrom is a premier Microsoft Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & web site development studio in the Milwaukee metro area. We provide complete software services including Website & eCommerce experts, Microsoft & Adobe certified, Software Requirements & Facilitation, SQL Data Mining & Reporting, Content Management Solutions, Custom Software Production & Marketing, Bulk Email Marketing & Email Services, ASP.net, VB, ASP, SQL, Flash, Coldfusion

Drawerist

Ideal Campaign
(3 years 3 months)

We are dedicated to creating professional campaign websites for political parties & elections at all levels of government. We work closely with your campaign to build a site that is creative, affordable, & professional. We provide everything from online donations, volunteer management, email, reporting, & unlimited free support.

Marketing Advisor

Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation
(1 year 3 months)

Helped to craft a marketing campaign, working with local artisans to create a fresh new brochure, email newsletter, and vinyl tradeshow banners.

Director of Marketing

SBWire
(1 year 5 months)

As Director of Marketing for SBWire, I oversaw all marketing and branding efforts for the company. While with the company, I redesigned the logo and website with a fresh, web 2.0 look and feel, and an emphasis on function and effective internet marketing.

VP, Marketing

The Torrential Group, LLC
(1 year 6 months)

I served as a managing partner of the Torrential Group, an innovative company with a vision for providing comprehensive public relations and promotional marketing solutions for small to mid-sized businesses.

Senior Partner

The Apotheo Group
(1 year 10 months)

As Senior Partner with the Apotheo Group, I coordinate a team of communications, marketing and public relations experts in crafting comprehensive marketing and pr strategies for political organizations and candidates. Closely guided by a group of political advisors, we develop effective, winning solutions specifically designed for the political arena of ideas.

Creative Director

Lake-Effect Design
(2 years 5 months)

I served as project manager for the company, providing oversight of all ongoing graphic design and web development projects, personally designing many projects. I closely monitored all CRM activities, developing and maintaining solid, long-term client relationships.

Internet Marketing Strategist

Gard for Congress
(1 year 9 months)

As internet marketing strategist for the campaign, I was responsible for the appearance and function of the campaign website, http://www.gardforcongress.com, as well as the marketing for the site. I designed and coordinated the electronic newsletter, managed email lists, tracked visitor traffic to the site, and tracked competing candidate websites. I analyzed other political websites, assessing current features, techniques, and functions, determining their effectiveness and implementing them where applicable.

Advisor, IT Committee

Republican Party of Wisconsin
(3 months)

As an advisor to the IT Committee, I take part in quarterly on-location meetings, as well as conference calls, providing counsel in the areas of technology, communications, and internet marketing.

Vice-Chairman

Republican Party of Kewaunee County
(2 years 1 month)

President, CEO

Lake-Effect Design, LLC
(9 months)

Founder and managing partner of Lake-Effect Design, LLC, a comprehensive promotional marketing firm. I managed all aspects of the company, serving as project manager, graphic designer, and web developer, and coordinating the efforts of a team of independent contractors. I developed the company from concept to reality, building a brand with so much potential that within 6 months a PR firm had made an offer to acquire the company. Lake-Effect Design is now a division of TEBMedia, LLC.

Secretary

Republican Party of Kewaunee County
(4 years 1 month)

Certifications

Photoshop CS4 New Features(Link)

lynda.com, License FF8E3E
– Present

Photoshop CS4 Getting Started(Link)

lynda.com, License 64F24F
– Present

Photoshop CS4 Essential Training(Link)

lynda.com, License 9CA736
– Present

Insights from a Business Coach(Link)

lynda.com, License 07D081
– Present

Insights from a Business Coach(Link)

lynda.com, License 07D081
– Present

Freelancing Fundamentals(Link)

lynda.com, License 6BFDCC
– Present

Brand Building Basics(Link)

lynda.com, License 611D1E
– Present

Illustrator CS4 Getting Started(Link)

lynda.com, License 7BA740
– Present

Foundations of Logo Design(Link)

lynda.com, License DF2156
– Present

Up and Running with Adobe Creative Cloud(Link)

lynda.com, License 7FD2E7
– Present

Illustrator CC One-on-One: Fundamentals(Link)

lynda.com, License 93BF90
– Present

Photoshop CC One-on-One: Fundamentals(Link)

lynda.com, License 1AD23E
– Present

Illustrator CC One-on-One: Intermediate(Link)

lynda.com, License 69AAA6
– Present

Running a Design Business: Freelancing(Link)

lynda.com, License A6FC15
– Present

Facebook for Business(Link)

lynda.com, License 8AA271
– Present

WordPress Essential Training(Link)

lynda.com, License 9B8AFC
– Present

Installing and Running WordPress: BitNami(Link)

lynda.com, License 48F208
– Present

Skills

  • E-commerce
  • Web Design
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Political Campaigns
  • Newsletters
  • Logo Design
  • Business Cards

Education

Westwood College

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