Michael Sheldon Reed

Michael Sheldon Reed

Graphic designer/production artist | Open Networker/LION

Phoenix, Arizona (Phoenix, Arizona Area)
Graphic Design

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Michael Sheldon Reed's Overview

  • Senior Designer at Michael Sheldon Reed Design
  • Digital Imaging Specialist at State of Arizona

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Michael Sheldon Reed's Summary

I am a graphic designer. Design, and from that the art and science and branding, is what I love.

My love of design is a huge part of what wakes me up in the morning. Growing up in Oakland, California, I was mesmerized by the excellence of the San Francisco design scene of the 70s and 80s. It inspired me to learn about design, about design people, and become a design person.

The road has been hard, the journey has been difficult, but I cannot turn my back on a field that, in its own small way, has the power to affect and change lives.

What I want to do, probably most of all, is to use my talent, my skill, and my knowledge to make other people's lives better, happier, more fulfilled. Isn't that what we are all called to do on this earth? To be of service to one another in some meaningful manner?

I want to converse with you about branding, about design. Talk to me. Ask me what I know, and share with me what you know.

I should also mention that I'm an Open Networker. Add me to your network. Perhaps there's a way I can assist you. Let's get to know one another and share ideas.


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Michael Sheldon Reed's Experience

Senior Designer

Michael Sheldon Reed Design

1994Present (20 years) Phoenix, Arizona Area

Independent design studio in Phoenix focusing on brand identity. Actively seeking clients at this time. You may download my capabilities brochure on this profile.

Digital Imaging Specialist

State of Arizona

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

September 2014Present (2 months) Phoenix, Arizona Area

Responsible for scanning archival copies of Arizona Highways magazine, processing and editing the scanned images, and preparing them for digital archival preservation and public access.

Part-time position with the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (LAPR), a division of the Arizona Secretary of State.

Inbound Contact Center Specialist

University of Phoenix

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; APOL; Higher Education industry

March 2014August 2014 (6 months) Phoenix, Arizona Area

Responsible for taking a high volume of inbound calls related to marketing, enrollment, academics, finance and other departments within the university; answering student questions and directing them to appropriate advisors and similar staff members to further meet their needs; and displaying a fundamental knowledge of the university, its services and products to research and respond to student/customer inquiries, all while following established departmental guidelines and procedures.

Temporary position through Randstad.

Customer Service Advisor


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; DPW; Logistics and Supply Chain industry

November 2013January 2014 (3 months) Tempe, AZ

Responsible for using web-based programs (in an inbound call center environment) to track shipments, assess customer needs and direct inquiries, when necessary, to other resources to ensure customer needs are handled in a timely fashion.

Seasonal temporary position through Randstad.

Call Center Associate

Ricoh Americas Corporation

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Information Technology and Services industry

June 2013September 2013 (4 months) Tempe, AZ

Responsible for processing inbound requests for service and supplies for customers of copy, fax and printer equipment covered under maintenance agreements with Ricoh. Assisted 150-200 customers per week.

Position located in Tempe and contracted through Randstad.

Digital Imaging Technician

Houston Chronicle

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Newspapers industry

January 2011August 2012 (1 year 8 months)

Responsible for toning and color correction of BW and color editorial images for publication in the daily newspaper product (Houston Chronicle and Beaumont Enterprise) in the Chronicle pre-media area.

Position was located in Houston; contracted through Career Blazers.

Customer Service Representative I

AT&T Mobility

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; T; Telecommunications industry

May 2010June 2010 (2 months)

Assisted over 100 wireless telephone customers per week with account/billing inquiries, product information and basic technical troubleshooting, using pre-approved call scripts and flowcharts. Position located in Austin, TX.

Production artist

The Arizona Republic

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; GCI; Newspapers industry

February 2006February 2010 (4 years 1 month)

Responsible for design and layout of retail and classified advertising, including processing of advertising art files supplied by customers, in an advertising design and production center.

Position located in Phoenix.

Graphic Artist

Dominion Enterprises

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

October 2004February 2006 (1 year 5 months)

Responsible for design, layout and coordination of employment classified advertising for multiple markets in the Southwest region, in the Employment Guide classified advertising publication production center. Parent company known as Trader Publishing until September 2006. (Production center closed 2010 and all national graphic production work reassigned to corporate HQ in Virginia.)

Position located in Phoenix.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

October 2003January 2004 (4 months)

Responsible for file preparation, layout and typesetting of logos and other information to be imprinted on a wide variety of promotional and advertising products for corporate and institutional customers. Company was known as Dart Manufacturing, and acquired by Senator Promotional Group USA, Inc., in 2008.

Position located in Dallas.

Production associate

United Advertising Media

December 2002August 2003 (9 months) Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Responsible for typesetting, photo scanning and design/layout of real estate advertising, in a classified advertising publication production center. Division of Dominion Enterprises.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Marketing and Advertising industry

August 2000December 2001 (1 year 5 months) Greater Atlanta Area

Responsible for typesetting, layout, output, file preparation and conceptual design of a wide variety of nationally distributed retail print collateral/POP for Consumer Imaging and Customer Marketing divisions of Eastman Kodak Company, in an agency environment. Company was part of Toronto-based Wolf Group; sold in 2004 to regional management.

Production artist

Bernard Hodes Group

Public Company; 501-1000 employees; OMC; Marketing and Advertising industry

March 2000August 2000 (6 months) Greater Atlanta Area

Responsible for typesetting, design, layout and output of human resources recruitment advertising, including newspaper display ads, posters, brochures, and magazine ads in a fast-paced, high volume agency environment.

Graphic production artist

Moore Copies, Inc.

September 1999February 2000 (6 months)

Responsible for typesetting, design and output of print collateral for various local and regional clients in an *on-demand* quick printing environment.

Position located in Atlanta.

Production artist

Arthritis Foundation

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

April 1996July 1998 (2 years 4 months)

Responsible for design, layout, typesetting, output and paste-up of a wide variety of print collateral, marketing and training materials, many for national distribution.

Position located at the Arthritis Foundation corporate offices in Atlanta.

Graphic artist

AlphaGraphics, Inc

December 1994December 1995 (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for typesetting, design and paste-up of a variety of printed matter for clients of the Commercial Printing Division.

Position located at AlphaGraphics corporate offices in Tucson; AlphaGraphics relocated their headquarters to Salt Lake City in 2001.

Michael Sheldon Reed's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Arts and Culture
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Economic Empowerment
      • Human Rights
      • Politics
      • Poverty Alleviation
      • Social Services

Michael Sheldon Reed's Projects

  • Michael Sheldon Reed Design

    • September 1993 to Present
    Team Members: Michael Sheldon Reed

    I am on a quest to build a world-class branding and creative services firm in Phoenix.

    I want to build a team around me, from all aspects of creative services, to help me build this firm. Please connect with me to discuss.

    I am open to all advice and feedback with regards to staffing, design and client service process/methodology, and capital fundraising.

Michael Sheldon Reed's Skills & Expertise

  1. Logo Design
  2. Inserts
  3. InDesign
  4. Adobe Creative Suite
  5. Brochures
  6. Advertising
  7. Graphics
  8. Layout
  9. Photoshop
  10. QuarkXPress
  11. Posters
  12. Illustrator
  13. Adobe Acrobat
  14. Corporate Identity
  15. Mac
  16. Typography
  17. Flyers
  18. Corporate Branding
  19. Business Cards

Michael Sheldon Reed's Education

North Carolina State University

Graduate program, Graphic Design


Only completed first of a two-year master's degree program

Activities and Societies: Student assistant at the Center for Universal Design

University of Arizona

BFA, Graphic Design


Activities and Societies: ARTS Club (minority students in fine arts majors at the U of A)

University of California, Davis



Transferred to the University of Arizona after the 1989-90 school year

Michael Sheldon Reed's Additional Information


graphic design, politics, jazz, classical music Former resident of (in order starting from most recent): Austin, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Atlanta (including a brief time in Raleigh), Tucson, and I grew up in Oakland. Yeah, I get around!

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