Mary Toombs

Project Manager / Graphic Designer

About

I'm Mary and I'm a graphic designer and PM in the Seattle area. My resume and portfolio will tell you all about my experience, education and skills so I wanted to use this space to tell you about my design beliefs. I believe in functional design, not just meaningless pretty graphics. I believe the best ideas and solutions come from collaboration. I believe in timeless design that can evolve or extend as a business changes. I believe that planning and organization is necessary for accountability to exist. I believe that it is essential to remain green and growing.

Resume

Work

Freelance Graphic Designer

Bothell, WA
October 2004 - present

Project planning, creative design and management of the production of marketing materials for various clients in a variety of industries. Clients include Luv Macarons, Moorlands PTA, Redwood Hills Church, Pixallure Design, The Dwelling, HopeWorks, Roanoake Valley CVB, Triad Properties, Fusion Point Media.

Project Manager/Graphic Designer

Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bothell, WA
August 2006 - February 2014

Cost-conscious project management of marketing and communications campaigns is my primary responsibility with the MBCVB. With a long history of success in cross-collaboration with marketing, administrative and sales teams, I provide multiple deliverables in print or electronic media, often beginning with full-scope project planning including budgeting and utilizing vendors as required. The key to my success and longevity with the CVB is clear communication with stakeholders and keeping them engaged, proper organization, prioritization and post-launch discussions on how to improve the process.

Graphics Coordinator

Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mobile, AL

November 2001 - June 2006

While full-time and on-site, I served the Bureau in numerous capacities. My main role was planning and producing electronic media campaigns and a wide variety of print projects that promoted the city of Mobile. An annual 42-page visitors guide (500,000 printed), marketing and sales plan (100+ pages), dining and lodging guide books (36-page; 55,000 printed), banner ads for TripAdvisor, Weather.com, AL.com, etc. Other responsibilities included content manager of the consumer web site utilizing CMS and back end tools and reviewing user statistics to hone our efforts. Additionally, I created billboard art, other outdoor signage and banners, trade show graphics and presentations for convention sales and tourism marketing.

Staff Graphic Design Instructor

Department of Art - University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

September 2001 - April 2002

I taught intermediate classes on industry-standard software (Illustrator, Photoshop and QuarkXPress). I was also responsible for educating the students on design and layout principles, color theory, typography and the technical aspects of print production.

Graphic Design Supervisor

Department of Publication Services - University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL

June 1990 - October 2001

My primary role was to provide consultation with and project planning for clients of the University print shop, including the President’s office, Office of Admissions, Deans of academic colleges, University athletics, University-funded hospitals, the Nature Conservancy, Mobile United and many more. For the first three years, I was a layout artist and graphic designer lead. Due to my ability to handle a high volume of projects without compromising quality and client satisfaction, I was instrumental in all aspects of the print shop and subsequently promoted to supervisor in 1996 when we hired a junior graphic artist and an intern. My collaboration with the front office, pre-press technicians and press operators was essential for budgeting, time management and quality control. My proudest moment was designing and overseeing environmental graphics for the University’s pediatric cancer treatment center, the USS Hope.

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, minor in Printmaking

University of South Alabama

Graphic Design (Post-Graduate)

Auburn University

Other

Executive Board

Moorlands Elementary PTA

October 2012-Present

Member, Board of Directors

University of South Alabama National Alumni Association

2001-2004

Executive Council Member

USPS Executive Customer Council

2002-2004

Communications Chair

Greater Mobile Advertising Federation (AdFed)

2001-2002

Skills

PHOTOSHOP

ILLUSTRATOR

QUARKXPRESS

INDESIGN

HTML/CSS

PHOTOGRAPHY

MICROSOFT OFFICE

CMS

ACROBAT

Works

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Testimonials

I have had the privilege of working with Mary both as a colleague and a client for more than 10 years. For the first few years, we worked together in the same office. When Mary relocated across the country, her talents were so valuable that we retained her services as a project manager and graphic designer. I have been continuously impressed with her enthusiasm for her field as well as her ability to interpret what is in the mind of her client and transfer that to the designs she produces. She is consistent, reliable and a pleasure to work with.

Katy Sapio

Director of Partnership Marketing,
Mobile Bay CVB

Mary Toombs is an expert in the fields of graphic design and art direction. She is extrememly creative, progressive and up-to-date on the latest trends. She works in a timely and professional manner. I have always been more than pleased with her work. I highly recommend Mary Toombs as an Art Director and Graphics Expert.

Harriet Shade

Spire Owner/Partner