swattersdesign

My name is Stephanie Watters Flores.



I am an educator,  graphic designer, artist, screen printer and above all else, life liver extraordinaire. I believe life is an adventure that provides us opportunities for personal growth through experience, chances to help others find themselves and rise to their greatest potentials, and the freedom of choice to make the world a better place. Gaining in age is equivalent to gaining progress and people should improve as they grow older.

My greatest strengths are in the relationships I have with others and how I use my talents, abilities, and authenticity to inspire, educate, and bring out the best in them. A mentor once asked me why I felt I was capable of doing the work I do and my response was simple: because I want to. Ambition, determination, dedication and passion are the driving forces behind meeting challenges and finding success in anything I pursue. I am very good at helping others realize these qualities within themselves, whether it be colleagues, students, or clients! I am honest, hard-working and straight forward. I am an asset in any environment, especially in roles that involve people which is why I chose the path of higher education and graphic design.

 

 

Below is a video of my daughter Kaja dancing in the mist at Cincinnati Zoo in 2010. The video captures the essence of a sense of freedom of self that only comes from a youthful innocence. The music is a 6 second time stretch of Cat Power's A Dream.

 

 

ACHIEVEMENTS

 

  • Excellent experience in multiple classroom platforms and varying types of student relations.
  • Solid experience in digital arts and visual communication.
  • Profound knowledge in software programs such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver.
  • Extended ability to produce a wide variety of graphic products for print, web, and branding, as well as different training materials.
  • Established esteemed and lasting relationships with clients.

 

EDUCATION

 

Indiana University

MFA Graphic Design 2011

Elective coursework focused on new media, digital design, screen printing, and book arts.

 

Southern Utah University

BFA Graphic Design 2008

Elective coursework focused around design practices, art theory and history, fine and applied arts including printmaking and painting.

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

Art Institutes of Pittsburgh (AiO)

Adjunct Professor

Sept. 2011 – Present

Teach condensed 5.5 week courses revolving around Graphic Design and design applications; courses include but not limited to: typography (advanced and contemporary), web design (html and flash), digital design (design & technology, advanced graphics), portfolio work, and history and analysis of design. A full list of courses taught is available upon request..

 

IT Training & Education at Indiana University

Instructor and Assistant

September 2009 - Aug 2013

Instruct, assist, and develop technical training workshops and online workshops; main focus around Adobe design programs (CS3 through CS6) and web design and construction through code and/or use of website building programs. A full list of workshops taught and/or assisted in is available upon request.

 

Indiana University

Associate Instructor

Aug, 2009 – May 2011

Teach Graphic Design 1, introductory college course to design concepts, practices, history, and basic skill with Illustrator.

 

DESIGN POSITIONS

 

Namify

Senior Designer

August 2013 — May 2015

Work directly with a wide range of clients across the US to create compelling multichannel identification designs for online and offline use. Designs for clients have led to successful campaigns, increased brand awareness and increased revenue. Assist with lower level designer projects, marketing, and professional services. Major project: Namify Creative

 

The Ryder Magazine

Art Director

January 2011 – Present

Oversee final design of monthly arts and entertainment magazine; assist with lower level designer projects; design elements including cover, table of contents, feature articles, advertisements, and more.

 

Indiana University

Graduate Assistant

August 2008 - May 2009

Maintain graphic design introductory course website (www.iub.edu/~s250); and assist in technical problems with printers and design programs.

 

Southern Utah University

Web Design

January – May, 2008

Designed and developed the “Outdoor Everything” website for the university.

 

Southern Utah University

Mac Lab Assistant

January 2005 – December 2007

Helped graphic design students with learning design programs and homework.

 

Self Employed

Design/Painting/Screen printing Tutor

January 2005 – Present

Offer my services as a personal tutor for anyone interested in learning art and design concepts or programs; clients range from undergrad student to journalist to anyone interested in fine or commercial arts and/or design; I also own a screen press that I use to teach students process concepts. Most recent work includes tutoring Stacie Onorato (online, she lives in New York) in constructing her portfolio website with html and javascript (www.saonorato.com).

 

Freelance Design

January 2003 – 2013

All areas of design (print, poster, identity and branding, packaging, marketing, etc) and fine art (commissioned and exhibition work).

 

 

PROGRAM SKILLS

 

  • Mac & PC OS
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • After Effects
  • Dreamweaver
  • Muse
  • Flash
  • Office
  • HTML/CSS

 

AWARDS

 

  • Graduate Assistantship, IUB 2008 - 09
  • Associate Instructorship, IUB 2009 - 11
  • Outstanding Graduate in Art and Design, Southern Utah University, 2007 – 08
  • Dean’s List, Southern Utah University, Spring 2007

 

ACTIVITIES

 

  • Bloomington Screenprinters Guild, Founder 2010
  • Apple Z (SUU Graphic Design Club) – President, 2007 – 08
  • AIGA Student Membership
  • National Colligate Honor Society Membership

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

Muse Music, Solo Show

October 2014

Muse Music Cafe, Provo UT

 

Women Exposed 2013: Past, Present and Future

April 2013

I. Fell Building, Bloomington IN

 

National Society of Arts and Letters, Visual Arts Annual Competition

April 2011

Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington IN

 

MFA Thesis Show, Unplugged Confessional

March – April 2011

Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington IN

 

White Space

January 2011

Fuller Projects, Bloomington IN

 

Sharpie Art Show II

December 2010 – January 2011

Crewest Gallery, Los Angeles CA

 

National Society of Arts and Letters, Visual Arts Annual Competition

January – March 2009

Gallery North, Bloomington IN

 

Graphic Design Area Exhibition

2009, 2010, 2011

Grunwald Gallery, Bloomington IN

 

84th Annual Spring Salon

April – July 2008

Springville Museum of Fine Art, Springville UT

 

SUU Art and Design, Senior BFA Portfolio Show

May 2008

Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Cedar City UT

 

Cedar City Art Committee, 62nd Annual Art Exhibition

June - August 2007

Library in the Park, Cedar City UT

 

Thank you so much for all that you do for me and Redstone Residential.  Stephanie Flores has always been very professional and helpful.  I do not have an in in-house graphic designer, however I have found that I do not need one.

 

It is really easy to use your services.  You have been really quick and have always delivered on time.  I also very much appreciate your ingenuity and sense of humor.  I feel that you understand my target audience and it makes the product very effective.  I also very much appreciate that I do not need to micromanage my projects that you do for me.  I look forward to many more ideas and designs with you and your graphic design team.

Jake Jarman, Redstone Residential/Wolverine Crossing

 

Namify Creative

Namify's design department and team, titled Namify Creative. Project is ongoing, requiring a portfolio website, allowing customers to view past design work created by Namify's design team as well as make contact, request quotes, apply for positions, and learn more about. Namify Creative also provides seasonal specials which are advertised on Namify's homepage and in marketing emails. My role in this project includes design concept, art direction, illustration, and construction.

Learn to Fish Recovery

LTF Recovery is a rehabilitation center in Florida focusing on women and children who have been victims of Human Trafficking and suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. The website is a work in progress.

Stephanie Flores is simply amazing! So friendly, easy to work with, did everything in a super timely manner -- just great! And that doesn't even include her truly amazing graphic design skills! I just gave her some vague, pie in the sky directions ­-- but what she designed was better than I even imagined! I've worked with a lot of graphic designers, but Stephanie is in a league of her own -- both skill wise and customer service wise. Thank you so much!

Helen Knipe, Utah Department of Public Safety

 

Varsity Day Camp

A day camp located in Pickney, MI. I handle all web updates and maintence as well as advertising and marketing design.

The Ryder Magazine

As Art Director, I oversee design of all articles and place final elements. I also design the cover, table of contents, recurring articles, feature articles and advertisements. Below are examples from the latest issue.

select covers

Best of 2014 Issue (January 2015) select pages

Neighborhood Housing Services of Silicon Valley

For NHSSV, I design flyers, business cards, door hangs, postcards and anything else they made need.

Stephanie Flores  was a pleasure to work with. She helped our company (Tokkii Inc.) get our website online to make our presence known. She was able to get the look and feel we were looking for in our website www.mytokkii.com. Stephanie was always available to make changes as we needed which made for a great website. All the wishes we wanted our website to do she made it happen.

 

The best part was that the price was just right. Other companies would have charged an arm and a leg. We will definitely continue to use Namify for our website needs and will recommend Stephanie and Namify to anyone who could use their services. Thanks again Stephanie!!!

Victor Bellesteros, Tokkii Inc

 

Unplugged Confessional

Unplugged Confessional: The Religion of Rock is a visual discussion concerning social and commercial correlations between organized religion and Rock ‘N Roll music. Through a series of rock-esque posters, printed material, and an interactive web experience, the audience is encouraged to examine their personal belief system as well as question purposes in their own musical loyalties and preferences.

Thank you so much for your work on the shirt design for our duathlon. People absolutely loved it, some even vowed to come back just for the shirt. We were down to the wire on a design deadline with no time and only the vaguest idea how to create a professional looking logo. Stephanie Flores whipped it out in what seemed like one breath and lifted the stress off my shoulders. Thank you so much.

 

Lance Romo, The City of Bellingham

 

Street Dialogue: Bloomington, IN

Cruise Pack

A small business out of Spanish Fork UT responsible for the Cruise Pack, a tablet harness for bikers.

Fore the Animals Golf Tournament

Annual golf tournament in Portland OR to benefit the Humane Society of Oregon.

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