Hi, I'm Laura.

a web & graphic designer

A little bit about me…

My skills include :

Photoshop

Illustrator

InDesign

Fireworks

HTML/CSS

Responsive Design

WordPress

Copywriting

Marketing

 

I can create :

Logos & Branding

Print Material

Websites

Landing Pages

HTML Emails

Web Graphics

Social Media Graphics

Photo Editing
 
 
 

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Laura Galvin

A creative professional equipped with a combination of visual design and web coding skills. Strengths include efficiency, problem-solving skills, a diverse professional background and entrepreneurial experience.

Background: I received my formal art and design education in New York from both the School of Visual Arts, and Fashion Institute of Technology, from whom I received my Bachelor’s of Fine Art. My professional career began working for an emerging NY fashion retailer where I worked closely with the founder and absorbed valuable business and marketing skills in addition to design and photo editing experience. I later learned the basics of web coding, and after a move to Seattle I was hired at a rapidly growing insurance lead generation company where I refined my web design and coding skills as part of an in-house design team. I decided to change direction and explore Central America next, where I found myself volunteering and designing for trade as I traveled and explored Costa Rica and Panama. I was hired for a contract job in Panama City heading the design department of a tech company where I improved my Spanish and got the “working abroad” experience. Continuing my overseas stint in Costa Rica, I then started my own design agency after seeing a great demand in the local market for quality design. Partnered with a fellow designer and entrepreneur, Nomad Design House was created and has been growing since 2014 as a full service creative agency for mainly expat-owned small businesses in Central America.

Mission: To continue expanding my experience and skills in all visual and technical realms related to graphic design and web development. Currently seeking opportunities at non-profit organizations.

Inspiration & Interests: Nature, fine arts, fashion, fractals and sacred geometry, organic textures, fonts, vintage styling, people watching, learning languages, cafés, travel, animals, philosophy, yoga and healthy food.

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Portfolio

nomad

Nomad Design House

Brand development, logo, website and marketing for a design agency I helped to create in Central America. After seeing the need many local and expat-owned businesses in Costa Rica and Panama had for quality graphic and web design, Nomad Design House was developed.

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thsocialgecko

The Social Gecko

Branding development, including logo design and brand guide, print material, social media profile design, and web design and development for a new social media management company.

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seahippies

Sea Hippies

Sea Hippies is a women’s fashion brand I developed in Costa Rica. Seeing a lack of affordable quality clothing and a large base of female consumers wanting such, I began importing thrift store fashion finds into the country from the U.S.A. Sea Hippies became a “Mobile Boutique”, vending clothing and accessories at events on the coast and using Facebook as the main marketing tool.

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alisonsite

Alison Vieira Photography

Logo, business cards, and responsive WordPress website design for a freelance photographer.

This design was inspired by geometric Navajo prints, with a bold modern style, incorporating subtle texture in the logo and a simple saturated color palette as an accent to the black and white.

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sharkys

Sharky’s Sports Bar

One-page scrolling website design using WordPress for popular sports bar. The client was after a more modern, trendy look than their current branding used and an easy to navigate, clean website. Using some parallax features, creating a uniform look for the photos and bold mixed-font text blocks achieved this look. To complement the new site design, they also wanted a Facebook profile design and post template created for cohesive branding.

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labodega

La Bodega Organic Café

Mobile-friendly website design using WordPress CMS, and business card and flyer design. La Bodega is a small organic café in Tamarindo, Costa Rica who needed an online presence and marketing material.

The business had an existing logo, so color and font choices were to complement and carry branding elements throughout all the material for a cohesive look.

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adventuresea

Adventure Sea Kayak & SUP

Website design using WordPress CMS for Florida-based kayak and SUP tour company.

Website was designed with current web trends in mind, using a scrolling layout. The color palette was ocean-inspired, paired with hand drawn touches and a friendly script font.

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nosaraspanish

Nosara Spanish Institute

A responsive website design using WordPress CMS for a language school. The school had an outdated logo that was revamped while maintaining brand identity. They wanted their site to look friendly and beachy yet academic, which was accomplished with the use of colors, textures, icons and photography of the beautiful location.

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caboluna

Cabo Luna

Website design using WordPress CMS, and social media graphics. Cabo Luna is a Costa Rica based event rental and design company.

This clean and classy design was meant to show off their event photography and be easy to navigate.

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cocoonplatoon

Cocoon Platoon

Parallax website design and development using WordPress, and business card design. Cocoon Platoon is a life coaching and personal training company.

The design inspiration for this project from the client was dog tags, so brushed metal texture was incorporated in the cards and on the website to make the bright green pop even more and add dimension.

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sunsetcatering

Sunset Catering

Business card design, and website design and development on WordPress CMS. Sunset Catering is a small business in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

With an existing fruit-themed logo in place, the warm tropical colors and bold fruit graphics were carried out in the business card and website design as well for consistency and branding. Photos of their beautifully prepared food plates were the final touch to tie it all together.

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gratafy

Gratafy

At Gratafy I was a contract visual designer hired to support the lead designer during the busy holiday season. I designed many internal presentations, as well as static web pages for the new version of their website, printed promotional material, social media graphics, and HTML emails.

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nycrestaurant

NYC Restaurant

Freelance design for NYC based digital marketing agency for primarily restaurants. Role includes designing website layouts and delivering to developer in PSD with assets, as well as building some sites with Adobe Muse.

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simplynatural

Simply Natural Investments

Booklet layout and design for a print piece used for trade show material. Simply Natural is a Panama City, Panama based agricultural investments company.

The layout of the booklet gives plenty of space for the bright photographs that draw interest, and a clean grid layout for the text. Color blocks tie it all together and are used to highlight facts and quotes.

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socialmedia

Peace Retreat

Social media graphics for promotional use on Facebook.

Peace Retreat is a yoga retreat center in Costa Rica.

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qw2

QuoteWizard Agents

HTML email design, coded and tested for compatibility and appearance for all major email clients, plus web banner design.

QuoteWizard is an insurance lead generation company in Seattle, WA.

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qw1

InsureMyCar4Less

Landing page design and hand coding, plus web banner design.

InsureMyCar4Less is a sub-brand of QuoteWizard, an insurance lead generation company.

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Work History & Education

10/15 – 12/15
Visual Designer (contract)
Gratafy: Seattle
Graphic and web design for digital gifting platform. Designed static web pages, designed and coded HTML emails, created presentation decks for potential partners, PowerPoint presentations and other visuals to support lead designer.
4/15 – 2/16
Website Designer (freelance)
NYC Restaurant: New York
Designing restaurant website layouts and delivering PSD for development, and building restaurant websites using Muse.
3/14 – Present
Freelance Web and Graphic Designer
Nomad Design House: Costa Rica
Web and graphic design, branding, marketing advertising and social media for the NOMAD agency brand, responding to potential client inquiries, meeting with clients to determine project scope, quotes and invoices, and creative work for client projects (including branding, print material, and web design and development using WordPress CMS).
8/13 – 11/13
Manager of Design and Marketing
Intelitek Corp: Panama City, Panama
In-house web design and maintenance, graphic design for print material, web graphics and social media. Reported directly to CEO. Spanish-speaking office setting
2/12 – 3/13
Junior Graphic and Web Designer
QuoteWizard: Seattle, WA
Web graphics (banners and ads), HTML email design, coding & testing, web pages and landing pages with forms for data collection, printed collateral such as manuals, presentations, signs, brochures, and slideshow presentations.
2013
School of Visual Concepts
Seattle, WA
Advanced HTML/CSS continuing education course completed.

2012
Seattle Central College
Seattle, WA
Spanish Level 5 continuing education course.

4/11 – 9/11
Photo Editor/Retoucher
1stDibs: New York, NY
Retouching product photos for website by weekly deadline; putting images on white backgrounds, color correction, resizing, image manipulation – managing multiple files and uploading to the server.
10/08 – 2/12
Graphic Designer and Photo Editor
ModaListas: New York, NY
Graphic design for print and web including advertisements, banners, invitations, business cards, e-blasts. Photo editing and retouching for product shots and creation of editorial photos/advertisements. Product entry with Magento site and site maintenance. Social media management.

2010
C.E.E. Idiomas
Madrid, Spain
Spanish Conversation Summer Course

1/07 – 5/10
Fashion Institute of Technology (State University of NY)
New York, NY
Illustration & Design Focus. Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. Graduated Cum Laude.

9/05 – 12/06
School Of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Majored in Illustration
2004
School Of Visual Arts
New York, NY
Fine Arts Summer Program

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