Carole S. Allen                                
1 Westinghouse Plaza, Unit 211        
Boston, Massachusetts 02136 
Experienced graphic design professional with an emphasis on managing conceptual design and implementation for corporate identity, communications, and educational publishing. Proven ability to successfully manage and inspire large and small groups of design professionals in all aspects of design for print and digital content.

Design Leadership: Longstanding experience and unique commitment to assessing and interpreting client’s unique needs to create visually effective content.
Management Leadership: Documented success managing projects and staff, budgeting projects at the $100,000+ level and overseeing several projects and schedules simultaneously with full-time and contract personnel. Major focus on communication to develop collaborative solutions throughout career as a manager.
Personal Performance: A significant track record of career advancement, growth, and entrepreneurial creativity.

Freelance Graphic Designer/Ceramic Artist/Textile Designer
January 2012- present
Completed graphic design projects for various small businesses and for educational publishers on a freelance or contract basis. Experienced in Adobe CC and Microsoft Office software.

Bay State Banner - part time contract
May 2019 - present
Designed and tracked sections of a weekly paper.

Design Manager
Lumina Datamatics
December 2016 through October 2017

Managed the design of two print projects on a contract basis.

Director of Art and Design
Education and Learning Division of Aptara, Boston, Massachusetts
2003 through 2011

Skillfully directed complex design projects for major educational publishers in all disciplines and at all grade levels. Designed new and revised student editions, teacher’s editions, ancillaries, and digital companion components. In addition to overseeing all design staff (ranging from five to 25 personnel) and projects at Aptara, responsibilities included developing bid requests, overseeing budgets, and collaborating with other directors and managers toward the success of all projects. The scope of work included developing prototypes, page layout and review, photo research and photo shoots, art buying and art direction, scheduling, tracking, and assuring the timely completion of a quality. 
• Development of new print and digital companion editions of high school civics program with all new illustration, photos, charts, and graphs based on client supplied prototype (McGraw Hill)
• Design and implementation of award-winning high school geometry textbook print edition including illustration development, photo research, image enhancement, and layout (Pearson Education)
• Direction and management of the development of a 3-volume set of grade two student reading texts including art buying and re-design of 900 pages (SRA-McGraw Hill)

Design Manager 
Publicom, Inc. Cambridge, Massachusetts
March 2001- June 2003

Successfully managed and designed multiple educational publishing projects of various sizes simultaneously by working closely with the Design Director, design team members, photo and art managers. Collaborated closely with editorial and production teams to develop quality books for students and teachers.  
• Developed prototype for new edition of World Cultures and Geography program for middle school students with all new art, photos and maps for student edition, transparencies, and ancillaries (McDougal Little
• Developed new Spanish Language texts for three grade levels including modification of prototypes appropriate for each level, new art development, photo research and interior design (Pearson) 

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Other Experience and Interests
• Art Teacher  Public School,  Two non-consecutive years teaching elementary level art as a long-term substitute and several years  teaching art for summer community programs
• Instructor,  One semester teaching design and jewelry at Lasell College, Newton, Massachusetts.
• Working Ceramic Artist,  Over 15 years in the study, practice, and teaching of ceramic art.

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• Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor of Science in Art Education, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio) 
• Post Graduate Studies Massachusetts College of Art for Textile Design