Chantal Rioux - Graphic Artist & Illustrator


With over 15 years of professional creativity in Print Media, User Interface Design and Illustration, Iíve worked for a wide range of clients and enjoyed many opportunities to collect useful tools in the practice of user-centered design. An interest in the diversity of human perception and experience has provided me with creative problem solving skills essential for clear graphic communication and improving the user experience. To truly succeed as a graphic designer, one must use layout, typography, images and branding to foster instant understanding between a client and their target demographic.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HERR Industry System AG - Cover illustration, layout, pre-flight & pre-press for 2010/2011 Catalogue

Beautiful Angel Spa - Design of marketing collateral including rate card and promotional flyers

Bell Micro - Personal Storage Portfolio sellsheet design (including image processing and pre-press)

Canadian Immigrant - Pen & ink/digital illustration
http://canadianimmigrant.ca/microsites/elections/article/1831

EYE WEEKLY - Pen & ink / digital illustration
www.eyeweekly.com/editorialdigest/article/34863

and magazine - Digital illustration for Issue 2 (June 2007)
http://www.myspace.com/andisamagazine

Dr. Peter Moore, D.C. - 'Stretches for Golfers' handout (illustration and design)
Medical illustrations of rotator cuff and plantar fascia
www.moore-chiropractic.com/rotator-cuff-illustration.html
www.moore-chiropractic.com/plantar-fasciitis.html


EYE WEEKLY - Graphic Artist
Toronto, ON June 2004 - Oct. 2009
Preflight & design for Editorial and Classifieds advertising.
Layout of Classifieds section, creation & management of EYEpersonals graphic identity for print and web.
Layout of Showtimes listings, designing movie promotional and contest materials for print & web.
Editorial layout, preflight and ad design for magazines including Vacancy, Sway and Canadian Immigrant.
Sole designer for the 2008-09 Harry Jerome Awards Program and 2009 Canadian Immigrant Housing Guide.

EYEWEEKLY.com - Website Administrator

Toronto, ON Nov. 2007 - Jan. 2008
Requested & received responsibility for Webmaster position; managed content updates, image processing and conversion of print documents into HTML & PHP manually and using several data management systems.

Roxio - Graphic User Interface Designer
Richmond Hill, ON Nov. 2000 - Feb. 2004
Product Design Team Lead for PhotoSuite.
Represented UI Design Team and advocated for the end-user in meetings, in order to ensure the creation of quality consumer digital media software products.
Created a GUI Guidelines document following Windows UI standards and establishing Roxio brand identity.
Worked closely with design team members locally and off-site to create new look and feel for new digital media suite; including application components, icons, controls and their behaviours.
Developed UI elements from sketches to final art within corporate style guides and platform standards; including frames, icons, 3D glyphs, cursors, buttons, controls, and animated splashscreens.
Achieved understanding of user-centered design through observation of usability testing and assisting in brainstorming from a product strategic perspective.


pier 1 imports - 2nd Assistant Manager
Burlington, ON Mar. 1994 - May 1999
Provided attentive customer service, suggesting products to suit specific home décor needs.
Worked closely with Visual Merchandising team to create displays showcasing housewares, furniture and decorative accessories.
Was chosen to be a team member for new store openings in Woodbridge, London, Ottawa and Barrie; supervising stockroom setup, receiving, merchandise staging and assisted with visual merchandising.

Ultimate Print & Litho - Graphic Artist

Burlington, ON Jan. 1996 - Mar. 1997
Design of corporate collateral materials: tear sheets, calendars, postcards, booklets and stationary packages for clients including the Canadian Soccer Academy, Halton Industry Education Council and the Waterloo County Education Credit Union.

KC Graphics - Assistant Graphic Artist

Burlington, ON Sept. 1991 - Aug. 1992
T-Shirt design for clients including the Lions Club and local sports teams. Scanned client artwork, created manual colour separations for 4 colour printing and digital colour separations for output to film. Experience developing negatives and burning screens.

SOFTWARE PROFICIENCY

Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Advanced:
Acrobat Distiller, Illustrator, InDesign, PhotoShop, MS Office, QuarkXPress
Intermediate: Dreamweaver, Autodesk 3ds Max, CorelDRAW, HTML, SWAT, Visio, Visual Studio
Experience with: After Effects, Flash, Premiere, CSS, XML, PHP

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Interpretive Illustration - Sheridan College (Oakville ON), 1993 – 1996. Three Year Diploma
Art Fundamentals - Sheridan College (Oakville ON), 1992 – 1993. One Year Diploma

3D StudioMax Advanced Training - Seneca College (Toronto ON), March 2001. Certificate
3D StudioMax Basic Training - Seneca College (Toronto ON), February 2001. Certificate

INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

I like to learn new things, to keep the mind & body strong and ready for new challenges. It’s important to widen one’s scope of experience, keep an open mind and expand the palate. If I can play with a new piece of software, speak to someone from a different part of the world or read a book about something I know nothing about, then it’s been a good day.

Digital photo manipulation (Colour-correction, digital painting and photomontage)

Staging ‘Salons’ where designers from all disciplines gather to share information, support and resources

Yoga, reading, writing, research, hiking, camping, drawing, painting, human-computer interaction


chantal@infinite8design.com