I'm Kelsey Maton! An experienced professional Graphic Designer based in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
Practicing Graphic Design since '96. I'm not joking when I say "I've been doing this my whole life."
Beyond the resume: My family always told me that I "saw the world differently with my creative eye," but I never thought I could actually make a career out of it. Let alone, a career I would love this much. Growing up I was always making messes as I was a whirlwind with paints, markers, and the occasional craft with tacky hot glue and glitter. By Elementary School I was a pro at the infamous Microsoft Paint. Middle School is when I found MySpace and I loved customizing my layout by editing this language I somehow taught myself at age 12 called HTML. My first freelance project was when a friend paid me $3 in quarters for a "custom" MySpace website layout at age 13. Clueless of what I was doing and even more clueless that this was the beginning of my Website Design career. This continued into high school as I was voted "Most Creative." I even tested creative freedom with pottery (didn't even know it was possible, but I went to State Finals for my pottery portfolio and won!). Flash-forward a college degree later, a handful of design jobs, and many projects- here I am now, a Graphic Designer ready for whatever comes next.
Professional Experience: Previous experience includes Graphic Designer and Marketing Team Member at Restaurant.com. Also, Designer and Marketing Team Member at PCMI, a small software development company in Park Ridge, IL. In college work experience includes Graphic Designer for Northern Illinois University - Health Enhancement. Please view my LinkedIn for more about my experience.
Education: College graduate of Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. In addition, study abroad experience at Kings College London in London, England with studies in Museum Curating and Design. Active alum of Sigma Kappa Sorority with expansive leadership experience.
Skills: Expert in Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects), Wordpress, Sketch, Front-end Development HTML & CSS, JIRA, PowerPoint, Sketch, InVision, strict file organization skills, conceptual idea sketching, Image Editing, Elementool, Typography, executing projects from concept to wireframes to finished product.
Memberships & Activities: AIGA Chicago Chapter member, Sigma Kappa Sorority Alum, active Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children - Schaumburg, Volunteer for Alzheimers Association.
Hobbies: Marathon running, illustrating, photography, horseback riding.