sway2this = Patti Witten
I have worked as a graphic artist since 1990. I learned mechanical paste-up and the (then) new world of desktop publishing on the job with Ghostwriters Inc., in Ithaca, NY, a husband and wife team who hired me on the basis of my amateur illustration portfolio.
After working for Ghostwriters for a couple of years I launched my freelance business, Wisteria Graphics, in 1992 and created illustration and layouts for books, catalogs, print ads, magazines, flyers, and newsletters for a wide variety of local clients, from work-at-home caterers to colleges. My regular and repeat clients included Ithaca College (NY), the Countryman Press (Vermont), and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES (NY). For 3 years I taught desktop publishing at T-S-T BOCES for the Continuing Education department.
In 1997 I turned my creative energy to music, and for the next several years I recorded CDs and gigged in the Northeast US and beyond. I loved being able to design and write my own marketing materials — from CD packaging to press releases — keeping my design chops in shape. Making and marketing my own CDs and website have given me a thorough knowledge of the process of bringing a project from conception to completion. And being a DIY recording artist and musician gives me a deeper understanding of the needs of sole proprietors, entrepreneurs, small business and creative professionals.
After 20 years on my own I re-entered the mainstream work world in 2008, first as Marketing Coordinator for a large real estate company, followed by Office and Marketing Manager for a busy photography studio, and currently as Administrative Assistant for the Chamber of Commerce.
- Graphic Design
- Blog-based Websites
- Social Media and Blogging
- Digital Retouching and Photo Editing
- Video editing
- Stock Photos
Equipment and Software:
- Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, iPhoto, iMovie
- iMac 2.66 GHz- Intel Core 2 Duo, color calibrated display
- Continuous back up to a 250 GB external HD
- Flatbed scanner
- Nikon P510 with HD video