Lillian T. Abernathy


Esteemed creative professional advancing thriving profession as a graphic/web designer. Articulate leader collaborating with clients to design websites, logos, business branding and advertising design.


L.A. Creative | Owner and Sole-Proprietor | Jan 2010 - Present

Responsible for all aspects of freelance business operations including customer service, planning, design and completion of all projects. Writing complete project proposals, meeting with clients to discuss project goals, facilitating all design work for all projects and meeting project deadlines. Projects include, but are not limited to, web design and website planning, promotional flyers and pamphlets, print advertising design, social media set-up and promotion, business cards and letterhead, logo design, online advertising, print publication design and layout, CD covers and booklets plus various other creative endeavors including some photography, photo manipulations and scale models.

The Gallatin News Examiner | Ad Operations Manager | Feb 1998 - May 2009

Started as a Graphic Designer (1998) and quickly promoted to Art Director in 1999. Managed award-winning art department for 2 years and promoted to Creative Services Manager in 2001. Managed a staff of 2 artists to provide creative support for advertising, editorial, classified advertising and circulation. Also responsible for specialty publication pagination and editorial design. Created and designed start-up websites for newspaper group of nine community newspapers in 2003. Promoted to Pre-Press Manager in 2004. Managed a staff of 5 artists, 2 supervisors, 2 graphic technicians and a proof reader to provide award-winning designs for advertising and specialty publications. Responsible for all promotional materials and advertising as well as specialty publication pagination and editorial design. Worked as company liason with commercial print customers to ensure optimum quality from files sent for printing. Promoted to Ad Operations Manager in Jan 2008. Added to previous duties the responsibility to schedule and troubleshoot all commercial printing and provide customer service to over 24 different print customers Managed a department budget over $500,000.

TV Guam Magazine • Agana, Guam
Graphic Designer – 1993 – 1997

Morale, Welfare & Recreation Department
NAS Memphis, Millington, TN
Graphic Designer – 1991 – 1993

United States Navy – Honorable Discharge
Ground Support Equipment Electrician (ASE) – 1975 - 1979



The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Online Division
Feb 2014 - Bachelors/Web Design and Interactive Media
Graduated with Honors / Cummulative GPA – 4.0
Recipient of the John T. Barclay Memorial Scholarship, Spring 2013
Named to the President’s List for Academic Excellence, Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN
2004 - 2006 - Various courses to enhance career progression

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ.
1980 – 1981 – Core Studies
Named to the Dean’s List for Academic Excellence – 1980 & 1981

• Web Design
• Logo Design
• Advertising Design
• Publication Layout & Design
• Business Branding
• Digital Image Correction
• Digital Image Manipulation
• Digital Photography
• Interactive Authoring & Animation
• Mobile Conversion
• eCommerce
• eLearning
• Project Management
• Social Media Integration
• Database Design

• Adobe Photoshop
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe InDesign
• Acrobat X
• Adobe Dreamweaver
• Adobe Flash
• Adobe Fireworks
• Adobe Premier Pro
• Adobe Captivate
• Adobe After Effects
• Intuit QuickBooks
• Microsoft Office
• Audacity

Computer Languages:
• Proficient in HTML, CSS, AJAX, JavaScript, AS3, PHP and MySQL, jQuery

• Experience with Joomla, GoMobi and WordPress


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