My name is Paul Donnell, and I'm a graphic designer from Gluckstadt, MS. If you haven't heard of it, no big deal, but it is where I began developing my eye for design. I further developed my skills at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS receiving my BFA in Graphic Design. I am currently the Marketing Coordinator for Memorial Health System in Gulfport, MS.

I have a great passion for the work that I do. I'm not just a fine artist, but a great communicator.

I enjoy illustrating, typography, photography, video production, web design, layout design, and dabbling in copywriting.

I am both proficient and hard-working, driven to make successful designs and concepts. Brainstorming and research are an essential part of my method to creating compelling designs.

Phone: 601.255.3697
Email: pdonnell.design@gmail.com
Etsy Store: Etsy.com/shop/DonnellDesigns

Education:

BFA in Graphic Design (2012)
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Focused on visual literacy, conceptual development, and problem-solving.
  • Learned Graphic Design principles for various applications.
  • Engaged in internships, field trips, and real-world projects.
  • Developed design theory, methodologies, and presentation skills.
  • Enhanced communication, technical, and production abilities.
  • Produced an extensive senior project for a professional portfolio.

Work History:

Marketing Coordinator
10/2020 to Current
Memorial Health System
  • Spearheaded the conceptualization and creation of digital and print materials, showcasing expertise as a graphic designer.
  • Played a pivotal role in the rebranding initiative, contributing significantly to the development of the new Memorial style guide.
  • Utilized branding and identity skills to create distinctive departmental brands within the health system.
  • Leveraged photo/video skills for art direction, recording, and producing engaging digital content, effectively promoting the health system.
  • Collaborated with vendors and managed other creatives to provide art direction and develop impactful marketing and advertising designs for the organization.

Creative Director/Graphic Designer
05/2012 to Current
Paul Donnell Design • Freelance
  • Designed print and web materials for various clients, showcasing expertise in branding, web design, photography, illustration, and more.

Senior Graphic Designer
08/2018 to 10/2020
Lodging & Leisure, LLC
  • Led the design efforts in developing regionally marketed hotel and resort brand campaigns.
  • Provided strategy and creative leadership to all junior design staff, ensuring cohesive and impactful designs.
  • Created unique consumer campaigns for publication on social media and tourism sites, enhancing brand visibility.
  • Designed brands for resorts owned by the company, including Margaritaville Resort Biloxi, White House Hotel, Centennial Plaza, and Hotel Legends.
  • Provided editorial support for sales collateral, websites, radio, and print ad campaigns, ensuring consistent and compelling messaging.
  • Utilized photo/video skills for art direction, recording, and producing digital content and food/property photography to effectively promote LLI properties.

Graphic Designer
12/2012 to 08/2018
Ad.In Advertising
  • Demonstrated expertise in print and web design, photography, social media content creation, and explored motion graphics and video production in an agency-styled environment.
  • Actively contributed to the development and execution of brand strategies, including logo design, messaging, imagery, and audiovisual elements.

Graphic Design Intern
06/2012 to 10/2012
Marketing Alliance Inc.
  • Applied print and web design skills to support the creation and enhancement of brands for economic development organizations nationwide.
  • Contributed to logo design opportunities, collaborating with the team to develop visually compelling brand identities aligned with client objectives.

Graphic Design Intern
08/2011 to 05/2012
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Supported the development and maintenance of the University's brand identity by adhering to graphic and style standards in all design projects.
  • Contributed to print and web design initiatives, including logo design opportunities, to enhance the University's brand presence and messaging consistency.


Skills:

  • Creative Direction
  • Art Direction
  • Graphic Design
  • Artistic Vision
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects)
  • Branding & Identity
  • Typography
  • Layout Design
  • Print Design
  • Presentation Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Concept Development
  • Corporate Identity
  • Logo Design
  • Creative Strategy
  • Image Editing
  • Design Thinking
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Advertising
  • Illustration
  • Web Design
  • Social Media Graphic Design
  • Infographic Design
  • Packaging Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Collaboration
  • Problem Solving
  • Team Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Client Communication
  • Digital Marketing
  • Exhibition Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Motion Graphics
  • Publication Design
  • WordPress
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • SEO
  • User Interface Design
  • Digital Illustration
  • Marketing
  • Ad Design
  • Generative Al
  • Graphics
  • Canva

Awards:

  • 2024 Best of Interactive & Gold ADDY Award (Take PRIDE+ In Your Health Social Media Campaign)
  • 2024 Silver ADDY Award (Inky: Gulfport Harbor Lights Mascot Illustration)
  • 2024 AAF President’s Service Award
  • 2024 AAF Creative Excellence Award Nominee (Community/Creative Advocate)
  • 2023 Mosaic Award (Memorial Health System: A Celebration of Diversity Events)
  • 2023 Best of Interactive & Gold ADDY Award (Memorial Health System: We Are Memorial Website)
  • 2023 Silver ADDY Award (Memorial Stationery Package)
  • 2023 PRism Best of Show Award (Our Promise, Memorial’s Cultural Transformation)
  • 2022 Lantern Award - William A. Taylor Best of Show (Prevention Takes Action)
  • 2022 PRism Awards: Best of Tier 2 and Best of Show (Faces Behind the Mask Campaign), Internal Communication (75th Anniversary Campaign), Community Relations and Public Service (Don’t Hesitate, Vaccinate Campaign), and Marketing (Prevention Takes Action Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign)
  • 2022 Gold ADDY Award (Memorial Health System Stone County Outdoor)
  • 2022 Gold ADDY Award (Memorial Health System “Forward” Logo Redesign)
  • 2022 Silver ADDY Award (Memorial Health System Graduate Medical Edu Microsite)
  • 2022 Silver ADDY Award (Memorial Health System COVID-19: One Year Later Video)
  • 2022 Silver ADDY Award (Memorial Health System Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign)
  • 2022 Silver ADDY Award (Memorial Health System 75th Anniversary Campaign)
  • 2021 GDUSA Magazine's Health + Wellness Design Award (COVID-19: One Year Later Video)
  • 2016 GD USA Digital Cover Honorable Mention (Double Thick and Super ‘Tuff)
  • 2014 GD USA American Web Design Award (Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce)
  • 2011 Judges Choice ADDY Award (Hipsterical Clothing catalog)
  • 2011 Gold ADDY Award (Hipsterical Clothing catalog)
  • 2010 Silver ADDY Award (Frogs: A Chorus of Colors poster design)

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