April Allman

Contact: allmanah@mac.com  |  Based in Jeffersonville, IN

Work History

 


Freelance Designer/Editor/Content Creator

  • Website Designer/Manager, Social Selling News magazine, Austin, TX (ongoing February 2022-Present)
  • Flyer design for Jeffersonville High School Basketball Recruitment
  • Logo design for Tabitha Creations (fashion designer)
  • Website design for musician Marilyn Kington
  • Flyer design for The Forum at Brookside

 

Design Director, Today's Woman magazine, TBain & Co., Louisville, Ky.
March 2021-February 2022 (TBain & Co. purchased Today's Woman magazine in March 2021.)

  • Sole editorial and cover designer of Today’s Woman magazine
  • Copyedit all stories
  • Advertising design (for clients such as WR Realtors, La Casita Center, LG&E, Mamili, Sassy Fox, and many more)
  • Media kit design
  • Check provided camera-ready ads for accuracy and file integrity
  • Proofread enewsletters and social media posts
  • Maintain publication website
  • Upload online magazine to Flipbook
  • Edit videos and upload videos and photo galleries to website
  • Photo editing and manipulation
  • Create logos and supporting materials for events
  • Create reprints of articles by reader request
  • Assist in managing social media pages, provide content for posts
  • Create online contests or giveaways in Wufoo
  • Work directly with printer to provide all files for direct-to-plate printing, ask for estimates on special printed pieces, troubleshoot any issues.
  • Create and maintain an internal sales and production schedule for staff to prepare the magazine for the printer each month.
  • Special note: In December 2021, I created a new logo for the magazine relaunch and was an integral part of creating a completely revamped website.

 

Editorial Design Director, Today's Media, LLC, Louisville, Ky.
January 2017-February 2021 (Today's Media was owner of Today's Woman through February 2021.)

  • Editorial and cover design of Today’s Woman magazine, Today’s Transitions magazine, and Today’s Family magazine
  • Assigning story and photo assignments for Today's Family magazine, special magazine supplements such as Heart Health and Cancer supplements, and paid-for advertorials and advertorial supplements
  • Copyedit stories
  • Advertising design for all 3 publications
  • Media kit design for all 3 publications
  • Check provided camera-ready ads for accuracy and file integrity
  • Create and send e-newsletter blasts
  • Maintain publication websites
  • Upload online magazines to Issuu.com
  • Photo editing and manipulation
  • Troubleshoot some Mac computer issues in the Production department
  • Create logos and supporting materials for events
  • Create reprints of articles by reader request
  • Assist in managing Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and reader contests
  • Create and maintain an internal sales and production schedule for staff to prepare the magazine for the printer each month.
  • Special note: In the midst of the pandemic, I was in charge of a supplement created for the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. I did the editorial planning, worked with the Girl Scouts to get artwork, assigned stories, wrote some of them myself, and designed the entire piece.

 

Senior Graphic Designer, Zion Publications, LLC, Louisville, Ky.
May 2000-December 2016

  • Editorial and cover design of Today’s Woman magazine, Today’s Transitions magazine, and Today’s Family magazine
  • Advertising design for all 3 publications
  • Media kit design for all 3 publications
  • Check provided camera-ready ads for accuracy and file integrity
  • Create and send e-newsletter blasts
  • Designed a Celebration of Service Awards supplement for the Center for Women and Families, which was inserted in Today's Woman
  • Maintain pub websites
  • Upload online magazine to Issuu.com
  • Photo editing and manipulation
  • Troubleshoot all Mac computer issues in the Production department
  • Create logos and supporting materials for events
  • Create reprints of articles by reader request
  • Copyedit stories
  • Create and maintain an internal sales and production schedule for staff to prepare the magazine for the printer each month.
  • Special note: When the magazine would move offices, I was responsible for setting up the technology for the production department in the new space, ie. setting up the router, the printers, and the computers.

 

City Editor, The Evening News, Jeffersonville, Ind. (1999) (now called the News and Tribune)

  • Performed daily design of front page, section fronts, and inside pages
  • Proofread all pages before going to press

 

Lifestyle Page Designer, Anderson Independent Mail newspaper, a 45,000+ circulation daily (1996-99)

  • Performed daily design of Lifestyle section fronts and inside pages, including fashion, food, and entertainment pages
  • Proofread Lifestyle section pages before going to press

 

EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, News-Editorial sequence, University of South Carolina (1996)

 

SOFTWARE SKILLS: Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator); PowerPoint; Dropbox; Wordpress; Mailchimp; Hootsuite; Wufoo; some knowledge of Premiere Pro; prepress skills; computer-to-plate. Mac and PC proficiency.

 

References provided upon request.

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