About Me

Hi, my name is Reena (pronounced REE-nuh) Stewart. Art was my first love — drawing with crayons and pencils, then graduating to paints, charcoal and eventually, computer graphic design. I have been designing professionally since graduating college. My freelance career started in 2008 with a few small projects here and there, outside of my full-time job. The following year, I decided to give my freelance business a name: Studio R Designs. My design style is clean and refined. I specialize in logo and print design, but I also take on digital and web-based projects. I truly love and enjoy what I do for many reasons. Besides the endless opportunities of expressing myself creatively, I live for those moments when my clients show how excited they are about the work I have completed for them.

Here is a little more about my background…

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE GRAPHIC DESIGNER … Sept 2009 – Present
Studio R Designs | Overland Park, KS

GRAPHIC DESIGNER … March 2010 – March 2013
Sunlighten Saunas | Overland Park, KS

CREATIVE DESIGNER … Nov 2005 – Aug 2009
PRODUCTION DESIGNER … Oct 2000 – Nov 2005
Kansas City Star | Kansas City, MO

GRAPHIC ARTIST … June 1999 – Sept 2000
McConville Communications | Waterloo, IA

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EXPERTISE + TECHNICAL SKILLS

Branding: logo design, identity collateral (business cards, letterhead, envelopes, brochures)
Print: ads, newsletters, menus, posters, flyers, invitations
Web: banners, headers, email templates, landing pages
Creative ideas from conception to completion
Strong eye for layout, composition, color, imagery + typography
Photo adjustments/editing
Quality control, proofreading and some copywriting
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Acrobat Pro
Microsoft Office programs
HTML, CSS

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AWARDS

2007 | Best Ad Series Award (3rd Place), Missouri Advertising Managers Association
2006 | Stars on Grand Award, Kansas City Star
2006 | Portfolio of the Quarter, Kansas City Star
2006 | Challenge of the Month (July + November), Kansas City Star
2003 | Design of the Month (June, July + September), Kansas City Star

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EDUCATION

Web Designer Certificate (2010)
Johnson County Community College | Overland Park, KS

Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Communication Design + Studio Art (1999)
Wartburg College | Waverly, IA

Wyandotte High School | Kansas City, KS (1995)