Meet Chantal

Chantal Gabriell is a creative communications professional with more than sixteen years experience in graphic design and project management. As a past business owner and art director, Chantal has award-winning skills and a track record of client relations and project success. She has the ability to move from design to other aspects of creative and business processes, is an organized self-starter and team player, and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Business

Account and budget management, billing and account tracking, new client acquisition, consensus building, project management, requirements documentation, strategic planning, business and vendor relationships.

Processes

Extensive knowledge of collateral design and associated processes, including art direction, graphic design, copywriting, original artwork, pre-press and final print production, B2B and team communications.

Skills

Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Design with Adobe CS5 – CC Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat. Original artwork and design, and working within pre-existing design formats and corporate identities.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Royal Roads University, Victoria 2016 – 2017

• Understanding project management models, life cycles and project integration management.
• Applying PM fundamentals, including the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge®.
• Developing strategies for estimating, evaluating, forecasting, monitoring and reporting costs, and interpreting earned-value data.
• Mastering techniques to motivate others and embrace their role in project management.
• Engaging with the processes through which organizations, practices and projects are managed.

Orca Book Publishers
Art Director (term position) and Graphic Designer, Victoria 2013 – 2015

• Art direction and project management for design and artwork of new titles.
• Developing and maintaining positive working relationships with teams, artists and vendors.
• Book design work from picture books through teen and adult fiction.
• Designing covers from concept to finished work, book layout and typesetting.
• Overseeing the production of display advertising and promotional materials.
• Ensuring that books and collateral material are consistent with branding and publishing strategies.
• Advanced file manipulation and enhancement with Adobe Photoshop.
• Effectively managing multiple ongoing projects to deadline.
• Providing leadership and support.

SeaShine Design Studio
Graphic Designer, Business Owner, Victoria 2006 – 2013

• Developing and maintaining exceptional business partnerships with clients and print representatives.
• Identifying clients’ needs, providing vision and action plans.
• Original artwork for clients, writing and editing to assist with effective promotion and communication.
• Design collateral from concept to completion including books, reports, posters, brochures, packaging, game design.
• Campaign conception with art preliminaries in preparation of photo shoot art direction
• Clients included: BC Cancer Agency, Pearson College, Victorian Epicure, University of Victoria.
• Advanced file manipulation and enhancement with Adobe Photoshop.
• Effectively managing multiple ongoing projects to deadline.
• Providing leadership and support

Xentel DM Incorporated
Graphic Designer, Calgary 1999 – 2006

• Organizing and designing multiple projects to deadline, lead communications with clients, team and vendors.
• Graphic design, writing, and content creation.
• In-house event campaigns, corporate promotions, ad copy, annual reports, press releases, sponsorship packages.
• Corporate identities and promo collateral for outside clients.
• Managing multiple projects to deadline.