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James S. Anderson
3031 Terrimay Lane, Santa Rosa, CA
(415) 533-1431 •

Highly motivated Graphic and Web Designer with over 30 years experience in print and marketing design, ad and publication production for newspapers, trade publications, retail/professional service businesses and the design and development of a number of web sites on the World Wide Web.

Exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills, self-starter and dynamic team player with well developed written and communication abilities. Skilled in client relations and a talent for building and maintaining “win-win” partnerships.

Expert at design, layout, type specification, copy fitting, procurement of photographs/artwork and supervision of final printing. Detail-oriented and accustomed to performing in a deadline-driven environment while keeping a great sense of humor and positive attitude under pressure.


  • Conceptualized, Developed and Established web sites for profit and non-profit organizations.
  • Efficiently managed and coordinated design and production of all Advertorial Special Sections for the Marin Independent Journal from concept to completion.
  • Successfully translated subject matter into award-winning design and layout for the Sausalito, San Rafael, Novato, Corte Madera and San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce newsletters.
  • Supervised and coordinated freelance writers and photographers to meet all project requirements and consistently met deadlines and goals.
  • Created spec and live advertisements for new and existing clients; ability to achieve client’s desired image resulting in a measurable increase in sales.
  • Paginated daily editorial pages for the Napa Valley Register under extremely tight deadlines.
  • Created design theme, graphics and layout for the Napa Valley Register’s Arts & Entertainment page.
  • Collaborated with the Special Section Editor at the Napa Valley Register to design and produce the monthly Inside Napa Valley tabloid.
  • Managed production and production growth of Wine Business Monthly; began in 1994 with 48 pages and grew to 80 pages by 1996; consistently met deadlines and continued to turn out a superior quality publication.
  • Developed computerized page layout and client ad retrieval system for the Wine Business Monthly, resulting in a significant decrease in page composition and layout time.
  • Assisted with development of artwork, financial charts and managed layout for Smart Wine (a wine business trade magazine) prospectus.

Technical Skills

Platforms: Mac OSX and Windows XP
Software: InDesign CS6, Quark XPress, Multi Ad Creator,
Photoshop CS6, Illustrator CS6, Dreamweaver CS5,
Flash CS5.5, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Office: Mac
Web: XHTML and CSS coding

Professional Experience

Present Senior Graphic Designer
Pacific Sun, (Marin County weekly newspaper),
San Rafael, CA
2011-Sept. 2012 Freelance/Independent Contractor
1997-Jan. 2011 Advertising Artist/Special Section Coordinator
Marin Independent Journal, Novato, CA
1996-1997Layout Artist/Page Pagination
Napa Valley Register, Napa, CA
1994-1996 Production Manager
Wine Business Monthly, Sonoma, CA
1990-1994 Production Artist
Novato Advance, Novato, CA


Present Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
Course work leading to a Web Designer Certificate (Completion Summer 2011)
1980 California College of Art, Oakland, CA
BFA in Environmental Design
1976-1978 College of Marin, Kentfield, CA
Field of Study – Graphic Design

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