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					                                            BRIAN GREBOW
                 902-50 Lombard Street • Toronto, Ontario M5C 2X4 • 416-466-2054/1-888-536-3324
                              AWARD-WINNING GRAPHIC DESIGNER
                        Delivering designs that communicate effectively to busy readers
Proven professional with more than 15 years of experience, an excellent work ethic, an extraordinary range of
expertise in document design and production.
 Consistently exceeds client expectations, by combining high-quality work with superior customer service
 Saves time and money by advising on ways to meet challenges creatively
 Serves as a conscientious team player or works alone with little supervision
             Self-starter • Problem solver • Disciplined • Outstanding communicator • Multitasker

Taking the leading role, people management
• Spearheaded creative process for four-colour poster used to recruit aboriginal population for three
  consecutive censuses; poster was used widely in Ontario, the Maritimes, and parts of Western Canada
  and as corporate thank-you item (Statistics Canada)
• Served as Art Director for DreamScapes, a monthly tabloid newspaper on world travel, produced for
  American Express Travel (GlobElite Travel)
• Created cover and interior book design for
  - flagship medical textbook, Essentials of Clinical Oncology (Somerset Publishing)
  - 216-page, full-colour art book, Panes of Glory (Fr. Prieur, St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario)
Collaborating with a large, multidisciplinary teams
• Worked with legal and support staff, copy editors, indexers, and other team members to produce
  1200-page, two-volume public report with about 600 tables, figures, and maps (Walkerton Inquiry)
• Worked with team to create multilingual leave-behind material and forms for three consecutive
  censuses (Statistics Canada)
Working with authors, editors, workshop instructors and/or advertising coordinators
• Designed and produced, in French and English, reports and testing materials for evaluating Canadian
  students’ performance in mathematics, science, writing, and reading (Council of Ministers of
  Education, Canada)
• Produced quarterly 32-page journal of articles related to the legal profession in Canada (Advocates’
• Designed and produced newsletter (ten issues a year), conferences/seminars brochures, and
  membership and resource directories (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers)
• Designed and produced two annual reports and supportive foundation material (Laidlaw Foundation)
• Designed series of course materials detailing good communication, teamwork, and other leadership
  skills (Fulcrum Associates)
Working solo (with-ready-for-design copy provided)
• Laid out 335-page textbook and 225-page workbook for financial training company (confidential)
 Designed and produced annual report and five external reports (Industrial Disease Standards Panel,
  Ontario Ministry of Labour)
• Produced brochures and posters promoting workshops and conferences (Canadian Urban Institute)
• Created brochure and programs for seminar targeting top political and corporate leaders, featuring
  information on doing business with US government (Prospectus Associates, Golin/Harris
  International, and Baker & McKenzie)
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Examples of projects that Brian has handled*

Smaller projects
Client                                           Project type(s)
Auditor General of Ontario                       Ad and recruitment brochure
Cancer Care Ontario                              CDs and their covers, physicians’ survey
Editors’ Association of Canada                   Promotional seminar brochures
Icon Property Management                         Promotional material
Rena Kendall-Craden Communications               Identity package
Stockwoods LLP                                   Ads for professional publication
Medium-sized and more challenging projects
Client                                           Project type(s)
Advocates’ Society                               Quarterly journal
Canadian District Energy Association             Convention brochure, ads, and support material
Community Crisis Response Service                Promotional display
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada        Test materials, reports, and logos (French/English)
Family Services Association of Toronto           Training manual for new software
Fulcrum Associates                               Training materials and promotional kit
Heating, Refrigerating and                       Technical training materials (French/English)
    Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
International Council for Adult Education        Quarterly newsletter and convention program
International Tennis Federation                  Teaching materials (French/Spanish/English)
Know Your Body Best                              Product catalogues
National Capital Speakers Association            Member directory
Ontario Genealogical Society                     Book design, book covers, exhibit display, rebranding
                                                 exercise, and ads
TimeTrends (software)                            Business promotion materials
United Church of Canada                          Program guidebook
Various candidates                               Election flyers and materials
Wilfred Laurier University                       Book cover
Larger and more complex projects
Client                                           Project type(s)
American Express Travel (GlobElite Travel)       Monthly travel newspaper (served as Art Director)
Canadian Association of                          Monthly newsletters, directories, brochures, and
    Professional Speakers                        convention programs
Fr. Michael Prieur (St. Peter’s Seminary)        Book design
Laidlaw Foundation                               Annual reports and accompanying material
Ministry of Labour                               Annual and specialized reports
Ontario Genealogical Society                     Branding exercise and redesign of journal
Signature Style                                  Workshop materials
Statistics Canada                                Images for three consecutive aboriginal census posters,
                                                 guidebooks, and multilingual leave-behind materials
Walkerton Inquiry                                Public reports
Webcom Ltd.                                      College calendars and student handbooks

*PDF and hard-copy samples are available of most projects listed, as well as many others
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Computer skills
Proficient in
• Macintosh OS X operating system (Tiger 10.4.9)
• Page layout programs: InDesign (CS3) and PageMaker
• Image manipulation programs: Photoshop and Illustrator (both CS3)
• Microsoft Word, Acrobat (8)
Working knowledge of QuarkXPress and PC/Windows environment
• Book designer for finalist in two categories, 2006 The Word Guild Canadian Christian Writing Awards
• Best in Publishing: Book Cover, 2005 on
• Best 2005–06 club bulletin: Rotary International District (Toronto and surrounding area)
• Canadian Association of Professional Speakers President’s Award for service to the organization
• Judge for student graphic design contest, Applied Arts magazine
• Author of “Elements of Design,” a series of monthly articles in Communication Times, the newsletter
  of the Society for Technical Communication’s Toronto Chapter
• Selected to teach public relations and communications at Toronto’s George Brown College
• Featured frequently as a participant on industry panels dealing with professional ethics and how to
  choose and work effectively with graphic designers
Online course
Instructor and content developer for graphic design course for (in development)
Creator and presenter of the seminar Taking Up Space: Basic Lessons in Graphic Design. Its principal
focus is to look at documents from the reader’s perspective. Theoretical as well as practical tools for
effective design and layout are discussed. Diverse groups that have enjoyed this course include the
Toronto and Southwestern Ontario chapters of the Society for Technical Communication; the Ontario
Ministry of the Environment; the Toronto chapter of the Editors’ Association of Canada; and trade-
magazine editors at Maclean-Hunter.
Prior experience
   Various contracts                 1987–1989          Stanford-Bus Company and others
   Executive Director                1985–1987          Ontario Association of Legal Clinics
   Editor                            1983–1985          Issues & Actions newspaper
   Immigration to Canada             1982
   Communications Specialist         1976–1982          North Toledo Area Corporation
Bachelor of Science in Speech and Communications, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
 Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise
 Member, Board of Directors, Street to Trail Association
 Formerly active with
  - Editors’ Association of Canada: served as volunteer program and national publications chair
  - Canadian Give the Gift of Literacy: served on board of directors; created and ran (for three years)
    annual major fundraising event, “Scrabble with the Stars”
Access to other skills
   Copy editing, proofreading, back-of-the-book indexing, and Web design and development

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