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Graphic Designer and Software Programmer

Award-winning Web/Graphic Designer, Successful Entrepreneur, and Software Developer with extensive experience in graphic and web design. Cultivating winning partnerships with key clients, including Fortune 500 companies, to develop exciting digital products, manage design teams, and deliver work of the highest quality within occasionally challenging budget parameters.

  • Cutting-edge Graphic / Web Design
  • HTML 5/ PHP / Drupal / Mobile Web Technologies
  • Software Programming, Java, Python
  • Ecommerce / Online Marketing
  • Art Direction
  • Branding / Corporate Identity Initiatives
  • SEO / Web Analytics
  • User Interface Design
Contact Me:
14080 74th Place
Maple Grove, MN 55311
Phone: (612) 401 9227

Email:
rich.ketelsen@gmail.com


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Experience

Saperecom.com LLC.
CEO, 2006 to 2015
Conceptualized, built, and maintained a complex set of profitable web sites for over 9 years which used cutting edge web metrics and SEO best practices to produce more than $500,000 in ad revenue. Created highly targeted and relevant niche websites for people seeking to stay better informed and thoughtfully entertained. Saperecom websites attracted millions of people who generated over 25 million page impressions.
Chameleon, LLC.
CEO, 2005 to 2007
Founded, built and managed a leading online provider of personalization products for state-of-the-art mobile technologies. These products included user interface items such as themes, icons, and avatars. Through partnerships with many strategically aligned businesses, Chameleon promoted its products, opened new sales channels and generated over $340,000 in retail sales worldwide.

  • Created Official Licensed Collegiate Sports Themes for Blackberry and PalmOS mobile devices that generated substantial worldwide sales
  • Built and maintained a profitable online store that sold Chameleon products on the Chameleon website for several years using a highly modified popular ecommerce storefront solution
  • Illustrated and marketed best-selling sets of icons for mobile devices that captured hundreds of thousands of dollars in global sales over a five-year span
Freelance Designer
2004 to 2007
Partnered with in-house design teams to concept and develop dynamic design and brand solutions for clients including Best Buy, Carlson Marketing Group, Medtronic and Franke+Fiorella.

  • Medtronic Neurological: Lead Designer of a complex branding/identity project, orchestrated the launches of its Medtronic Restore and Synergy Plus lines
  • BestBuy.com/GeekSquad.com: Played an instrumental role as a freelance member of the in-house design team during the 2006 holiday season
College of Visual Arts
Adjunct Faculty
5 Semesters from 2000 to 2007
Recruited by College of Visual Arts in St.Paul, MN, to teach semester courses in Interactive Media focused on HTML, Dreamweaver, ImageReady, and Flash (Semesters taught included Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007)
Franke+Fiorella
Design Director
1996 to 2004
Played an instrumental role in the design and launch of high-profile corporate identity campaigns. Assembled and led multi-disciplinary teams of designers, production staff, illustrators, photographers, copywriters, and programmers in creation and on-time execution of print, packaging, web, multimedia, branding, and corporate identity projects. Conducted press checks and system administration tasks; provided photo direction and hi-res retouching of images.

  • Successfully lead years of complex web, new media, and print design projects to advance the national and global brand dominance of large corporate clients including 3M, AIGAMN, Anodyne, Beyond Marketing Thought, Cargill Cramer Studio, Inc., Engstrom Photography, General Mills, JazzMN, JBScott Search, MNSCU, Thrivent Financial, Toro, and Walgreens
  • Steadily promoted through roles as Designer, Print / Multimedia Designer, and Senior Designer to become Franke+Fiorella's first-ever Design Director
  • Earned over 15 graphic design awards including Creativity, AIGAMN Design Show of Excellence, and American Graphic Design awards
  • As a volunteer for AIGA, contributed to Design Camp Committee and Portfolio 1-on-1 initiatives

Technical Proficiency

  • Drupal
  • PHP
  • SQL
  • Python
  • Java
  • HTML5
  • CSS3
  • Javascript
  • Search Engine Ooptimization
  • Google Analytics
  • Photoshop
  • Flash
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Dreamweaver
  • Microsoft Office
  • Linux
  • Windows
  • Mac OS

Education

Currently Seeking a BS in Computer Science at Metropolitan State University
Metro State University, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design (3.7 GPA)
College of Visual Arts, St. Paul, MN
Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN
Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design
North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park, MN