"Creativity takes courage" - Henri Matisse
Me

about me

Many say that I am among the rarest of my breed: a skilled creative professional who also possesses strong analytical thinking abilities. I bring a unique perspective to any creative team, focusing on details others often overlook, therefore staving off potential obstacles.

Some have called me a “problem-solving Ninja.” I excel in professionalism, interpersonal skills, and am the first to offer a helping hand wherever needed. I am always looking to explore new and exciting opportunities as well as collaborate on a variety of creative projects.

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

skillset

Adobe CC Suite
Microsoft 365
HTML + CSS
Photography
Digital Design
Print Design

 

experience

Freelance Graphic Designer

AnyArt Solutions, 2017 - Present

Role has included working on and producing several digital publication pieces, event handouts, tradeshow signage and displays, E-mail templates, infographics, etc. for AnyArt’s international IT client.

Graphic Designer

Xyngular, 2015 - 2017

Responsible for creating, evolving and executing creative communication pieces for the Marketing Department, plus Sales Recognition in an Agile work environment. Platforms included print and Web-based collateral, digital signage, fliers, banners, social media posts, etc. Also maintained and prepared pre-press files for international supplement packaging. Helped to implement and maintain company’s current website and back office shopping cart. Designed company’s first-ever annual report/yearbook and bimonthly recognition magazine. Role involved serving on the Culture Team, with responsibilities to help plan and execute employee-related activities. Also worked alongside Events Team, helping to design event collateral as well as stylize store displays and manage on-site store floor at the company’s annual events.

Corporate Communications Graphic Designer

Origami Owl, 2013-2015

Responsible for creating, evolving and executing all internal branding and creative communication concepts for fledgling Corporate Communications department, plus HR, Sales Recognition, and Customer Care. Platforms included print and web-based newsletters, digital signage, posters, fliers, etc. Also designed company’s first-ever annual yearbook and HR’s Open Enrollment booklet. Role involved serving on the Culture Team, with responsibilities to help plan and execute employee-related activities and services. Also worked alongside Events Team, helping at regional sales trainings and the company’s annual convention.

Graphic Designer

FurChange America, 2012-2013

Designed and launched company website via WordPress. Solely responsible for creative design and execution of all marketing collateral, web and social media content including but not limited to: brochures, catalogs, leaflets, event promotions and displays, product packaging and web banners. Also responsible for launching and maintaining all social media content.

 

education

B.A. Communications
A.S. Graphic + Web Design
HOW Design Live – 2016

 

what people are saying…

James is a gem, plain and simple. I had the pleasure of really getting to know James when I was Events Project Manager for Origami Owl, staffing our annual convention. I had placed James on my team to help with the logistics, prep, and live distribution of over 15 sets of giveaways during the main sessions to over 4500 attendees. If anyone has worked a convention behind the scenes they know the environment is fast-paced and stressful. Things go wrong, things change constantly. James is a go-getter that you can count on to be there to help in any situation, as long as you need him. I called him my “right arm”. I say this so you can understand that James has work ethic and heart like no other.

On top of that, James is an amazingly talented graphic designer and writer. I enjoyed collaborating with him on Recognition Program projects. He listens well, and comprehends the vision. He can work on multiple projects without losing sight of each, and he is mindful of deadlines. A true professional.

Nicky Davis, Origami Owl

I have the distinct privileged of knowing James Saunders as his educator and adviser. James always set himself apart from other students with an excellent attitude and enthusiasm to learn. Now that James has graduated I am certain he will excel in any endeavor he pursues. I am excited to see where he will go and highly recommend him.

J.J. Goodwin, Provo College

I came to know James while he was working with our culture team at Origami Owl. While he didn’t report directly to me, he often handled communications initiatives where design and branding were important, and therefore partnered with my team on the execution. He has a great understanding of the hierarchy of messaging that must go into a corporate communication and was able to leverage excellent writing skills with a sophisticated, and nuanced understanding of design. Often we didn’t need to do anything with them as he also has a background in graphic design. Add to these qualities that James is just an overall great person, and you have someone that you’ll love collaborating with.

Tom Rascati, Creative Director, Origami Owl

James is an outstanding employee who on a daily basis goes “above and beyond” in his work… and continuously exceeds the performance standards. James willingly accepts new assignments and offers to help wherever he can. James always remains steadfast in his cheerfulness, calmness, and dependability. James has demonstrated excellent managerial and decision making skills. He is attentive to tasks and works tirelessly to achieve the goals of the department. He is an extremely positive and dependable employee, and performs his duties in an extremely timely and conscientious manner.

James is an innovative self-starter, who rarely needs supervision. He is punctual and typically exceeds expectations. He handles pressure well, and will voluntarily work overtime and do what is needed to meet deadlines.

Cory O'Bryant, Platinum Protection

James is a highly qualified graphic designer with experience in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and many other programs in the Adobe Creative Suite. During his time at Provo College he was consistently listed on the President’s list and graduated with Highest Honors.

His creative intelligence and dedication to his work is among the best I have seen. He has the drive and energy necessary to see complex projects through to completion. James is both a team player and a dynamic leader, a professional who wins the respect of colleagues through his integrity and unwavering desire to bring out the best in himself and those around him.

Gary Gardner, Provo College