Mary Cowles

Design, Production & Marketing

Phone: (815) 321-1472
References provided upon request


Welcome to my website! My design and project management skills have produced results for companies such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart & Verizon, as well as for smaller companies. I recently completed a 160-page Marketbook, where I researched 75 markets, and is an essential tool for the sales team. Feel free to browse my portfolio, below, as well as find out more about me.

If you’re interested in possibly working together, just send me an email at and let me know what you have in mind, and I’ll be happy to get back to you.


Objective & Skills

Creative, organized, multi-talented graphic artist with experience in corporate communications, seeking a position where I can support others to succeed.

•Proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office, Drupal and Word Press
•10+ years of experience in creative services, and marketing support
•Skilled in proofreading, vendor and project management
•Team-oriented, flexible, problem-solver,  and enjoy learning

Portfolio Samples


Campaigns & Direct Mail

Catalogs & Books

Logo Design


Job Experience



Various Clients – Chicago & Suburbs

I recently completed a comprehensive 160-page Chicago Marketbook, which is an essential sales tool. I researched demographics, created graphics and maps, and designed the look in Adobe InDesign. I added an employer intro so that it could also be used for new client meetings.

What I offer clients:

• Print and Production services: ads, brochures, catalogs, direct mail, POP displays
• Digital Marketing capabilities: create e-mail advertising blasts with Mail Chimp
• Editorial & Organization: proofread and edit materials, & planning content intuitively for end-user
• Project & Vendor management: branding, vendor collaboration, pre-flight files
• Website Maintenance: basic skills in content management programs like Drupal & Word Press

APRIL 2015 – NOVEMBER 2017


Great Street Realty Partners – Rolling Meadows, IL
• Design and production: create brochures, ads, maps, banners, and online brochures
• Research: Investigate merchant trade areas, and create maps with Regis software
• Marketing: Create e-mail marketing campaigns using Mail Chimp
• Project management: review branding & content, vendor quotes, pre-flight files
• Website Maintenance: update all text and graphics for company website using Drupal

2009 – 2014


MC Software Development – Coral Springs, FL

• Updated graphics materials for marketing promotions and customer ad copy
• Prepared and edited documents with Microsoft Excel
• Created and prioritized budgets, company goals and finances, plus managed bookkeeping from multiple accounts
• Updated reports, budgets, monthly sales reports, etc. for daily staff meetings

2005 – 2008


National Safety Council – Itasca, Illinois

• Developed ads, brochures, catalogs, direct mail, logos, table tents, and event materials
• Collaborated with various customers for campaign development
• Project management: provided graphics support to various departments and prioritized workload


This is a short list of some of the skills I’ve acquired over the years, but I love new challenges and learning new software.

Graphic Design
Production Skills
Project Management
Website Maintenance
Proofreading & Grammar


International Academy of Design and Technology

Chicago, IL

Associates of Applied Science: Computer Graphics
Graduated with honors GPA: 3.6/4.0

Lewis University

Romeoville, IL

Bachelors of Arts Degree: English


• Received an Extreme Progress Award for coordinating a marketing presentation
• Received company award for PowerPoint and graphics support in helping procure a $1.2 million contract
• Received an Excellence in Action award for conversion to new computer system
• NJCAA National Qualifier for Cross Country and Track



Willow Creek Community Church, Crystal Lake, IL

• Managed classroom activities, directed volunteers, encouraged children to behave age-appropriately, and assisted children with special needs


Algonquin Road School, Fox River Grove, IL &
Ramblewood Elementary, Coral Springs, FL

• Assisted children with academics and behavior management for grades Pre-K through 3rd grade