Design Resume - Caitlin Whelan
Literary Journalism
Location: Santa Monica, CA, United States
School: University of California, Irvine
Major: Literary Journalism

Design Resume - Caitlin Whelan

QUALIFICATIONS
Ability to assess spaces and develop appropriate design plan; knowledge of scaled drawing; well-versed in design resources including raw materials, textiles, furniture, etc.; grasp of practical and livable interior design concepts for unique lifestyles; ability to work efficiently with subcontractors; general understanding of furniture design; knowledge of excel, word, basic photo editing; excellent writing and communication skills

EDUCATION
University of California Irvine | September 2011 – June 2014
B.A. in Literary Journalism & Global Cultures

Sciences Po University | August 2013—December 2013
UC EAP Immersion Program
Completed six courses in French at an International University; developed high proficiency in French language and writing

AWARDS
2nd Place 2014 L.A. Press Club Award in Cause/Advocacy Journalism “The Paradox of Latino Health”
UC Irvine Dean’s List: Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Whelan Design House | January 2014—present
Junior Designer & Marketing Manager | Orange County, CA
Collaborated & organized project design concepts with raw materials; free-hand sketched custom to-scale furniture designs; facilitated client-designer communications; visited job sites for brainstorming, measuring, space-planning, and general requirements of projects; created and maintained designer’s portfolio; updated book keeping system; managed invoicing, created and curated social media accounts and content; fulfilled purchase orders to vendors; designed and created the company website page from scratch; collected new design sources and updated contact sheets

Hospitality Skin Spa & Aesthetics | March 2015—present
Freelance Interior Designer | Redlands, CA and Newport Beach, CA
Formulated design plan for existing interior spaces using commercial-grade materials; designed custom storage and built-in cabinetry and provided material specs; worked through revisions of drawings for custom cabinetry per client’s needs; worked directly with subcontractors to ensure correct implementation of design concepts; met regularly with client to discuss progress

Voice of O.C | June 2013—present
Freelance Photographer | Orange County, CA
Collaborated on “The Paradox of Latino Health” series for Voice of O.C. and Al Jazeera English Magazine; assisted journalists with photographic illustrations to document relationship between poverty and poor health in Orange County's immigrant and low-income communities; photographed subjects for article publication; 2nd Place in the 2014 L.A. Press Club Award in Cause/Advocacy Journalism

Caitlin Whelan Jewelry Design | January 2008—present
Owner/Designer | Newport Beach, CA and Santa Monica, CA
Designed, marketed, and sold one-of-a-kind antique jewelry; created and managed all aspects of personal small business, including daily operations of small studio retail space and management of client relations, wholesale buying of materials, maintaining social media accounts, and creating marketing and promotional material

KTF Films | June 2013—August 2013 | Telecommute
Documentary Research Intern
Developed action campaign for documentary The Human Experiment; researched availability and scope of chemical-free cosmetic companies; fact-checked the documentary’s claims and created in-depth list of sources

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