B.F.A. Graphic Design
Graphic Design + Motion Graphics + UX Design
I grew up in New England and relocated to Florida to pursue my passion for Graphic Design. I obtained my B.F.A. from The University of West Florida in 2021. I also completed the Google Professional Certificate in UX Design. With my skills I have created large-scale prints, motion graphics videos, social media designs, logos, and photo projects. I thrive on helping brands grow across various sectors. My experience includes education, live theater, sports teams, health, travel, government, and small business.
I really value community involvement, so giving back is an essential part of my life. This includes volunteering with the United Way of West Central Connecticut, and serving as an intern in the Graphic Design department at Bristol Hospital. For more information on my professional background and accomplishments, please visit my LinkedIn profile. Take some time to check out my blog: MAV Design District.
More fun facts about me:
- I have great hand-eye coordination - I love archery and axe-throwing. I recently beat the axe master at a Jacksonville axe throwing establishment.
- I love cats and they love me. My family calls me the cat whisperer.
The University of West Florida - B.F.A. Graphic Design (2021)
State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota - A.A. Degree (2019)
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Adobe Creative Suite including After Effects and Premiere Pro
Branding + Print Design + Social Media Design + Ad Design
HTML, CSS + Figma + Teams +
Leadership + Collaboration
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
The University of West Florida – President’s List (2021), Dean’s List (2020, 2021)
State College of Florida - Outstanding Technical Achievement in Theatre, Alpha Psi Omega for sets, lighting, sound, projectionist (2018)
Mark's exceptional graphic design skillset was critical to my department's delivery, and his innovation and digital dexterity were tested, and validated, during the tumultuous year with COVID-19. We needed someone in the graphic design field who could effectively communicate across marketing platforms. He has created many printed and digital posters, designed social media graphics, produced many, many videos and led a number of photography shoots. Clients have been overjoyed with the materials he has produced, and his work has helped us reach our event and program participation goals." Annina Dahlstrom, Marketing and Communications Manager, The University of West Florida
What I appreciate about Mark beyond his versatility and design skills is how he takes initiative. Assign Mark a task with minimal direction and he always produces a quality product in a short timeframe. Mark is extremely organized and an effective communicator. Ask him where a file is and he provides the requested material within seconds. If he disagrees with instructions, he offers alternatives in a professional manner and is usually correct in his assessment. Leadership is another skill-set Mark has demonstrated in recent months. The College of Business recently hired a graduate assistant and Mark has trained her extensively in how to use our platforms and follow our branding guidelines." Thomas St. Myer, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, The University of West Florida, College of Business
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You have undoubtedly read numerous letters describing the amazing achievements of quality applicants to your program, but I would say Mark Valeri stands out amongst all the rest. Mark is an individual filled with self-discipline and self-determination to his core...It is without hesitation that I recommend Mark Valeri. He is a leader, a scholar, and a wonderful example of what our community holds most valuable." Timothy D. Bourn, Technical Director, Performing Arts Department, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota
Mark’s work allowed us to create the image that we needed to project for credibility with audiences as well as those interested in joining our troupe. Just as importantly, as artistic director, I found Mark congenial, reliable, and easy to work with. He collaborated with me as needed, and he readily accepted my requests for any changes or tweaks needed to perfect the finished product. His designs were finished promptly and usually exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend Mark Valeri, not only as a graphic designer, but as a creative team member and trustworthy worker." Karen Romant, President, Parrish Playworks