Lead by Principal Designer Jennifer Makaw, we help under staffed or overwhelmed art departments take charge of their workload, get ahead of schedule and markets, develop presentations and help secure new licenses.
A Brief History
June 2006 – Present Prints Charming Graphics, LLC.
Jen services clients ranging from artists, to corporations developing branding, logos, ad campaigns, print projects, websites and more.
May 2005 – Maternity Leave
So happy to bring her first child into the world. Jen had made a deal with Leeward International to work from home fulfilling all of her design duties form her home office. 1 month post baby… Jen if told by her old boss (Leeward International) that she’s been replaced by 4 part time graphic design employees. Hiring workers part time saves the company from having to pay top dollar and saves them from providing insurance benefits.
Not too long after receiving the news… Leeward Licensees and associates seek Jen’s services and Prints Charming Graphics Begins!!
May 2004 – May 2005 Leeward International
After a year of her trying to get her to come back to Leeward, a deal is struck that will bring Jen back from Tri-Coastal to Leeward. Jen is happy to be working with her old team. The new team is now filled out with a Merchandiser and 2 designers. (All of these jobs were preformed by Jen in th past but after losing Jen the jobs needed to be filled by more people).
May 2003 – May 2004 Tri-Coastal Design Group
Jen fills out three person team in their Licensed Product Design group. Jen works directly with Licensors even traveling coast to coast to attain product approval, attend design trend presentations, discuss new styleguides and special projects.
October 2001-May 2003 Leeward International
Jen begins working for Leeward International a Sleepwear & Daywear Manufacturer in New York City. Jen is the only graphic designer in a company of less than 20 employees. Jen works as a liaison to licensors, not only designing the graphics but submitting art for approval. Jen develops market trends by doing local market shopping and picking fabrications & apparel shapes. Jen works directly with designer & pattern maker to develop each style.
While working at Leeward Jen Designed the #1 & #2 selling pajamas at Wal*mart during the 2002 and 2003 holiday season.
August 2000-October 2001 Freelance
Jen’s first freelance job is with the job she just left Accessory Network. Having left on good terms in the hopes of less stress and making more money project work was offered immediately. Jobs in house and at home were frequent. Jen also started working back in the web space with a contact she made through a friend at NextReflex. These web jobs were frequent and included animated banner ad campaigns which “clicked” to landing pages. Projects like Highlander Endgame & State of Arkansas Tourism. Jen’s favorite freelance client is Leeward International a sleepwear company located on 38th street in New York City. Jen eventually takes a full time position as Senior Designer for Leeward in October 2001
May 1999-August 2000 Accessory Network
•Jen is hired to as an Associate Graphic Designer to design licensed character accessories including hats (baseball & boater hats), cold weather accessories (including hats, scarves, gloves & mittens). Works with Disney Consumer Products Licenses, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon & Cartoon Network Licenses.
•Generic Accessories Designer is let go… Jen is asked to do this job as well designing & developing entire accessory lines for Wal*Mart “no boundaries” & “Faded Glory”, K-Mart “Route 66”.
•Children’s Designer is let go… Jen is asked to do this job as well designing licensed accessories for kids as well as generic accessories for ladies & mens and her original job of womens licensed character accessories. No stranger to hard work an loving the product it’s all in a days work for Jen. Taking on these extra responsibilities, Jen is excited for her 1 year review with the company. Is told for 3 months that will be scheduled. When her boss cannot and will not guarantee a review or raise, Jen is advised by her friends and family to leave Accessory Network.
January 1999-March 1999 Institutional Investor Magazine
During 3 month freelance contract Jen does photo editing and page layout for monthly subscription magazine.
September 1998-January 1999 Kalmar Pres.
Jen works along side Eric Witzer doing photo editing and page layout for catalogs including: Nordic House, designs packaging for Ply Gem (shelving). Jen designs & develops packaging and does pre-press work for Wine Biscuits, CD inserts and packaging for First Platoon (rap group).
Perfecting and printing portfolio for job search at Kinko’s (Melville, NY)… Jen helps another customer who is having trouble with a project and having trouble with Kinko’s employee who doesn’t know how to help… (Sound familiar?) Lands her second professional design job working part time for Kalmar Pres.
Graduates R.I.T. with BFA in Fine Arts (Graphic Design) Minor in Language Communication
While working on project for design class (at Kinko’s in Rochester, NY) Jen helps another customer who is having trouble with a project and having trouble with Kinko’s employee who doesn’t know how to help… Lands her first professional design job working part time for Advertising.
Jen completes sophomore year of Design Classes in a summer with accelerated knowledge of Design programs learned in High School.
At R.I.T. Jen attends assembly where Vice Provost explains accelerated academic program including summer sessions for Design students to graduate 4 year program in 3 years. Photoshop 2.5 is released, she gets a bootleg copy from a friend and puts on her desktop computer. Photos are scanned much more quickly in minutes vs. hours. But must be done in library or labs on campus.
1995Jennifer graduates Huntington High School with acceptance to Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) in Graphic Design BFA program.
In her 3rd session of photography, instructor introduces class to Photoshop 1.0. Scanning images takes approx. 1 class session.