Tina Pontes | Portfolio

Senior Freelance Website and Graphic Designer

Friendly and talented Designer with more than 15 years of experience.

TINA PONTES  |  TINA@PONTESDESIGNS.CA  |  289-716-0234

 

tina pontes, senior freelance website and graphic designer

Portfolio Details

I am a highly talented, resourceful and flexible website and graphic designer with a proven record of delivering creative and innovative design solutions quickly and efficiently.

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ICED ENERGY

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CLUB

WEBSITE

I am a volunteer at The Newmarket Skating Club and have been a board member for 2 years as Iced Energy's Synchronized Skating Chair.

I built a new website for Iced Energy using a page builder option available on GoDaddy because their website was outdated and built using code which was not easily updated by other volunteers or office administrators. Their website required one page and this option met their hosting needs without putting a dent in their budget.

"It looks awesome Tina!

Wonderful job!"

-Tom Hoover, Iced Energy Synchronized Skating Club

 

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NEWMARKET SKATING CLUB

WEBSITE

I re-branded the Newmarket Skating Club's old website using WordPress to align their look with Skate Canada's branding. It is comprised of 30 plus pages and our goal was to make it simple to update for non-technical people. The new website has many features including several embedded videos and links to Skate Canada/Skate Ontario's websites to educate the membership about recent changes to their programs and competitions. It also has a calendar that sorts events based on skating level, a news feed from Skate Canada and a link to a separate website that handles registrations through Skate Canada.

"Wow, Wow, Wow!!! This is amazing!!!"

-Amanda Montgomery, Newmarket Skating Club

 

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Wild Wing Restaurants

PRINTED MATERIALS  |  WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS

Wild Wing was updating their branding a few years ago and asked me to update their menus with a country cowboy theme using stock photography, fonts and colours. Over the years I have created menus, posters, signage, social media graphics, advertisements and most recently an iMovie presentation created for Cineplex preshow. These deliverables are used across Canada at their 85 different locations. One of the more challenging aspects of creative for Wild Wing is that they are obligated under Ontario's Healthy Menu Choices Act, to put calories on everything in the same font and size as their prices.

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Kwik Kopy Printing

KWIK KOPY PRINTING

NEWMARKET AND AURORA

Senior Graphic Designer and Prepress Magician. I create many printed pieces for clients who need artwork done for Signage, Posters, Menus, Brochures, Stationary, Logos, Vector files, Invitations, Tickets, Arena Boards, Booklets, Annual Reports, Sales Sheets, Pop-Up Banners, Magazines, Advertisements, Photography, Photoshop image manipulation, Forms, Calendars and more.

I am also skilled at running film for the pressman for 2 colour and 4 colour presses which involves trouble shooting supplied art when necessary.

"Thank you Tina!

You are awesome!

–Titi Di Carlo, Kwik Kopy Printing

 

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KWIK KOPY PRINTING

NEWMARKET AND AURORA

This is a great place to work with a team of people who get along and work really well together. The workflow is typically quite busy with tight deadlines.

I manage the art department and handle all the prepress for their 2 colour and 4 colour presses. I am the one who fixes supplied art when it causes issues in production - sometimes it is just necessary to work around the needs of our equipment.

I have built positive relationships with clients and outside trade sources by surpassing their expectations. We consistently receive positive feedback about how enjoyable we are to work with as well as the quality of our work.

I have spent time reviewing and reorganizing the artwork files left to me by a previous designer. They were organized by date so there were multiple versions of the same files. I have sorted them into client folders so there is only 1 version of every file which prevents mistakes on reprints and speeds up my workflow.

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InspiAIR

InspiAIR OXYGEN THERAPY

WINDOW GRAPHICS

InspiAIR needed window graphics for their Newmarket location. They wanted it to allow them to see outside but not inside so we used perforated material and installed it on the inside of the window. The design was based on sleep therapy which is their main business. Using stock photos, minimal text and their existing branding (colours, fonts and logo) I created artwork for 3 windows that work together but could also be used individually at other locations.

"Nice work. Looks great!”

–David Fraser, InspiAIR Oxygen Therapy

 

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InspiAIR OXYGEN THERAPY

PRINTED MATERIALS

InspiAIR has created a number of brochures to explain how their oxygen therapy works and educate their clients about their equipment. Using their branding, I have added stock photos and typography to make them look less like technical information and more reader-friendly.

InspiAIR

"Love it! Looks terrific. Well done!"

– Scott Baker, InspiAIR Oxygen Therapy

 

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Delfina Homes

DELFINA CUSTOM HOMES

Delfina was looking to upscale their branding so I designed their new logo, business cards, trade show pop-up banner and a sales brochure.

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AURORA TIGERS

JR A HOCKEY CLUB

I have worked with the Tigers for a few years on corporate sponsorship booklets, NHL-style season program booklets, logo design, pop-up banners, magazine ADs, arena boards, ice logos and more.

Aurora Tigers

"Your logo is awesome Tina!

"Everyone loves it!"

–Jim Thomson, Aurora Tigers Jr. A. Hockey Club

 

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Magazine ADs

I have been designing magazine and newspaper ADs for clients advertising in The Month Ahead magazine, Town Activity Guides, Lake Simcoe Living magazine, Direct Target Marketing magazines, The Era Banner newspaper and Living Naturally with Nature’s Emporium magazine. I enjoy it because most clients let me run free creatively.

I designed The Month Ahead magazine (36-pages) including advertisements, layout and some photography for approximately 4 years.

"You’re the Best Tina!"

–Paul Knappett, Knappett Jewellers

 

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ICED ENERGY

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CLUB  |  PRINTED MATERIALS

Winterfest 2015 Competition Program

 

This is a prestigious annual competition co-hosted by a Skate Canada sanctioned club, Skate Ontario and the International Skating Union. I was responsible for the 72-page commemorative program, some of the ADs and the filler content. These programs are usually done by volunteers from the host club and there are not many who are also professional designers.

"All programs should be modelled after this one!"

“I wanted to pass on to you what Skate Canada Central Ontario President, Gary Oswald said about the program. He said this is the gold standard as far as he has ever seen and all programs should be modelled after this one. Pretty impressive comments coming from our President. Kudos to you and thanks again!”

–Adele Duncan, Iced Energy Synchronized Skating Club

 

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ICED ENERGY

SYNCHRONIZED SKATING CLUB  |  PRINTED MATERIALS

March Mania Competition Program

 

This is an annual competition co-hosted by a Skate Canada sanctioned club and Skate Ontario for synchronized skating and single skaters. I was responsible for the 72-page commemorative program, some of the ADs and the filler content. This was the second program I did for Iced Energy because I sincerely enjoyed working with the organizing committee. They were a well-oiled machine and absolutely amazing to work with.

"You have been so flexible

and easy to work with."

“Tina! You are truly amazing! Your work is beautiful 🙂 Thank you so much - you have been so flexible and easy to work with. I just wanted you to know how much we appreciate this!” 

–Melissa Levesque, Iced Energy Synchronized Skating Club

 

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NEWMARKET SKATING CLUB

The Newmarket Skating Club is a not-for-profit organization and parents are required to volunteer to help things run. I chose to use my professional skills to provide photography, artwork for advertisements, banners, posters, business cards, websites and t-shirt logos over the years for my part.

Tina Pontes, Newmarket Skating Club, Pop-up banner, Posters, Ads, Business Card

BANQUET 2018  |  VIDEO SLIDESHOW YEARBOOK

I created this video using Keynote and photos sent in by skaters and parents as well as photos I had taken during their FunFest Competition. The purpose of the video is to show it at their annual banquet but I also made it available to download for the members who wanted their own copy.

 

 

 

 

"Once again you have done an awesome job!"

–Pam Arsenault, Newmarket Skating Club

 

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PETER MATHER

MEMOIRS

Peter is a lovely older gentleman in his 90s who wanted to write his memoirs for his family and friends to remember him by. He came in with typed pages and asked me to insert photos. I scanned the pages and used Acrobat to recognize the text so I could copy and paste it into an InDesign document. He was very pleased with the results.

Peter Mather Memoirs, perfect-bound book

   

 

"Tina turned my project from

a pig's ear into a silk purse."

 –Peter Mather

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VECTOR GRAPHICS AND LOGOS

I have designed a number of vector graphics over the years for clients who want to have them applied to t-shirts or other apparel. I have also rebuilt some logos for clients who don't have vector files which can make prepress difficult for 2 colour jobs.

vector tshirt graphics
Newmarket Development Team

I appreciate all your help.

You are so patient to answer

all my questions! Huge thanks!"

–Maria Rodrigues, Graphic Designer

MORE ABOUT TINA PONTES

"I am a highly talented, motivated and flexible website and graphic designer with a proven record of delivering creative and innovative design solutions quickly and efficiently. I am friendly and open-minded to work with. I have excellent time management skills for working independently. I am an active listener with the ability to give and receive feedback respectfully, with empathy and humour when appropriate. People have used the word Magic to describe what I can do."

 

SKILLS

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Muse, Adobe Acrobat) WordPress, Dynamic Websites, CSS, HTML, SEO, UX
  • Office Software: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, Microsoft 365 (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook, etc).
  • AB Dick and Presstek for Heidelberg
  • Art Direction, Branding, Corporate Identity, Typesetting, Prepress and Film, Signage, Posters, Menus, Brochures, Stationary, Logos, Vector files, Invitations, Tickets, Arena Boards, Booklets, Annual Reports, Sales Sheets, Pop-Up Banners, Magazines, Advertisements, Photography, Photoshop image manipulation, Forms, Calendars and more.

 

EDUCATION

ADVERTISING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN DIPLOMA | 1994

Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Freelance Website and Graphic Designer

PontesDesigns.ca | Newmarket, Ontario

  • Twenty Four years of Experience Creating and Designing Compelling B2B and B2C creative communications in both print and online mediums. Available for Consultation and on Contract.
  • Create dynamic websites using WordPress.
  • Adept at managing multiple projects at different stages of development under very tight deadlines in an organized and professional manner.
  • Innovative, results-oriented, analytical thinker with highly developed creative abilities.
  • Prepare all press jobs for film including colour separations.
  • Built positive relationships while collaborating with clients to define their target audience and compose creative that fulfils strategic business objectives with ROI in mind.
  • Experienced in working with multi-million dollar, high-profile clients as well as start-ups, small companies and non-profit organizations.
  • Reorganized the artwork filing system to be more time efficient and prevent unnecessary mistakes.
  • Self-motivated, hands-on leader with the ability to motivate, train and provide guidance to produce stellar results above and beyond job requirements.
  • Designed The Month Ahead magazine (36-pages) including advertisements, client consultations, photography and image corrections for approximately 4 years.
  • Created advertisements for various publications including Town Activity Guides, Lake Simcoe Living magazine, Direct Target Marketing magazines, The Era Banner newspaper and Living Naturally with Nature’s Emporium magazine.
  • Firm knowledge of quotes, pre-press, printing and press time.

 

VOLUNTEER | PRO-BONO WORK

  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award 2015
  • Re-branded the Newmarket Skating Club’s website using WordPress (30 plus pages) including embedded videos, customized media and calendar.
  • Re-branded Iced Energy’s Synchro website.
  • Designed Ice Show and Synchro Competition programs.
  • Photography and Artwork for advertisements, banners, posters, various printed materials and a movie for the banquet.

Ready to do something awesome?

Tina Pontes  |  tina@pontesdesigns.ca  |  289-716-0234