Hello! My name is Irina Ratsek. I have more than 20 years of experience as a graphic designer in leading European publishing houses and advertising agencies, my abilities are far-ranging from original concept development, through designing a layout, to final production. I have worked both with print media and web design. I have a solid educational foundation in Graphic Design. In addition to my BA diploma in Graphic Design from Moscow State University (Russia), I recently got certification in Web Design (HTML5, CSS, jQuery) from the FRCC (Colorado), WordPress Web Development certification and SEO for WordPress class in Bolder Digital Arts (Colorado) as well in order to expand my knowledge in the area of web and digital design.
I am proficient with almost all top designing software, including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Premier Pro, QuarkXpress, and I never stop learning new tools of the trade.
I recently relocated to Colorado in order to reunite with my family. I plan to utilize my creativity, education and work experiences from numerous companies in Europe as a graphic designer in the US. I am passionate about design and take great pride in developing solutions that are elegant, visually appealing, cost-effective and in line with the vision and values of my clients.
My first career and major was in Glaciology, I worked in the Russian Academy of Sciences got my PhD in the field of Hydrological Engineering. As a result I was a part of many scientific expeditions on mountain glaciers, where I researched, observed and analyzed data.
Later, I reinvented myself and became the editorial graphic designer. I published various themed magazines on economy, travel, lifestyle, fashion and beauty, home and family, as well as custom publishing magazines. I developed original print layouts and styled each magazine from start to finish.
Now I got web and digital design. I hope that my former knowledge and life experience will help me in my new venture.
On a personal note, photography and road trips are my escape.
"Irina worked with our non-profit to design and publish our website, Citizens for Responsible Options. She has a keen eye for images and layout to capture the viewer’s interest. We are very pleased with the result. During the process, Ms. Ratsek was completely responsive and a delight to work with. All components of the website work flawlessly including the donation links. I wholeheartedly recommend Irina for her graphic design expertise and web development skills."David Forrest, Technology Manager Advanced Manufacturing Office
“Irina created a sharp graphic design for my cooking school website. It was a pleasure to work with her. She quickly understood what I needed and offered several proposals. The implementation was timely and flawless. I was very happy with her work and highly recommend her for graphic designer position.”
“I am the owner of DF Resources Inc., a company specializing in IT consulting. We hired Irina Ratsek as a graphic designer to mock up and design our marketing materials. It was very easy to work with her and with her outstanding design skills all materials were completed in a timely manner and were simple and elegant (as we wanted them to look). I would recommend Irina to anyone who needs a very good graphic designer. She is also competitively priced.”