ABOUT RACSA MEAN SOUN

I come from a traditional Cambodian family, although I see myself as more Americanized than they are, I still follow the respects of my culture. As a child, I always liked art and drawing, it wasn’t until I got to Durfee High School where we had to choose a careers class that I fell in love with Graphic Design. Since then I pursued the Graphic Design World and went to Bristol Community College. Four years later, I graduated from BCC with my Associates in Graphic Design and a Certificate in Web Design. And as of May 2019, I hhave graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a Bachelor's in Graphic Design.

My greatest strengths are in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop. I enjoy strategic branding and development as well as understanding clients’ needs. I also enjoy experimenting with content and creating a visually pleasing layout design. My favorite typeface is Univers because it is closely related to Helvetica but what I really like is Univers’ type family especially ULTRA LIGHT CONDENSED which I use fairly often in my designs.

“It’s through mistakes that you actually can grow. You have to get bad in order to get good.”

—Paula Scher

EDUCATION

UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

COLLEGE OF VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS Graphic Design, 2019

CHANCELLOR'S LIST Fall 2018

DEAN’S LIST Spring 2018

 

Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA

ART & DESIGN PROGRAM

ASSOCIATES OF ART Graphic Design, 2017

CERTIFICATE OF ART Web Design & Fine Art, 2017

PHI THETA KAPPA HONOR SOCIETY 2016

DEAN’S LIST Fall 2013 — Spring 2017

INTERNSHIPS

Joseph Abboud, New Bedford, MA

VISUAL DESIGN INTERN | February 2019 – Present

Working as the organizational communicator and closely with the custom supervisor, designing tactical elements, such as newsletters, posters, and notice boards.

 

College Promo, Fall River, MA

VISUAL DESIGN INTERN | January 2019 – Present

Advising, designing, and participating in creating the redesign of the website and branding book.

 

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Fall River, MA

ART GALLERY INTERN | May 2015 – May 2017

Designed promotional print materials for each opening exhibition. Also designed a plaque for the Ruth P. Brown Sculpture Courtyard in front of the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, honoring Ruth P. Brown.

DESIGN & WORK EXPERIENCE

Color Print Center, UMass Dartmouth

PRINT LAB WORK STUDY | Sept. 2018 – May 2019

Working as a print lab assistant, aiding students and faculty for printing in large and small format.

 

The Hawk Newspaper, BCC, Fall River, MA

LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER | July 2017 – Present

Redesigned and production of the Bristol Community College Newspaper, The Hawk. Collaborating every month with the editor-in-chief on photo retouching, and completing and finalizing the design of each issue.

 

BCC Communications, BCC, Fall River, MA

VISUAL DESIGNER | September 2017

Freelanced at BCC’s College Communications Department; designing posters, flyers, and ads for the college.

 

MoulRan Snacks, Snyder-Lance Distribution

MERCHANDISER | June 2010 – June 2019

Working as a merchandiser; servicing stores by stocking products on shelves, communicating with store and grocery managers, and took orders of products for each store.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Black Spaces Matter Exhibition Fall 2018

Selected from 20+ student applicants as the winning designer for the Black Spaces Matter Exhibition at the Star Store Campus Gallery in New Bedford.

 

BCC “We Are” Campaign Spring 2017

Selected from the entire design program to create and design a campaign for the Bristol Community College “We Are” Campaign. It was a design that would be shown and advocated throughout the college.

 

Annual Juried Student Exhibition Spring 2014 – Spring 2016

Artwork was selected in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition for three consecutive years at the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery. Also received cash reward on Graphic Design in 2014.

SKILLS

Software/Programming

  • Illustrator    

  • HTML/CSS

  • Photoshop    

  • Bridge

  • InDesign    

  • Microsoft Suite

  • Dreamweaver    

 

Social Media

  • Facebook    

  • Twitter

  • Tumblr    

  • Instagram

 

Industry Knowledge

  • Branding & Identity

  • Package Design

  • Advertising

  • Infographics

 

Interpersonal Skills

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork

  • Management

  • Determination

  • Organization