Résumé

Professional Experience

User Experience Designer at AdviseStream, Inc.
June 2013 – Present, Chicago, IL
• Responsible for interaction and visual design of online undergraduate advising platform
• Create copy and graphics for marketing materials including system emails and client presentations
• Collaborate on daily scrums with development and marketing teams

Owner and Co-Founder at Routebook LLC
January 2013 – January 2014, East Lansing, MI
• Invented mobile app for commuters; conducted research to create user-friendly application
• Built wireframes in Fireworks and Illustrator to create prototype(s)
• Draft business plans and functional specifications, and pitch business plan in front of investors

Graphic Designer at College of Arts and Letters, Michigan State University
August 2012 – July 2013, East Lansing, MI
• Work closely with faculty, staff and other students to produce print and digital materials
• Create copy for print materials and maintain content for websites
• Implement and strengthen university brand standards
• Host video, Adobe Creative Suite and other multi-media workshops for students in the college
• Brainstorm collaboratively on new projects

Marketing, Graphic Design and Social Media Intern at The Media Advantage
April 2012 — August 2012, Lansing, MI
• Produced print, digital and interactive advertisements
• Updated and created websites through WordPress
• Maintained social media for several clients
• Collaborated with staff on new marketing campaigns

Staff Writer at The Red Cedar Log, Official Yearbook of MSU, Associated Students of Michigan State University
October 2009 — May 2011, Lansing, MI
• Produced stories weekly
• Worked under strict deadlines to research topics and interview sources
• Generated story ideas with the staff; developed topic beats
• Copyedited spreads for text, photos and design

Project and Freelance Experience

Graphic Designer at Middle of the Mitten Events
October 2012 – January 2013, East Lansing, MI
• Rebranded local music festival with a small team
• Designed poster and t-shirt materials
• Carried brand to digital environments including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and WordPress

Project Manager and Mentor at Ralya Elementary School
January 2012 – May 2012
• Worked with fourth graders to produce a literary magazine
• Helped students brainstorm creative story ideas
• Produced final magazine in InDesign and distributed to students, teachers and parents

 

Skills Summary

Graphic Design & Development
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, Flash, basic HTML and CSS

Writing & Content Management
Microsoft Office, WordPress, Concrete5, Drupal, analytics reports, usability guides, content strategies, Chicago, AP, MLA styles

UX & UI
User research, usability testing, data analysis, wireframing, prototyping, information architecture

Other
Final Cut Pro, Camtasia, Keynote, Social Media, Conversational French

Education

Michigan State University, 2013
BA Journalism, College of Communication Arts & Sciences
Professional Writing, College of Arts & Letters
Concentrations in Visual Communication and Digital & Technical Writing

Relevant coursework in content management, publication design, web authoring, interaction/information design, online publishing, social media, and media law/ethics.

Awards

• 5K Startup Grant Award Recipient, Start Garden Venture Capital Fund, Routebook LLC
• Third place, Infographics category, 2011 Society for News Design Contest
• Crown Nomination, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, 2011 Red Cedar Log
• First Place Award, American Scholastic Press Association, 2011 Red Cedar Log
• First Class Rating, Associated Collegiate Press, 2011 Red Cedar Log
• Pacemaker Finalist, Associated Collegiate Press, 2011 Red Cedar Log

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