Summary

Brand-centric, design leader with product experience looking to lead and inspire
teams to build amazing user experiences.

OVERVIEW

Strategic Design Director currently leading UX/UI team building an enterprise software suite. Incorporating startup thinking into an organization that has minimal experience producing software is a huge challenge, but much progress has already been established in less than six months.  

In the past year, has been an award-winning art director and lead designer for an ambitious creative firm not only producing upper-echelon agency work but also releasing original products for web and mobile. Enjoys leading teams on challenging design projects, from producing city brands and brand style guides, to developing innovative products for web & mobile platforms. 

Great communication skills and ability to present work to clientele while also pitching investors to fund startup ventures.

Combines branding and user experience across all aspects of work. Starts creative work by identifying user need or design problems that need to be fixed.

Work History

Work History

Strategic Design Director

SBM Management
Jul 2015 - Present

Direct UX/UI and writing team of 10 to design a suite of enterprise software (facilities management, human capital, learning management system, etc.). Institute different processes for ux design and user testing. Present innovative concepts and solutions to stakeholders. Recruit and hire new talent. Challenge current, outdated thinking with startup product design mentality to speed delivery to market and respond quickly with improved iterations. 

Co-founder / Head of Design

Booklaunch
2014 - Jul 2015

Booklaunch was created to be the easiest, fastest way for authors to create beautiful book marketing websites.  As co-founder and head of design, I led design efforts for all aspects of the company—creating the brand and designing product UI and user experience. Along with design/UI/UX, I help lead user-growth initiatives and build partner relationships with publishers and author communities.

Art Director / Lead Designer

Bamboo Creative / Snippet
Feb 2012 - Jul 2015

Art directed and led the design team on projects ranging from branding & identity, print & editorial design, interactive and mobile. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining brand standards while pushing for creative innovation
  • Leading creative sessions to brainstorm ideas and creative strategy
  • Present ideas and solutions to clients and process feedback/critique
  • Product development and UI/UX design for Snippet, a short-format publishing platform and reading experience for web and mobile (http://thesnippetapp.com) 
  • Manage projects, delegate work and train junior designers 

Designer / Photographer / Cinematographer

Benjamin ian design & photography
Dec 2005 - Jul 2012

Owned my own multi-disciplinary creative studio that catered to the publishing, music and health industries in Nashville, Tennessee. Services offered included:

  • Design & Art direction—print, web, branding
  • Photography—editorial, entertainment, lifestyle, advertising, corporate, fashion, travel
  • Retouch, Post-processing & Compositing
  • Cinematography & Video Production

Co-founder / Art Director

COLORCODED DESIGN STUDIO
Jan 2005 - Jul 2006

Co-founded a creative firm specializing in branding, print & web design. Major projects included branding the city of Nashville, music packaging for record labels, and design for large online news portal, Townhall.com

Associate Art Director

Salem PUBLISHING
Jun 2003 - May 2004

Art direction, design, layout and photography for three publications: CCM Magazine, Youthworker Journal and Crosswalk Magazine. Redesign of CCM awarded FOLIO: Magazine's Best Redesigned Magazine of the Year.

Education

Education

Business Administration

California state university, SACRAMENTO
Sep 1998 - May 2001

Associate's Degree equivalency (2 years of college education) of general education and Business courses.