Ben Black

📍 Washington, DC

Education
American University, Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design  WASHINGTON, DC
Expected Graduation 2022​​​​​​​
GPA 3.86 / Dean's List

Experience
Associate Interactive Designer, Mindgrub  BALTIMORE, MD
May 2021–Present
Teaching Assistant, American University
Jan 2021–May 2021
• Introductory-level course GDES-200, Design for Understanding
• Assisted in teaching Illustrator and Photoshop basics, facilitating critiques, and providing constructive design feedback to students new to learning Graphic Design

Graphic Designer, AU College of Arts and Sciences
Sep 2019–Present
• Design promotional graphics highlighting the breadth of majors within the College
• Collaborate with CAS Webmaster and Marketing Manager to brainstorm and develop a cohesive design style across all platforms
Graphic Designer, AU School of Communication
Jan 2019–Jan 2021
• Established and rebranded visual identity across all AU SOC digital, print, and multimedia collateral 
• Designed 150+ projects—including event flyers, promotional materials, and social media content
• Collaborated with Online Content Manager, Event Planning Manager, and Director of Communication to engage current students and encourage undergraduate and graduate involvement

Leadership
President, AU Design Club
Nov 2020–Present
• Plan, coordinate, and supervise design and development of 2021 Design Show committee, website, and submissions
• Lead weekly meetings; collaborating with executive board to establish visual marketing strategy for event promotion
Creative Director, AWOL Magazine 
Nov 2018–Dec 2019
• Designed style guide, formatted layout for 40+ page publication every semester for AU investigative journalism magazine print and digital editions (designed 3 total publications)
• Headed design team, collaborating on Illustration, preparing issue for print


Awards
Best in Show (2), AU Design Show 2021
• viva vegan – Branding, Packaging
viva vegan – Web Design
Runner Up | 2021 Creative Quarterly, Issue 63
• DC Arts Festival – Web Design

Skills​​​​​​​
Wireframing
User Interface Design
Web Design
User Testing
Prototyping 
HTML / CSS
Photography
Video Editing
Tools
XD / Figma
Adobe Creative Suite [Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects]
Miro / Slack / Trello
Language
English (Native)
Spanish (Fluent)