Ben Black

📍 Washington, DC

Education
American University | Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design
Expected Graduation 2022
Interactive and Experience Design Track / Minor in Studio Art
GPA 3.86 / Dean's List

Experience
Teaching Assistant | American University
Jan 2021–May 2021
• Introductory-level course GDES-200, Design for Understanding
• Assisted Professor Ross Nover 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 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
• Headed 20+ member design team, collaborating on Illustration, preparing issue for print


Awards
Best in Show (2) | 2021 AU Design Show
• 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)