hi, I'm Ben! 👋 interactive designer based in D.C.
Resume
benblackdesign@gmail.com
(508) 873 - 0851
@benblackdesign

Education
American University, Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design
Expected Graduation 2022
• Minor in Studio Art
• GPA 3.87 / Dean's List


Experience
Associate Interactive Designer, Mindgrub
May 2021–Present
Mindgrub unlocks human potential. We partner with our clients to create technology that people love to use, and that positions our clients as leaders in their industry. Since 2002, Mindgrub has led digital transformations for global leaders including Exelon, NASA, Wendy’s, Under Armour, Yamaha, Crayola, University of Maryland, The Smithsonian, and Discovery Communications.

Mindgrub has deep expertise in marketing, strategy, design, and engineering. This expertise allows us to build award-winning campaigns, web and mobile experiences, and digital solutions that make peoples' lives better, their jobs easier, and helps their businesses thrive.

A member of the Inc. 5000 for eight years running, Mindgrub is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Teaching Assistant, American University
Jan 2021–May 2021
• Introductory-level course GDES-270, 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–May 2021
• Designed promotional graphics highlighting the breadth of majors within the College
• Collaborated 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)
    •  Fall 2019 Magazine Issue 26
    •  Spring 2019 Magazine Issue 25
    •  Fall 2018 Magazine Issue 24
• Headed design team, collaborating on Illustration, preparing issue for print


Honors & 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 – Graphic Design: Student Award
Skills

User Experience Design
User Interface Design
Web Design
Prototyping 
Print Design
Photography
Video Editing
HTML / CSS
Tools
Figma
Sketch
Adobe XD
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe After Effects
Language
English (Native)
Spanish (Fluent)
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