Nicole Benz

UI/UX Designer

About Me

Web and Graphic Designer with an excellent eye for detail. 10+ years of experience in website design and maintenance, publication design and video editing.

Education and Training

Interactive Media Management (Graduating April 2018)

Sheridan College, Oakville, ON

McMaster University Exchange Program Participant

Seinan Gakuin University, Fukuoka, Japan

Graphic Design Production Diploma

Niagara College, Welland, ON

Honours Degree in Multimedia and Japanese Studies

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Work Experience

Freelance Web and Graphic Designer (2010 – Present)

Various including: Playa Maya Resorts, LWF, EAA, WCC

  • WordPress website design and maintenance
  • Design and layout of publications for print and web
  • Design of logos and graphics
  • Production of short informational videos

Web and Graphic Design Consultant (2013 – 2015)

Digital Encounters, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Member of a team that assisted non-profit organizations in organizing and facilitating online conferences
  • Website design and maintenance, publication design for print and web, video editing and illustration

Office Administrator (2011)

South Coast Pools, Simcoe, ON

  • Performed general office duties
  • Managed finances and payroll with Simply Accounting
  • Designed and maintained the company website

Multimedia and Communications Assistant (2008 – 2010)

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Geneva, Switzerland

  • Designed publications and produced graphics for web and print
  • Accompanied design projects from conceptualization to distribution
  • Ensured the application of visual identity guidelines in all products
  • Edited photos and managed the organization’s photo collection
  • Managed e-mail and newsletter subscriptions
  • Built relationships with translators and printers
  • Worked closely with other team members to implement a comprehensive communications strategy

Teaching Assistant – Multimedia (2007 – 2008)

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

  • Prepared and taught weekly Photoshop and Web Design tutorials to university students
  • Consulted with students in person and via e-mail

English Tutor (2006 – 2007)

Fukuoka, Japan

  • Tutored college students and children in a classroom setting and privately

Volunteer Work

Speakeasy Language Partner

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Partnered with an ESL student to help improve their English language communication

Scholarships/Awards

Dean’s Honour List

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarship

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

Niagara Scholar Award

Niagara College, Welland, ON

President’s Honour Roll

Niagara College, Welland, ON

Technical Skills

  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe XD
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Web Design / Maintenance
  • WordPress CMS
  • HTML5, CSS3
  • Basic JavaScript and PHP
  • SEO / Web Analytics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Digital Photography

Technical Skills

Adobe InDesign
Adobe XD
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Premiere
Adobe After Effects
Web Design / Maintenance
WordPress CMS
HTML5, CSS3
Basic JavaScript and PHP
SEO / Web Analytics
Cloud Computing
Microsoft Office
Digital Photography