Hi, I'm Sami!

I am a disciplinary designer based in Boulder, CO,  working at Pyxl, a digital marketing firm. I am currently pursuing a career in the realm of digital products.  I have a strong passion for gaining a deep understanding of my clients' business, industry and the end user to shape that into a beautiful and successful experience for all those involved.

Give me a shout

samistephenson@gmail.com

In the beginning

Hailing from the suburbs of Cincinnati, I've come a long way from the little corner of Ohio that's not quite sure if it's Southern, Northern, or Mid-western (at least, I'm not sure). After studying Visual Communication Technology at Bowling Green State University, where I effectively found my passion for design, I moved on down I-75 to join Pyxl's talented team as a graphic designer in Knoxville, Tennessee.

2012

While living in Tennessee, I gained experience in the many realms of design and agency life, including: web design, digital campaign marketing, information architecture, persona analysis, motion graphics, branding, infographics, brochures, event collateral, posters and even Powerpoint presentations.

2014

In early 2014, I helped blaze a new trail west to establish Pyxl's third office in Boulder. It was here that I narrowed my interests to creating digital applications and I am now dedicating my time to shifting my career in that direction.

Let's be real though, the world doesn't revolve solely around pixels and I fully intend to fill my life with experiences of travel, camping and great people (and pets).

All the Details

Experience
Graphic Designer at Pyxl
August 2012 – Present  /  Knoxville, TN & Boulder, CO
Create graphic elements integral to campaigns, working alongside all departments to integrate designs with web, social media, print and marketing initiatives.
Graphic Design Intern at Pyxl
May 2012 – August 2012  /  Knoxville, TN
Worked full-time with the Pyxl team to support designers and other departments on a wide array of digital and print projects. Took on several projects for high-profile clients.
Graphic Designer / Teaching & Learning Consultant at BGSU Center for Teaching & Learning
February 2010 – May 2012  /  Bowling Green, OH
Consulted with BGSU faculty and graduate students about media issues, facilitated technology-based workshops, and completed graphic/web design work for the office.
Visual Communication Specialist Intern at BGSU Bookstore
January 2011 – May 2011  /  Bowling Green, OH
Created various project requests from managers including store signage, promotional materials, brochures, t-shirt designs, flash banners, and interactive emails.
Education
Bachelors of Science with Honors in Visual Communication Technology
Bowling Green State University  /  Bowling Green, OH
August 2008 – August 2012
Activities: Visual Communication Technology Organization (VCTO) – Treasurer & Web Specialist VCTO
Creative Group – Leader

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Expertise

Web Design
Analytics and Research, Information Architecture, Content Mapping, Wireframing, High-fidelity Mockups, Prototyping, Development Hand-off, Style Guides & Development Annotations
Graphic Design
Logos & Branding, Marketing Collateral (Brochures, Banner Displays, Email Templates, Landing Page Templates, etc.), Motion Graphics, Infographics, Illustration
Communication
Internal and External Presentations, Collaboration & Support across departments, Project write-ups, Remote Communications

Technical Skills

Creative
Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects, Comet (alpha), Sketch, Invision, Marvel
Development
HTML/CSS/PHP Knowledge, CMS Familiarity (Wordpress, Magento, ModX), Responsive Design
Office
Microsoft Office, Slack, Skype, Virtual Communication, Basecamp & Teamwork Project Management, Time Tracking

My Work

Additional work available upon request.