Creating has always been my passion. Design combines my love of problem solving with diverse opportunities for visual exploration. I enjoy experimenting with digital and analog methods of making and learning about new technology and applications. I find user interaction fascinating and focus on designing for clear, impactful experiences.

I am currently based in Kansas City, working as a UI/UX Designer with Citrusbyte. I received my BFA in Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and I've worked on projects in web design, branding & identity, environmental graphics and advertising for clients large and small.

Experience

Citrusbyte
UI/UX Designer
November 2016 – Present

Hufft Projects
Graphic Designer
June 2014 – April 2016

Special Edition Co.
Founder & Designer

August 2014 – Present

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Print & Digital Design Intern
January – May 2014 

Kansas City Art Institute
Communications Team Designer
August 2013 – March 2014

Bernstein-Rein Advertising
Creative Intern & Contract Designer
June – August 2013

La Cucaracha Press
Print & Graphic Design Intern
June – August 2012

Freelance Designer
2011 – Present
 

Education

Kansas City Art Institute
BFA in Graphic Design

2011 – 2014

Columbus College of Art & Design
Foundations Year

2010 – 2011
 

Organizations

AIGA Kansas City
 

Awards

AIA Kansas City Monsters of Design Awards
2015 | Best in Show

Adobe Above the Fold Design Awards
2014 | Best in Show, Web Design, App Design

AIGA Kansas City A10
2014 | Award Winner

Kansas City Art Institute Design Awards
2014 | Armin Hofman Award for rigor, diligent process and commitment to design. Jan Tschichold Award for growth and transformation.

AIGA Kansas City A9
2013 | Award Winner

 

Recognitions

k-t-l-g Video / Interview feature for Special Edition Co.
Pitch Zine
Fount Magazine - Feature in "Plant a Mountain" Edition/Exhibitions in Berlin & Dortmund
Chroma Magazine - Feature in The Red Issue
AIGA Members Gallery
Ultralab Apps -  Work featured on Pattern Soup App
Here & Now, Red Star Studios - Featured collaboration with ceramicist Lea Griggs
Adobe Muse Web Design Showcase - Site of the Day and Site of the Year
Behance Student Show
Canva.com
Computer Arts Magazine

Hightone Publishing - Excellent Branding/Identity 2
Business Insider
AIGA Get Out the Vote - National Exhibition Feature

Capabilities

Graphic Design, UI/UX, Web Design, Branding & Identity, Art Direction, Print/Layout Design, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, Information Architecture, Wireframing, User Research/Usability Testing, Signage & Wayfinding, Social Media Management, Photo/Video, Screen Printing, Illustration, Letterpress Printing, Advertising

Software

Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketch, After Effects, Keynote, Muse, Premiere Pro, Audition, Lightroom, Cinema 4D, Invision, Microsoft Office

Get in Touch

I'm currently unavailble for freelance projects, but feel free to get in touch to chat. 
I'd love to hear from you! : )


info@samsmalldesign.com