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Multimedia & Graphic Designer

Hi there! I am a passionate designer looking to innovate new ways to share information with others through creative, fun, and inspiring design.

  • Email: wabowen@ucsb.edu
  • Website: https://www.willbowen.net
  • Age: 22
  • Degree: BA: Communication

Talking to me today, you may never know I spent the first 17 years of my life in the closet, hiding away from the very person I have become today. I wish I could have told my younger self that the person I feared would make me the happiest. The darkest corners of my mind, kept away and in recess for over a decade, have become the brightest parts of who I am today. My journey towards self-acceptance and self-love has brought an unshakable confidence along with it. With a strong love for visual design, sex education, photography, environmental justice, and communication, my newfound confidence has allowed me to develop a passionate drive to explore how to combine the various elements of what I love. I envision a future in which I use my education, combined with my design skills, to relay information to those like me, who were terrified of the person they knew they truly were.

Skills

Multimedia Writing & Design

Indesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop

HTML & CSS

Final Cut Pro X & Video Editing

Public Speaking

Web Design

Community Outreach and Event Planning

Branding

HTML & CSS 60%
Web Design85%
Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop 90%
Final Cut Pro X 100%
Team Management 95%
Photography 90%

Resume

Check my resume

Summary

Will Bowen

Motivated student with visual design & communication-oriented skills. A strong passion to learn. Dedicated to making positive contributions in the workforce through effective, efficient, and meaningful interactions. Proven ability to work well in teams and collaborate.

  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • wabowen@ucsb.edu

Education

Bachelor of Arts: Communication

Minor: Professional Writing for Multimedia Communication

2017 - 2021

University of California, Santa Barbara

  • 3.82 GPA
  • 6 Quarters with Dean's Honors
  • Studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Academic skills in graphic design, web design, interpersonal communication, journalism, education, organizational communication, human sexuality, multimedia writing, and design.
  • Participated in the campus community through numerous school organizations, developing long-lasting relationships with faculty members, and serving as a resource for students in need of sexual health-related information.

Professional Experience

Design Intern

April 2021 - Present

Starting Lines - Santa Barbara, California

  • Worked in the design, development, and implementation of the graphical elements of a publication that is used by thousands of students every year in university writing classes.
  • Updated the publication's visual style to feel more modern, cohesive, and stylish.
  • Designed the cover of the publication, edited photographs, kept website up to date, and worked on publication's branding all while working with a small team to meet strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated the ability to create innovative designs on the fly while also getting critical tasks done in order to meet publication dates.

Head Course Assistant

June 2020 - Present

UC Santa Barbara Sociology Department

  • Served as head course assistant for an upper division sociology course with over 500 students a quarter.
  • Led and coordinated a team of ~15 employees, interviewed & hired new employees, wrote, graded, & proctored exams, held office hours for students, answered student emails, managed & maintained online class website, held review sessions for exams, coordinated efforts with other faculty members, and enhanced overall student learning & success.
  • Ensured an excellent transition from in-person to distanced learning through creative, effective, and stable digital mediums.
  • Promoted improved student engagement with class material by leading entertaining, personal, and informative review sessions to help students excel on tests.

Writer, Events Commitee

April 2019 - Present

SexInfo Online

  • Wrote articles pertaining to topics including human sexuality, love, health, and relationships, for a website that reaches over 150 countries.
  • Met article publication deadlines with an entire team of ~20 individuals through effective and efficient communication.
  • Planned both large (~100 person) and small-scale events in the Santa Barabra area through work with a small team. Events were designed to spread knowledge of sex education and sexual health through fun, engaging, and entertaining structures.
  • Answered question inquiries from readers around the world about a wide variety of topics ranging from readers fearing they might be pregnant or who desire to learn more about a specific topic.

Barista

August 2020 - March 2021

Santa Barbara Roasting Company

  • Worked with a team of ~20 co-workers to provide excellent customer, food, & drink service at one of downtown Santa Barbara's most loved coffeehouses.
  • Learned skills in customer service, teamwork, time & stress management.
  • Served as a responsible employee other employees and the managerial staff could always rely on.

Course Grader

August 2019 - June 2020

UC Santa Barbara Sociology Department

  • Graded and proctored exams for an upper division sociology course with over 500 students.
  • Worked to aid other employees with tasks when needed.
  • Adhered to strict timelines for finishing bulk amounts of work while coordinating with a group of ~15 other employees.
  • Remained flexible throughout unexpected crises to resolve them in a timely fashion.

Portfolio

My Work

  • All
  • Branding
  • Design
  • Writing & Film
  • Photography

Brand Style Guide

My Brand

Personal Web Design

My Life

Video Advocation

Don't Go to Space

Web Design & Video

A Brand is Forever

Textbook Cover Design

Starting Lines

Opinion Piece

How Do We Slow Climate Change? Consume Less.

Poster Design

SexInfo Online's Sex Week

Photography

Our Natural World

In-Depth Feature

The Economic Disparities of Eco-Conscious Consumerism

Contact

Contact Me

My Location

Santa Barbara, CA

Social Profiles

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