Howdy, I'm
KENZIE
and this is my portfolio

My Motivation

Here's what's behind my work.

  • I'm passionate about smart, communicative design.

    I've been designing websites and graphics since I was 13 years old. I'm obsessed with design trends and tools, with how design can be used to communicate with and influence an audience, and with the cultural impact of user experience, color, composition, shape, line, and form. I believe good design requires flexibility, thoughtful decision-making, and a connection to one's audience.

  • I'm a visual thinker and multi-modal storyteller.

    My background is in Anthropology and Writing. This influences my work in almost every medium, and drives me to tap into the emotional core of user-focused interaction. From UI/UX to teaching, photography to copy, sketching to digital painting, vector graphics, photomanipulation, even poetry, performance, and libretto, I'm guided by creativity and most importantly cultural connection, and in using any tools at my disposal toward creating an intuitive, enjoyable, and encouraging experience for the viewer.

  • I dream of working with a powerhouse team.

    I've worked both as a freelancer and as part of an in-house team, and I find team-work to have the most potential. I love people, and particularly love seeing the merging of difference perspective and ideas that can happen when designers collaborate with developers or CEOs, where new ideas are brought to table from all directions. Whether I'm working in startups or multi-national businesses, I take pride in contributing to and supporting the success of my fellows in a collaborative environment.

  • I believe in giving my all to everything I do.

    I have worked for startup accelerators, small businesses, and individual clients, to forward their goals through thoughtful, innovative design and strategy. I commit to my projects 100%, tirelessly chasing perfect pixel ratios and tweaking code with a personal investment in an ever more valuable, beautiful product. Moreover, I'm committed to continuing to expand my skillset, forging new connections, and making my bosses and clients (and my momma) proud.

  • I'm a self-starter and lifelong learner, and I love product development.

    Most of my skillsets are self-taught, and it means I'm fearless when it comes to new programs, technologies, or ideas. I know how to dive right into a new project, when to ask questions, and how to stay motivated through to the final sprint. Lately I've been working on developing mobile application and learning management products, helping several budding companies navigate the impact of each product decision. Here I can let my powers combine to consider how branding affects storytelling, culture affects experience, and how all of it adds up to user retention or loss. I'm all about strategy. (And I'm a big 80s cartoon fan.)

  • How can I
    be of
    Service?

Portfolio

A few samples of my work.

Anthropoid

Literary Journal Site & Design

Apiary Lit

Literary Services Site & Design

Anthropoid (Folk Issue)

Literary Journal Site & Design

Let's Lunch

Mobile App Design

Branding

Logo Designs

Howdy Y'all Yellow

Portfolio Web Design

Joule Ale

Label Design

Branding

Business Card Design

Tagify Online

Web Application Design

Kenzie Allen Photography

Custom Facebook Campaign

Tagify Landing

Splash Page Design / Coding

Tagify

Mobile App Design

Out West

Portfolio Web Design & Expandable UI

Let's Get Acquainted

Business Card Design

Ian Greenlaw, Baritone

Web Design & Branding

CV / Skills

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Skills

Languages
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • front-end PHP & JavaScript
Libraries & Toolkits
  • jQuery
  • TypeKit
  • Bootstrap
  • Less / Fluid
  • 960gs
  • Various plugins & frameworks
Platforms
  • WordPress & CMS
  • Tumblr
  • Social Media
  • Moodle & LMS
Software
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • Fireworks
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Lightroom
  • Audacity
  • iMovie & Premiere
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Opencanvas & Paint Tool SAI
  • Microsoft Suite (incl. Powerpoint, Excel & Access)
Hardware
  • Printing and Scanning
  • Digital conversion tools
  • Nikon & Canon DSLRs
  • Wacom graphics tablets
  • GoPro camera line
  • Pencils, Pens, Markers, Paint
- Expert

Things I Do

web & UI/UX Design, product development, visual & graphic design, PR & marketing, digital & new media production, social & startup strategy, branding & identity, front end development, copywriting & creative writing, color theory, cultural anthropology



My other work

photography » art » writing



Experience

September 2015 - Present
Guidings
Product Wizard

Product Development, Storytelling & Branding, and UX, for a new startup and application for intrepid explorers to find new experiences across the world or in their own backyard. Contributor to gamification, vocabulary and ethos, wireframing, features and functions, business model, and strategy.


April 2015 - Present
Apiary Lit
Founder, Business Manager, LMS Development and Design

Founded a literary services agency specializing in small group workshops and editorial services for writers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, along with special courses in digital media and other topics. Designed and maintained a combined learning environment utilizing Moodle and Wordpress, created and visually designed a database of writing prompts, exercises and lessons. I also manage the hiring of instructors and editors, technical support, accounting, and promotion and PR.


Sept 2013 - May 2014
University of Michigan
Graduate Student Instructor

Taught English 125: Intro to Composition, and English 223: Intro to Creative Writing (class sizes of 20). Developed syllabi, including sections which covered Conceptual / Visual / Digital media works and Digital Publications.


July 2013 - Present
Anthropoid
Founder, Designer & Managing Editor

Created and designed an international literary journal which receives over 350 submissions per issue. Continue to manage a staff of 30+ volunteers, reading, digitizing and promoting submitted literary content as well as staff writing. I manage social media accounts and campaigns as part of this process, and also provide photography where necessary.


Jun 2011 to 2012
Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
PR & Design Resident Expert

Developed web and social media presence for ER Accelerator, through print as well as digital design, front-end Wordpress development, and digital strategy. Also served as an advisor to 10 startups in inaugural program, leading workshops and seminars on hiring designers and maintaining social media.


Mar 2006 to Present
Strateglobe LLC
Webmaster and Digital Media Strategist

Head strategist for Strateglobe LLC's digital marketing and online learning divisions, and previously house webmaster. I develop and maintain marketing through web, print, and social media for Strateglobe and its clients, which include Native American tribal businesses and international businesses.


Sept 2008 to Jan 2010
Washington University in St. Louis Arts & Sciences Computing
Digital Humanities Lab Consultant and Media Specialist

Monitor for Danforth main computer lab and for Humanities Digital Workshop. Maintained printers and equipment for scanning and provided technical support to students and faculty. Special work in scanning/media equipment, including large-scale printers, in School of Art and Architecture.


May 2006 to July 2006

Produced print advertisements and updated visual materials on behalf of WTC STL.


Sept 2002 to May 2004
RealtyPro
Summer Web Designer / Intern

Graphic and web design for RealtyPro, a company with a high volume of websites (500+) each geared specifically toward individual state and town housing markets.


Education

2014 - 2015
Zell Postgraduate Fellowship, Poetry
University of Michigan


2012 - 2014
MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry
University of Michigan

Special focus in creative ethnography, digital media production and performance, and Native American literature. Recipient of Helen Zell Graduate Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in Poetry and Non-Fiction, Meader Family Award, Michael R. Gutterman Award, Helen Zell Residency Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, and scholarship to Disquiet International Literary Festival in Lisbon.


May 2010
BA in Anthropology, minor in Writing
Washington University in St. Louis

Special focus in Native American blood quantum laws, and fabulist and world literature. Physical anthropology study under Professors Robert W. Susman, Donna Summers, and Tab Rassmussen. Field Study in archaeology at Cahokia Mounds with Professor John Kelly. Served on editorial and design board of Bellerive literary magazine, attended Honors College at University of Missouri St. Louis. Dean's List, Llamda Alpha Anthropology Honors Society, Alphi Phi Omega service fraternity.


May 2004
High School Diploma
Trinity High School, Midland, TX

Lola J. Wilson Memorial Arts Scholarship

I look forward to hearing from you!

getkenzieallen@gmail.com