Me on the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.

At the .org book party with the CEO of Public Interest Registry.

About Me

LAURA BENTZ

I’ve dabbled in digital design since 1998, when I was first exposed to Bryce and Adobe Photoshop 3 in college. I later studied multimedia design and touched on everything from traditional painting to Macromedia Director Lingo coding. I took a particular interest in color theory, user interface design, and HTML/CSS. Since then, I’ve had projects cover UX design, mobile-friendly design, and copy writing. My work is clean and detailed. I listen well and have good intuition about what makes an effective user experience, both online and in print.

Part of my personal philosophy is that our relationships with others are what matter most. I believe this to be true in all facets of my life, including the work that I do. My clients and I have long-term relationships, fostered by open communication, honest assessments of goals and expectations, and caring two-way attitudes. I’ve been fortunate in that most of the folks for which I currently work have a passionate investment in the global good.

Outside of work I enjoy biking, road and off-road. I also love hiking in the Columbia River Gorge alone or with friends, and traveling. One of the few things I remember distinctly from my middle school education was how to properly thread a sewing machine, a skill I practice often when I’m concocting some custom-made pants or curtains. I also crochet!

WHERE I’M HEADED

I work with a mobile-first philosophy when it comes to digital communication. Searches on mobile devices have eclipsed desktop, according to Google (May, 2015). As always with tech knowledge, keeping up with today’s trends requires self-start curiosity and learning. I’m currently enrolled in the Front-end Web Development Techdegree program at Treehouse.

ABOUT THIS SITE

This site showcases the “best of” pieces in my collection. It includes snapshots of the projects as I originally designed and intended for them to be. As most WordPress web design goes, a lot of the responsibility post-launch gets handed down to the client to manage their content. In some cases sites degrade because budgets fall flat and staffs struggle internally to delegate website content management tasks.