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, most of my projects have covered user interface design, WordPress website builds, and email marketing.

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 am fortunate in that most of the folks I’ve worked for 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. My respite has always been yoga and dance music, sometimes together. 🙂

WHERE I’M HEADED

I’ve embraced my interest in UX design and research over the last year. Recently, I enrolled in the Akendi UX Design Certification program in Toronto, Canada (March, 2018). I’m looking forward to seeing how this training will inspire me. Over the years my experience has taken me in many directions, inviting me to learn many skills. I’ve been called a unicorn, and I guess I am in some ways, given that I learn quickly and can adapt to new situations well. However, its time for me to specialize, whether that be user research or UX design, and take that into a more concentrated role. My hope is to feel like the work I’m doing is making people’s lives easier, invisibly and seamlessly. One step at a time.

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND

This site showcases some of 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.

Me on the Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland.

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