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 UI design, WordPress website builds, and print design.

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. 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’m embracing my interest in experience thinking and user-centered design. I’m an active member of Portland’s Interaction Design Foundation group. We meet monthly to geek out on the topics of UX design and research. A group project is in the works where we can contribute to the learning experience together by doing.

Recently, I became certified in the Akendi CXD UX Design Certification program in Montréal, Canada (April, 2018). My aim is to implement more of a user-centered approach to the design process where I currently work, in any way I can. Ultimately I’d like to work with a team whose research and development cycles are driven primarily by a user-centric approach.

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.