the online
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www.BEN JOHN SMITH.com

BENJAMIN SMITH

509.952.7113
801 Pine St #23G Seattle WA 98101
ben@benjohnsmith.com
www.benjohnsmith.com

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EDUCATION

University of Washington
2008 – 2012
B.Des in Interaction Design
Interaction Design Program GPA: 3.74

Hochschule für Gestaltung
2011 – 2012
Interaction Design

A.C. Davis High School
2001 – 2005
High School Diploma Earned
Cumulative GPA: 3.4

WORK EXPERIENCE

Microsoft
06.2012 – present
07.2011 – 09.2011
06.2010 – 09.2010
As an intern (two summers) and as a full time employee, I rapidly prototype interactions that are tested and lead to user experience decisions on current and evolving projects, with a team of peers.

Bluwater Bistro
09.2008 – 06.2010
Seattle, WA
Bus tables, prepare food, and sustain a clean and efficient restaurant while working alone.

SKILLS + SOFTWARE

Adobe Creative Suite
Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign / Flash

Prototyping and Application Design
Microsoft Expression Blend / vvvv

Data Processing
Microsoft Office 2010

Languages
HTML / JavaScript / CSS / Processing

REFERENCES

Annabelle Gould
agould@u.washington.edu
Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design
University of Washington

Lisa Cherian
lisa.cherian@microsoft.com
Senior User Experience Lead
Microsoft

RECOGNITION

Boyer & Elizabeth Bole Gonzales Scholarship
Based on my work, academic record, and scholastic achievements in the School of Art at UW

Dean's List
Spring 2009 – Autumn 2010
Annual 2011
Annual 2012

Washington Achiever's Scholar
Based on my academic motivation and performance during high school and throughout college

Math Honor (High School)
Maximum score achieved in International Baccalaureate in High School
Top 1% of Mathematics students schoolwide

INTERESTS + HOBBIES

In 2011, I spent five months studying abroad in Germany in a small city called Schwäbisch Gmünd, learning about the process of interaction designers from another culture. As a result I'm very interested in communication, language, and information exchange.

I enjoy building electronics, making synthesized music with my computer, and talking about + learning everything I can about science and the way the world works.