Curriculum Vitae

Ben Smith

A focused and ambitious designer with over 9 years of industry experience shared between visual design and front-end development. Born and raised in Australia and currently living in London, England.


Section #1

Career History

May 2013 – Present

Graphic Designer & Front-end Developer
Designfront
Brisbane, Australia

About Designfront

Designfront is a Brisbane-based visual communication consultancy specialising in branding, literature and design for the web. Established in 2000, we aim to work with engaging clients who value the creative process of building and communicating strategic brand identity that drives growth for their business.”

Roles

Designfront is a small (but mighty) team, and as such my roles vary depending on the project. I work extensively on both print and digital and am involved with client liaison, progress meetings, scoping, project management, concept development, branding and print design. I'm also responsible for information architecture, user interface and website design, front-end development, Craft CMS implementation and extensive photo retouching. As a main designer and sole developer on all website projects, I’m involved in every aspect of a project, from initial client meetings where objectives are discussed through to prototyping, information architecture, design and development.

Responsibilities

  • Meeting with clients to discuss their business and project objectives and project requirements.
  • Estimating time required to complete work, developing design briefs in response to project requirements and within the constraints of cost and time.
  • Thinking creatively to produce new ideas and concepts of a high standard for print and screen.
  • Preparing rough drafts and presenting to the Director and other team members.
  • Demonstrating concept approaches with rough sketches and layouts.
  • Creating low fidelity layouts and wireframes to investigate user flows and design ideas.
  • Building interactive prototypes to investigate the feasibility of design choices and interactions.
  • Proofreading to produce accurate and high-quality work.
  • Performing extensive photo editing and retouching.
  • Setting up client hosting and email.
  • Developing and deploying websites across local, staging and production servers using version control.
  • Implementing Craft CMS.
  • Managing accounts for ongoing clients.
Sep 2011 – Sep 2012

Lead Designer
DMDN
Brisbane, Australia

Oct 2011 – Apr 2012

Graphic Designer
Fresh
Brisbane, Australia

Apr 2011 – Feb 2012

Artworker
Clemenger BBDO
Brisbane, Australia

Feb 2011 – Feb 2012

Graphic Designer & Front-end Developer
Make Communications
Brisbane, Australia

Jan 2007 – Mar 2009

Graphic Designer & Front-end Developer
2plik8 Creative
Brisbane, Australia


Section #2

Education

2005 – 2006

Diploma of Graphic Design
Southbank Institute of Tafe
Brisbane, Australia

Section #3

Skills & Interests

Latest
Skills
  • Sketch
  • Figma
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • After Effects
  • HTML & CSS
  • Craft CMS
Interests
  • Live Music
  • Photography
  • Table Tennis
  • Cooking
  • Cycling
  • Data Collection
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cheese

Section #4

References

Referee #1

Leesa Hickey
Director, Designfront

Referee #2

Jeff Lynne
Director, Digital8

Referee #3

Chris Cotton
Director, Yarn Digital