Résumé

Hi there, I’m Kristin Elsen.

I’m a video maker, voiceover talent, & graphic designer with a passion for telling stories and connecting people.

In Brief

I hold a BA in Journalism from Eastern Washington University and a BA in Digital Technology and Culture, Summa Cum Laude, from Washington State University Tri-Cities. I have more than 10 years of professional experience working in design, seven of which have been with an emphasis on web graphics and development, with agencies such as BB&T, a Fortune 500 company; the National Weather Service; and Washington State University.

My background in journalism, web and graphic design, and videography help me bring a diverse set of skills to my job. My skill set includes voiceover narration, video content creation, script writing, storyboarding, video pre-production and post-production (i.e., color correction, timeline editing, basic audio engineering), wire-framing, prototyping, site mapping, concept sketching, strategy development, content management, long-term project management, copy writing, copy editing, event photography, graphic design, agile software development, web design and development, technical writing, and technical training. Because of my prior work in a newsroom environment, I’m at ease with tight deadlines and quick to flex my skills depending on what’s needed of me for the task at hand.

Outside of work, I enjoy consuming copious amounts of coffee (let’s be honest, that’s during work too), playing video games, photography, going to concerts, baking and cooking, and exploring Raleigh.


Work Experience

BB&T Digital Channel, Raleigh, NC. Feb. 2015–Present

Web Designer II, Senior Content Strategist

  • Conceive and produce live-action videos, motion graphics, and custom animations for a variety of bank products and features
  • Write content and scripts for videos
  • Perform voiceover narration for educational, how-to, and promotional videos
  • Assist with studio set-up and breakdown during production days, act as director and teleprompter supervisor during video shoots
  • Log raw footage and assembled clips into coherent stories
  • Collaborate with internal and external clients to deliver content and videos on tight deadlines
  • Senior web and graphic designer for eBills feature in U Bill Pay
  • Graphic designer for U Mobile App for iOS and Android platforms
  • Graphic and front-end web designer for U Web, using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery to design responsive web pages for multiple platforms and device types
  • Collaborate with teams of content writers, UX designers, project managers, usability testers, back-end programmers, and data analysts to better understand product and to deliver robust code and design solutions to address client needs within the U platform

Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, Wash. May 2009–Nov. 2014

Web & Graphics Content Coordinator, Sept. 2012–Nov. 2014

Marketing Assistant/Intern May 2009–March 2011
General contractor, March 2011–Sept. 2012

  • Web developer: Maintain web presence for campus
  • Print media: Posters, fliers, postcards, campus signs
  • Special event photography

Orion Network Solutions, Kennewick, Wash. March 2011–March 2015

Web designer, web developer, technical writer

  • Build and maintain GIS flood data sites for National Weather Service
  • Developer/front-end web designer/technical writer
  • Design and maintain services for National Weather Service on weather.gov
  • Design and maintain custom web sites for commercial clients
  • Designed front-end interface for Climate division for regional climate analysis tool
  • Utilize Javascript, PHP, HTML, CSS3, jQuery, MySQL for project maintenance
  • Assisted in conversion for Google inundation map updates
  • Write, copy edit and revise business documents, contracts and proposals

Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 2006–Feb. 2009

Advertising Creative Services Assistant

  • Create print-based graphics and layouts for advertising, marketing
  • Newsroom illustrations
  • Pagination for ad supplements

Editorial Layout Designer

  • Proof read and edit news stories
  • Paginate newspaper layouts daily
  • Editorial/feature illustrations
  • Photo and color correction
  • Headline writing
  • Maintain online photo galleries
  • Night-time “final edits” of first run of press

Education

Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland, Wash.

Bachelor of Art: Digital Technology & Culture, May 2010 (Summa Cum Laude)

  • Student senate Web Developer, 2009
  • Digital Technology & Culture program tutor
  • Digital Technology, Arts & Culture Club president

Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Wash.

Bachelor of Art: Journalism, Art History minor, June 2006 (Dean’s List)

  • The Easterner (student paper): Copy editor, contributing writer, cartoonist, illustrator

Columbia Basin College, Pasco, Wash.

Associate of Art, General Studies, August 2004

  • Running Start

Software + Languages

  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • HTML/CSS
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • PHP
  • Microsoft Office
  • Mac and Windows operating systems

Professional Interests

  • Women in tech
  • Information architecture
  • Intern mentoring
  • Responsive web design
  • Google Analytics

Skills

  • Wireframing
  • Front-end development
  • Graphic/web design
  • Copy writing/editing
  • Prototyping
  • Campaign tracking
  • Project management
  • Site mapping
  • Content management
  • CMS training

Hobbies

  • Animal rescue
  • Japanese language
  • Travel
  • Video editing
  • Nature photography

Interested in contacting me?

Find me over on LinkedIn!
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinelsen/