Ashley Cook

UX & Visual Designer
ashcooknz@gmail.com
+1 646 469 2373

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

I am a passionate creative currently based in New York who is a sucker for new and exciting opportunities. I work in a wide range of creative fields including graphic design, UX design, photography and marketing. Approaching all disciplines with a UX driven background and a user centered manner, my idea of great design combines a user centered approach with a strong and appealing visual language.

Not long ago, my dreams came true when I made the move from Auckland to New York for a design internship at 360 Design thanks to an Auckland University of Technology InterNZ Scholarship. With the experience I gained as both a designer and accounts manager working directly with various clients, I am able to quickly adapt to new challenges.

I am looking to grow and learn from a work environment that consists of a collaborative multidisciplinary team, that shares my love for anything creative and of course food. 
 

SKILLS

- Graphic Design
- UX Design
- Creative Direction
- Photography
- Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, Slack etc.
- Marketing
- Web Design
- Social Media Marketing
- Basic HTML and CSS
- Customer Service
 

HONORS AND AWARDS

AUT interNZ 2016 International Scholarship
AUT Scholarship to intern at 360 Design in SoHo, New York City. 
“This role will be awarded to an AUT student with a passion and ability in experience in web design, user interface, interaction and user experience design. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative team player who works well within a studio team setting and will show strength in being a creative, deadline driven individual who is passionate about UX/UI design and is fully immersed in the
digital arena.”

Stefan Sagmeister Salon Night Attendee
Invited to Sagmeister & Walsh to have a discussion about design as well as having my profile critiqued by Stefan Sagmeister

Kimberley Award for Best Sales Performance
This award recognises the top performing sales team member for New Zealand

Academic Honours
Academic Colours and Honours are awarded to Saint Kentigern’s highest achieving Senior School students. In recognition of Saint Kentigern’s students who strive to achieve at the highest academic levels, Saint Kentigern College awards Academic Colours and Honours

Habitat for Humanity International
Team Volunteer

EDUCATION 

Bachelor of Design Majoring in Graphic Design Minoring in Photography
Graduated at AUT University
Transcript Available.

UX Crash Course
An intense workshop which is designed to give you practical experience about common activities you will encounter in a typical user-centered digital design process. Learning outcomes include experience user research, ideation, interaction design, rapid prototyping and user testing.

NCEA Level 1-3
Saint Kentigern College
 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance Digital Designer | October - December 2016 
TouchTunes Interactive Networks
- Work with Atlantic Records, Universal Music Group and other record labels to come up with TouchTunes and artist imagery combined designs
- Design and produce promotional materials including interactive digital media for web and digital jukeboxes
- Work with the marketing team to come up with new advertisements
- Serve as a source for creative inspiration and ideas

Intern and UX & Visual Designer | February - September 2016
360 Design New York
- Create exemplary, intuitive and useful visual design solutions
- Take initiative, make decisions and learn from my mistakes
- Execute interaction design and visual design as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
- Consulting with clients and lead experience architect
- Research interaction design and technology trends
- 360 Design Clients include: American Express, Metrie, Time, Condé Nast, HSS, VF Corp, The New York Times 

Designer and Marketing Accounts Manager | January 2015 - January 2016
Social and Media
- Build and execute social media strategy through competitive research, platform determination, benchmarking, messaging and audience identification
- Build and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships
- Moderate all user-generated content in line with the moderation policy for each community
- Create editorial calendars and syndication schedules
- Collaborate with other departments to manage reputation, identify key players and coordinate actions
- Social and Media Clients include: Dhall & Nash, Billingtons, Royal Caribbean International, Natural Things, Pure Advantage

Graphic Designer and Marketing | October 2014 - February 2016
Ubertec (Apple Reseller)
- Work closely with the Apple brand guidelines and the Apple New Zealand marketing and design team
- Work with management to create new creative advertising and marketing ideas and implement them.

Graphic & Web Design Intern | May - July 2015
MediaWorks NZ
- Generating ideas and selling them into clients and other members of the team
- Staying up to date with industry trends
- Forging and executing exciting digital ideas
- Maintaining high standards and ensuring only the best work is released to the client
- Collaborating across the agency to drive up standards of digital creativity

Keyholder | 2012 - 2014
The Just Group
- Coach, guide and inspire your team
- Meet and exceed targets for all aspects of the store
- Empower your team to drive sales
- Work in a fast paced environment
- Visual Merchandising
- Create outfits and style customers
- Exceptional customer service skills