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Bethany Whitfield

[beth-uh-nee] [wit-feeld]
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1. Proud owner of a BA in Professional & Technical Writing
Having earned a degree in the field of Technical Writing, Bethany has chosen to specialize in Information Design; constructing, deconstructing, and placing information in such a way that will cause others to take action and expand their knowledge bases.

2. Knowledgeable in Psychology and Computer Applications
While earning her undergraduate degree, Bethany took the opportunity to study Psychology in order to increase her skills with judging the needs of different types of audiences. Computer Applications was also a focus of study which granted Bethany the chance to gain further understanding of the technologies that dominate our culture, as well as providing opportunities to collaborate with other fields of study.

3. Experience with Usability Testing
Testing the usability of a document is arguably the most important aspect of information design - before deploying completed projects it is imperative to make sure that your work is effective. Because digital documents are taking over the world, the majority of Bethany’s usability testing experience resides within web-based content.

4. Lover of tea, cats, wine, beer, and her husband.
These may or may not be in order. But really, they make the world go ‘round.

Portfolio

A collection of favored works

Survival Guide

Layout Design

Thumbprint

Newsletter Writing

Technical Description

Documentation

Ringtone Switch

Instruction Set

Pork Rinds & Bacon Grease

Blogging

Billboard - Then & Now

Advertisement

Vulture Project

Editing

Michigan Microbrew Review

Publication Design

Grow Saginaw

Web Design

Résumé

I don't mean to brag, but...

Software

Photoshop
InDesign
Illustrator
Dreamweaver
Microsoft Office Suite

Programming

HTML
CSS
UNIX

Personal

Detail oriented
Organized
Timely
Structured
Time management

This section will be updated often. As humans, we are constantly evolving. With every new experience, our repertoire expands and our capabilities increase. Tomorrow, I will be better than I am today.



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Experience

From past to present to future- a combination of schooling and employment.

  • August 2011

    Began courses at Saginaw Valley State University

    I began my college career completely certain that I wanted to study English Literature. Quickly, I discovered that I wanted to do more with words. I no longer wanted just to read them and write about them - I wanted to control them. Someone told me about technical writing and I haven't looked back.

  • March 2013 & 2014

    High School Programming Competition editor

    Every year Saginaw Valley's chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery hosts a programming competition open to all high school students throughout Michigan. In order to make the experience more enjoyable for the competitors and the judges, as well as to maintain the good name of SVSU to prospective students, editing of the problem packet is needed.

  • September 2014

    Began internship at Blue Thumb Digital

    During the Fall Semester of 2014 I had the opportunity to take on a 10-week internship with a company local to Saginaw. During this period, I was responsible for creating the content for their weekly newsletters, Facebook posts, and wrote a short article for their store.

  • August 2015

    Graduation from Saginaw Valley State University

    After four-and-a-quarter years of hard work and dedication, I have finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel. I am now the proud owner of a BA in Professional & Technical Wrting.

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