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Dorothy Bauckman Ayers
Content Management, Technical Design, & Photography

Equal parts analytical and creative, I love efficient and streamlined workflows, mastering new programs and tools, and finding creative solutions to problems. I am fascinated by the psychology of design and its effects upon user behavior, and I want to contribute to the efficacy of digital communication and make quality content available to all who search for it.

Experience

2015-present

Technical Designer / Photography Coordinator
Princess Paradise (Rubie's Costumes)

Technical Design:
Conceptualize and execute new costume/product designs for core and licensed lines; Develop detailed sketches and technical flats using Adobe Illustrator and some hand illustration; Choose and find fabric sources, working within specified price point; Create digital artwork for embroidery, screen printing, and fabric prints

Photography:
Plan and organize photography sessions; Hold model calls and fittings; Direct models during photo shoots and choosing final images; develop concepts for lifestyle shoots; Supervise photo cleanup process

2014-2017

WordPress Designer & Content Manager
Passing Moment Media LLC

Freelance writing, digital design, and web design and development. Projects include WordPress web design from client-provided cretive briefs, writing web articles and blog posts, and online editing.

Work with freelance clients to create business and organization websites on the WordPress platform. Write engaging and search-engine friendly website copy and online articles for a broad range of subjects and audiences. Capture stock photography and use image manipulation and compositing skills to add style and branding to web templates.

2015-2016

Digital Photographer
Colorado Virtual Tours

Specialize in twilight photography, requiring to-the-minute timing and careful planning and organization.This position requires independent travel to client’s homes, while maintaining professionalism and upholding Vantage Point’s image during all client interactions.I help homeowners prep their homes before the shoot, and do post-editing of shoots in Adobe Lightroom to ensure accurate white balance and lighting.

2013-2014

User Experience Designer
USDA- Office of the Chief Information Officer

Prepared layout and visual design for an internal service status notification app, using Photoshop and Illustrator. Designed and optimized all icons and visual elements. Front-end and database design & development for a companion administrator’s web portal (tools used: Drupal, Pantheon, MySQL, Acquia Dev Desktop, and GitHub). Prepared a centralized, shareable document repository for development documentation. Authored proposals, project plans, training & marketing plans, etc. and gave presentations to key stakeholders.

Featured Projects:
Service Status Mobile App
Prepared layout and visual design for an internal service status notification app, using Photoshop and Illustrator. Designed and optimized all icons and visual elements. Front-end & database design & development for a companion administrator’s web portal (tools used: Drupal, Pantheon, MySQL, Acquia Dev Desktop, and GitHub). Prepared a centralized, shareable document repository for development documentation. Authored proposals, project plans, training & marketing plans, etc. and gave presentations to key stakeholders.

Contact Finder Mobile App
Wireframing and UI Design using Balsamiq. Worked directly with Mobile Developer to manage design implementation and testing. Directed app marketing and communications efforts, including HTML email design for email campaign, articles for internal newsletters, and a QuickTime video tour of the app’s interface and functionality.

2010-2014

Technical Writer
Contractor

Documented a new, AS9100 compliant quality system and Quality Manual which received an impressive score of 96% in its first year of implementation. Reviewed incoming solicitations (RFIs, RFPs, RFQs). Prepared and reviewed proposals with an eye for accuracy and compliance with RFP instructions.

Featured Projects:
Mobile App Developer Documentation
Documented guidelines for mobile enterprise solutions and application development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Developed and documented UI/UX guidelines for mobile app development. Researched app development and publication requirements of Apple and Google.

Aerospace Procedure Documentation
Documented a new, AS9100 compliant quality system and Quality Manual which received an impressive score of 96% in its first year of implementation. Reviewed incoming solicitations (RFIs, RFPs, RFQs). Prepared and reviewed proposals with an eye for accuracy and compliance with RFP instructions.

Highlighted Skills

PhotoShop
Illustrator
Digital Photography
WordPress
HTML/CSS & PHP
Content Writing & Editing