Ben Mook

UX Designer/ Researcher/ Interviewer/ Storyteller

My expertise in interactive journalism, storytelling, research and interviewing gives me a solid foundation for UX design and content strategy.

Tenacious researcher, insightful analyst and superb team player.

Experienced in prototyping, user research, information architecture, and Lean and Agile workflows. Proficient in Sketch, Axure, Keynote and Adobe Creative Suite.

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in digital journalism.

I am thorough and perceptive in evaluating audience needs and user interactions.

I thrive on creating smart solutions and delivering outstanding work to great clients.

WHY HIRE ME?

As a UX designer with a journalism background, interviews, research into the heart of complex issues and clear, compelling presentations are squarely in my wheelhouse. And, I'm used to doing all of that on deadline.

Proficient in multiple UX strategies, multimedia storytelling and using email platforms, including BlueSkyFactory and MailChimp, to design and populate highly targeted newsletters. Supervisory experience in special publications, including hiring and managing freelance talent.

Completed master's degree in interactive journalism at American University in May 2015 and General Assembly UX Design Immersive program in April 2016.

My Education

  • 2016

    UX Design

    General Assembly

    Completed more than 400 classroom hours of training in: user research; prototyping and testing; interaction and interface design and working with teams and clients.

  • 2015

    M.A. in Interactive Journalism

    American University

    The program focused on constructing stories for the Web and writing effectively for an on-line audience. Other areas of study included video editing and using photography, data visualization and photography to tell stories.

  • 1994

    Psychology

    Frostburg State University

    Received bachelor's degree in Psychology from Frostburg State University.

My Employment

  • 2016

    UX Designer

    UXDI student at General Assembly

    For main project, collaborated with Peace Corps medical staff to redesign the organization's electronic health record system under a tight deadline. Tasked with identifying and resolving pain points for medical staff users located in offices worldwide. Deliverables included a redesigned landing page, patient summary page and patient visit form.

  • 2015

    Senior Reporter

    Current

    Print and digital reporter specializing in public radio, public media development and nonprofits. Also contributed photos, infographics, audio/video and newsletter content/design. Special projects include a data analysis and visualization project based on original research of public media salaries as well as an investigation of public media’s fundraising relationship with for-profit car donation industry.

  • 2012

    Senior Reporter

    The Daily Record

    Print and digital reporter with deep expertise in business, law and courts, banking, biotech, healthcare and government. Expert proficiency in storytelling, building source relationships and creating multimedia story packages on tight deadlines. As interim web editor, oversaw website redesign to a WordPress-based CMS.

  • 2005

    News Editor

    The Maryland Coast Dispatch

    News editor with supervisory responsibility for news coverage, design, website and staff development. Promoted after successfully covering crime, courts, business and city government.