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  • Christine Bower

    a designer who codes

    San Francisco, CA

I am a designer for print and web, award-winning writer, skilled copyeditor, animator, and illustrator. I’m passionate about typography, good code, great food, and design of every stripe—whether interior, graphic, fashion, or industrial. A Mac geek and 9-5 web worker, I recently earned a master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in digital multimedia art and technology.

Work Samples

  • HBS Alumni New Venture Contest, 2012

  • Baker 2.0

  • HBS Fund Chair Reception event collateral

Work History

CHRISTINE BOWER a designer who codes. + positdesign.com + christinebower@me.com + 415.501.0347 + @chrisbean Creative, meticulous UX-obsessed design. Specializes in translating visual and narrative material between print, mobile, digital. Loves typography; loves to iterate. Excels at pivoting efficiently, and thrives in “too many chefs” scenarios. TECHNICAL Code Expertly handmade HTML5 and CSS3. Strong Wordpress and Joomla content and back-end. 
 Some experience with JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, Processing. Multimedia Autodesk Maya, Final Cut Pro, Audacity, Adobe Flash, QuickTime Pro, hand-coded mobile interactives. Visuals expert in CS5+6: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat. QuarkXPress. Words AP, MLA, Chicago, APA stylesheets. Native English speaker; written German and French. EXPERIENCE Teaching Fellow: 2012 Harvard University Extension School, Launching an e-Commerce Startup Planned and led weekly lab sections; graded all written and computer assignments. Digital Communications Specialist/Web Services Manager, 2007-2012 Harvard Business School, Alumni Marketing & Communications Responsible for print and digital design, front-end production and website management, leveraging progressive technologies and industry best practices, and staff training across 100-person External Relations team. • Led high-level branding push, articulating and enforcing HBS web production and design standards for ER staff; worked closely and collaboratively with internal clients to develop visual strategies. • Coded and deployed HTML email newsletter sent to 80,000+ HBS alumni monthly. • More than tripled engagement and clickthrough rates as dedicated “Champion of Email Marketing.” The June 2012 newsletter had an effective rate over 50%. • Spearheaded social strategy in admin role for HBSAlumni accounts on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. • Designed display collateral for high-profile donor, Dean, and alumni events. • Designed and led one-on-one trainings and group seminars in web best practices for HBS staff. Web/Editorial Assistant, 2000-2007 Harvard Divinity School, Office of Communications As third member of small newly-formed marketing team, played a major role in transition of department from print-only to digital shop. • In graphic/web design role: Harvard Divinity Bulletin website and News and Events website. Designed two academic books and a quarterly print newsletter. Designed publicity materials for all School events. • As editorial assistant for Harvard Divinity Bulletin: screened submissions, copyediting and prepress. • In media relations role: coordinated news releases, supervised video shoots, developed press materials. FREELANCE Technologist + Designer, 2011 Winchester for Warren Developed print, social media, and web collateral; identified and managed web-based tool enabling online RSVPs and donor fulfillment for a fundraiser supporting U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. SEO + Social Media Strategist, 2009-present On The Page Consultations Monitor Google Analytics/Alerts on behalf of Pilar Alessandra to prevent piracy of her top-10 podcast, and advise on social media issues. Graphic design work on per-project basis. Webmistress, 2007-2011 Channel Cafe Developed, designed, and content-managed channel-cafe.com through two major redesigns; managed backend hosting and database needs. Created and managed the restaurant’s Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr presences. EDUCATION Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, MA Master of Liberal Arts, Information Technology. November 2011 • Digital media arts and instructional design Hamilton College, Clinton, NY BA with Departmental Honors in Creative Writing and Philosophy. May 2000 • Thomas E. Meehan Prize in Writing; Charles A. Dana Prize for Character Leadership and Academic Excellence; George A. Watrous Literary Award • Hamilton Scholar Award; George M. Frees Scholarship National University of Ireland, Galway Semester Abroad. Spring 1999 • First Academic Honors PORTFOLIO Specializing in translating visual and narrative material between print and digital. Excels at pivoting efficiently, and thrives in “too many chefs” scenarios. SELECT WEB PROJECTS • Recent web projects at http://positdesign.com/portfolio/web-design/ • Essential Ideas for Success: Insights and Inspiration from the HBS Faculty (2011). http://alumni.hbs.edu/ebook • Portbou 1940 (2010-2011). http://portbou1940.com (best in Chrome) • HBS Alumni eNewsletter (December 2007-present). http://alumni.hbs.edu/whatsnew SELECT PRINT + DESIGN PROJECTS • Recent print projects at http://www.coroflot.com/christine_bower • Recent graphic design projects at http://positdesign.com/portfolio/graphic-design/ • Sketch Notes from An Event Apart Boston (2012). http://flic.kr/s/aHsjA6kFH7 • Harvard Divinity School Faculty Source Directory for Editors and Reporters. Guided project from 8-page pamphlet (2000) to 60+ page book (2001-2005) to online-only iteration (2005-2007). • Power & Principles: Leaders in Media and Finance Reflect on the Ethical Framework of Their Work (2002). • Light From the Age of Augustine: Late Antique Ceramics From North Africa—Tunisia (2002). THEY SAY “You are my design goddess! Working with you makes me feel like I’m back around all the creative people I worked with at startups in San Francisco!” – Nayna Kaushek, Associate Director, Alumni Clubs & Associations “It was great working with you on this project. I really appreciated all of your thoughtful input and attention to detail in addition—of course—to your design skills.” – Charlotte Smith, Director, Development Communications “Chris has enjoyed the reputation as a stellar designer with a crisp clean sensibility and facility with adapting HBS designs. We will continue to rely on those skills as we incorporate the new School-wide brand initiative. Moreover, Chris has really shined in managing large projects.” – Ted Adams, Director, Web Communications “Chris Bower is the design rockstar who reformatted and redesigned it to make it SO user friendly!” – Lindsay McConchie, Assistant Director, Student and Young Alumni Engagement “Thanks again for all your incredible help—I wish someone like you existed in every city—I seriously lucked out!!!!“ – Matt Timms, Creator of http://thetakedowns.com


Harvard University, Hamilton College