Heather Abbott

Digital Communications Designer

Austin, TX, USA
With seven years of professional experience, Heather works full-time as a digital communications specialist. In the past, she has worked with companies large and small across a variety of industries like architecture, higher education, apparel and design. When not at a desk, Heather is out social cycling, swimming or volunteering her time to run a grief group for young adults.

Software knowledge: Adobe Creative Cloud, Sketch, Microsoft Office Suite, Wordpress, Squarespace, ClickDimensions, Survey Monkey, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Iconosquare, Bit.ly, Slack, and MindNode.

Work Experience

HKS ARCHITECTS

Digital Communications Designer

Developed written, visual and multimedia communications.
Storyboarded, produced, filmed and edited photography and video.
Designed web- and social-ready graphics that translated on mobile.
Helped industry related topics resonate to a larger audience.
Crafted messaging in clever, provocative ways.
Set the tone for internal and external brand messaging.
Collaborated across sectors and teams.
March 2016 - February 2017 Texas, United States

CentralTrack.com

Contract Photojournalist

Delivered professional digital photography and editing.
Conducted interviews, reviews and long-form journalism.
Worked within quick deadlines, generally for overnight publishing.
Assisted in building a social media presence.
June 2012 - Present Texas, United States

University Of Texas At Austin

Senior Graphic Designer

Lead in creating and editing a variety of media for print and digital use.
Prepared artwork for e-blasts and other web/HTML-based projects.
Lead vendor press checks to ensure quality production.
Worked as primary photo/videographer as well as visual editor.
Created content for social media including video, stills and type treatments.
Conducted research to build a stronger social media presence.
Assisted in news writing assignments and copywriting.
Managed trademark and licensing approvals to uphold brand image.
May 2014 - Present Texas, United States

Fossil, Inc.

Associate Designer

Led in designing denim, pants, graphic tees, jackets and outerwear for men and women
Established new streamlined procedures and standards for garment production
Problem-solved with cross-functional teams to ensure consistency in brand and fit
Managed deadlines in accordance with the corporate calendar
Built trend and mood boards to move the brand forward in creativity and messaging
Maintained vendor relationships through detailed communication and tightly-organized tech packs
Assisted in brand copywriting as well as written and visual development of apparel hang tags
Traveled for vendor visits and inspiration
June 2010 - May 2014 Richardson, Texas, United States

HideYourArms.com

Contributing Blogger

Blog for online publication
Conduct apparel reviews
Provide insight on branding and trend in the t-shirt design world
March 2012 - Present United Kingdom

ID Tech Camps

Instructor

Summer position
Instruct students in graphic design and minor game creation
Provide a safe and educational environment
Adobe Creative Suite 4, Scratch, Multimedia Fusion Developer 2.0, Microsoft Powerpoint
Follow corporate company curriculum
Paid internship
Travel within the U.S.
March 2009 - May 2010 Texas, United States

The Good Child

Entrepreneur

Developed brand story, identity and all brand assets
Created web page in WordPress and managed a daily blog for consumer engagement
Customized and managed retail shop through BigCartel for online sales
Engaged customers and established an active audience through social media
Traveled for trade shows and vendor meetings
October 2010 - Texas, United States

Community Director

Directed the overall community by connecting dinner guests to regional hosts and tables,
managing events and keeping up with communications.
On-boarded 160 hosts, connected 397 participants to one another, thoughtfully respond to
over 1K emails from communities across the world, and made 282+ dinners a success.
Managed multiple participant lists, spreadsheets and calendars.
Trained and mentored co-hosts and hosts across all regions.
Helped plan and execute successful events, up to 500 people.
Worked with, helped gain and manage external partnerships.
September 2016 - October 2017 United States

KEY Travel Concierge

Digital Communications Specialist

Contributes to broader cross-functional campaigns and experiments.
Manages multiple projects and deadlines with minimal oversight.
Participates in weekly team stand-ups, develops solutions, removes roadblocks and
collaborates across teams to provide solutions for engagement and conversion.
Executes strong written and verbal communication and problem-solving skills with an
impeccable eye for detail.
Manages and reports on social media.
Storyboards, directs, shoots and edits digital photo and video.
Designs and updates investor presentation and materials.
October 2017 - Austin, Texas, United States

Education

Texas Woman's University

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Graphic Design

Honors: Cum Laude, Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Voertman’s Student Art Exhibition, Honorable Mention 2007. Voertman’s Student Art Exhibition 2008. Helen Thomas Perry Art Scholarship 2008-09. Ludi Clark Thompson Art Scholarship 2009. Voertman’s Student Art Exhibition 2009, 4th pl. Treasurer, Pioneers in Design. Voertman's Student Art Exhibition 2010.

Activities and Societies: Pioneers in Design
September 2006 - May 2010 Denton, Texas, United States

Languages

English (Native),

Skills

Adobe After Effects, Adobe CC, Adobe CS3, Adobe CS5, Adobe CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Copywriting, Email Design, Email Marketing, Flickr, HTML, IMovie, Marketing, Microsoft Office, Print Design, SEO, Social Media, Web Design, YouTube,