About me

Basic Information

  • Name: Ken Zirkel
  • Location: Southeast Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island
  • Phone: (401) 481-5869
  • Nationality: United States

Professional Profile

I specialize in designing and building websites, developing content strategy, crafting brand identity, and measuring web analytics. I am also skilled at print design and photography.

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Fun Facts

25

States visited

10

Conferences attended

2796

Miles biked (2016)

12,588

Photos taken (2016)

Skills

Websites

Content strategy
Google analytics
HTML5/CSS/Javascript
Social Media
UI & UX Design
WordPress theming & development
508 accessibility

Print Design

Brochures, posters, packaging
Branding and identity
Prepress file preparation
Typography

Photography

Architecture
Events
Lighthouses
Portraiture
Stock photography
Urban Landscape

Personal Skills

Attention to detail
Collaboration
Communication
Creativity
Teamwork
Time management
Training / Mentoring

Experience

  • Web Developer

    March 2017 to Present

    Website design and development in WordPress. Website architecture. UX design. Social media consulting.

  • Web Communications Specialist

    Brown University

    May 2015 - March 2017

    Designed, built, managed, and supported websites for University top-level website and for academic and administrative departments. Created custom wireframes and graphic designs for department websites. Built website architecture and UX design. Performed strategic analysis of website content strategy. Evaluated website analytics and success metrics. Held training sessions about website best practices, writing for the web, and software usage to staff and faculty. Designed and built artwork for department web sites, web banners, and Brown homepage. Originated social media presence for Brown University. Received Excellence Award for Innovation, 2014. Received Excellence Award for Service, 2007.

  • Product Photographer

    Ross-Simons

    November 2004 - May 2005

    Photographed jewelry for online sales on official Ross-Simons retail website.

  • Graphic Designer

    Johnson & Wales University

    May 2004 - November 2004

    General graphic design and production of brochures, direct mail, posters, etc.

  • Web Coordinator

    Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

    October 2000 - August 2003

    Provided web support for academic and administrative departments in a national liberal arts college.

  • Freelance Designer

    1998 - August 2000

    Performed a wide variety of freelance web and print design and production tasks in the New York metro area.

  • Graphic Designer

    The Sloan Group, New York, NY

    1993 - 1998

    Print graphic design and production for boutique NYC design house.

Education

  • Cornell University

    Bachelor of Arts

    1988

    School of Arts and Sciences

  • North Carolina State University

    Master of Graphic Design

    1993

    College of Design

Professional Development

  • WordPress WordCamp

    May 2017

    For WordPress users. Portland, Maine

  • HighEdWeb

    National Conference

    2016

    For higher education web professionals. Memphis Tennessee

  • HighEdWeb

    New England Regional Conference

    2016

    For higher education web professionals. Holyoke, Massachusetts

  • Confab EDU

    2015

    Content strategy for higher education

  • HighEdWeb

    National Conference

    2014

    For higher education web professionals. Portland, Oregon

  • HighEdWeb

    NE Regional Conference

    2014

    For higher education web professionals. Providence, Rhode Island

  • HighEdWeb

    National Conference

    2012

    For higher education web professionals. Milwaukee, WI

  • HighEdWeb

    National Conference

    2011

    For higher education web professionals. Austin, Texas

  • An Event Apart

    2009

    For people who make websites. Boston, Massachusetts

  • An Event Apart

    2006

    For people who make websites. New York, New York

Memberships

  • PSRI

    2008 — present

    Photographic Society of Rhode Island

  • HighEdWeb

    2012-2017

    Organization for higher education web professionals.

  • ALL
  • PHOTOGRAPHY
  • PRINT DESIGN
  • WEB DESIGN
  • Jewelry

  • Brown video portal

  • Events calendar

  • Dance Recital

  • Band portrait

  • Brown BioMed

  • Baking cookies

  • Child literacy

  • Prom

  • Nina Totenberg

  • Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Graduate School

  • Department website

  • Castle Hill Lighthouse

  • Department website

  • Youth concert

  • School of Engineering

  • School of Public Health

  • Bristol July 4th Parade

  • Marching Band

  • Dancers

Extended portfolio

You may visit my more comprehensive portfolio with larger and more images.

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