EMMA COMTOIS (psst … it’s pronounced com-twa) is a visual interaction and motion designer (soon to be) living in Seattle.

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So, you want to know more …
I was born and raised in Los Angeles before moving across the country to study graphic design and finance at Syracuse University. Yes, it was cold. No, I don’t know why I did that to myself. Last year, Graphic Design USA named me a 2018 Student to Watch.

This past summer, I worked at Amazon on the Alexa Shopping team as a design intern helping launch the marketing campaign for a new experience: shopping Whole Foods with Alexa. This spring, I'm finishing up my senior project, applying the voice design skills I learned to one of my passions, sustainable fashion. I'll be returning to Amazon this fall working to help improve voice interaction design.

In my free time, I love to draw, watercolor, eat bread and butter (the soundtrack to my life is indeed Chateau Lobby #4 by Father John Misty), work on my Fear Factor audition tape and assemble charcuterie boards. If any of this sparks your interest, let's chat.

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Incoming UX/Visual Designer Amazon, Alexa Shopping

Seattle, WA • Aug. 2019

Design InternAmazon, Alexa Shopping

Seattle, WA • May 2018–Aug. 2018

Developed creative marketing campaign including ads, emails, landing pages and motion graphics for launch of Whole Foods & Alexa Shopping experience • Lead brand and UI audit • Drafted Alexa Shopping brand guidelines • Incorporated revised brand identity into exploratory art direction and marketing study • Re-imagined Alexa’s presence in transaction emails • Assisted with voice user interface pattern revisions

Motion Design InternU.S. Department of State

Remote • Aug. 2017–Dec. 2017

Wrote, storyboarded, designed and animated social media content for the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs • Concepted and created International Education Week explainer, which received upwards of 30,000 views on social • Selected video clips, designed and animated annual end-of-year round-up video for the Bureau

Digital Editor The Daily Orange

Syracuse, NY • May 2017–May 2018

Lead launch of The D.O.’s first Snapchat Publisher story, managing a 6-person team of designers and animators creating 12 concepts weekly • Directed 13-person staff to expand digital engagement strategy for website averaging 75,000 weekly clicks • Spearheaded digital design and development projects including launch of didsyracusewin.com • Incubated first science podcast series

Creative Director Baked Magazine

Syracuse, NY • Jan. 2017–May 2018

Managed staff of 10 designers, photographers and illustrators to produce nationally-awarded food magazine twice annually • Headed identity and editorial redesign • Established first template and style guide • Art directed photo shoots and illustrations

Graphic Design Intern Willa Creative Agency

Los Angeles, CA • May 2017–Aug. 2017

Curated and designed weekly social content for cosmetics brand, growing following by 10 percent • Headed logo refinement for software company • Developed mood boards and logo concepts for wellness brand • Produced print assets for fashion labels

Graphic Design Intern blend.

Los Angeles, CA • May 2017–Aug. 2017

Supported UI/UX design alongside senior designers creating pattern libraries and illustrations • Designed scalable email templates

Innovation Design Intern City of Syracuse, Office of Innovation

Syracuse, NY • Jan. 2017–May 2017

Implemented design thinking methods to solve City Hall’s internal inefficiencies • Collected qualitative and quantitative data through interviews and data studies • Developed data visualizations and presentation deck saving the city $10,000 annually • Wrote and designed playbook to establish internal research practices

Syrcause University

Syracuse, NY • Class of 2019

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Martin J. Whitman School of Management
B.S. Graphic Design & Finance
Dean's list, all semesters
Newhouse Ambassador
Renée Crown Honors Program
Whitman Leadership Scholar

Awards

Visual Communications Department Prize in Graphic Design

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 2019

Visual Communications Department Prize in Immersive Media

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications 2019

Student to Watch 2018

Graphic Design USA

Student Travel Grant Recipient 2018

SND Foundation

1st Place, Photo Story Design

MSU SND 2018

Honorable Mention, Special Section with Clare Ramirez

MSU SND 2017

3rd Place, Special Section with Chloe Meister

MSU SND 2016

Freelance

Motion Designer, Blue Chalk

Jan. 2019–May 2019

Designer, Rookie Road

Aug. 2018–Feb. 2019

UI/UX Designer, New Narratives

Jan. 2018–May 2018

Skills

Adobe Creative Suite (After Effects, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro & XD) • AP Style • Bootstrap • Final Cut Pro • Google Analytics • HTML & CSS • JavaScript (basic) • InVision • Keynote • Microsoft Office (Excel certified) • 35mm Photography • Sketch • WordPress

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