Hi, I'm
Alex Benson

a digital product designer from the midwest

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Resume and other information

I’m a self taught, self motivated designer.

My name is Alex but I go by Benson. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before moving to Kansas City. I didn't grow up knowing I wanted to be a graphic designer, I just kind of stumbled onto it. I haven't had a pen in my hand since I was a boy, but I've always been intrigued by problems, and liked solving them visually. 

I haven't followed the traditional route, going to RISD or SCAD, but the unconventional route I have taken has exposed me to so many different experiences that have come to inform and influence the designer I am today. Most of the product design knowledge I have today is from learning by doing. 

I got my first Product Designer position before I knew what that was, and figured it out as I went, teaching myself grids and code. Thanks to mentors and the internet, I was able to find jobs while still finishing my degree, and since then have continued to grow in the thing I'm most passionate about, solving problems.

Product Designer at Crema since 2015

2014 - 2015
Code Koalas
Web Designer
2013 - 2014
Briefcase
Creative Director
2013
Foliomatch
Dir. of User Experience

Both self taught and classically trained

2013 - 2015
Aii - Kansas City
Graphic Design
2010 - 2013
Self Training
Graphic Design
2009 - 2010
Aii - Minnesota
Graphic Design
2007 - 2008
University of Central Missouri
Liberal Arts Degree

Self taught and classically trained.

2013 - 2015
Aii - KC
2010 - 2013
Self Education
2009 -2010
Aii - Minnesota
2007-2008
Univ of Central MO

Both self taught and classically trained

2013 - 2015
Aii - Kansas City
Graphic Design
2010 - 2013
Self Training
Graphic Design
2009 - 2010
Aii - Minnesota
Graphic Design
2007 - 2008
University of Central Missouri
Liberal Arts Degree
Learn More About Me
Self Teaching Guide

Never Stop Learning

I never did well in school, and dropped out several times before finally getting my degree in Graphic Design. While I didn't want to sit in a classroom, I didn't stop learning in or out of school.  The internet has been my classroom for most of my life, and over the years I've wanted a place to put all of the links I use on a regular basis.

Self learning isn't for everyone, but for those who can, there's no limit to what you can pick up. Below are just a few places that taught me what I know and continue to teach me daily.

Side hustles and personal ventures

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

Stay hungry. Those words still stick with me as I carry on in my career. Good steady work is a great thing to have, but it's important not to get stale or complacent. Passion projects are fine for design exploration, but to get real world experience, sometimes you need to put your work out into the world and work hard to make it happen.

My mind is always working, so I put it to good use with the projects you see below. Each one highlights a passion that I took and made my own. Each one took grit, time, sweat, and sometimes blood (cutting fruit for cocktails can get messy) to make a reality, but it's all been worth it.

See all of my Side Hustles
Personal Designs

Not everything needs to ship.

When trying to pull together a portfolio, I ran into a problem. As a product designer, I want to solve problems, but as a developer, I also want to see those solutions come to life. Too often I abandoned useful design explorations for something functional that can get built. That is useful for actual products, but sometimes you just need to let go and design what you think is best.

See My Dribbble Portfolio