Brandi Ortega

Southern California, CA · Say Hello

Creative who brings multidisciplinary experience to branding, digital content, design, social media, public relations, and print projects. I intersect where editorial, creative, and tech meet. I create stories using code, colors, data, typography, words, images, ideas, and enthusiasm. I like white space, sans-serif fonts, and the Oxford comma.


Experience

My career path has been a winding road to say the least — editorial to design to marketing and back again — but the underlying connective tissue through each stop is content. It's about building from each step and pushing forward.

Travel + Content Editor / Designer

Our Game Magazine

Current Side Project
  • Launched print subscriptions in 2013 and led the transition to digital magazines.
  • Writes and edits content, assigns articles, sets editorial and social calendars, and oversees all operations, including freelancers and budgets.
  • Responsible for maintaining editorial and design quality, including training and mentoring freelancers and contributors.
  • Created in-house style guide, and developed visual style and tone of the brand.
  • Art directs all content, both online and in print, including 200-page 2015 World Cup issue, along with 150-page 2017 Photo Issue.
  • Edits weekly newsletter with more than 3,000 subscribers.
  • Creates, edits, and plans targeted content for Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and Facebook channels based on demographics and analysis. Main focus is on brand awareness and organic growth.
    • Increased Twitter following from less than 5,000 to more than 22,000 followers.
    • Live tweets games and events, producing high-quality gifs within seconds as needed.
    • Created tumblr account and added more than 2,500 followers.
    • Launched limited paid social on Instagram and Facebook to coincide with newsletters.
  • Set up and oversees e-commerce shop in Shopify.

Digital Content / Marketing Manager

Custom Brands Group

March 2018 — May 2019
  • Created digital resource centers for two private label brands: Alta Window Fashions and Enlightened Style.
  • Created first website using WordPress for Custom Brands Group.
  • Updated, created, and maintained content on three sites: Custom Brands Group, Alta Window Fashions, and Enlightened Style.
  • Designed for print, social media, and web, including forms, surveys, ads, and newsletters.
  • Created social media calendar. Maintained and created content for Instagram and Facebook, focusing on brand awareness and growing follower base organically.

Digital Content Designer / Editor

IEEE Computer Society

September 2005 — March 2018
  • Designed and built standards-compliant, responsive web pages.
  • Analyzed and reported on Web traffic using Google Analytics and server logs.
  • Member of the UX team that redesigned the Society’s 2,000-plus page digital experience.
    • Conducted UX research (personas, discovery interviews, journey mapping).
    • Wireframed designs based on research and created visual design layouts.
    • Contributed to the design-pattern library and brand guidelines for tone, voice, and images.
    • As the final part of the process, created HTML and CSS templates based on UX research and feedback.
  • Created HTML and social content templates.
  • As a proof of concept, successfully moved 13 magazine websites to the WordPress multisite platform. Included cataloging content.
    • The successful completion of the project spurred the Computer Society to adopt WordPress as its content management system and saved the company in licensing fees and development time.
  • Determined key performance indicators (KPIs), scheduled company-wide social calendar, and created content for social channels.
  • Trained selected staff on analytics, editorial strategy, and best practices.
  • Edited (developmental and copy editing) articles and columns for three magazines.
  • Wrote news pieces focusing on security, privacy, and industry.
  • Coordinated the news, interviews, podcasts, and book reviews for three magazines.
    • Reviewed pitches, set budgets, assigned stories and deadlines, and edited and packaged copy.
  • Edited podcasts, updated RSS feeds, and maintained podcast series across distribution platforms.

Skills

These are some of the tools, programs, and methods I use to create content. I'm constantly learning and improving. JavaScript is my focus this year.

Web

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript (basic)
  • Bootstrap
  • WordPress & Drupal
  • Dreamweaver
  • MailChimp
  • SEO
  • UX design + research
  • Mobile-first design
  • Responsive design
  • WC3 Web Standards
  • ADA compliance
  • A/B testing

Design / Prototyping

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Sketch
  • Adobe XD
  • Invision
  • Zeplin
  • Asana
Social Content
  • Gifs
  • Cinemagraphs (the gif's sexier cousin)
  • Stories (Insta, Snap)
  • Tweedeck + Hootsuite
  • Adobe Spark
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Community management + engagement
  • Social listening
  • Facebook Ads Manager

Video / Audio

  • Adobe Audition (basic)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (basic)
  • Adobe After Effects (basic)
  • Codecs and formats
  • RSS creation and maintenance

Portfolio

Some of my work, past and present.

I built this site using HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, Fancybox, and Isotope.

2018 Ali Krieger Football Camps Poster
2018 Ali Krieger Football Camps ad
Alta Window Fashions Find a Dealer Form
Custom Brands Group website
IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine news writing
IEEE Computer Society Membership Landing Page
IEEE Computer Society membership types grid
IEEE Computer Society magazine sites
IEEE Computer Society magazine sites
AK11USA shirt
Our Game Magazine online store
Our Game Magazine homepage
Our Game Magazine: Letters to a Young Player content package
Our Game Magazine writing
Our Game Magazine art direction

Education

I survived the 10 series.

University of California, Los Angeles

English, Bachelor of Arts


Freelance Projects

Current projects, either for freelance or passion, sometimes both. I love to work on projects outside of the 9-to-5 because 1) it gives me a chance to work in other industries and with other people; 2) keeps me and my skills sharp; and 3) challenges me. I'm listing the following here because of their relevance and they offer a terrific showcase as part of my portfolio.

Content Editor / Designer

Our Game Magazine

Current Side Project
  • Launched print subscriptions in 2013 and transitioned to digital subscriptions launched in October.
  • Writes and edits content, assigns articles, sets editorial and social calendars, and oversees all operations, including freelancers and budgets.
  • Responsible for maintaining editorial and design quality, including training and mentoring freelancers and contributors.
  • Created in-house style guide, and developed visual style and tone of the brand.
  • Art directs all content, both online and in print, including 200-page 2015 World Cup issue, along with 150-page 2017 Photo Issue.
  • Edits weekly newsletter with more than 3,000 subscribers.
  • Creates, edits, and plans targeted content for Instagram, Snap, Pinterest, and Facebook channels based on demographics and analysis. Main focus is on brand awareness and organic growth.
    • Increased Twitter following from less than 5,000 to more than 19,000 followers.
    • Live tweets games and events, producing high-quality gifs within seconds as needed.
    • Created tumblr account and added more than 2,500 followers.
    • Launched limited paid social on Instagram and Facebook to coincide with upcoming full launch of digital subscriptions.
  • Set up and oversees e-commerce shop in Shopify.

Freelance: Strategy + Design

Team Krieger

2016–2019
  • Created Olympic colorway for AK11USA t-shirt that complied with Team USA and U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee brand usage guidelines and signature snapback
  • Brought the AK11 snapback into production by tweaking logo for production and creating prototypes.
  • Designs camp posters, flyers, and signage.
  • Strategizes and creates content for Team Krieger AKFC social accounts and website.
  • Set up initial Shopify store and provided draft copywriting for several pages, including FAQs, AK11 Snapback, and AK11 Krieger Fever t-shirt.

Say Hello

You can find me online at any of the links below. Fair warning: I tweet mostly about soccer on my personal.

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