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About Ambariffic

Ambariffic is a graphic designer, illustrator, and paronomasiac in the Portland, OR area. She spends a lot of time thinking of jokes to draw, working and referring to herself in the third person (for the sake of this sentence, at least).

I also enjoy hiking in the Pacific Northwest, (the above picture is taken at the top of Saddle Mountain), and reading stacks of books, especially on words and language. I’m a bit of a know-it-all (but a likable one, I hope), but I use my know-it-all tendencies to find the best solutions for any project I am working on. This tendency of mine also means that I am a life-long learner. I constantly read, find self-teaching tools, or enroll in classes to learn more and more tools and skills. It seems to be a successful approach, according to the recommendations on my LinkedIn page.

I value equality, inclusion, and basic human dignity and respect. I also value fact-based institutions, and tend not to believe things without solid evidence and/or reasoning.

I grew up in Central Oregon (specifically the land of Les Schwab tires, Prineville), and moved over to Portland in 2006, and have made a home here. I feel like I’d be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful region than the Pacific Northwest. That being said, I am incredibly interested in seeing what the rest of the country and the world has to offer (especially the Netherlands, as the child of a Dutch immigrant).

What else would you like to know? I could fill this out like a cover letter, but that would be far too impersonal and would give you a long-winded version of what my resume would tell you. I could also fill it out like a personal ad, but I don’t really like long walks on the beach.

Ambariffic, Ambaroo, what can I design for you? Let me know via email:


Design Experience

Mobile Technologies, Inc. – Marketing Communications Specialist (previously Senior Graphic Designer)

Lead designer for marketing collateral projects and promotional pieces, including brochures, flyers, web graphics other graphics within brand standards. Other responsibilities include product photography direction, standardization of brand identity, social media management, and organization of assets.

Oregon Historical Society – Contract Designer

Lead exhibit designer and worked directly the curator of the exhibit on “Catching Birds with a Camera,” the exhibit of the ‘Reuniting Finley and Bohlman’ research project, winner of the Library Services and Technology Act Project of the Year award.

RediPour – Contract Designer

Lead designer/art director for marketing collateral projects such as the Logo Redesign and the RediPour Website.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW – Contract Designer

Lead designer/art director for marketing collateral pieces such as newsletters, postcards, programs, buttons, etc. for various events for the organization.

Acumed – Temporary Graphic Designer

Layout and brochure design for external materials, photo editing, layout design and information organization, office assistant tasks.

Oregon Business Magazine – Graphic Design Intern

Creating infographics, decorative illustrations, layout and marketing materials for the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon event.

Volunteer Design Experience

Northwest Animal Companions – Volunteer Designer and Marketing Chair

Lead designer/art director for marketing collateral pieces, including researching and developing concepts, design, and layout to re-establish a new, more professional brand identity, and carrying out this new identity into the relaunching of their website. I also maintain and update the website and have served as the Marketing Chairperson.

Prineville Band of Brothers

Poster designer, event photographer and consultant on website and marketing activities, in addition to normal volunteer activities.

Rose City Rollers – Volunteer Designer – 06/2013 – 12/2013

Contributing designer, including collaboration with the Web, Marketing and Design teams on the branding and advertising strategies. Tasks included creating the monthly newsletter via ConstantContact as well as event graphic design.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW – Volunteer Designer – 08/2010 – 10/2010

Lead designer for collateral such as mailed invites, postcards and newsletters, illustration and photo editing for marketing collateral and event graphics.

General Experience

Home Depot, Portland/Beaverton, Oregon – Special Order Expediter and Return-To-Vendor Specialist – 01/2006 – 06/2012

Provided high-quality customer service by managing custom orders from placement to delivery, proofread orders for placement errors, as daily vendor communication. Tasks also included are multiple project management, information, reception and resolving customer issues.

Ericksen’s Thriftway Prineville, Oregon – Customer Service – Deli – 06/2004 – 12/2005

Provided high-quality customer service by preparing catering trays, custom meal orders, as well as opening and closing the registers and area for business daily.

Ross Dress For Less, Bend, Oregon – Customer Service – 09/2003 – 06/2004

Provided high-quality customer service by processing sales, returns, assist customers, maintenance and opening/closing of the registers and store for daily business.


Associate of Applied Science, Marketing – Portland Community College
Associate of Applied Science, Web Development and Design – Portland Community College
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design – The Art Institute of Portland, Portland Oregon
Associate of Arts, Fine Arts – Central Oregon Community College, Bend Oregon

Technical Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Solidworks
  • Pardot
  • HTML, CSS and beginning level Javascript
  • CMS Systems – WordPress, Joomla!
  • PC and Mac Platforms
  • Microsoft Office
  • 35mm and Digital Cameras

Other Qualities

  • Communication and public speaking
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Time management
  • Self-motivation
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness
  • Intellectually curious, life-long learner
  • Proficient multi-tasker
  • Time Person of the Year in 2006