Sydney Ling

  • Interactive Web and Graphics Designer
  • Atlanta, GA

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Sydney Ling is a creative outdoorsman and adventurous designer. She takes pride in her email eloquence and her repertoire of fun facts. Her favorite lunches come in mason jars, her coffee from home. She believes a good day is a day without any Papyrus or high opacity drop shadows and that the best world to create for yourself is a beautiful one, filled with custom kerning and expressive illustrations.


Key Holder and Gear Manager at Mountain High Outfitters

November, 2016 – August, 2017 Atlanta, GA

Completed opening and closing procedures, managed and coordinated a team of associates. Compiled weekly analyses of sales trends and product interaction to provide an appealing and replete gear inventory.

Design Intern at JEL Creative

August 2015 – May 2016 Washington, DC

Supported and collaborated with the graphic and web design team to learn project management, design tips, business processes, and client involvement; worked with the team on all parts of the graphic and web design process, including client interactions and discovery, design and interactive strategy, information architecture, user experience development and design; performed deployment/quality assurance (QA) for a variety of projects; and utilized various content management systems (e.g. WordPress, Drupal, or SquareSpace) to design, create, and setup websites.

Graduate Teaching Assistant at American University

June 2015 – August 2015 Washington, DC

Assisted Professor Lynne Perri with her Visual Strategies in Journalism by providing workshops to strengthen the students'​ understandings of the Adobe Suite, by grading and providing in-depth feedback to students' assignments, and by collecting materials to aid in the understanding of lecture topics. Also developed class materials for future semesters by updating branding guides, creating quizzes based on video tutorials, and developing step-by-step tutorials for students to follow.

Graphics and Photography Intern at Investigative Reporting Workshop

January 2015 – August 2015 Washington, DC

Developed all graphics, posters and event fliers; produced news packages; researched and purchased stock photos; and uploaded stories and visuals into the CMS for the Investigative Reporting Workshop, a web-based investigative journal that co-produces with The Washington Post, PBS Frontline, WAMU, and Showtime.

Intern at Lenz Marketing

May 2014 – August 2014 Atlanta, GA

Created branding packages, posters, email blasts, website compositions, social media assets and print ads for clients ranging from Emory University to the AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Campus Manager and Local Social Media Designer at SnowJam by S-Trip

August 2013 – February 2016 Washington, DC

Recruited and educated a team of campus representatives for SnowJam, a college ski trip. Organized information sessions on and off campus for eligible participants, ran social media accounts to spread recognition across American University’s campus, developed unique web and print graphics for use in AU’s campaign as well as campaigns at other schools across the country. Also acted as an information resource for interested students and campus representatives during the recruiting process, the packing and preparation process, and the trip.

Intern at Telecommunication Industry Association

September 2012 – December 2012 Arlington, VA

Produced designs alongside the head graphics coordinator for all web- and print-based publications. Initiated the updated branding guides through the development of graphics, such as the annual report.

Freelance Designer and Commercial Artist at Various Organizations

August 2012 – Present

Create weekly chalkboard illustrations and storefront murals for all Atlanta locations of Mountain High Outfitters. Develop HTML and inline CSS markup for email blasts with programs like MailChimp. Compile branding identities for startup businesses and companies going through rebranding. Provide marketing and design consultation for companies who have hired creative providers.

Director of Developing Youth Leadership at YMCA Camp Cosby

May 2012 – August 2013 Alpine, AL

Coordinated a curriculum for counselors-in-training and led them through necessary certifications. Mentored junior counselors and acted as a liaison between head directors and senior counselors.


BA in Graphic Design, Interactive Media at American University

August 2012 – May 2016 Washington, DC