Design. Code. Lead. I’m Ben Howard, and I’m passionate about creating user experiences and interfaces that find simple solutions to complex issues.

In 14+ years of designing with companies big and small, I’ve launched magazines, worked on Super Bowl deadlines, led teams of journalists in creating engaging online stories and helped clients reach new audiences by crafting concise and effective websites.

From my experiences at a major metropolitan newspaper to an agency setting, I’ve leaned on a design process – research, iterations, prototypes and testing – that I believe is crucial to solving any problem.

Knowing some frontend coding helps, too. I can speak the language of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and that allows me to communicate seamlessly with development teams and deliver efficient results.

But enough about me. How can I help you? Connect with me anytime


Experience Design Lead
PNC, Feb. 2019-present

Contract Design
Sept. 2018-Jan. 2019

Director of Digital Design
Actual Size, Oct. 2017-Aug. 2018

Assistant Managing Editor/
Digital Design
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Feb. 2005-Aug. 2016

Page Designer
Tucson Citizen, July 2004-Jan. 2005


HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript



Sketch App

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe After Effects

Adobe InDesign

inVision App


Editor and Publisher

Society of News Design

Pennsylvania News Media Association

Pittsburgh Black Media Federation

Associated Press Sports Editors

Society of Professional Journalists

Press Club of Western Pennsylvania


B.A., Journalism; Concentration in Fine Arts
Indiana University, 2000-2004

Designer Track
Bloc, 2016-2017