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Hello, I'm
Ross Benincasa

Designer | Writer | Consultant | Educator

About

  • Name: Ross Benincasa
  • Email: ross@scrawldesign.com
  • Office Phone: 301.500.0852
  • Skype: rossbenincasa
  • Interests: writing, coffee, and design, in no particular order

Professional Profile

In elementary school I used to sell the best damn lemonade on the block--now I just sell the best damn design, period. I own Scrawl Design, a web and print design firm in Southern Maryland. I also teach and consult micro business owners. My designs have earned recognition from the likes of Wordpress and the Associated Collegiate Press. I'm interested in many other topics as well, including responsible journalism and educational theory.

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Skills

A Bit of What I Can Do

I'm constantly amazed by the level of talent I get to work with every day. I'm fortunate enough to be side-by-side with people that can do and think of things far beyond my own abilities. However, I do have some talents up my sleeve.

Web Design & Development

Expert, 9 years

Journalism Design

Expert, 10 years

Adobe Creative Suite

Expert, 6 years

Educational Theory & Curriculum Construction

Advanced, 4 years

Knowledge

Beyond the featured skills above, I have experience and knowledge in a number of other subjects as well.

  • Google Analytics & SEO
  • Content Writing
  • Photo Editing
  • Coffee Guzzling
  • Curriculum Design
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Editing and Copywriting
  • Usability Testing
  • Video Editing & Creation
  • Educational Theory
  • Micro Business Mentoring

Awards & Recognition

American Scholastic Press Association

Most Outstanding Service to Community

2015
Awarded with my journalism students for our revitalization of the journalism programs in Charles County and for their stories pertinent to the La Plata community.
Maryland Dept. of Education

College & Career Readiness Task Force

2014 - 2015
Served as a member of the College & Career Readiness Task Force, representing southern Maryland on a panel to assess the effectiveness of the new PARCC assessment.
Associated Collegiate Press

ACP Pacemaker Award

2012
Awarded as one of the top academic newspapers in the United States.
College Media Association

Top Newspaper in the United States

2012
Recognized as the most outstanding newspaper in the United States for our coverage, design, and mission for colleges under 10,000 students.

Experience

Over 10 Years of Experience

Admittedly, I've been a tech geek before it was cool, and I have been fascinated by why and how designs and websites were created a certain way. Starting in a minimal, freelance capacity in high school, I have been fortunate enough to start a successful career doing what I love.

Whippersketcher.com

Founder, Writer

Under Construction
Launching a blog focused on helping freelance designers and micro business owners succeed. New Whippersketcher podcast premiering in 2016.
Scrawl Design

Founder, Designer

2010 - Present
Scrawl Design was born out of a need to provide professional, modern design and wallet-friendly prices for self-starters and micro businesses around the U.S.
La Plata High School

Journalism Teacher

2012 - 2015
Worked as a curriculum designer and journalism teacher for a class titled "Newspaper Publications." Named to Maryland State College & Career Readiness Task Force.
The Etownian

Editor-in-Chief

2009 - 2012
Our small college and community newspaper saw a monthly increase in readership by 550 percent and an ad revenue increase of over 400 percent under my direction. After completing a print and web overhaul, we were named Most Outstanding College Newspaper in America in 2012.

Education

I Can't Believe They Let Me In...

Being a formally trained teacher, I truly value my education and owe much of what I currently have and do to a lot of great teachers along the way. If it wasn't for choosing the right school and the right activities, I never would have accomplished what I have.

Elizabethtown College

Entrepreneurship

2008 - 2012
I added a minor in entrepreneurship when I began Scrawl Design, and it has helped me not only run my own business, but also help other micro business owners.
Elizabethtown College

Writing

2008 - 2012
My primary major, professional writing, allowed me to explore the one thing I've loved for as long as I can remember. Being an avid writer has helped me in the business world, and it's what I often suggest to clients to get their voice across.
Elizabethtown College

Education

2008 - 2012
Studying secondary education with the intention of becoming an English teacher gave me fantastic training in mentorship and coaching. I am certified to teach English & business in PA & MD.

Portfolio

A very small sampling of my work

Although not exhaustive in the least, the items below will give a glimpse into some of the projects I have done in the past. If interested in work for your company, please visit Scrawl Design's portfolio to see our latest projects.

Contact

Feel Free to Reach Out

I absolutely love talking with people about anything you may be interested in, so please contact me below. Whether you are an aspiring business owner, looking for a designer for an upcoming project, or just like to chat, I'd love to speak with you.

Scrawl Design
511 Charles Street
La Plata, MD 20646
Phone
301.500.0852

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Ross Benincasa

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