About Cierra Creative

Hello!

Cierra Creative is the one-person design shop of Carrie Benzschawel. Carrie is a freelance web and graphic designer, based in Portland, OR – though she serves clients throughout the country (and a few abroad).  Carrie is passionate about helping nonprofits and progressive small businesses communicate effectively. After earning a degree in photography and studying writing in college, Carrie spent eleven years helping nonprofits grow.

Carrie’s process is deeply-rooted in listening and curiosity. Time and again, she’s found that understanding a client’s unique strengths and challenges, ensuring expectations are clear, and keeping communication lines always-open, results in both a fabulous design and a super-satisfied client.

Technical Skills & Expertise

PHOTOSHOP
100%
ILLUSTRATOR
75%
PRINT PRODUCTION
90%
HTML/CSS
90%
WORDPRESS
70%
DEPENDABILITY & CHUTZPAH
100%

Let’s Collaborate!

While Carrie is perfectly capable of building a WordPress site from initial sketch to launch, she also shines as part of a team. She has built many successful collaborative partnerships with design shops and consulting agencies. She’s skilled at leading clients through the discovery process – whether by phone or facilitating a full-day, in-person meeting – and has tons of experience working closely with project managers and developers to ensure client expectations are workable and in scope. If you’re looking for a contract or overflow designer, contact Carrie. She can help you out.