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Junae Benne

UX Writer ● Researcher ● Designer

"As a huge video game lover, I approach every challenge as a gamer, with a goal in mind and ready to adapt to the situation. " 

Phone 224-307-0072

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The first game I ever contoured my body to play was Gran Turismo. Leaning side to side really helped my Suzuki take those corners like a champ! My racing skills haven’t taken me too far in life. But they have helped me realize that I love UI & UX of a PlayStation. The chimes, the clicks, and the music is very fulfilling and chosen with a purpose.

I started out as a journalist with bylines in NBC Sports & NBC Chicago. Then transferred those skills to esports to write for publications like Wired, Tom's Hardware, and PC Gamer. 

During my time at NBC, I was a web content manager using the backend system to write and upload content. This led me to want to design websites all the while writing, community managing, and creating content for the gaming industry. 

I found UX Design because I like to help people use technology efficiently with accessibility in mind. I crafted an after-school program to teach the basics of coding and web design to 5th-12th graders. 

Now you can find me writing technical pieces about gaming hardware, working on UX freelance projects, and content creating.



  •  Writing

  • Google UX Certification

  • LinkedIn UX Certification

  • Figma, Sketch, Invision

  • IxD/UED/UX

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Editing

  • Research & Development

  • Content Management 

  • PR


  • Empathizing with users by creating empathy maps, personas, user stories, and user journey maps

  • Defining user pain points 

  • Ideating design solutions using Crazy Eights, How Might We, and competitive audits 

  • Creating wireframes and prototypes on paper and digitally

  • Developing mockups using visual design elements and principles 

  • Designing in Figma and Adobe XD 

  • Conducting interviews and usability studies 

  • Considering accessibility at every point in the design process 


2018 -

Freelance UX Writer/Designer/Researcher

When Geeks Travel, Shopping Buddy App, Marvel Comic Book Selection Reimagined


Project Manager

Xbox, PC Gamer Microsoft/Mixer, Black Girl Gamers


Program Manager

Game On! After School Program, The Gaming Dojo, Microsoft


Freelance Writer

Girl Gamer Vogue, Black Girl Nerds, Black Girl Gamers, GameSkinny, Tom's Hardware, Wired, PC Gamer

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Google Accelerated Program

UX Certification


LinkedIn Academy

UX Certification


Northern Illinois University

Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism & Communications

DeKalb, IL 


  • Published Author: How to Become a Successful Video Game Journalist & Affirmations for the Little Black Girl in You

  • Featured at Women of Esports Red Bull Conquest

  • Won a grant for Content Creation from 1000 Dreams BroadcastHer x Twitch

  • Appearances: Ubisoft, Twitch, EVO, PAX, Gamespot & Polygon

  • Bylines: NBC, Black Girl Gamers, PC Gamer, Wired



Phone 224-307-0072


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