Graphic & Web Designer
Washington, DC, Other
"It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." — Emiliano Zapata
Art. Design. Photography. Film. Writing. Journalism. Education. Human Rights. Civil Rights. Social Justice. Animal Rights.
My dream job allows me to work from home and design for meaningful causes such as human rights, social justice, animal rights, environmental justice, education, the arts, etc. Eventually, I want to be a full-time teacher (preferably at a community college) and just design for fun. Oh, and, of course, write.
I Design & Write
Freelance Designer & Writer
January 2007 — Present
Freelance graphic/interactive designer and writer/editor for a variety of clients including The International Arts Fund, Art & Remembrance, Welcoming America, The Palm Beach Post, NOVA Altered Books (designed bilingual English/Spanish website and wrote, edited and translated text for it), The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, and a number of local businesses. Documentary photography for a variety of events and clients.
Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning American University
Graphic and Web Design Specialist
September 2011 — July 2015
Rebranded the center designing a new logo and several marketing materials. Designed logos, pocket folders, posters, fliers, booklets, brochures, conference programs and banners, table tents, name tags, annual reports, bookmarks and other giveaway items, hallway displays, hallway signage, interactive PDFs, PowerPoint templates and slides, and web and screen graphics. Handled communication with printers, soliciting bids, overseeing production and running press checks. Managed, edited and visually organized content on CTRL’s website (part of the official American University website) using the CMS CommonSpot.Tested and customized WordPress themes and plugins for the center and its Online Learning group on American University's EdSpace platform.
September 2011 — December 2011
Edited and maintained several websites using Expression Engine as well as designed print publications and graphics. My original, successful annual report design saved the organization thousands of dollars as funders enthusiastically offered to cover full-color printing costs.
Communities In Schools
September 2010 — September 2011
Graphic design, web/interactive design, communications. Customized WordPress template for "Beyond The Classroom", the organization's official blog, so that it tied into the look and feel of the main site. Designed a variety of logos, e-blasts, templates, publications, publication covers, postcards and posters, set up files for print and handled communication with printers. Optimized and adjusted images and video frames for online/social media use. Wrote copy for internal use and contributed to newsletter articles. Took documentary photography for Alumni Network brainstorming session.
February 2009 — May 2011
NOVA Fortnightly, formerly The Student Voice, is Northern Virginia Community College's official newspaper and has won several Virginia Press Association Awards competing against major state-wide newspapers. I led the team that implemented the total redesign of the print edition, from the flag to the layout. I also designed some front and interior pages, supervised print production, supplied my own photography and wrote and edited cutlines, teasers and blurbs as needed.
Northern Virginia Community College
AAS (Summa cum Laude), Communication Design/Interactive Design
When I came to the US, I thought I'd finally study journalism, but tuition was too expensive for someone who, as an F-1 student, didn't qualify for financial aid. So, I decided to give in to my creative, artistic side studying communication design. It was fun and it has enabled me to make a living once I graduated and got a green card. But I still want to write and teach.
Scuola Superiore Interpreti e Traduttori, Milan, Italy
I went into translation as opposed to the classic foreign languages and literatures curriculum because I wanted to actually practice the languages that people speak nowadays. I never intended to work as a translator, though. My dream at the time was to be traveling journalist. I thought being fluent in several languages would be a tremendous advantage in this career.