Nice to meet you.

My name is Kayla and I am an avid creator and problem solver. By intersecting design and technology in the design process, I'm passionate about understanding users’ behaviors and emotions to create an intuitive and meaningful experience for each user.

In my spare time I enjoy painting abstract art, DIY home improvements, putting together 2,000+ piece puzzles, and teaching my cat dog tricks. (She can now play fetch!)

And I'm also your average gen z kid binge-watching planet and crime documentaries, playing ACNH on my switch, and drinking way too much milk tea.

Get in touch! I'm actively seeking product design positions, and I hope to work with you! You can reach me via email, connect with me on LinkedIn, or follow me on Instagram.

Skills

End-to-end Product Design
UX/UI Design
Visual Design
Interaction Design
Design Systems
User Research & Testing
A/B Testing
User & Task Flows
Personas
Storyboarding & Wireframing
Rapid Prototyping
Sketching & Illustration
Branding & Identity
Web Design & Development

Tools

Figma
Sketch
Keynote
InVision
Miro
Webflow
Bootstrap
HTML / CSS / Javascript
Adobe XD
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Creative Suite

Experience

Freelance Visual Designer — Self-employed
April 2020 - Present
Translating best practices in usability and UX into user-centered designs and interfaces. Creating visual designs that effectively communicate product function and brand identity, including UX/UI, graphic design, and web design.
User Experience Design Intern - Marketing Maven Public Relations, Inc.
June 2020 - July 2020
Worked with the CTO and Marketing Analyst to audit the company’s current website and redesign pages based on page performance, SEO, conversation rate, and a technical evaluation to maximize the user experience.
Designed social media posts and ads for multiple clients. Contributed to social media strategy and made creative decisions based on market research.
Fellow/UX Designer — CSUN ARCS (Autonomy Research for STEAHM)
Sept 2019 - Present
Collaborated with cross-functional teams from CSUN and NASA throughout the design process, creating user flows and wireframes to building user interface mockups and prototypes to formulate, execute, and publish a UX research project on Explainable AI for Android. Directed the creative team on branding, creative brainstorming, prototyping designs, and criticism/feedback systems producing a design for a cohesive visual and spatial presence.
Project Manager/UX Designer — IntersectLA
April 2019 - May 2020
As a UX Designer, I communicated the user experience at various stages of the design process with wireframes, mockups, and prototypes. As a Project Manager, I executed and led the conceptualization of designs for brand development, publications, and marketing materials with a variety of graphic identities while maintaining client relationships.
Graphic Designer — CSUN Institute for Community Health & Wellbeing
May 2017 - Aug 2019
Created various design projects, from concept development through production including event posters, email newsletter campaigns, social media, website redesign/maintenance, and blog set up.
Web Designer — Grandparents As Parents
May 2017 - Aug 2017
Consulted with the client to outline website goals, wireframing, and site functionality to design and create a user-friendly architecture using Wordpress.

Activites

Product Designer— MIND Product Design Mentorship Program
Oct 2019 - Dec 2019
10-week mentorship with Product Designers at Verizon Media delivering end-to-end design solutions from research and prototyping, to design execution and documentation.
Student Participant— META+LAB
Jan 2019 - May 2019
Participated in a 15-week UX/UI program focusing on designing and prototyping a mobile app using Adobe XD.

Education

B.A. of Art — Communication Design
California State University, Northridge
2015 - 2020