Curriculum Vitae

 

Objective

Co-designing strategies & tactics to respond to systemic problems


Experience

Design Strategist  //  alopezdesigns, New York, NY  //  2005 – Present

  • Applying human-centered design for business and community-centered challenges

  • Creating practical frameworks, methods, research, & collaborative approaches

UX Designer  //  CodeSCTY, New York, NY  //  Fall 2018 – Present

  • Responsible for research, development & sustainment of digital learning experience 

  • Identifies data & models to inform business strategy, product marketing, & product scale

  • Advances products & features through visual facilitation

Part-Time Faculty  //  The New School, New York, NY  //  Winter 2017 – Present

  • Facilitation support for undergraduate & graduate design courses

  • Strategies consist of critical research & collaboration activities for content comprehension

Teaching Artist  //  Dreamyard, Bronx, NY  //  Fall 2017 – Present

  • Pedagogical art practices grounded through a social justice framework

  • Responsible for development of digital & visual arts curricula for ages 10-15

  • Accountable for educating community-building principles 

Community Researcher  //  Reboot, Brooklyn, NY  //  Summer 2018 – Winter 2018

  • Generated outreach strategies to support advocacy campaigns

  • Contributed to assessment via observation & analysis to inform feasibility & impact

Visual Information Specialist  //  National Park Service, Denver, CO  //  Summer 2011 – 2016

  • Impacted over 125 park units with visual communication products & services

  • Charged with brand development for public outreach programs

  • Led team strategies in web development, interactive publications, & digital communication

  • Received recognition from US Secretary of the Interior for leading the visual branding of the National Water Trails System initiative

Disc Jockey  //  Sweet Sounds Entertainment, Denver, CO  //  Fall 2009 – 2015

  • Performed as Master of Ceremonies for over 140 private & public events

  • Choreographed events utilizing sound & participating systems

  • Created memory-based experiences using service design strategies


Residencies

Project Management // DreamYard, Bronx, NY // Spring 2019

  • Black is Beautiful - Projection Mapping

Artist in Residence // NICE, Jackson Heights, NY  //  Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

  • Transpedagogy in the Ephemeral - Design Thinking through Socially Engaged Art for Community Mobilization


Fellowships

Design + Diversity Fellowship D+D, Saint Louis, MI  //  Summer 2018 – Present

  • Award of essential design tools to continue practice of design + inclusivity

Planned Parenthood of New York City PPNY, Manhattan, NY  //  Summer 2017

  • Practiced designing patient engaged experiences by creating multimedia content

  • Contributed to facilitation of partnership strategies


Education

MFA Transdisciplinary Design
Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
May 2018  //  Departmental Honors

BFA Studio Art - Communication Design
MSU Denver, Denver, CO
December 2015


Scholarships

Tishman Scholarship The New School, 2018
Graduate Research Fund The New School, 2017
Dean Merit Scholarship The New School, 2016

Nagel Art Thesis Award MSU Denver, 2015
McNeill Scholarship University of Boulder, 2003
Daniels Fund Scholarship University of Boulder, 2003


Exposure

Interactive Immigration Co/Lab
Tribeca Film Institute - Winter 2017
NY Media Center  //  New York, NY

Spinucation
SexTech Hackathon - Summer 2017
ThoughtWorks  //  New York, NY

Dia de los Muertos Pachanga
Live Art Performance - Fundraiser, Fall 2017 
Rural & Migrant Ministry  //  Brooklyn, NY

Thief of Sound
Sound Installation, Spring 2017 
VergeNYC 2017  //  New York, NY

Explore This! 11
Color Pencil Society of America, Spring 2015
Santa Monica, CA

Metrosphere Magazine
Arts & Literary Magazine, Fall 2014
Volume 33, Issue 1

Metropolitan Denver Magazine
MSU Denver Magazine, Fall 2014
Innovators & Artisans Issue

Community-Based Design - MSU Denver
Center for Visual Arts, Fall 2013
Denver, CO

Community-Based Design Exhibition
Altos de Chavón, Summer 2013
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Metrosphere - Featured Artist Exhibition
Center for Visual Arts, Summer 2013
Denver, CO

Metrosphere Magazine
Arts & Literary Magazine, Spring 2013
Volume 31, Issue 1

Urban Paintings - Tennyson Art District
Solo Exhibition, Fall 2011
Denver, CO


Application

Design Mediums
Human-Centered Design
Experiential Design
UI & UX 
Design Layout
Digital Publishing 
Brand Architecture 
Interactive Design 
Narrative Design 
Packaging 
Speculative Design 
Sound Design 
Design Research

Digital
Adobe Suite
Google Suite
Microsoft Suite
Pro Tools

Web
CSS
HTML
SQL
CMS

Fine Arts
Acrylics 
Charcoal 
Clay Sculpture 
Color Pencil 
Encaustic 
Inks 
Letterpress 
Unconventional Elements 
Soft & Oil Pastels 
Screen printing 
Watercolor