Hi! I'm a creative, new to Chicago.
My name is M'Elena and I'm interested in projects focused on experiential design. My strengths include art direction, user interfaces, concept development, and visual design. I'm looking to join upbeat teams that offer a mix of hustle, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and mentoring opportunities.
I have six years of experience contracting at agencies, start-ups, and in-house brand and marketing teams across Austin and Seattle. Career highlights include art direction for T-Mobile and Microsoft accounts, visual design / user experience at Getty Images, and user interfaces / environmental branding at Dell. I've also spent the last four years fostering design communities within the office and volunteering at non-profit organizations.

I've got an energetic personality and enjoy spending my free time socializing. I like to participate in organized activities and leagues of all types from performing in karaoke competitions, exploring new cities and the outdoors thru geocaching, leading an intramural kickball team as captain, to drafting Magic cards. If I sound like a good fit for your team, please reach out!
You can download my resume here.
​​​​​​​Experience
Senior User Experience Designer, Getty Images
July 2016–February 2017

Senior Designer, Getty Images
April 2015–June 2016

Art Director, Wunderman Seattle
January 2014–March 2015

Brand Designer, Dell
August 2012–November 2013

Interactive Designer, Spiceworks
April–July 2012 

Art Director Intern, Y&R Austin
June–December 2011



Design Tools
Adobe CC Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
Sketch, Balsamiq, InVision



Volunteer
Customer Experience Planner, Getty Images
June 2016–December 2016

Art Walk Chair + Morale Member, Getty Images
June 2015–December 2016

Events Coordinator, IxDA Seattle
January–December 2014

Dell Blue Social Chair
August–November 2013

Programming Chair, AIGA Austin
January–November 2013



Education
BFA, Graphic Design / Minor in Advertising
Savannah College of Art and Design
September 2007–August 2010
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