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, Seattle, and Chicago. Career highlights include concepting for Walgreens site redesign, art direction for T-Mobile and Microsoft accounts, visual design and 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 Product Designer, Arity
August 2017–Present

Freelance Senior Designer, VSA Partners

August 2017

Senior User Interface Designer, Walgreens

April 2017–August 2017

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, InVision, Screenflow



Volunteer
Engagement Team Member, Walgreens
April 2016–Present


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

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

Creative Director, Intelliroof
October 2012–July 2015

Events Coordinator, IxDA Seattle
January–December 2014

Dell Blue Social Chair, Dell
August–November 2013

Programming Chair, AIGA Austin
January–November 2013


Design Contributor, Well FED Savannah
April 2011–June 2012



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