Chris

Visual Designer
Houston, Texas
$ 33.00
/ hour
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A recent grad from the University of Houston, Chris is currently finding himself questioning life while juggling and puzzling over the future during quarantine. He was born in Houston, Tejas to Mexican immigrants, twenty-six years ago. Raised in a foreign land by novice parents who guided him to understand and appreciate all kinds of people, from all over. As a reaction to this and being brought up between two contrasting cultures, a passion for questioning history and understanding social issues through art and design has become evident in his current work and concepts in progress. Prior to that, he was first introduced to art at a young age by his father and sister; began to paint on canvas and often found himself the need of exploring other mediums. This led him to discover and become deeply attached to design and the power of words. At times, when not pondering about society, pizza toppings or everyday life, Chris enjoys running while listening to a favorite podcast, finding new on-repeat songs or making a fruit smoothie. He is currently experiencing life, inside out; perplexing of the unsure but hopeful of what’s to come.

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Work Experience
Norton Creative
Design Intern
June 2020-September 2020
Houston, Tejas
CKO Digital
Design Intern
April 2019-December 2019
Houston, Tejas
Brilliant Non-profit
Designer
June 2020-September 2020
Houston, Tejas
University

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Skills

- Fluent in Spanish.- Top 3 senior design student – for best progress of work and process from junior year to senior. (University of Houston Graphic Alumni Partnership Scholarship)- Strong base of knowledge/skill in elements of design, visual layouts, type and color. - Experienced in Risograph printing, screen-printing and several book binding techniques. - DesignLoop – AIGA Mentorship Event – Mentee Student

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Tell us why you're the best applicant in under 50 words

At my best when taking risks, truly listening, becoming absorbent of other’s critiques for better design approach. Determined to do my best if selected, this is the push I am in search of to meet a more experienced version of myself that has the tools to help others or collaborate.

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A recent grad from the University of Houston, Chris is currently finding himself questioning life while juggling and puzzling over the future during quarantine. He was born in Houston, Tejas to Mexican immigrants, twenty-six years ago. Raised in a foreign land by novice parents who guided him to understand and appreciate all kinds of people, from all over. As a reaction to this and being brought up between two contrasting cultures, a passion for questioning history and understanding social issues through art and design has become evident in his current work and concepts in progress. Prior to that, he was first introduced to art at a young age by his father and sister; began to paint on canvas and often found himself the need of exploring other mediums. This led him to discover and become deeply attached to design and the power of words. At times, when not pondering about society, pizza toppings or everyday life, Chris enjoys running while listening to a favorite podcast, finding new on-repeat songs or making a fruit smoothie. He is currently experiencing life, inside out; perplexing of the unsure but hopeful of what’s to come.

1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?

Becoming proud of my identity and coming out to my parents myself, after being outed by my sister at the age of nineteen. Though slowly but surely forgiving her for not knowing at the time how hurtful this was.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

Creativity and innovation are related by the change and solutions they aim to develop or improve from outdated systems. Both are rooted in a deep understanding of history, imagination and new possibilities that lead to intriguing ideas. The need to create and innovate oftentimes stems from what it is happening in society. They exist to solve a problem, improve a method, or simply to reflect the times with a new movement that progresses.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

With the right amount of clarity in a professional environment, companies lead to better creativity, stronger collaborations and transparency. Clarity, in a team, is how ideas are strategized; creativity is how projects are formatted. Therefore, with both of these in place, companies are able to achieve successful outcomes.

4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?

Put on my headphones and search for promising opportunities on the www or research design studios around the world for inspiration and future endeavors.

5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?

Becoming a fighter for human dignity and social equity through design by opening a design studio with its main focus on helping small BIPOC businesses build their brands to help expand or create their voices, with my sister (who is also a designer ). We feel, that by helping small family-oriented businesses through a design studio, it would engage and expand their tone and voice to a larger audience; one small, (but big in action) business at a time. It could redesign how one sees a small business, systemically. Though this is a risky goal since we are recent grads with little-to-no experience and resources we know with the right guidance and tools, it is possible.

6. Explain your creative process

Lots of thinking >> Doodles of thoughts and random expressions >> Chocolate break >> Research >> Rough sketches >> Make strawberry/banana smoothie >> Deeper research while eating more chocolate >> Procrastinate by binging a new show << Procrastinate, again  >> Gather all my research, notes, sketches and ideas >> Formulate 1-3 concepts >> Ask for advice on all concepts >> Nitpick/narrow down concepts >> More chocolate >> Final outcome, complete, for now.

7. What is the best advice that you have been given?

To never stop being who I am intended to become. No matter how difficult and lonely it can become; happiness will always find someone who is creating for the love of it. Constantly evolving and learning to become a better version of themselves.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

Creating thoughtful ideas and bodies of work that stem from personal experiences, dreams and imagination. The outcomes of creativity can range from entertainment, solutions to a problem and used as a communication tool.

9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?

1. Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas’s original & Sade’s version 2. Tu, Sólo Tú – Selena 3. Blackbird – Nina Simone 4. I’ve Seen That Face Before – Grace Jones 5. I Feel Love – Donna Summer & Bronski Beat’s version 6. Bodies in Motion – Laurie Anderson 7. How to be Invisible – Kate Bush 8. Pi – Kate Bush 9. Soul Mining – The The 10. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane

10. How do you want people to remember you?

As a hardworking, friendly team player human being who tried his best to create a better life for his parents, siblings, niece and dog, Lily.

Have you been convicted of a crime and/or a felony? If so, what was the offense? State the city, country, and date.

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You should select me because

At my best when taking risks, truly listening, becoming absorbent of other’s critiques for better design approach. Determined to do my best if selected, this is the push I am in search of to meet a more experienced version of myself that has the tools to help others or collaborate.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

Bio

A recent grad from the University of Houston, Chris is currently finding himself questioning life while juggling and puzzling over the future during quarantine. He was born in Houston, Tejas to Mexican immigrants, twenty-six years ago. Raised in a foreign land by novice parents who guided him to understand and appreciate all kinds of people, from all over. As a reaction to this and being brought up between two contrasting cultures, a passion for questioning history and understanding social issues through art and design has become evident in his current work and concepts in progress. Prior to that, he was first introduced to art at a young age by his father and sister; began to paint on canvas and often found himself the need of exploring other mediums. This led him to discover and become deeply attached to design and the power of words. At times, when not pondering about society, pizza toppings or everyday life, Chris enjoys running while listening to a favorite podcast, finding new on-repeat songs or making a fruit smoothie. He is currently experiencing life, inside out; perplexing of the unsure but hopeful of what’s to come.

You should pick me becuase

At my best when taking risks, truly listening, becoming absorbent of other’s critiques for better design approach. Determined to do my best if selected, this is the push I am in search of to meet a more experienced version of myself that has the tools to help others or collaborate.

Why are you interested in this opportunity?

What are you looking to gain from an opportunity like this?

What would be your goals after completing this engagement?

4. How did you hear about wgi?

Share an example of a time you were most motivated and a time you were most demotivated.

In your opinion, what creates a great culture at a company?

What brands and companies do you admire and why?

What do you do to stay sharp and improve your craft?

What’s your favorite quote?

10. If you could solve one problem in the world what would it be?

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