Izey

Graphic & Visual Designer
San Francisco, CA - for now
$ 81.00
/ hour
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While the Left-Brain, Right-Brain theory is still debated by many, the imaginary line at which they meet is where you’ll find me firing at all cylinders. I’ve always loved puzzles, identifying patterns and anything that forced me to think out-of-the-box. Growing up, I had a strong aptitude for math and science, while creativity was a hobby I incorporated into my life at every opportunity. Having been raised in an environment where good grades were considered the be-all and end-all of success, I decided to study Computer Engineering. However, after facing several insurmountable difficulties, I accepted that Computer Engineering would never bring me the satisfaction it brought my peers. I searched tirelessly for a career that would stimulate not only the analytical side of me, but also my vivid imagination. That is when I found Graphic Design, a field that has brought me joy and success, even in struggle. This is also when I learned to challenge myself, so I could be confident in the life choices I make. And while I am still exploring new interests, places, and jobs, there is one thing that remains true: Design is the intersection at which all facets of me can thrive.

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Work Experience
Associated Students of SFSU
Senior Director of Branding Strategy
June 2019 - Present
San Francisco, CA
Associated Students of SFSU
Graphic Designer
April 2018 - May 2019
San Francisco, CA
Tapestry Solutions, Inc
Software Test & Evaluations Engineer
June 2019 - Present
San Francisco, CA
University

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Skills

Awards - Placed top 3 in multiple categories for ACUI Steal This Idea design competitionTechnical Skills - Print & Digital Design, Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, XD), Web Development (Javascript, HTML, CSS), InVision, Wireframing, Color Theory, Drawing & Sketching, Typography, Monday.com, G SuiteSoft Skills - Creativity, Customer Service, Self-motivated, Effective Communication, Critical Thinking, Leadership, Organization, Collaboration, Time Management, AdaptabilityAdditional languages - Tagalog (Fluent in reading, conversational in writing and speaking), Spanish (conversational in reading, writing, and speaking)

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

With a lifetime filled with more unlikely situations than the average person - chance encounters with people I know in random places and near-death experiences - I’ve learned that every moment is rife with opportunity to be extraordinary; I’d be remiss if I didn’t continue to take advantage of that.

Give us your bio in under 500 words

While the Left-Brain, Right-Brain theory is still debated by many, the imaginary line at which they meet is where you’ll find me firing at all cylinders. I’ve always loved puzzles, identifying patterns and anything that forced me to think out-of-the-box. Growing up, I had a strong aptitude for math and science, while creativity was a hobby I incorporated into my life at every opportunity. Having been raised in an environment where good grades were considered the be-all and end-all of success, I decided to study Computer Engineering. However, after facing several insurmountable difficulties, I accepted that Computer Engineering would never bring me the satisfaction it brought my peers. I searched tirelessly for a career that would stimulate not only the analytical side of me, but also my vivid imagination. That is when I found Graphic Design, a field that has brought me joy and success, even in struggle. This is also when I learned to challenge myself, so I could be confident in the life choices I make. And while I am still exploring new interests, places, and jobs, there is one thing that remains true: Design is the intersection at which all facets of me can thrive.

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

The most courageous thing I ever did was admit to myself that I wasn’t going to make it as a computer engineer. I spent 5 years studying to be a computer engineer at Cal Poly SLO. After three years, I stopped progressing, and I was too embarrassed to admit that I was struggling with depression and anxiety because of it. I was also guilt-ridden, knowing that my parents had been supporting me financially. So I kept trying to no avail. But eventually, I had to accept that this round peg was never going to fit into the square hole. And that was okay, because today I know with certainty that I found my round hole in graphic design.

2. How are creativity and innovation related?

If creativity and innovation were a Venn diagram, innovation would be a smaller circle completely encompassed by a larger circle that is creativity. While creativity is the creation of all solutions using ingenuity, innovation is a fraction of those solutions that specifically impact the forward progression of society, whether that’s through the bettering of current products or introduction of new products. Creativity is necessary for innovation to unfold.

3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?

Clarity provides a space for customers, other businesses, and potential employees to build trust with a company. Trust is an essential part of a business' success; without it, people may be reluctant to work with them or purchase their product. Clarity allows a company to be seen as reliable and authentic, however, clarity is not enough. Companies also need creativity in order to stand out against other companies within the same industry. Creativity in products and marketing strategies is necessary to attract consumers to the business. Creativity reels people in, while clarity keeps them coming back for more.

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

I try my best to use my free time to be productive and improve my existing skills or learn new ones. Currently, I am rotating between learning Spanish, longboarding, working on personal design projects or improving physical and mental health. However, in my eyes, being productive does not always equate to being active; improving mental health is sometimes as simple as laying in Golden Gate Park watching the passers-by, reading a book on the beach, or catching up on an episode of a TV show.

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?

If I could dedicate my life to it, I would remove the stigma surrounding not knowing what you want your career to be when you graduate high school. Though it is completely admirable to be a teacher that is passionate about educating youths, the American education system stresses more on a student’s success in school than success in life. While some are blessed with finding their passions before college, many people, myself included, choose a college major based on what they know to be successful careers rather than their actual interests. In school, we are often asked what we want to be when we grow up and are given aptitude tests that only cover a small fraction of careers that actually exist, but are not given enough avenues to explore more career paths. I want to find a solution that exposes young people to more of what is possible and prepare them for adulthood rather than just testing the same skill set for 12+ years.

6. Explain your creative process

My creative process always begins with understanding the problem I am trying to solve. This provides me with a destination that I then formulate the journey to reach. With that end goal in mind, I’ll search on Google, Pinterest, or Instagram for existing solutions to avoid duplicating them. I then open up the Notes app on my phone or pull out my sketchbook and write down key words, ideas, or sketches that first come to mind when thinking about the problem. Because I have a propensity for patterns and symbolism, I’ll search for everyday things that either resemble or relate to the things I wrote down, whether I’m outside walking around, in the shower, sitting on the toilet or just staring off into space at my desk. As a child, I read a book about Disney Imagineers that said that finding creative solutions is rooted in holding on to a childlike wonder no matter how old you get. A child can turn a paper towel roll into a sword that’ll slay a dragon and I’ve never let go of that concept in my own creative process. I’ll intentionally push myself to develop obscure designs because I stand by the idea that you can’t ensure something will fail unless you try it. Because I believe there are infinite solutions to any problem, if there is not already a deadline, I’ll give myself a time limit to exhaust all avenues before further developing the ideas that I have. The iterative process continues with feedback I receive until I have one design solution that solves the initial problem.

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

The best advice I was ever given was not so much advice but a statement I heard on a podcast. In regards to having the support of friends and family, the host said, “it’s nice to have that and I would choose to have that rather than not having it, but if I didn’t have it I’d still be okay with that.” He continued on to talk about how if everyone he loved were to just abandon him tomorrow, it would be awful, but, ultimately, he’d be fine. Needless to say, I was astonished. I had spent so much of my life making decisions based on what I thought would make other people happy. It wasn’t until I heard this statement that I realized that I am the only person I have to live with for the rest of my life. As long as it wasn’t detrimental to myself or anyone else, I needed to love myself and what I was doing, before caring what other people thought. This change in mindset pushed me to become a designer, and taught me how to be appreciative of the support I am given, without searching for constant validation.

8. What is your definition of creativity?

Creativity is more than just the ability to create an original idea or use one’s imagination given all the available resources. It is the ability to assess the current situation with its restrictions and challenges and still develop a solution. Creativity is finding new uses for resources with pre-existing functions. It is using one’s imagination to break down something specific into something generic and thinking “what if it did this instead?” Creativity need not be complicated, polished or spectacular, but it does have to be ingenious.

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

Good Things Fall Apart by Illenium & Jon Bellion I Like U by NIKI It’s All Coming Back to Me Now by Celine Dion In My Life by The Beatles Tears Won’t Cry (ShinjU) by The Maine Fun by Kaskade I Hate Love Songs by Kelsea Ballerini It Was a Shit Show by Santino Fontana (from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy Be Prepared by Jeremy Irons (from The Lion King)

10. How do you want people to remember you?

I want people to remember me as they would remember their favorite song. It makes you happy; it gives you a warm, comforting feeling inside; it’s always there when you need it; and no matter how much time has passed, you can always go back to it and it’s as if nothing has changed.

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

With a lifetime filled with more unlikely situations than the average person - chance encounters with people I know in random places and near-death experiences - I’ve learned that every moment is rife with opportunity to be extraordinary; I’d be remiss if I didn’t continue to take advantage of that.

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

While the Left-Brain, Right-Brain theory is still debated by many, the imaginary line at which they meet is where you’ll find me firing at all cylinders. I’ve always loved puzzles, identifying patterns and anything that forced me to think out-of-the-box. Growing up, I had a strong aptitude for math and science, while creativity was a hobby I incorporated into my life at every opportunity. Having been raised in an environment where good grades were considered the be-all and end-all of success, I decided to study Computer Engineering. However, after facing several insurmountable difficulties, I accepted that Computer Engineering would never bring me the satisfaction it brought my peers. I searched tirelessly for a career that would stimulate not only the analytical side of me, but also my vivid imagination. That is when I found Graphic Design, a field that has brought me joy and success, even in struggle. This is also when I learned to challenge myself, so I could be confident in the life choices I make. And while I am still exploring new interests, places, and jobs, there is one thing that remains true: Design is the intersection at which all facets of me can thrive.

You should pick me becuase

With a lifetime filled with more unlikely situations than the average person - chance encounters with people I know in random places and near-death experiences - I’ve learned that every moment is rife with opportunity to be extraordinary; I’d be remiss if I didn’t continue to take advantage of that.

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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