person_pinJessika "Mika" Mercado Caldera
email mika.caldera@gmail.com


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I am a designer and developer who received my Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. I was born in Masaya, Nicaragua, and immigrated to the USA with my family. This perspective has led to a belief that design conducted with social awareness allows for the exploration of identity in different contexts. Through the design process, artists can understand and represent the ways in which people are influenced by their cultural and socioeconomic environments. My work finds its meaning in the studied interactions of those around me, as well as my own experiences navigating life.


I have significant experience working as a developer for the UITS Web and Mobile Service, in addition to my years of freelancing. While working on UConn’s Web and Mobile Services team, I used HTML5, CSS3, SASS, Github, WordPress, SquareSpace and more in the completion of projects. Being fluent in many Adobe Creative Suite programs – such as InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects, and Dreamweaver – has allowed me a broad range of project opportunities. Beyond my personal skills, my time in the Web and Mobile Services team provided an opportunity to collaborate with great designers and developers. My constant desire to learn more exposed me to myriad development and creation methodologies, including interaction design, user experience, and agile methodology. It was constant process, development, and learning which I love.


A little more

Outside of the development space, I love mango black tea lemonade, my two cats, miniatures, and fireworks. I have a great love for adventure, which enables my compulsive need to photo-document everything. I love the friends and family who have contributed to my bright and exciting life