designer & developer

Mika
Caldera

I’m an experienced designer and front-end developer. I’m a strong communicator who takes a systematic approach to problem solving. This is reinforced with a balance of organizational skills, tireless determination, and empathy. Through observation and analysis, I learned to create print and digital products meant to inspire and engage people. I look to cultivate an immersive humanist and thoughtful way to work or to make work.  Authenticity and diversity are important to me because I believe honesty is the best way to solve problems and grow. I enjoy challenges, strengthening systems and materializing innovative solutions.
 
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EXPERIENCE

Lead  Designer & Developer                 2011 - Present
Mika Caldera

  • Worked closely with clients on various projects ranging from design to development.
  • Designed identities, posters, flyers, business cards and other printed materials.
  • Built websites using HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap and WordPress.
  • Managed and update content on client’s already existing sites.

Lead  Designer & Developer                 2016 - 2018
Miranda Creative Inc

  • Trained team members in essential skills and procedures for efficient project development.
  • Led and delegated concept development, creative direction, and site development.
  • Materialized functional UX/UI across multiple platforms (mobile, web, and product.
  • Created UX/UI elements consistent with the aesthetic appeal of the client’s brand identity.
  • Developed UX/UI strategies using iterative design solutions that adhere to guidelines.
  • Was responsible for designs; created sketches, wireframes, prototypes, and mockups.
  • Drove project management from conception to completion alonside various collaborators.
  • Worked on projects with developers, contractors, and team members to execute goals.
  • Provided support on existing sites with various development and functionality issues.

UX/UI Designer & Developer         2016 - 2016
Figmints Digital Creative Marketing

    • Communicated ideas as well as concepts to clients and studio team effectively.
    • Met with team members to clearly define client problems, goals and solutions.
    • Designed solutions through a process of wireframing, and designing interactive comps.
    • Worked closely with front-end developers to design & develop UI components.
    • Produced detailed design specifications for development teams.
    • Designed logos, icons, and identity systems in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. 

    Design Intern                 2016 - 2016
    Alexander Isley Inc. Designers

    • Developed materials for design briefs that suite the client's purpose.
    • Collaborated with designers on numerous briefs and projects.
    • Worked creatively to produce new ideas and concepts.
    • Presented finalized ideas and concepts to designers. 
    • Photographed, created and developed graphics and imagery for projects.
    • Filmed, recorded and edited studio videos. 
    • Maintained and updated social media accounts.

    Web Developer & Designer          2011 – 2015
    University of Connecticut at UITS Web and Mobile Services

    • Built custom websites for department, schools and centers across UConn.
    • Collaborated with clients to determine project goals and needs.
    • Designed several official UConn WordPress themes.
    • Developed wireframes, style tiles, and moodboard for projects.
    • Led presentations of projects to clients with visual guides and research.
    • Applied various design methodologies ensure successful outcomes for clients.
    • Designed UConn’s mobile apps, focused on UI, UX, and user accessibility.
    • Practiced Agile methodologies as part of the developing process
    • Extensively used HTML5, CSS3, and SASS and the Adobe Create Suite

    Graphic Designer & Liaison          2011 – 2012
    Design Center at University of Connecticut

    • Collaborated with designers to design print, websites, and identities for clients.
    • Designed engaging websites for various departments within UConn.
    • Used Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create engaging content.
    • Managed content and css for Fine Arts Department site.

    Graphic Design & Marketing        2010 – 2011 
    Lewtan Industries

    • Designed and developed company catalogs, web advertisements, and flyers.  
    • Developed vectored proofs for Lewtan customers using Illustrator.
    • Communicated with and helped clients through phone and emails.

    Program Assistant (CYFAR)          2007 – 2008
    Children Youth and Families at Risk

    • Led program education low income families about nutrition on a peer to peer basis.
    • Created training program for teenagers to teach children about nutrition.
    • Designed training booklet, flyers, logo and  posters.
    • Managed events in Hartford County for grade school children.
    • Managed expenses for flyers, printouts, booklets, supplies and food catering.

    EDUCATION

    University of Connecticut                Storrs, CT              2015

    BFA, Communication Design
    Communication Design program investigates new areas of design practice within a professional context. It promotes cross-disciplinary techniques and responsible thinking.

    Minor in Digital Arts
    Digital Art Minor program provides exposure to tools and techniques of digital media such as digital photography, video, animation, web development  and 3D modeling.

    Achievements
    Accepted as Member of Design Center
    Accepted for Semester Abroad
            Central Saint Martins - Design and Interaction  London  UK 2014
    Accepted into Art Exhibitions
          Fine Arts Scholarship Show - University of Connecticut  2012-2014
          UCUK Communication Design Show - Arena Gallery 2014
          Digital Media Foundations Show - Benton Museum 2012

     

    Manchester Community College                Manchester, CT               2011

    AS, Graphic Design
    The Graphic Design program provides students with a sound foundation in technical skills, digital practice, graphic design concepts, aesthetics and visual communication terminologies. 

    AS General Studies
    The General Studies program is a concentration that is appropriate for a self-designed independent course of study.  Allows for exposure in different subject areas i.e, humanities, history, languages.

    Achievements
    Accepted into Art Exhibition
          Manchester Community College Art Show - Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery - 2012

     

    SKILLS

    Technology
    Developer tools
      Sublime, Github, Gulp
    Web
      HTML5, CSS3, SASS
    Platforms
      WordPress, Squarespace, Bootstrap
    Adobe Creative Cloud
       InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop,
    AfterEffects, Dreamweaver

    Sketch App
       Craft, Runner, Zeplin.io
    Operating Systems
       Macintosh & Windows

    Design Methodologies
    Interaction Design
    Information Architecture
    Mobile Web
    Responsive Design
    Usability
    Web Accessibility
    User Experience [UX]
    User Interface [UI]
    Infographics
    Agile Methodology
    Front-End Design

    Art
    Screen Printing
    Bookmaking
    Watercolors
    Letterpress
    Photography
    Typography

    Languages
    English Written/Verbal
    Spanish Written/Verbal