Born in San José, Costa Rica
Living & working in Houston, TX.
Having +8 years of extensive experience as an Industrial Designer and +3 years as a UI/UX Designer with a solid understanding of wireframing, storyboards, rapid prototyping, sitemaps architecture, user-testing, design language, and brand strategy. I’m efficient in designing Web User Experiences (UX) and building Web User Interfaces (UI). I possess a strong design foundation and have worked on a variety of user research projects, developing personas, task analysis, flow diagrams, sitemaps, and creating (low fidelity and high fidelity) mock-ups and wireframes, prototypes, and usability testing. Involved in all phases of SDLC with a good understanding of Test Driven Development and Agile/Scrum methodologies. Ability to visualize designs & user interactions across multiple platforms including web, mobile, & tablet. I’m highly efficient with the Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD), 3D modeling software, sketching, and creating photorealistic renderings.
Bachelor of Science
University of Houston
Associate of Science
Miami-Dade Community College
Applied Science & Mechanical Engineering
Technical Degree (CAD Design)
ITT Technical Institute
Full Stack Web Developer
Houston Code Bootcamp
University of Texas
Business Management & Development
Design Research Methodologies
Ergonomics & Human Factors Design & Usability Testing
2D Sketch, 3D CAD Modeling & Rendering
Model Making, Prototyping, Materials & Manufacturing
User-Centered Design & User Experience Design
Full Stack Web Development
Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Xd)
InVision & Sketch App
SolidWorks, Fusion 360, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Sketchbook, Keyshot & PhotoView 360
macOS Work & Microsoft Office
UX Designer & Full Stack Web Developer
Part-Time Freelance — Aug 2015 to Present — Spring, TX
Design Consultant | Founder — Xcel Design Studios, Inc
Full-Time Contract — Jul 2016 to Nov 2019 — Willis, TX
Founder and principal designer of Xcel Design Studios, Inc. a design consulting firm based in Houston, TX. Design consultant for primary clients SeaDog Systems, Inc. and Global Oceanic Designs, Inc. XDS was involved in the design and development of new wave clean-energy technologies that will impulse sustainable energy to the next level. The companies development focus is on clean energy systems, future living structures, and the design and development of subsea habitats. Invent, design, develop and prototype tomorrow’s clean wave-powered energy converter systems. Research and explore new infrastructure systems for future transportation and city development. Research new technologies as applied to future clean energy systems and future building techniques. Strong experience working directly with the external project team members (Clients, Consultants, Vendors, etc.) to capture their business processes and their requirements. Excellent communication skills to discuss the projects with technical and non-technical SME's and also during sprint meetings for Agile development methodology.
Lead Design Consultant — Ensign Energy Services
Full-Time Contract — Jan 2015 to Jun 2015 — Houston, TX
Industrial and UI|UX design developing next-generation ADR 1500S class rigs control interfaces for Ensign’s rigs fleet. Implemented User-Centered and Human Factors principles to enhance the user experience for rig drillers and the design of a new user-friendly control cabin and drilling controls console. Conducted extensive field user research including interviews, immersive research, observational research, equipment usability testing, and repetitive task analysis for the collection and delivery of design research insights to determine user’s needs and project validation. Created a User-Persona to identify specific needs and pain points for our target user (Oil rig drillers). Continuously collaborated in specialized multidisciplinary team meetings making daily design progress valuations for the senior design management team and presented design proposals to set daily project direction. Implemented design methodologies (similar to “Agile” methodology) to maintain a consistent workflow through iterative and incremental design cycles. Directed ideation workshops and developed design concepts using 2D visualization and 3D CAD (computer-aided design). Participated in brainstorming sessions to analyze existing software for usability and accessibility issues. Effectively manage any changes to the project without unduly affecting the stated objectives, benefits, and overall intent and continually monitored project progress and determined timeline development for each design task.
Architecture Design Engineer — Advent Firm
Ful-Time — Mar 2014 to Jan 2015 — Houston, TX
Principal designer in charge of designing exhibit and trade show booths and displays for customers across a wide range of markets worldwide. Designed projects from conceptual development through final design development including construction prints for all active projects. Implemented ergonomics and human interaction principles to design more functional projects. Developed schematic design presentation materials (technical drawings, 3D models, renderings) and collaborated with the Marketing Department to create advertising collateral and packets for client review. Directed fabrication personal during the construction and completion of all designs. Contacted vendors, ordering materials and parts as required by each project. Worked closely with a multidisciplinary team of graphics designers, fabricators and installers to refine designs for production, assembly, and install with an emphasis on integrating quality and cost control into each project. Worked with vendors on all details of the projects from material samples through production schedules and quality control.
Industrial Designer — Sumec North America
Full-Time Contract — Oct 2012 to Feb 2014 — Spring, TX
Consumer goods designer for the power and garden tools industry. Creative thinking and visualization of products to improve and innovate new and existing products for the industry’s market. Developed a more US market-friendly product line for small-chore cultivators. Created both low-fidelity and high-fidelity design deliverables (e.g. functional prototypes, 3D prints). Occasionally travel to production facilities and evaluating the feasibility of production.
Industrial Designer — Techtronic Industries, Inc
Full-Time Internship — May 2011 to May 2012 — Anderson, SC
Designed and developed products under brands like the Ryobi, Ridgid, Homelite, PowerStroke, and Craftsman for The Home Depot power tool market. Reviewed, researched, and evaluated the product landscape translating these findings into new product offerings. Prepared design assets across all types of digital mediums for product presentation and market launch. Reversed engineered existing tools to propose improvements and/or ideate new design concepts. Built advanced 3D parts and surface models to communicate design intent. Arranged meetings and liaising with engineers and other departments, including marketing, to discuss and negotiate appropriate production processes, costs, and commercial issues. Research materials, processes or market requirements. Manage external resources to deliver work on time and on budget.
Lead CAD Designer — Innerspace Custom Storage
Full-Time — Sept 2000 to Apr 2006. Miami, FL
Created residential high-end storage systems for multi-million dollar homes. Designed furniture-specific mechanisms for optimal design functionality. Prepared construction drawings and supporting documents to develop a layout of the systems, components, and parts. Collaborated in the construction and installation guidelines of each project. Created cost and retail price sheets to build customer’s proposals. Maintained CAD data files and created new CAD templates and block drawings as needed.
Junior Engineer & CAD Designer — Raymond Engineering
Full-Time — Nov 1997 to Dec 1999 — Houston, TX
Analyzed architectural plans to design mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems for apartment buildings construction. Evaluated job designing as required by fire Marshall and city engineers. Transfer of drawing files across multiple CAD platforms as needed by our clients.
Petty Officer 2nd Class — United States Navy
Full-Time — Apr 1993 to Apr 1997 — Mayport, FL
Performed various military duties. Helicopter Landing Safety Officer. Scuba and Saturation Diver.
Awards & Recognitions
Magna Cum Laude Honors - University Of Houston
3rd Place Best Thesis Award - Industrial Design Society of America
Dean’s List - University Of Houston
Honor Role - TTI Technical Institute