How I got here.
Just like you, my story is full of excitement, challenges, and serendipity.
Before Photoshop, there were #2 pencils and markers
The first thing I ever designed was a flyer for a school event back in 1988.
It’s uh me, Mario!
In 1992, Mario Paint came out, and that is when I started experimenting with my first digital artwork.
My Teens: Graffiti, QuarkXpress, Photoshop, and Programming
In high school, I spent my time lettering graffiti and drawing. That was when I got my first Mac, which was my intro to design and coding.
West coast To east coast
While in college in Los Angeles and New York, I learned to combine my drawing and computer skills while studying design and fine art.
My first design gig was as a freelance web and graphic designer, where I learned a lot about business and how to collaborate with clients.
Shrink-wrapping my skills together
In 2004, I joined Home and Living, a furniture store looking to go online. I was initially brought on to upload products but was quickly promoted to VP. Shifting my focus to Design, customer service, and training.
One World. Every child.
In 2005, I joined the global non-profit, Spirituality for Kids. A social-emotional learning program focused on empowering kids. And I applied my organizational, design, and business skills to contribute to SFK’s growth in NYC.
In 2011, I joined Weight Watchers creative team in NYC as a developer, building websites, and customer tools. In 2014, I became a UX Lead, working on the marketing and payment gateway. During my time at WW, I also focused on Accessibility, including implementation and training.
Challenging the Healthcare Industry
In 2015, I went full-time on my startup Medi.Me, aiming to solve a significant issue with medical record tracking. This product wasn’t released but taught me a lot about entrepreneurship.
Freedom Over Full-time
PersonalArt on Instagram : A place where I showcase my manipulated photography. Heart Humanity : A project created to share love and empathy with others. United Human Network: A place I created to share my personal daily lessons with others. Blendsday: A colorful weekly photo series where people blend into their surroundings for fun Aria-Live : A place I share my thoughts, resources and tools on digital accesibilty. French Kiss.es : A place to create social experiments to delight and enlighten people. The Divine Styles : Home to some of my graffiti sketches. Flea Designs : Home to my second design portfolio.
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