Today we’d like to introduce you to Carolina Munoz.
Carolina, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My story started in Colombia when at a very young age, I started to develop my passion for arts and handmade arts & crafts.
I knew that I needed to follow the artistic path somehow, so when the time came, I decided to study Industrial design in my hometown Pereira. There I discovered my love for digital arts, I wanted to be in my computer and experiment with my creations to discover how they would look there in 2D and 3D perspectives.
This career helped me to build my designer eye, see life with another perspective; but then, Graphic Design knocked to my door with different kinds of projects and ways as a freelancer while I was finishing college and after graduation.
I started to make some money that helped me to save for the next challenge that I had in mind: Travel to the United States and become a Designer there.
I packed my bags, left my hometown and family which I love, to face the new adventure in Miami with my husband there.
It wasn’t easy at first, start over is not easy; a new language, culture and a new profession as a waitress in a restaurant. A place that opened the arms for me, where all started.
I offered there my designer habilities in every opportunity I had, even to the owners of the place, which were my first clients. I created different print and digital assets for them and easily became friends. People started to recommend me to other clients and that’s how I started to build my portfolio and business.
Then, I had the opportunity to work in a Marketing and advertising agency for over four years as a Graphic Designer, with a passionate creative team. They taught me a lot about the industry, and I also notice that I was becoming part of the Tech industry little by little, which I think it’s hard to stand out as a woman in an environment surrounded mostly by men; but surprised my boss was an empowered woman, a passionate person able to go toe-to-toe to each design challenge.
That helped me a lot to grow in this business as a woman in Tech, fighting for my ideas every day, my passion, my feelings into each project that came to my hands.
I started to think that I wanted to do a master’s in User experience or product digital design, which involves the user in every design decision when creating a digital product like a website or mobile app. The idea of learning a tool fascinated me so much, so I applied for the full paid scholarship to be a UX UI designer, and guess what!! after a pre-section of students (finalists) the scholarship was given to me.
It was very challenging but came with a lot of rewards after, and I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to learn another skill: a demanded profession in the Tech Industry nowadays.
I break my time between, Endless Creative Studio, which has been my husband’s and my project as well, and the Company that I work during the day as a UX UI designer in the product digital team.
Endless it’s a growing business and since we both are designers, we share together the passion for it, we have been building our brand with clients and companies that trust in our abilities over the past five years, evolving every day in the graphic and digital market.
A tip that has been #1 for me: live, breath and experience design everywhere you go. Find inspiration everywhere it’s very important to create new and unique experiences. Design its lifestyle for me.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Since I’m an inmigrant and with English as a second language, its being challenging but not impossible to grow as a leader in a foreign country. Especially in the Tech Industry, where you need to speak more differently and technically to communicate with the team and clients that you work with.
Words don’t come as easy as my native language, but I always have found a way to express my ideas and set my goals as well.
What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
Some things that have helped me to grow as a designer is the hunger to search and the ability to be always curious about new trends, new software, magazines, photography, art, new places, even a lifestyle surrounded with design helps a lot to fill the mind with new ideas that in future projects would help somehow. Creating a puzzle, mood-board or images in my mind that can evolve into something new.
That mixed with passion makes the perfect combination, in my opinion, to be successful.
Design its lifestyle for me.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Keep evolving every day as a UX UI designer. Keep growing my business and become a very active woman in tech person.
- Website: https://www.carolinamunoz.work/
- Phone: 3053322621
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karokt/
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolina-munoz-karokt/