As a trained and experienced multi-disciplinary designer, I am focused on building a dedicated career in the area of design I am the most passionate about and skilled in: user experience design and visual design.
I graduated at U.T. Austin with a B.F.A. in Design, a vigorous well-rounded program that teaches its students not only technical and creative skills, but also how to be problem-solvers and approach a problem from all sides.
After a few years of design internships and employment at a small fair trade company as a Product Designer, I have come to identify specifically with user-centered and rational design. I thrive in a design-thinking environment. It feeds both my desire to create and the curiosity that is constantly trying to understand and empathize with the world around me.
Contract Product Designer
ShipStation | ATX | May 2017 – Present
Matr Boomie | ATX | July 2012 – May 2017
Shadowing UX Designer
Spredfast | ATX | September – December 2016
V.A.S.E. Regional Juror
Texas Art Education Association | San Antonio, TX | 2012 – 2017
The Butler Bros | ATX | January – July 2012
Arthouse at the Jones Center | ATX | June – December 2010
(now known as The Contemporary Austin)
Blue Genie Art Industries | ATX | May – August 2010
Jessica Otwell | Lead Product Designer | Matr Boomie
"Nicolette is a talented designer with keen interest in design methodology and process. I hired her as a design assistant in 2012. She quickly advanced to jr. designer, and is now product designer. She has succeeded in creating many successful products for the brand and manages all the sourcing and tracking efforts for hundreds of products each season. Her strong sense of strategy, research, and careful planning make her deliverables a success for both the brand and the end user. Nicky is a very strong team player and would make an excellent asset to any creative team."
Alison Cebulla | Account Manager | Matr Boomie
"Nicolette is a designer of products that I sell at Matr Boomie. We work closely together to choose the right products for our market. Working with Nicolette is one of the best things about working at this company. She does thorough/complete research on product categories, designs best-selling products, and her communication and professionalism are excellent. She is an asset to the whole company. The strengths I've noticed are her keen insights backed by data, her ability to see the larger picture while also completing detailed work, and her design problem solving. During her 4 years at the company, for which I've known her the past year, Nicolette has grown from entry-level designer to a confident, best-selling designer with serious savvy backed by data and research. She is a design force to be reckoned with and an incredible asset to the whole company. Her work ethic puts in in the 90th percentile of any coworker I've ever had"
Joelle Cubero | Graphic Designer | Matr Boomie
"As the Junior Product Designer, Nicolette developed several amazing products whilst actively assisting the marketing and operations departments. From production forecasting to creative brainstorming to international communication, Nicky proves to be a skilled visual artist with a passion for research. She never failed to unearth the facts and psychology behind a project to make it more valuable. Nicky has served as a mentor to me, and I know she will be a strong asset to any team that wishes to have someone who is articulate in a collaborative setting and thoroughly covers every angle of a project."
The University of Texas at Austin
B.F.A. Design | 2012
Study Abroad Maymester | Design in Context: Milan, Italy | 2011
UI / Visual Design
User Experience Design
Adobe After Effects
HTML & CSS
Final Cut Pro
Sketching and Drawing