I thrive in a space where I can be a versatile designer, solving big problems. I enjoy creating beautiful experiences and putting users first. Because of this, I would enjoy working in a diverse and innovative workplace where I can grow as a UX designer.
UX & Visual Designer
02/2017 – Present
UX UI Design Apprentice
11/2020 – 03/2021
03/2020 – 11/2020
01/2019 – 04/2019
Graphic web designer
08/2018 – 05/2019
GDSA at UCF
AIGA Orlando Mentorship Program
Thinkful | Online
11/2020 – 04/2021
University of Central Florida | Orlando
08/2014 – 05/2019
Contrary to what my name might lead you to believe, I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia—not Germany—and moved to the US when I was eleven—and it’s pronounced [ her-mon ], in case you were trying to pronounce it.
My artistic skills have always been prevalent, but when it came time to select a major, the thought of having a good-paying job prevailed, and I went with engineering.
Apparently, the criterion I used was not the best—the following year, I found myself drawing cow skulls for my drawing class. I was now on the path to become a graphic designer.
I hit the ground running, and before I had mastered any skills in the graphic design field, I was interning at a chamber of commerce in Orlando. This opportunity enriched my career and opened doors to many companies where I got to work: such as FastSigns, Elokuent, and Bigeye.
Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, I decided to take a year to travel and experience the world, working as a server and freelancer to save up for this hiatus.
One day, my friend asked me what I have always wanted to do but had not done. I told him I liked the idea of interviewing people and maybe starting something along the lines of a podcast.
That question gave birth to The Underthought, a podcast based on the premise of taking action and not overthinking decisions.
Well, it did not take long before we were sharing his interesting life-story and producing three episodes a week. I designed all the visual elements while he edited the tracks.
When we got to the 75th episode, I left to teach English in Poland and traveled through Europe before all world travel came to a halt.
Upon returning to the US, Pedro—the owner of Elokuent where I had my second internship—contacted me, saying he would love to have me on the team, and considering I enjoyed my previous time there, I was thrilled.
I agreed and I had a fruitful experience, coming up with lots of new ideas and, according to them, asking many interesting questions. It was there that I realized I wanted to become a UX designer.
This realization came when I noticed something—while designing business cards came easy to me—the real excitement came from researching more efficient processes around the office.
One day, almost a year later, I came across an ad for the Thinkful UX UI course on Instagram. Knowing it was full time, I was sad to leave behind the coworkers who are now my friends, but I enrolled in the program excited for the new opportunities.
At Thinkful, I learned career-ready skills in research, web design, and teamwork that have transformed me into a more valuable UX designer.