NOT THE TYPICAL DESIGNER JOURNEY
My design career began with an internship at an architecture firm in Buenos Aires. At the time I was still in technical school where I learned technical drawing, hardware and computer logic. I eventually moved into a webmaster design position at a Software Training Center, one of the first companies to begin offering online education during the internet boom.
I transitioned to graphic design for advertising 15 years ago when I moved to California.
I am a hybrid multidisciplinary designer, strategist, and most importantly I'm a doer. I thrive on solving all kinds of problems with the goal of crafting meaningful and aesthetic experiences for users.

I have 3 certifications: one in User Experience Design, one in Interaction Design and one in Visual Communication Design. I'm also trained on IDEO's human-centered approach and on Design Thinking facilitation.
Fun Fact: In another life, I was a yoga teacher, a firedancer and a back-up dancer for Panic! at the Disco.
COMMUNITY & CONVERSATIONS
When I'm not designing, I volunteer my free time to create community and discuss design ideas as an AIGA Austin Board Chairperson for the Small Talks series. I have elevated the program by increasing the attendees and garnering a great deal of attention from local industry leaders wanting the host an event.
My most recent
Medium blog recaps for this series "UX for New Tech" included topics such as designing for "Wearables" at Under Armor,  "Omni-Channel Design" at Mutual Mobile, and "Integrated Reality
" at argodesign.  Upcoming events will focus on accessibility design and designing for culturally diverse markets" starting in December 2017 and running through 2018.
I am also one of the organizers for fresh2design, with focus on Member Experience & Operations. fresh2design is a local meetup group with over 2000 up-and-coming designers. I most recently helped facilitate the Adobe XD event "Evolution of the Design Process" during the the week of SxSW Interactive. I also hosted a storytelling event called LGBTQ Voices in Tech.
This year I also helped coordinate 25 event hosts for Austin Design Week which in its second year will run from November 6-10, 2017.
I was recently featured on AIGA National panel on Diversity & Inclusion, where I presented my Human-centered design and data visualization work with the non-profit organization Out Youth.
Fun Fact: I love singing karaoke, watching sci-fi and eating Halo Top ice cream.
EYES ON THE PRIZE
My short term career goals include joining a creative team that facilitates growth and personal development. I would like to deepen my knowledge of design systems and data visualization, as I build a stronger UX portfolio that incorporates measurable performance data in real life scenarios.

If you have a job opportunity or you are a like-minded individual, let's chat.
email: hello@dariofidanza.com or twitter: @artawake