JULIA SOLANO

designer / builder / humanitarian

Experience

Freelance Design (2018 - Ongoing)
Collaborating with various artists, startups, nonprofits, and tech companies on digital design and design/build projects across SE Asia, MENA, and North America.

OceanSOS, Build Lead and Designer (Winter 2018)
Ocean conservation nonprofit in Pattaya, Thailand

Designed and led team to build a bamboo pavillion focused on ocean conservation for Wonderfruit, the largest art and music festival focused on sustainability in SE Asia.

Humanitas, Co-Founder and Designer (2015 - 2018)
AI Startup in Amman, Jordan

Designed video mobile app to empower Arab youth to create social projects addressing needs in their communities. User research with NGOs, foundations, governments, and donors. Led UX/UI, branding, and communication design.

Teak, Design Intern (Summer 2015)
Branding and Production Studio in San Francisco, CA

Focused on branding, campaign design and launch, UI/UX design and product design. Created content for JanSport’s and Eat Club’s social media. Designed content for Yahoo’s international music campaign. Researched packaging design for Nest.

Workday, UX Design Thinking Intern (Summer 2014)
Cloud-based Enterprise Software company in Pleasanton, CA

Developed and implemented Design Thinking curriculum across company. Identified new features, conducted user research, tested, presented hi-fi wireframes and research to Execs.

Saha Global, Solar Field Representative (Winter 2015)
Takpili, a rural village near Tamale, Northern Ghana

Collaborated with rural village to design and build a sustainable solar charging business which provided light, renewable energy and revenue to 600+ people. Trained local women to run the solar charging business. Fundraised $5k through a social media video campaign in 10 days.

Fresh AGM, Co-Founder and Designer (Summer 2013)
European Innovation Academy in Tallinn, Estonia

Created platform to optimize Annual General Meetings for businesses. Interviewed CFOs, CEOs and fund managers of major Baltic corporations. User Research, Branding, UX/UI.

SKILLS

UX/Design User Research (quantitative and qualitative research), Design Thinking, Information Architecture, UI Design and Prototyping (low - high fidelity), Digital Storytelling, Brand Development, Animation, Video Editing, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation, Copywriting, Lean Startup
Technical Sketch, Figma, Invision, Principle, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Sony Vegas, Premiere Pro, Keynote, Excel, HTML, CSS, Unity, Agile
Fabrication Rhino, Fusion 360, Maya, 3D printing, Shopbot CNC, various Lasercutters, Zund, wood, metal, leather, bamboo design and fabrication

Education

University of California, Berkeley
MARCH / BA in Engineering + Architecture

Courses in architecture, critical design, visual design and representation, web design, Industrial and Mechanical engineering, urban planning, digital fabrication and entrepreneurship. Certification in Human-Centered Design and Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Tallinn University of Technology (June 2013)
Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Projects

Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, Planning Committee
 UC Berkeley Engineering, Jacobs Hall (Opened Fall 2015)

Worked with faculty to plan the organization and program of Jacobs Institute. Designed the Makerpass, which provides interdisciplinary, project-based & hands-on design experiences to 1,500 undergraduate students/year.

Student Hub for Design Innovation (SHED), Lab Manager
Design Engineering Collaborative, UC Berkeley Engineering

Maintained a student-run makerspace that provides experience and educational resources in human-centered design, hands-on prototyping, digital fabrication and team-based learning.

Berkeley Innovation, Partnership Chair
Berkeley Innovation (Human-Centered Design Organization)

Coordinated 40+ design consulting projects connecting multidisciplinary UC Berkeley student teams to corporate companies, start-ups and nonprofits for semester long HCD projects in UX/UI design, User Research, and Product Design.

Volta, Design/Build
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, UC Berkeley Engineering

Created energy generating rocking chair. Designed, iterated and fabricated product. Crafted UX and brand. Published in PopSci, Yahoo Tech, the White House Blog, and Trend Hunter.

HONORS

StartingBloc, Los Angeles ‘19 Fellow (Spring 2019)
Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation, Social Entrepreneurship Fellow (Summer 2016)
a16z Gen.D Mentorship Program, Design Fellow - Cycle 3 (Spring 2016)
National Maker Faire 2015, Maker of Merit (Summer 2015)
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blog, Project Mention (Summer 2015)
European Innovation Academy, Pitch Competition Winner
2nd place out of 60+ start-ups (Summer 2013)
California Dream Week, Sustainable Architecture and Design 3nd Place Northern California Winner (Spring 2012)
Voice Your Verse Poetry Competition, 1st place Scholarship Winner  7k total entries, Published in Anthology (Spring 2012)
“In My Life” Poetry Anthology, Published Poet (Fall 2012)