2016 in a Nutshell

Hello design world! It's been a while since my last post (a year to be exact), and that is why I am making it a point to make my New Years resolution to post and blog more. I have big plans in store for 2017, but first let me catch you up to speed on 2016.

I started 2016 with a clean slate, as I was laid off the day before New Years Eve in 2015. It was an unsettling feeling not knowing where life was going to take me, but with the love and support of family and friends, I knew everything would work out. 

I updated my website with my most recent work and printed out some fresh resumes and spent the next couple months applying and interviewing potential job leads. The Creative Group (a staffing agency) placed me as a production artist at Falken Tire for a couple of weeks before I found a full-time design position. 

In March 2016, I was employed as a contract designer by The Riboli Family Wine Estates, founders of the historic San Antonio Winery and creators of Stella Rosa. In three short months, I proved myself by creating various sales and marketing collateral for the winery and their various wine brands, and was hired full time.

Working for The Riboli Family Wine Estates has been truly an unique experience for me. Given the opportunity and help from our marketing team, I was able to reshape the overall branding of Stella Rosa and its social media and online presence by creating Stella Rosa's brand standards guide, redesigning the website, and co-producing and directing Stella Rosa's first lifestyle photoshoot to be utilized year round. 

2016 Highlights:


The Riboli Family Wine Estates has three winery locations, one being in Paso Robles, California where the new facility is being built. The company took us on a trip to learn about the new facility and to visit the family's vineyards. As you'll see below, I got to plant my own vine.


As mentioned above, I was given the opportunity to co-produce and direct the first Stella Rosa lifestyle photoshoot alongside Skinny Empire. Here's some behind the scene shots.


The second lifestyle photoshoot that I co-produced and directed with an urban edge. 


Attended my first Designer Con. There were so many awesome/talented/inspirational artists. Who knows, maybe I'll have a booth at DCon 2017? 

What's next?

Glad you asked! 2017 is going to be an exciting year for me, as I was asked to be a guest speaker at Cal State (more details to come) on Branding + Identity and working on more Stella Rosa projects. I will be challenging myself to use skills I haven't used since college and learn some new ones along the way, so that I can become a more well-rounded designer. 

I'm also honored to announce that my best friend will be getting married in May 2017, and not only has asked me to be her bridesmaid, but to also ask me to design her bridal shower & wedding invitations! 

Again, special thanks to everyone for all the love and support this year! It's been a life changing year and it can only get better! Stay positive and follow your dreams!  You never know where life will take you.

Cheers to adventures and new beginnings!