Dwaine Best

  • Visual Design for the Arts & Sciences | UX Convert | Collaborative Beast
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • Scenic Artist at La Jolla Playhouse
  • Scenic Artist at The Old Globe


University of Iowa, , Art History & Museum Studies



UX and Visual Design. Aligned with the Arts & Sciences. Whether it’s print or digital, I thrive on creative, collaborative, time-sensitive projects. The result is a tailored, persuasive design that’s on time and on budget. ❃ I’ve always been insatiably curious about art. That’s what led me to a degree in museum studies. And that curiosity is what feeds my design. I dig into your project and your world, then communicate your vision in a way that’s both compelling and functional. ❃ I’m self-taught as hell. From photoshop to coding to UX design, I can’t stop adding new tools to my toolbox. One day, I volunteered to help with scenic painting at La Jolla Playhouse. Now my work is on Broadway, and I’m a journeyman Scenic Artist with Iatse local 122. Once I get started, I just can’t stop. ❃ Art is collaborative. So is our project. In my decade-plus doing visual design for Mobilia Gallery, I’ve seen it all. Digital, print, web, email…you name it, I’ve designed it. I’ve worked with hundreds of artists, musicians, and authors to communicate their vision with precision. ❃ Design, always research-backed. Some designers go with their gut—I go farther. I’ll get to know the history of your craft and your personal brand. That research lets me deliver designs that frame your work beautifully. Ready to make order out of chaos? (Don’t worry. I work cool under pressure.) Let’s get started. www.dwainebest.com


  • Visual & Web Designer

    Freelance Visual Design for the Arts & Sciences

    January 2001 – Present(18 years 9 months)United States

    I’ve designed for & promoted over two-hundred artists, including authors and musicians. Deliverables include logos, email newsletters, social site headers, postcards, magazine ads, websites, catalogs and product mockups. All of these involved extensive work with the artists, clients, collectors, museums, galleries, producers, publishers and other institutions on the regional, national and international levels.

  • Scenic Artist

    La Jolla Playhouse

    September 2008 – June 2019(10 years 9 months)La Jolla, California

    10 years, hundreds of productions. Scenic art, faux finishes, backdrop painting, sculpting. Tight production schedules demanding intense collaboration. Often quick turnarounds of unique solutions. Problem solving and solid plan execution. My work can be seen on TV, Netflix, and Broadway. IATSE 122 Journeyman Scenic Artist.

  • Scenic Artist

    The Old Globe

    March 2009 – May 2014(5 years 2 months)


  • University of Iowa

    Art History & Museum Studies

  • Casper College

    Associates of Fine Arts, Fine Art

Skills & Expertise

  • Graphic Design
  • Arts Administration
  • JavaScript
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Digital Art
  • Illustration
  • Scenic Painting
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Photography
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Theatre
  • Web Development
  • 3D Modeling
  • Drawing
  • Sculpture
  • User-centered Design
  • Art
  • Javascript
  • Test Driven Development
  • Mixed Media
  • ZBrush
  • Painting
  • HTML5
  • Visual Arts
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Github
  • Visual Design
  • WordPress
  • Responsive Web Design
  • Web Design
  • Stage
  • Arts
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Fine Art


  • AIGA Member

    AIGA Design, License

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Research Library Assistant

    San Diego Natural History Museum

    September 2018 – Present(1 year 1 month)Education

    Photo correction, collection care, historical research, archive scanning, data entry

  • Gardener

    Japanese Friendship Garden Society of San Diego

    October 2017 – February 2018(4 months)Arts and Culture