Kimberly Villa

  • Photographer, Graphic + Packaging Designer
  • Chula Vista, California, United States
  • Graphic Design

Previous positions

  • Freelance Graphic Designer at Cloak & Lantern
  • Contract Graphic Designer + Web Designer at Alonzo Villa Tattoos

Education

The Art Institute of California-San Diego, Bachelor’s Degree, Graphic Design

Background

Summary

Photographer, Branding Badass + Content Creator with a Tenacious Spirit. A Creative Entrepreneur, forever student, creating + capturing pretty things. Experienced Product Development + Packaging Designer.

Experience

  • Graphic Designer, Product + Wedding Photography

    Kim C Villa Photography

    2006 – PresentGreater San Diego Area

    Work with clients to develop Photography and Branding that is authentic, bold and visually pleasing.

  • Graphic Designer + Product Photographer

    Global Amici, Inc.

    December 2018 – Present(10 months)San Diego, California

    Work with sales team to develop new designs for Packaging, Housewares both in Storage and Tabletop. Plan, Develop and Photograph products for Catalog and Social Media use. Maintain visual consistency and brand identity across catalog and social platforms. Trend Forecasting for upcoming Seasons in Fashion and Home.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Cloak & Lantern

    August 2019 – September 2019(1 month)San Diego, California

    Logo + Branding for Tattoo Studio.

  • Contract Graphic Designer + Web Designer

    Alonzo Villa Tattoos

    January 2015 – July 2019(4 years 6 months)

    Create a Brand Identity for Tattoo Artist, “Alonzo Villa”. Develop Business Card Design, Convention Banner and Web Design.

  • Contract Graphic Designer

    Legacy Reinforcing Steel, LLC

    April 2019 – May 2019(1 month)Greater San Diego Area

    Develop a logo for “Legacy Reinforcing Steel” that integrates steel as inspiration. Using steel rods and physical iron branding as inspiration, the design is rugged and clean at the same time.

  • Contract Photographer

    Invigor8

    March 2019 – April 2019(1 month)Greater San Diego Area

    Capture images of the Product in a Lifestyle setting. Direct models, product placement and ambient lighting. Images are to be used across social media and website.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    The Block Podcast

    January 2019 – February 2019(1 month)Greater San Diego Area

    Develop Logo and podcast thumbnail art for “The Block Podcast”. Graphics depict the topic of the show using eye catching colors and technique.

  • Contract Graphic Designer, Web Designer + Social Media Content Manager

    Weedings San Diego

    October 2018 – January 2019(3 months)Greater San Diego Area

    San Diego Weedings is a Cannabis Coordinating Company specializing in Cannabis Themed Weddings. Developed branding, color story, web design, photoshoots, social media content + collateral. Curate Content to suit Brand Aesthetic and Objectives. Coordinate creative team and Photograph Styles Shoots.

  • Game Designer + Graphic Designer

    Wedding Loteria

    April 2018 – May 2018(1 month)San Diego, California

    Wedding Loteria is a Bridal Shower game of chance. Loteria is the Spanish word for lottery, i.e. bingo. The game is available in English and Spanish.

  • Contract Graphic Designer

    Lash ‘Em

    December 2017 – January 2018(1 month)Oakdale, California

    Create a logo and logotype for the name brand “Lash’Em”. Provide a colorscheme to use in conjuncation with logotype. Logotype to be used in Black/White as a watermark for Before and After Photos.

  • Contract Graphic Designer

    SB Designs

    August 2017 – September 2017(1 month)Chula Vista

    Began preliminary work on three separate product brand identities, logo and logotypes, hang tags, custom UPC code, and card designs for SB Designs.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Blood, Sweat & Beers

    April 2017 – May 2017(1 month)San Diego, California

    Create a custom Logo for the Competing Team “Blood, Sweat & Beers” to be used on a T-Shirt.

  • Freelance Graphic Designer

    Hot Diggity Photography

    June 2016 – June 2016Greater San Diego Area

    Create a Logotype that suite the needs of an up and coming business based on Clients needs.

  • Contract Graphic Designer + Web Design + Menu Design

    Alfonso’s of La Jolla

    October 2015 – June 2016(8 months)Solana Beach

    Rebrand the name “Alfonso’s of La Jolla” while staying true to the brand origins. Create a consistent look for Menus (Dinner, Breakfast and Drink) online, printed and takeout. Create a new logo and logotype. As well as a website that is compatible with mobile and desktop users. Aid in creating content for Social Media platforms. Develop signage, tshirts and rugs used within the space.

  • Contract Graphic Designer

    The Artwork of Chad Whitson

    July 2015 – July 2015Bearcat Tattoo Gallery

    Create a unique brand identity that evokes the art style “Chad Whitson”. The card design was something that needed to stand out in its simple shape but evoked class and tenique. The logotype has been impletemented on buisness cards, artbooks and banners.

  • Contract Packaging Designer

    PubCakes

    January 2013 – March 2015(2 years 2 months)Greater San Diego Area

    PubCakes are cupcakes made from craft beer. Contracted to create Packaging that would be carried in Cost Plus World Makert Natonwide. The objective weas to create something that appealed to both genders and met the needs of the brand, while abiding by the U.S. FDA requirements. Additional services were rendered included logo re-vamp, event flyers, tradeshow banners, catalog and photography.

  • Flight Coordinator & InFlight Photographer

    Corporate Helicopters of San Diego

    February 2011 – March 2012(1 year 1 month)San Diego, CA

    Administrative support for the management team. Assist in marketing brochure design. Scheduling flights and student schedules, answering multi-line phone system, ordering office supplies, office maintenance.

  • Game Designer + Graphic Designer

    Baby Loteria

    January 2012 – February 2012(1 month)Greater San Diego Area

    Baby Loteria is a Baby Shower game of chance. Loteria is the Spanish word for lottery, i.e. bingo. The game is available in English and Spanish.

  • Personal Assistant

    Mardi Gra’s Designs

    March 2010 – May 2010(2 months)Chula Vista, Ca

    
Assist in design process and administrative support. Prepare and organize client profile, nilling, budget analysis and data entry. Scheduling appointments, answering telephone and facilitating communication between client and designer for a smooth design process.

  • Design Team Intern

    Anthropologie

    January 2010 – May 2010(4 months)Chula Vista, Ca

    Working with design concepts, construction store displays and placing store merchandise. Meeting store quota, opening and closing duties.

  • Photographer

    Lifetouch

    August 2008 – December 2008(4 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Seasonal photographer. Setting up and tearing down sets, traveling with equipment, posing families and children, placing custom orders. meeting hourly quota, processing paperwork, and prepping image CD for prints.

  • Creative Director & Manager

    Picture this Scrapbooking

    April 2005 – December 2008(3 years 8 months)Chula Vista, CA

    
Maintaing inventory data and order processing. Preparing monthly classes, upkeep or merchandise and visual appearance. Handling of daily deposit, customer service and sales operations. Opening and closing operations.

  • Photographer

    Circulo Hispanic Magazine

    January 2007 – May 2007(4 months)Greater San Diego Area

    
Seasonal photographer. On location event coverage, image retouching and distribution. Image prep for publication.

Education

  • The Art Institute of California-San Diego

    Bachelor’s Degree, Graphic Design

    2012 – 2015

    Graduated with Honors

  • The Design Institute of San Diego

    Interior Design

    2006 – 2008

Languages

  • English

    Native or bilingual proficiency

  • Spanish

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Publications

  • Everyday with Rachael Ray

    Meredith Corporation

    April 2015

    Baby Loteria Game Feature

    Authors (1):
    • Kimberly Villa

Skills & Expertise

  • Advertising
  • Portrait Photography
  • Wedding Photography
  • Brochures
  • Leadership
  • Graphic Design
  • Photo Shoot Production
  • Video Editing
  • Illustrator
  • Illustration
  • Procreate
  • Project Management
  • Creative Skills
  • Photography
  • Graphics
  • Digital Photography
  • Isometric Drawings
  • Style Guides
  • Logo Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Photo Retouching
  • Digital Illustration
  • Pre-press production
  • Product Photography
  • After Effects
  • Digital Marketing
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Color Correction
  • Mac
  • Customer Service
  • Spanish
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • InDesign
  • Packaging
  • Photo Shoots
  • Photoshop
  • Image Editing
  • Catalogs
  • Lightroom
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Image Manipulation
  • Packaging Design
  • Digital Media
  • Photo Styling
  • Problem Solving
  • Typography
  • Product Development
  • Social Media

Honors & Awards

  • Graduated with Honors

    The Art Institute of California – San Diego

    June 2015

  • Scholarship

    Education Foundation Scholarship

    December 2014

  • Scholarship

    Education Foundation Scholarship

    December 2013

  • Scholarship

    Education Foundation Scholarship

    December 2012

  • Photographer of the Year

    December 2006

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Causes Kimberly cares about:

  • Civil Rights and Social Action