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Letter from a Human: Ikram Navia

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¡Hola, I’m Ikram!

I’m a designer born and raised in Mexico City, whose passion lies at the intersection of music, design, and technology. I moved to the U.S., with the dream of becoming a journalist to amplify the voices of underrepresented Hispanic people in America.

As a journalist, I learned that storytelling is an incredibly powerful tool to build empathy and that empathetic stories provide journalists with a greater understanding of their audience.

With my journalism degree from USC Annenberg, I focused my undergraduate studies on digital marketing and content strategy. Following graduation, I landed a job at Tastemade, a digital video network in Santa Monica, CA.

My time at Tastemade allowed me to discover what I am best at — designing and creating
digital content and experiences. I instantly realized that a career in design was what I had been looking for and craving for my entire life. So, a year and multiple design courses later, I decided to shift my career path and pursue design full time.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to go back to school and pursue my Master’s of Communication in Digital Media at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. While at the UW, I was able to further enhance my creative and technical skills, but most importantly, be able to merge my passion for storytelling and design.

My Path to Human

After completing my master’s program I was looking to work at an agency in which I could align both my personal and professional goals.

I wanted the opportunity to work for a growing, mid-sized company. But most importantly, I was looking to work in a fast-paced environment where people and relationships (amongst employees and clients) are a priority. This led me to Human!

I am extremely excited to be the newest member of the Design team as a Jr. Visual Designer. When I’m not designing you can find me searching for the best Mexican food in town, planning and organizing my life by bullet journaling, or probably at a concert.

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