About


Hello, hola, and مراحب. My name is Abril Caraballo-Marin. I am a user-experience designer and researcher collaborating with an insightful group of people at Highland Solutions in Chicago, Illinois. 🌃


Aside from designing, I thoroughly enjoy swing dancing 💃🏽, speaking Arabic 🌍️, and trying new nutritious foods 🥬. Got any suggestions?


︎ WHY HIRE ME? ︎



 How I got into research & design? 


In April 2021, I graduated with a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in User-Experience Design and a BA in Integrative Studies with focuses in Spanish, Arabic, and Art History from the University of North Texas. ︎ In 2017, a trip to Chad, Africa picqued my interest for design. (I know, unexpected.) At the time, I was pursuing intercultural studies but decided to shift towards Communication Design after remembering the spark I felt at seeing beautiful and effective designed experiences. I then made user-experience design my focus, merging my interests in research, cross-cultural studies, visual design, and making a difference in lives. Since Africa, I’ve studied in Europe, China, and Oman (remotely).


CURRENTLY LEARNING
︎︎︎ Arabic
︎︎︎ HTML/CSS
︎︎︎ Animations on XD
︎︎︎ Anatomy of the human body

READINGS, PODCASTS, INTERESTS
📖  Design for the Real World by Papanek 
📖  Harry Potter (Book 5) by JK Rowling
📖  Not by Sight by Jon Bloom
🎧 Food by Design: an IDEO podcast
💡 Social Impact Design
💡 Ethnography

LET’S CHAT
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Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear from you. ☻ What are your passions in life? ☻ How did you get to where you are now? ☻ Any tips for my portfolio? ☻ Thanks for stopping by. I’d love to hear from you. ☻ What are you hopeful for in the future? ☻ Have a lovely day. ☻