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Hello! I'm Ana M. Penaranda! I am an Instructional Learning Specialist and an Interactive Multimedia Designer with a passion for art, technology, and education. I enjoy exploring and solving human design problems, as well as developing creative solutions. My areas of expertise include UI & UX Design, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, 3D Modeling and Animation, Photography, Film, VR/AR, and AI.

I have over ten years of experience working for different industries, such as Design, Animation, Photography, Film, and Education. I have created and developed all sorts of projects for a variety of clients from interactive design, motion graphics, marketing, branding, multimedia, and 2D/3D animation production. Currently, I work as a creative producer of the CSUN Career Center Interactive & Innovation Lab overseeing the uses of technology and best instructional design practices for career readiness and adult education at California State University, Northridge.

I am also the Founder and Creative Director of Spatial Evolution, a consulting company dedicated to empowering educational institutions and companies to use cutting edge technologies, art, and best learning methodologies. Spatial Evolution combines technology, design, and storytelling to craft meaningful and engaging learning and training experiences.

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Academic Career

M.S. Instructional Design & Technology
    California State University, Fullerton | 2018

B.A. Art & Animation
    California State University, Northridge | 2014

A.A. Computer Animation
    College of the Canyons | 2012

B.A. Graphic and Web Design, Multimedia, & Animation
    LaSalle College International | 2006

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Areas of Expertise

UI/UX Design
Wireframing & UI Prototyping, visual communication, user empathy, & interaction design

Web/Mobile Development
HTML 5, CSS3, JavaScript, SwiftUI, and responsive design

Marketing & Branding
Data analysis, research, brand-building, storytelling, selling, and understanding of target markets

Color correction, retouching, creativity, and eye for detail

Animation | Motion Graphics
Storyboarding,  2D animation, and 3D modeling

Multimedia Production
Wireframing & UI Prototyping, visual communication, user empathy, & interaction design, VR & AR development

Online Learning & Training
Curriculum & instructional development,  Instructional technologist

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Some of my previous jobs!

Multimedia Instructional Content Developer

California State University, Northridge | Career Center
Dec 2014 - Present

Responsible for the art direction and creative design/input associated with the department’s career messaging, education, and e-learning materials

Provide vision for the overall scope of multimedia content for the Career Center

Oversee and mentor videographers, animators, designers, web/mobile developers, social media, content writers on best
practices in the shooting, editing, animating, designing, and
distributing self-made in instructional multimedia content

Deliver strategic planning in the direct integration of technology using graphics, computer animation, video, audio, motion graphics, gamification, and web/mobile applications

Technology Specialist & Instructional Designer

College of the Canyons | Student Success & Support Program
Sep 2014 - May 2015

Worked closely with the Student Success & Support Program director to construct and design interactive and engaging multimedia web-based instructional materials in consultation with faculty, advisors, and counselors

Crafted complex design projects from ideation to finish completed materials that achieve and exceed department and College goals

Conceptualized and created online modules incorporating a variety of instructional tools, including HTML5 pages, graphics, animations, motion graphics, infographics, video, and audio

Planned, designed, and developed multimedia learning/training elements to assist career counselors in helping students with academic difficult

Multimedia & Videographer Assistant

DreamWorks Animation Studios | Education & Training Department
Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Collaborated with the education department and videography team by shooting and editing studio training materials, events, and guest speakers.

Operated studio audio, lighting, and associated production equipment

Assisted with photography as needed by the department

Designed graphics elements for different training videos for artists at the studio

Experienced with the Department workflow and maintained the department projects datelines

Understanding the CG Animated Feature Pipeline

Handled day-to-day production database JIRA and Unix Shells

Creative Designer & Media Production Specialist

College of the Canyons | Distance & Accelerated Learning
Jan 2010 - Jul 2012

Designed and developed interactive educational media components such as graphics, motion graphics, animation, and videos for online classes from concept to execution

Produced training and academic materials in a variety of both print and digital formats utilizing the latest creative industry tools

Filmed and edited classes, workshops, and training sessions

Advised and guided faculty through the proper way of designing, construction, and developing online course materials

Shaped and designed educational modules based on a grant funded by the government to produce Open Educational Resources

Worked with faculty to define and build e-learning solutions based on student’s need

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Had the privilege to work with these companies as a designer, artists, and consultant

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"Ana is ideally suited to work in a technical and creative capacity in a higher education setting. She understands the mission of public higher education and can articulate that mission to the public. Ana has a rare combination of technical and creative skills."

-- James Glapa-Glossklag --
Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources, and Distance Learning
College of the Canyons
"Ana is a genuinely a rare asset to any organization. Her strengths are hard to narrow down, as she has so many. She is one of the more adaptable individuals and can truly shine in any professional work environment."

-- John Makevich --
Dean, Community Learning Center, Continuing and Community Education
MiraCosta College
"Ana stood out from our large pool of candidates. I was very impressed with her work and found her to be a valuable asset to our team. I soon realized I could rely on Ana to tackle each project with dedication and focus – delivering everything within strict deadlines and either meeting or exceeding our high standards of quality."

-- Richard Menze--
Digital Media Supervisor | Education & Training Department
DreamWorks Animation Studios
"Ana excels at her job and is a superb professional who is responsible, ethical, dedicated and reliable. Her work is of the highest quality and she is an excellent role model for the student assistants she supervises."

-- Ann Morey--
Director, Career Center
California State University, Northridge