Kayla Ervin

Graphic & Web Design

User Interface and User Experience Designer for Southern California's SBM Management Services
The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

Kayla Ervin

My education gave me a solid understanding of the principles of design and led me on the path to what I do today. Kayla Ervin , User Interface and User Experience Designer for Southern California's SBM Management Services
Bachelor of Science in Graphic & Web Design , 2014 , The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

User Interface and User Experience Designer for Southern California's SBM Management Services

Kayla Ervin is a user interface and user experience designer for Southern California’s SBM Management Services, where she creates wireframes, user flows, and user interfaces for web and native mobile applications. Kayla also designs user onboarding tutorials, analyzes patterns with user testing tools, and suggests improvements. She says that a typical day involves creating wireframes and high fidelity mockups. “I work with an existing brand’s look and feel so there is a lot of reusing what already exists in different ways.”

She says that it’s important that current students stay focused, finish their projects, and hold onto them. “You can always come back to projects and refine them for your portfolio.” She adds that the biggest challenge she’s faced in her career was presenting her work. “You have to do work that you love and work that you're proud of to be able to present it in a confident manner. When you aren't confident in your work, you still need to show confidence when presenting to a client.”

Kayla’s level of commitment to her profession extends beyond the work day. She is continually learning and increasing her skillset on her own time. “I've worked on freelance projects and projects just for fun to increase my skills outside of work,” she adds. At work, she enjoys collaborating with her team. “I always try to give positive and constructive feedback to my coworkers to help create the best solutions possible.” She adds that there’s nothing better than seeing her work appreciated and praised by her team.

She plans to continue growing in her career so that she can eventually work for companies that make products she enjoys using in her personal time. She says that she finds inspiration by using chrome extension and ios app panda, which bring the design community together and focus on what’s new in the industry. “It's very inspiring to see what leaders in the industry are up to and even be able to interact with them.”

Kayla, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California—San Diego, says that while she’s not technically a graphic designer, her education provided a solid understanding of the principles of design. “I learned a lot about all the tools [used] in the industry and made some invaluable connections from going there.”

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