About UX Professional, Artist, and Speaker

Cristóbal Almanza

CRISTÓBAL ALMANZA

Quick Bio:

Latino artist and designer (IA, UX, UI) with a passion for human-centered design. Daylight as an Information Architect for an agency. Serve as Catholic Christian ministry leader and freelance in art & design part-time.

Seeking to improve the lives of others through beauty, function, and education.

Design Thinking Philosophy

Design thinking isn’t new, but I believe we have new opportunities to apply it to business models and products in a way which we have never seen before. I enjoy facilitating thinking in teams to bring about the most creative and effective solutions. I also believe good design solves problems, even some that weren’t seen before.

My Workflow

1. Understand the Issues

2. Identify Possible Solutions

3. Execute the Best Ideas

4. Iterate With Feedback and Data

Primary Profession

Currently: Information Architect – UX Design Focus on structure for an agency in East Austin focusing on mission-oriented organizations.

Previously

Digital Creative Manager – Specializing in User Interface Design for sites and apps. I also direct a creative services team in Austin that serves as an internal agency for markets around the country.

Presenting at IA Summit 2017

Profile Indicators

DISC Profile:

C/DS

Personality Type

INFJ

Enneagram Number

3 – The Achiever

Temperament

Primary: Melancholic
Secondary: Cholaric
 

Fascination Profile:

The Victor
 

Artist Statement

My paintings have been featured internationally in Rome, and in the United States in Denver, Austin, Lubbock and San Antonio. Many of my original works have been sold to patrons across the country, and am always planning the next project.

My artistic style is known for highlighting color and transcendental themes and Latino vibrancy. I am passionate about the value of beauty and faith and give presentations for all ages about the need for beauty and evangelism through art.

Being Christian  is as much an inseparable part of who I am as my Mexican roots and Texan heritage. All three enrich my identity and influence most of my artistic works.

Interests

Culture, Music, Concerts, Dancing, Theology, Languages, Outdoor Activities, Astronomy, Architecture, Travel, Philosophy, Wine, Good Conversation,  and Art.

Volunteer Roles

Meal Driver for Meals on Wheels of Central Texas. President, Co-Founder of ATX Catholic (formerly Austin Catholic New Media), Youth Ministry Coordinator and Catechist. Also a former Communications Coordinator for ministries, and Pastoral Council Member at St William Catholic Church

All content in my blog and site is my opinion and does not reflect the views of my employers, clients, or partners.

In Depth

Biography

I lived in the Austin, Texas area since 2009, and I grew up in a small country town called Muleshoe located in the Texas panhandle. I’m a first generation Mexican-American and a proud, native Texan.

I have been a freelance designer and artist since 2005. I sell paintings and prints of my works from work I have created or have been commissioned to make. I have also been coordinating retreats and speaking at parishes, private schools, and other religious organizations since 2003.

I began my professional design career in 2007 in Denver, Co, but I also grew up knowing the meaning of hard work on a farm.

Paris

Specialties

I work with many forms of graphic design and specialize in User Experience design, and I also have experience with print design.

Traditional art is also one of my passions. I primarily do oil painting and drawing. Graphic design is my visual organization, and creating art is my visual expression.

Education

I graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Colorado, and I also attended St Mary’s University in San Antonio and John Cabot University in Rome studying Theology and Fine Art.

Inspiration

I have a love of knowledge, and I am a seeker of Truth. I seek to find love in all there is in this life. I find freedom in not knowing everything and encourage curiosity about the world around us.

My faith as a Christian (Roman Catholic) and my culture as a Latino are an integral part of who I am as a person and an artist. They are the greatest sources of inspiration for my work.

I actively promote the needed increase in beauty through sacred art and music. Unity in Christian communities is also an important focus of my work.

My Google+ Profile

“There is, therefore, an ethic, even a “spirituality” of artistic service, which contributes in its way to the life and renewal of a people.”
John Paul II