Katie Manos

About

 

Katie Manos is a graphic designer born in, living in, and focusing on Los Angeles.

Katie sees the role of the designer as one of both authorship and intention, and strives to create a practice that incorporates social responsibility into the work she does. Katie recently earned her MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design in beautiful Westchester, Los Angeles. She currently embodies the millennial dream of having four part time jobs, cobbling together a busy yet flexible career as a graphic designer at Clockshop, the Studio Manager at verynice, a lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, and trying to maintain a freelance practice.

Previously, she was the Brand Director at verynice, a social enterprise that develops, facilitates, and publishes methods for creative problem solving. As Brand Director, Katie rebranded verynice.co, as well as all collateral including social media assets, photography and everything in between. Katie originally joined verynice as a design volunteer in 2009, and became verynice’s first employee in 2013.

After graduating from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, Katie spent her first year out of college as an independent freelancer while working at the Gap. Prior to joining verynice full-time, Katie was a graphic designer at GOOD Magazine. At GOOD, Katie built a diverse body of work that included web design, data visualization, branding, and illustration for clients including Starbucks, Toyota, Gap, and Marriott. A Los Angeles native, Katie currently lives in the Arts District of Downtown with her husband, two black cats and a puppy named Charlie.


Education

2010

Bachelor of Arts

Design Media Arts
University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

2019

Master of Fine Arts

Graphic Design
Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, CA

 

Currently

2018 - Present

designer

Clockshop
Designer at a multidisciplinary arts organization in Frogtown.

2019 - Present

Studio Manager

verynice
Managing day-to-day operations, picking up graphic design when needed.

2019 - Present

Lecturer

Otis College of Art and Design
Teaching Entrepreneurship in the
MFA Graphic Design program.

 

Past Work Experience

2013 - 2016

Brand Director

verynice
Promoted from Senior Designer to Design Director to Director of Design Operations.

2011-2013

Senior Design Production Manager

GOOD Magazine
Promoted from Freelancer to Designer.

2008-2010

Designer & Production Artist

UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame


Exhibitions 

2018

Co-Curator & Exhibiting Artist

FLUX: MFA Graphic Design Pop-up Show
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Exhibiting Artist

Pushing the Press/Typecraft Library
A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2011

Exhibition Designer

Impractically, Practical
Take My Picture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010

Co-Curator, Exhibition Designer & Exhibiting Artist

Matter: UCLA DMA Undergrad Show
UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA