Alaina Mickes


Hello, my name is Alaina Mickes.

I am the type of person that if I like something, I learn how to do it and aim to do it well. As a teen, I loved to paint so I became a double major in Fine Art and Digital Art at the University of Oregon. I loved dessert so I became a baker. I loved making piñatas so I became a top selling piñata maker. I knew I could craft, but something was missing. I hadn't yet discovered industrial design and I wasn’t yet a design thinker. That was the next step.

My initiative for something more led me to ArtCenter, where understanding human-centered design vastly shaped my thinking and problem solving. Today, my passion lies in research and strategy because I love to ignite the entire design process. I move projects forward by fostering teamwork, conducting qualitative research, identifying trends, and telling stories through color and material. I’ve even taken these passions abroad to Singapore, where I collaborated with MBAs at INSEAD to develop creative business strategies.

I am happy to say I have discovered and developed my missing piece. I can now confidently call myself a design thinker and I look forward to evolving in new ways

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    The Ebco
    Freelance - design research & strategy
    May 2016 - Present
    Santa Monica, California

    BMW Group Designworks
    Creative Consulting Intern
    September 2015 - December 2015
    Newbury Park, California

    Karten Design
    Design Research & Strategy Intern
    June 2015 - September 2015
    Marina del Rey, California

    ArtCenter College of Design
    Teaching Assistant – 7 studio classes in total
    January 2014 - July 2016
    Pasadena, California

    ArtCenter College of Design
    Orientation Leader
    August 2013 - January 2014
    Pasadena, California

    Paper, Flour, Water
    Founder & President
    October 2008 - August 2012
    Portland, Oregon

    The Pearl Bakery
    Lead Viennoiserie Baker
    November 2009 - July 2012
    Portland, Oregon


    Study Abroad Certification, MBA, 2015

    University of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
    Bachelor of Science, Fine Art & Digital Art, 2005

  • Gallery/Exhibit

    Student Gallery
    Kalani – Flight attendant tools for improving communication, safety, and service.


    Student Leadership Award
    ArtCenter Summer 2016 Graduating Class
    In recognition of
    Summer 2016


    Touches of home help Venice clinic put young patients at ease
    Venice Family Clinic Redesign & Expansion
    LA Times: Functional Design
    July 27, 2015

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