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Carissa Gabilheri

I'm an aspiring UX/UI Product Designer

(who also loves to travel, cook, garden, sew, & write)



Hackathon Site Redesign

LA Homeless Outreach Portal

Contract work for newscasters

Journalistic Livestreaming App

About Me.

I have been fully immersed in the field of design and research ever since I was a child. What started out as a passion for art, fashion design, interior design, and making things beautiful while keeping a strong focus on usability soon led to a passion for web and app design and a desire to improve the experience of users accomplishing tasks using digital products.

My background started in the fashion industry, first by working with a research team during my college years, where we developed a repurposed textile that earned multiple grants and became patented. I then worked in the fashion industry in Los Angeles, cross-collaborating company-wide, communicating daily with team members in various locations worldwide, and working together to quickly and efficiently produce the next season of garments. This taught me to communicate effectively and be detail-oriented in order to accomplish our goals in a timely manner. 

I then made the decision to switch to the field of user experience and user interface design. I have worked in the field doing contract work but took some time off during the covid-19 pandemic to move cross-country and be a homemaker, which I focused on with the attention of it being a full-time job. While I am still in need of more UX/UI design experience, I am proficient with the latest design tools and trends, and my skills of learning quickly, being able to multi-task and being a hard worker and devoting myself to the task at hand, taking initiative, and working well both solo or with a team.



August 2022 - Current

Administrative Support Assistant 
Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

Supporting the Administrative Office in the Department of Geography. Social media manager for the department. Creating flyers for events, adding events to website calendar, communicating via email, preparing travel requests & vouchers, submitting textbook orders, assisting with various tasks for faculty & grad students.

May 2019

UX/UI Designer, UI Design Lead

MoJo/VOSOT: Pro Bono
Los Angeles, CA

Collaborated with a UX/UI team to research and design an upcoming iOS app for journalists in the field to individually add components of a news story and merge them all together, creating a professional live stream.

September 2017 - July 2018

Product Development Assistant

Halston Heritage

Los Angeles, CA

Communicated with teams company-wide to prepare for current and upcoming seasons. Worked with vendors overseas as well as in-house cutter and seamstresses to get prototypes and sample garments produced. Ensured adequate fabrics and trims were available for sample making.

July 2017 - September 2017

Softwovens Design Assistant

BCBG Max Azria

Los Angeles, CA

Ordered sample fabric and found potential fabric in-house for use in samples. Collaborated with teams company-wide to prepare for the development of sample garments. I arranged the placement of pattern pieces atop printed fabric before being cut. Once constructed, I prepared sample garments for showrooms and markets.

October 2012 - May 2017

Textile Designer & Researcher

Oklahoma State University, Stilwater, OK

Fabricated a new textile created from used textiles and old clothing items - almost 100% environmentally friendly. Research trends, develop flats, patternmaking, muslin & sample construction, fit sessions with model, correct any fit issues before production.

August 2011 - June 2012

Rotary Youth Exchange Student

São José do Rio Preto,

São Paulo, Brazil

During this year abroad, I lived with two Brazilian families who only spoke Portuguese at home, encouraging me to get a firm grasp of the language. I studied in school and became familiar with the language and the culture. 


March-May 2019

User Experience Design
General Assembly DTLA

I completed over 400 hours of coursework, honing my skills on the lean UX process through design sprints. 


Apparel Design & Production, Minor in Studio Art
Oklahoma State University

My college career was full of projects, with a focus on patternmaking, draping, and honing my sewing and illustration skills. 

July 2010

Fashion Design Pre-College Summer Program
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

I had the amazing opportunity to live in Brooklyn the summer before my senior year of high school. This experience helped broaden my horizons, taught me about independence and style, and developed my knowledge of color, form, art, and design.

Let's keep in touch.

Please feel free to contact me as I am actively trying to build up my portfolio and am openly seeking new projects. Let's connect! 


Stillwater, Oklahoma

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