Hello! Nice to e-meet you!

I'm Natalia

a visual designer based in New York and Costa Rica, driven by a passion for crafting designs that transcend boundaries and radiate positivity.

My specialties lies in the art of branding, typography, illustration, immersive design, and web design.

My Design Philosophy

At the heart of my design approach lies a commitment to harmonizing the needs of both the audience and the client. I possess a proficiency in crafting visually captivating designs while seamlessly integrating accessibility considerations.

Graphic Design
UI/UX Design
Motion Design
Immersive Design


Creative Director, Baked Magazine
Syracuse, NY / Jan 2021 – May 2023

Art and design direction for bi-annual print magazine • Create a timeline with Editor-in-Chief and organize assignments for designers using Google spreadsheet and survey form • Check-in and provide feedback over the spreads • Develop brand guidelines and oversee the overall quality of creative work • Create guidelines for promotion production • Lead workshop to train designers on Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator

Design Director, Newshouse
Syracuse, NY / Nov 2022 – May 2023

Design logos and create brand style guidelines for the Infodemic project, which aims to discuss about disinformation and fake news in this era • Utilize Adobe Illustrator, Figma, and Adobe XD to develop wireframes and design graphics that align with the project’s mission and message • Collaborate with project coordinators on a weekly basis to ensure the website’s development progress and to meet project requirements

Technician, MakerSpace at Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY / Jan 2022 – May 2023

Operate and assist students with their 3D printing, laser cutting, and fabric printing projects using software including Adobe Illustrator, Simplify3D, CutStudio • Educate and provide solutions to students on design software and projects • Maintain and keep the shop and associated spaces clean and organized • Provide customer service and resolve queries over the telephone

Peer Leader, First Year Seminar Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY / Jul 2020 – December 2022

Co-facilitate a semester-long course that engages first-year and transfer students on topics of identity exploration, race, gender, diversity, inclusion, campus life, and other sensitive topics • Assist lead facilitator in preparation and discussion • Provide resources for students • Write journals to reflect on the curriculum to make improvements in the future • Interview potential candidates for peer leader positions.

Social Media Design, ZIPPED Magazine
Syracuse, NY / Jan 2021 – Present

Produce visual content for ZIPPED Mag Instagram account in tight deadlines• Design Instagram story templates • Create fundraising posts to promote the publication and illustrations for print magazine using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator • Communicate closely with the creative director and social media director.


visual design
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro,
    After Effects, Dimensions, Aero, Adobe XD,
  • Figma, InVision, Font Lab 7, Polycam,
  • Procreate, Sketch, CutStudio, Simplify3D, Blender
work skills
  • Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slide
    Trello, Miro, Slack, Microsoft Office
    Web development, HTML / CSS, PHP
  • 3D Printing, Vinyl cutting, Laser cutting
    Web development, HTML / CSS, PHP
  • Fluent in Spanish and Spanish
    Proficient in Mandarin and Cantonese
    Intermediate in Japanese
    Beginner in American Sign Language


Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

B.S. Graphic Design | May 2023
Minor in Japanese Studies, Information Management & Technology


GDUSA Students to Watch

Graphic Design USA | 2023

Future of Storytelling Prize: Effect House AR Short Film Festival

MIT Reality Hack | 2023

Evolution Award

The Alexia Fall Workshop | 2022

Motion Graphics Prize

Newhouse VIS Department | 2022

Silver Award | Flow Script Typeface

Graphis New Talent 2021

Honorable Mention | Stamps

Graphis New Talent 2021

Newhouse Scholarship Recipient


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Free to send an email to jdengyua@syr.edu! It's free!

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