Nice to meet you, I’m Urna! 
I am a Nepali American multi-media designer and a 2023 graduate from UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture with a BA in Design Media Arts. 

People I‘ve worked with.
Tools I use. 
Graphic Design: Photoshop, Figma, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Premier Pro, Blender. Organization: Zoom, Jira, Google suite, Keynote. Social Media: X, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube

Reach me.


/graphic design

Graphic Design
Role: Art Director  
Tools: Adobe InDesign

2024 In Color is a redesigned calendar for the new year. It uses color to note the changes in months and seasons and highlights weekends as colorful blocks.

Editotial, Creative
Role: Cover Designer
Tools: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign
LACMA’s Ceramics billboard and catalog newsletter cover was made for a new of the ceramics show at LACMA. Cover photo: Peter Shire. 

Graphic Design, Packaging
Role: Graphic Designer, Product Designer, Product Supervisor
Client: 826LA
Tools: Adobe Illustrator
Store Manager: Carrine Mangold
MMR is a memory card game designed for children and adults of which I designed and supervised the production of. The inside of the cards uses primary color beacuse of the whimsical theme of the store (Time Travel) while the packaging uses a minimal pallet to bring an aesthetic balance. MMR is currently sold in 826LA stores (MarVista & Echo Park) and in their online store.
826LA is a local chapter in one of the largest non-profit American writing programs. 

Graphic Design
Role: Graphic Designer
Cilent: Los Altos History Museum
Tools:  InDesign, Photoshop
Design campagin created for Juana Briones exhibition opening using author’s original art created using oil paint and pastels. 

Graphic Design, Packaging
Role: Graphic Designer, 3D modeler, Fabricator
Cilent: Nepali Pustakari
Tools:  InDesign, 3D printing, Laser cutting
Design Lead: Beth Elliot
Chaku is a brand for a familiar Nepaliese molasses candy; Pustakari. The mockup of the Pustakari candy shown above (left or top) is made out of air-dry clay which was hand-painted and debossed by a custom 3D printed stamp.

/web design

Role: UI Designer
Cilent: Beth Elliot
Tools:  Figma
Softness Screen is a mockup of a 4-page screen designed to assist with the Softness product and it’s function. Each page has a scroll regarding to the question on the navigation page title.

Role: User Interface Designer
Client: 826LA, Meow Wolf Omega Mart
Tools: Figma
Project Manager: Carrine Mangold
E-zine in Los Vegas. I carefully designed an mock up in Figma to lead viewers through the zine using a scroll per “course” page and a lower navigation for the next page to mimic the left to right flow of a zine. 

Role: Web Developer
Client: Hannah Pang
Tools: HTML, CSS, Glitch
Project Manager: Chris Cueller

Birthday Cards was created to feel closer to my long distance best friend. I compiled a series of notes and photographs dedicated to her, created by friends and myself. Each page included a note on the left side and photographs on the right and were both individually scrollable. ing to the question on the navigation page title.

Role: UI Design Intern
Client: NurLabs
Tools: Figma
Project Manager: Sumita Jonak
At NurLabs, I had the resposibility for leading the visual language of the website. I created preliminary logo designs, infographics, and website mockups. The website uses purple, gray, and black to maintain a minimal tone while creating emphasis on the start-up’s mission; lung cancer detection.

Role: Software Designer
Client: DMA 24
Tools: Processing Software
Processing Coach: Casey Reas 
What color do you feel? was an expirement about color that heightens sensitivity to color changes. The Procesing software creates subtle changes in colors when the mouse hovers over the opposite color block. More so, the color is changed by using the lerp color function from the Processing library.

/furniture design

Furniture Design, Art Direction
Role: Graphic Designer, Fabricator
Size: 4ft x 16in x 16in
Cilent: UCLA Arts
Tools:  Illustrator, CNC,  Woodshop
CNC supervisor: Jonathan Cecil
U-Bench is created using Birch plywood, polycarbonate, and a 3-axis CNC milling machine. The dimensions are 48”x16”x16”. The U-Bench uses finger joints, wood glue, and planks. The bench with it’s U shaped dip, invites individuals to nest in the middle or lay atop it. I was inspired by the chaos and beauty that occurs in a collage of street art, public art, and public furniture. The communal idea of public benches was an invitation to peers at UCLA to be rebellious on an elegant design.

Furniture Design, Art Direction 
Role: Product Engineer
Size: 6ftx 15in x 2in
Cilent: Christian Moller
Tools:  Arduino, Load Cells, LEDs
Electronics Facilitator: Chandler McWilliams
Video Expert: Ethan Shao
Softness is a unique rug. It uses LEDs and load cell technology to create a warm vibration when in contact with a person.This project grew out of my fondess of comfortable interactive art gallery pieces and my interest in making an Arduino based project. 

Product Design, Fabrication
Role: Prop Designer, Fabricator
Size: 6ft x 18in, 25in
Cilent: UCLA Film & Television
Tools:  Illustrator, CNC, Woodshop
Musical Director: Uma Supatra
Kissing Blocks is the center prop of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television‘s musical Myths and Hymns. It has multifunctio abilities; a ladder, a cot, and a coffin. This was a challenge and it was solved by meticulously simplifying the shapes of each object. The final design was a two piece blocks which resembled a large jigsaw puzzle piece. The Kissing Blocks had to be carried 3 times in the duration of the 40-minute musical which asked for finger digits. The prop has minimal, circular finger digits on the short faces of the ladder portion to make lifting easier.  

/mural design

Freelance mural projects for cities and private clients. I use Adobe Photoshop and paint. 

Title: Passion Flower
Size: 9ft x 8ft
Role: Graphic Designer
Client: SYDE Studios
Project Manager: Sapana Shakya

Passion Flower is an exterior mural for a private residence in Kathmandu, Nepal. This mural is for a wall behind a descending flight of stairs. The wild passion flower’s unique shape and structure along with the type “Always Create” or “Create Always” in Baskerville stack on the corners of the mural to inspire endless creativity.

Title: Rich in Color
: 12ft x 5ft
Role: Graphic Designer, Muralist
Client: City of Palo Alto
Project Manager: Nadya Chuprina  Photography: Palo Alto Volunteers
Rich in Color is a mural commissioned by Palo Alto City Hall for the national Black Lives Matter mural movement in 2020. I was commisioned to paint the letter “L” of lives. The colors are referenced from the Pan African flag symbolizing wealth, nature, and prosperity of the African Diaspora.
Vew list of BLM street murals across USA

Title: We The Deserving
Size: 30ft x 11ft
Role: Graphic Designer, Muralist
Client: NAACP, Santa Clara County
Co-organizer: Briena Brown
We The Deserving is a mural commissioned by NAACP, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as a gift to Santa Clara County's Re-Entry Center. As the mural designer, I rendered a digital drawing createtd by artist and co-organizer Briena Brown to execute it to create a life size mural to brighten up the entrance of the rehabilitation center.
View mural reveal and artist interview from San Francisco Bay Area news

nepali american designer
ba ucla 2023 

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