Salvador Orara

Educator, Media Designer, Creative Technologist

Portland, OR, USA

Work Experience

University Of Portland

Director of Innovation / Innovation Professor of Practice

August 2019 - Present Oregon, United States

Pacific Northwest College Of Art

Assistant Professor

Teaching Graphic Design Studio Courses:
Special Topics: AR/VR
Fundamentals of Interaction Design
Senior Thesis Mentor (III)
January 2018 - July 2019 Oregon, United States


AIGA Portland Chapter, President

June 2018 - Present Portland, Oregon, United States

Jaguar Land Rover

Lead UX Developer, Product Owner, UX Strategist

March 2016 - March 2019 Portland, Oregon, United States


AIGA Portland Chapter Content Director

June 2016 - June 2018 Portland, Oregon, United States

Jaguar Land Rover

Graphics UX Developer

July 2015 - March 2016 Oregon, United States

The Rare Studio

Founder, Principal, Creative Technologist

July 2012 - May 2015 California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Faculty of Interaction Design, Trans-disciplinary Studios, and Humanities & Sciences.

Courses taught include:
• Systems & Users
• Ecosystems
• Independent Study: Sonic Interaction
• Information Architecture
• Microinteractions
• TDS: Intel / Jaguar Land Rover
• Sciences of the Unseen

Additional activities include:
• Interaction Design Assessment Liaison
• Curriculum Advisor to the Chair
• Faculty Council Representative
• Student Academic Policy Committee Member
May 2013 - May 2015 California, United States

Woodbury University

Adjunct Professor

Guiding students through studio courses in Graphic Design. In addition to providing research and primary development of a Program Blueprint for a User Experience Design department.

Additional actions include:
• Professional and industry connections
• Course development advisor

Courses taught include:
• Intro to Web Design (HTML & CSS)
• Advanced Web Design (JavaScript/jQuery, PHP)
• Communication Design
• Typography 3
• Independent Study: Mobile Application Design
• Senior Degree Project Studio
• Senior Degree Project Jury
January 2013 - Present Burbank, California, United States

Otis College Of Art & Design

Adjunct Instructor & Guest Critic

Senior Learning Lab Instructor & Lecturer for the Undergraduate Communication Arts Department, focusing on expanding techniques and skills gained in Web 1 and Web 2 Digital Innovation courses. Workshops are structured for developing a fearless attitude towards web design/development through fun and creative exercises.
August 2012 - May 2013 El Segundo, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Teaching Assistant

Worked as a Teaching Assistant for both undergrad and graduate departments.

Courses include:

• Intro to Interaction Design with Philip van Allen, Graduate Media Design. Provided assistance with HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, & jQuery. In addition to Adobe InDesign Digital Publishing Suite, and ActionScript 3.

• New Modes of Reading and Writing with Anne Burdick, Graduate Media Design. Provided assistance with class notation and assisting students in developing various projects using Arduino, Processing, and ActionScript 3.

• Senior Portfolio with Petrula Vrontikis, Undergraduate Graphic Design. Provided assistance with mock interview, lectured on personal branding tactics, and portfolio techniques.

• Communication Studio with Sean Adams, Undergraduate Graphic Design. Provided assistance with concept development, facilitated class critiques, and substitute teacher.
September 2010 - April 2012 Pasadena, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Web Research & Development Assistant

Assisted the Graduate Media Design Department with the development and research for the department's website, spearheaded by core faculty member Ben Hooker. Tasks included designing and prototyping potential web scenarios. Topics included, device-context, mobile, responsive-ness, feeds, and more.
April 2011 - September 2011 Pasadena, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Graduate Researcher

Telematic Tales Research Project with Kjen Wilkens. Participated in the research of a heavily sensored world and the affects this might have on the human art of story telling.

Developed speculative scenarios of information embedded within environments. Tasks included creating imagery of spaces and objects embedded with information displayed in qualitative forms, visual storytelling, programming prototypes, visual design, and graphic design.
June 2011 - July 2011 Pasadena, California, United States

Art Center College Of Design

Nokia Researcher

Nokia sponsored research project. Animism: Inner Lives, Outer Expressions – An Exploration of Object Animism. This project explores the design opportunities in objects that seem to have inner lives through their expressive behavior.

Tasks included user scenarios, visual storytelling, system design, motion graphics, and writing.
May 2011 - July 2011 Pasadena, California, United States

The Map Office

Senior Designer & Front-end programmer

Worked with Eddie Opara in developing the company from its first day as a design start-up, into a boutique multi-disciplinary atelier, and finally its migration into Pentagram in 2010. My role as a designer involved working on project types from printed matter, branding systems, visual research, interactive installations, visual design, interaction design, information architecture, user interface design, front-end web development, and flash programming.

Other actions included:
• Client rapport
• Project management
• Intern training
• Design unicorn

Clients include:
• The Corcoran Group
• FdM Architecture
• J. Walter Thompson
• Halstead Properties
• Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Potion Design
• SORG Architects
• St. Regis Hotel
• Studio Museum in Harlem
• UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
July 2005 - July 2010 New York, New York, United States


Art Center College Of Design

Masters in Fine Arts

August 2010 - April 2012 Pasadena, California, United States

University Of The Arts

Bachelor of Fine Arts

September 2001 - May 2005 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

County College Of Morris

Associates in Applied Science

August 1999 - May 2001 Randolphville, New Jersey, United States



Creative Strategies Design, IoT Computing, Mentorship Academic Assessment, Processes Teaching And, Prototyping Screen Based, Tangible Computing Prototyping, Typography Visual Storytelling, User Centered Design,