Hello, I’m Karina.

I’m a student industrial designer from Hawaii who is currently studying at the University of Houston and graduating in May 2022.

I define design as: “the ability to make deliberate decision(s) to change or create anything.” From this understanding, I find that my role as a designer is to apply that ability across realms of my interest: products, systems, services, and experiences.

This past summer 2020, I concluded an internship for Moku, a Hawaiian lifestyle brand led by an industrial designer who taught me to have a keen eye for aesthetics and an investment in sustainability. I designed wood jewelry, conducted materials research, and curated store displays. I am also an avid researcher with experience in Human Computer Interaction and Design History with Theory. When I’m not working, I enjoy playing with pugs, painting, or reading on philosophy.