Kara Isabella is a Design Researcher and Graphic and User Experience Designer with a focus on product development and strategy. Kara uses systems thinking and human-centered design to develop solutions that solve real needs. She uses ethnographic research, from interviewing to facilitation, to uncover insights and implements this into beneficial and meaningful solutions.
In 2016, Kara joined the NYC Department of Small Business Services inaugural cohort of Neighborhood 360 Fellows. In this position, she designed the first Weekend Walk (street festival) to engage local community stakeholders to promote health and wellness in the Two Bridges (Manhattan) neighborhood, and she worked with business owners, residents, and local stakeholders to create trilingual signage in New York City’s Chinatown, Lower East Side, and Two Bridges neighborhoods. In 2015, Kara developed a program (Backyard Lots) that transforms vacant lots into safe and local recreational outlets for youth to self-organize sporting events.
Kara created the brand and narrative for UNICEF’s new Policy Planning Unit where she conducted ethnographic interviews to devise insights for the future trajectory of the unit. In addition, she worked professionally with Accenture Digital to develop narratives for new client acquisition and product development, Condé Nast on digital marketing, and American Greetings and Ann Taylor on their content marketing and social media strategy. Kara was the Lead Designer on the American Greetings Blog redesign.
She holds an MFA in Design for Social Innovation from the School of Visual Arts, and a BFA in Graphic Design, BA in the History of Art and Architecture and a minor in Interactive Media Studies from Miami University. In 2016, she was awarded the 18 Of the Last 9 Young Alumni Award from Miami University, and in 2017, she was awarded the 25 Under 35 award from St. Joseph Academy.