Hey, I'm Karol. I have been on the internet for a long time. Nice to meet you. I taught myself to code as a teenager by following tutorials and customizing my myspace. I also shot black and white 35mm film and spent endless hours in darkrooms. I studied Graphic Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated in 2009, shortly after the first iPhone was released. After that, I began freelancing in design studios, where I collaborated with some of the design industry's best-known professionals.

In 2014, I co-founded a hardware startup working on making meaningful digital files feel special. We raised money and went to a hardware startup accelerator in San Francisco. This work took me to factories in China, where I saw humans making and shipping things. It was profoundly transformative. I began to see our world as an interconnected system, and I slowly pivoted my focus toward industry and infrastructure. I grew up in the largest Chilean commercial port city, and understanding how people and things move through our planet is the most exciting thing. 

From 2017 to 2019, I worked on a themeable design system for Condé Nast to support the visual languages of the organization's various brands from one pattern library. My focus was monetization; I streamlined subscriptions to The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired and created tools for GQ's most loyal readers. It was an honor to modernize such a legacy company by collaborating with the most discerning editors, journalists, and content creators.

Today, I work at a startup accelerator where I help entrepreneurs create user-centered solutions that make cities more livable, efficient, and sustainable. In the past four years, I have tackled the toughest challenges that cities face today and gained insight into the systems that run our infrastructure and the changing municipal worker.

I am available for contract work, especially in urban infrastructure, education, transportation, energy, and real estate. You may want to consider me if you are building a: 

  • Utilitarian professional tool to improve day-to-day workflows.
  • Map-based interface to visualize data in a meaningful way.
  • Logistics management platform to make systems run more efficiently.

Portfolio available upon request. Email me at karol@karolmunoz.com to chat about interesting things.

When I am not working, I am probably learning new arts and crafts trade, hanging with my husband and dog or playing Sim City.