Luis Zapata
Graphic and Industrial Designer

I’m a designer, a photographer, coder, movie lover, table-top gamer, runner, brother, uncle, and more. Academically I’m currently wrapping up my last semester of the Master of Graphic Design graduate program at North Carolina State University College of Design. I received my bachelors degree in Industrial Design, also from NC State.

In between the two degrees, I spent time teaching English in Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme, JET. During that time, I assisted eight different Japanese teachers of English over the three years to teach junior high school students. For one year, I also taught at two different elementary schools were I developed my own lesson plan.  During this time, I was able to get my Japanese ability to a conversational level.

This site is a means of being a portfolio that demonstrates my ability as a designer, design philosophy and design process. The work ranges from designs that I made in the later years in industrial design to my current work in the MGD program.

In the MGD program, my education was more research driven giving me the opportunity to study design in the context of culture, cognitive artifact, and new information and media. Within those categories I explored systems design for branding and identity, data visualization, interaction design, user experience, visual communication, and virtual reality. The work consists a mix of independent and collaborative work that was speculative and company-sponsored in seminars, studios, and elective classes.

Explore my work, and contact me to learn more.

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Invision
  • Unity 3D
  • Keyshot
  • Solidworks
  • Autodesk Fusion 360
  • Virtual Reality
  • Game Development
  • 3D modeling
  • Data Visualization
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Branding and Identity
Languages and Frameworks
  • JavaScript
  • C#
  • A-Frame
  • Java
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Python
  • Table-top Games
  • Photography
  • Archery
  • Movies
  • Running
  • English
  • Japanese