Deep Dive

Extended UX/UI Design History of Kyle Vena

Sr. UX/UI (Lead) Hybrid Designer
Austin | Dallas, TX

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Visual Design Expert

Kyle’s been focused on user experiences, human-centered design & theories as its helped his visual design, digital design & branding passions to flourish. He explores many other overlapping areas within the field, that keep him on point and fresh.

With an eye for detail, critical thinking mixed with experience through the privilege of working with a variety of startups, studios, advertising firms, fintech, blockchain/crypto, innovation labs, as well as some of the largest names in the business, and sports celebrities. This has diversified his approaches while being flexible in whatever you throw at him, while playing devil’s advocate,  yet establishing a reputation for always exceeding expectations, delivering rock-solid work, and being a valuable member within any team scenario.

These list on your right are the beneficiaries and individuals that come from Kyle’s abilities for anyone’s business or product and services.

Support, Whom?
  • Business
  • Stakeholders
  • Product Owners
  • Product Management
  • Directors
  • UX Research & Analyst
  • Designers
  • Engineers/Developers
  • Marketing Teams
  • Copywriters & Legal
Support, How?
  • Research, Measure & Test
  • Problem Solving
  • Business insights simplified
  • Balance business needs against usability
  • Specifications & Breakdowns
  • Creative Direction / Director
  • Production Processes
  • Workshops, Mapping & Planning
  • User Experience
  • User Interfaces & Visual Design
  • Jira / Scrum
  • Co-Branding / Print Collateral
I've had the pleasure of working for a few others...
Technical Yet Personal

Emphasis on

Quality and Design

Contribution to Teams

More often it’s been a challenge within by teams that don’t understand the impact of quality or design as simply in positions. As most think of it as just a “position and comfortability”? More so within the corporate sector than having your own clients. Regardless of what we all face in our daily grind, Kyle is an advocate for quality work, file delivery, or approach in solutions within teams as the end result will shine. Kyle gives high respect to each other’s roles, as I would only ask the same in return, he is more of a doer than a talker while putting in the research to support the decision behind the why’s. Kyle thrives when there’s an open dialog, open brainstorming, and feeding off each other’s talents.

Kyle’s passion and rewards come from making positive impacts, the role is respected, and the job is well done. Kyle strives to be a valuable asset in his role or company he’s involved in. “Period”

  • Individualization
  • Strategic Thinker
  • Fresh Perspectives
  • Devils Advocate
  • Relator
  • Restorative
  • Achiever / “Doer”
  • Contributor
  • Risk Taker
  • Confidant
  • Delegator
  • Relationship Builder
  • Knowledge-Seeker
  • Visionary
  • Business Focus
  • Determination
  • Independent
  • Promoter

Adaptability and Flexibility

This rapid advancement and inclusion of digital art has only made it easier for creative individuals to get started, easy degrees, cheat or take shortcuts without the fundamentals and experience in design mediums and the proper usage of them in combinations.

“Kyle believes that being an artist that stands out from the rest, is having a foundation in traditional art techniques, understanding in various mediums, and principles as a backbone. Without such, the tools will only be a tool.

With that said regardless, if you don’t see the tools/software below that your company uses within this list, Kyle can assure you that he can jump into anything and learn it, as it’s shaped by the user and only a tool.

Operating Systems
  • Windows 10
  • Including software & apps
  • Material & Android 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • MacOSCatalina,Big Sur, & Monterey
  • Including software & apps
  • iOS 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15…
Communication and CRM’s
  • Confluence
  • Jira
  • Sharepoint
  • Highq
  • BaseCampHQ / Suite
  • Reef
  • Do
  • Slack
  • Google Suite / Drive + plugins
  • Microsoft Suite
  • Many others…
User Experience Design
  • Axure
  • Behavioral Testing
  • Data Collection Tricks Tools
  • Collab Flows
  • Crazy egg
  • FunRetro
  • Google Optimize
  • Hotjar
  • Miro & Mind Mapping
  • Session Ca
  • Sticky
  • OmniGraffle
  • Online Resource’s (Many)
  • Usability Hub / Tools
  • Figma workshops/jam
  • Zeplin
  • Invision + Plugins
User Interface Design
  • Adobe Enterprise Suite 93-2020
  • Abstract
  • Figma + Added Tools
  • Sketch + dozens of plugins
  • Principle
  • Accessibility Tools
  • Invision Studio
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Davinci Resolve 16
  • After Effects/Premier
  • Motion
  • Luminar 4
  • Aurora HDR 19
  • Compression (Many)
  • Online Resources (Many)
Development + Language
  • Dreamweaver
  • Atom
  • Sublime
  • Note Pad ++
  • Browser Development tools
  • Xcode
  • (old) Microsoft products
  • HTML & HTML5
  • CSS, CSS3
  • XML
  • ASPX
  • Bootstrap + Grids
  • JS / JSON

User Experience Design


User Interface Design


Digital Design


Product Design


Digital Marketing




Co-Branding / Branding


Research / Planning


Strives on

Crushing It Daily

Kyle thrives on collaboration and harvesting data while creating the big picture. Visionary at best, that can see the big picture. Looking for a talented group of individuals to work with that empowers each other on a daily while building and creating beautiful experiences.

Kyle is constantly evolving and challenging himself moving forward within many areas of design, tools of the trade on and off work. He has an interest and is passionate about such vertical markets as; Blockchain & APIs, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech, Electric Motors, Gaming, Music, Sustainability, Bio-Tech, Software & Gadgets, Agencies, Fashion & Photography, to name a few.

Reflection & Beliefs

Getting a bit Personal

If Kyle were to look for someone to work with, He would like to know a little more about them than just the black in white of their experiences.  Here are just some highlights of what Kyle has found very compelling over his life span that aligns in many ways of behavior traits and aspects that contribute to daily rhythm and creative teams.

Kyle is pretty reserved and more or less an introvert and mysterious, however, the love of creativity and breaking down how things work are often intriguing as Kyle comes alive in projects that he devotes himself to. “Being a visionary/dreamer” and the art of design in its self as every opportunity Kyle has realized how much more comes out of it in personal growth. “As his perseverance has brought him here.” Being creative there’s something more gratifying behind just the creation. The dreaming of possibilities or big picture within creative teams while immersed with like-minded individuals, and the excitement from others when you deliver is the drive behind what Kyle does. As well as being able to brag about some design, yet seeing how far you come along year after year is awesome too.

Character Traits
  • Reliable
  • Transparent
  • Meticulous / Strategic
  • Driven / Achiever
  • Perceptive
  • Mindful / Integrity
  • Visionary
  • Risk Taker
  • Knowledge-Seeker
  • Humble / Grounded
Inspired by
Kyle's Sixerz'
  • Be Honest
  • Embrace the Unknown
  • Take Chances
  • Go the Extra Mile
  • Ideas Over Egos
  • Give a $hit
  • 45% Extrovert
  • 55% Introvert
Extended Professional History


Senior UI Designer
US, Canada, South Korea ~ 2021 / Present 


Kyle is currently working within the Gluwa & Creditcoin teams helping within UX/UI design of their current & new products that combine decentralized financial infrastructure with global investment opportunities, to offer a revolutionary new financial platform. A platform which gives its users the keys to their own destiny.


Gluwa Wallet, Gluwa App & Multiple Products Coming Soon…

NEM Group

UX/UI Hybrid Lead Designer
Remote, UK ~ Contract 2021 


Kyle was entrenched within UX/UI design in a series of projects to help explore and be apart of this opportunity of Nem’s establishing new management & companies direction. Wearing many hats in some of their projects such as:  project research, documentation, planning, product set ups with teams, UX, Visual exploratory, UI Direction, and a bit of couching other designers to fuel direction of new vision.

  • Helped with UX Planning, research, scope, setting up production, Jira documentation, Figma, & organization of projects; NFT Game project, websites, and wallet versions/phases
  • Directed/Lead Symbol’s redesign website in steering it in a good direction with our team.
  • Establishing typography, iconography, & color pallets for new branding direction.
  • Helped direct our team of designers with their exploratory artifacts
  • Established UX & Ground work in NFT Game & new site structures
  • My own creative exploratory in visual design in assisting the vision and directions
  • Worked with their community & members in supportive GRFX, UX/UI, blog design, consultation & etc…

Symbol Wallet, NFT & AI Project, Symbols Redesign / Direction

BBVA Open Platform

UX/UI Hybrid Lead Designer
Dallas, TX ~ 2017 – 2020


During the time at BBVA, Kyle has worked directly with CEO’s, Stakeholders/Owners, Product Owner, Project Management of Engineering on establishing a new partnership/branch of new digital business (NDB) selling the improved BBVA’s APIs for the US marketplace. Marketing to innovative Fintech companies while gearing these marketing platforms for chief operators and developers to be able to dive into these products and play within these APIs within the following environments; sandbox, pre-production, production, and going live.

Kyle lead design from bare-bones planning, scrums, establishing UX/UI brand libraries, product design, and CX/UX design to UI interfacing of public sites to private. Kyle has taken the inner workings of the BBVA KYC manual process and have turned it into a back-end tool for admins and the NDB client-side interface, bridging the gaps of alerts to admins, searches, reviewing documentation, and have been slowly working towards the auto process through their online framework in BBVA.

Kyle was able to bridge a lot of the gaps between business needs, communication between teams, to effective UX/UI solutions, alongside development and QA visual/user flows. While establishing branding guidelines styles – details, behaviors, functionality testing across the entire spectrum of our projects, and quality control.


Open Platform public & private websites and KYB/KYC Admin Tools for New digital business

Rockfish Digital

Senior Art Director
Frisco, Tx ~ 2015-2017


As a lead art director for Rockfish in branding, digital design, and marketing; Kyle was able to be a creative asset as a trusted part of people’s lives by creating products, services, and brands people love. Leading with creative direction, creative thinking, and drove constancy in branding, UI, and advertising across platforms and deliverables for the clients we served.


Metro PCS, General Mills, Kimberly Clark, Unilever, Mars, Coke, and Diet Coke.

Barclays Technology

UX/UI Hybrid Lead Designer
Allen, Tx ~ 2014 – 2015


As a lead UI designer working directly with stakeholders and upper management. Kyle was able to be throughout the creative process of planning, research & UX/UI for devices such as; iPhone, Android, iPad, tablets, and wearables (Apple watch & Android gear, Moto) for various projects across their banking services and products.

As other projects included Application design, Dashboards & Data design, infographics, Responsive/ Liquid & HTML 5 Design.  Helped team in supporting items such as; presentations and demos that helped improve operations, pitches, and revenue.


Barclays Swift Wearables, BPay Wearables, Barclays Cards, Premier Soccer Website, (x4)Financial Dashboards & Data Design UK/Egypt/Africa/USA, BMB iPad App, BMB iPhone, Tech Workbench/Tech All Stars along with supporting projects for other teams.

Lucid Industries

Owner / Creative Director
Tampa & St Petersburg, FL ~ 2002-2006 Freelance | 2010 – 2014 w/Employees


Kyle had the pleasure of having a small start-up that started as a contract/freelance and quickly grew to about 10-18 people over these years. Kyle drove this vehicle off the momentum in high-quality work in all areas of traditional marketing, online marketing, e-commerce, SEO, co-branding within the sports field of products and services on various levels. Offered a full array of design services and marketing materials for third party products, venders, agencies, studios, marketing companies, and local mid and small businesses within the area and out of state while positioning myself in the center of the design.


SkyHawke Technologies, SkyGolf, SkyCaddie, SkyPro, SkyCourse, Club SG, Oob Golf, SG Mobile, SwingLabs, Performance Brand, and Golfers Insider. Others included; Hepler Golf, Tathata Golf, New Marketing Lighthouse, Rocal Studios. Studio 419; Tampabay Buccaneers, Tampabay Lightning, and various other teams and for individual players.

Your Membership

Art Director
St Petersburg, FL ~ 2008-2010


Kyle was brought in to help with their overall brand and marketing while driving revenue through best practices, SEO foundation / SEO practices, and establishing a marketing department and became the art director within less than a year in a half.

Kyle co-branded YM across all mediums and outlets while revamping their products and SAAS templates that were offered to their clients alongside digital services of their client base in web design & online branding of communities, universities, colleges, non-profits in a short period of time.

As a team, we all reshaped their industry to such a degree, fortune 500 companies/competitors were forced to do the same.


YM Websites, Backend Portals, SAAS Templates, Landing Pages, Conventions, Digital Marketing, and Traditional Marketing Collaterals

Triad Digital Media

Lead Senior Designer
Tampa, FL ~ 2007-2008


Kyle was apart of teams that specialized in helping in the design of large e-commerce websites and to execute online media programs that were in the alignment of their brand/ campaigns.

Kyle created and influenced many of the larger campaigns in the retail and merchandise markets with better usability and online presence while designing seasonal retail co-branding ads online for a wide verity of projects.


Wal-Mart & Sam’s Club, as well as revamping websites, services pages and branding consistency for such clients as; Revlon, Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, General Mills, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, H&R Block, Intel, Bose, Coke Cola in various market places and third party influences in driving revenue for their brands.

Hydrogen Media

Senior Designer
Tampa, FL ~ 1999-2002


Kyle was given an opportunity to work here when he only had a strong fine art background with digital degrees/school experience. He started as a grunt designer and within a year learned how to program multiple languages while improving design and production.

Kyle worked, ate, slept design during the 3.5 years here while being promoted from the position of Graphics Designer to Senior over the course of this time with numerous corporate-wide awards for “Excellence in Illustration”, “Designer of the month (Twice)”, “An employee of the month (Twice)”, Bonus awards for earlier contract completion, Design innovation and client satisfaction.

Focused areas: Web Design & Development, Interactive DVD’s, Marketing, Illustration, and Branding.


Daytona 500 and NASCAR Sites, Dupont Registry, Hydrogen Media, Intel, Dell, and many others

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"Continual Learning" ~ Certified Classes Linkedin/Skillshare & ext
Certified Scrum Master; Mountain Goat Richardson, TX
Bachelors in Design & Media Communication; International Academy of Design Tampa, FL
Associate of Applied Science in Digital Communications & Video Production: Tampa Technical Institute Tampa, FL
Sarasota Technical Institute, Commercial Art & Digital Design Sarasota, FL
Scholarship to Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL (Car Wreck/Hadn't Completed)
Associate of Applied Science in Fine Art; Scholarship / Maryland School of Art and Design Silver Spring, MD
Awards & Mentions
  • 2019 | BBVA Excellence Award (BBVA APIs NDB – Open Platform / KYC Tools)
  • 2017 | BBVA Excellence Award (BBVA APIs and Fintech
  • 2016 | Barclays iWatch App Wonderful user experience on iWatch, Apple/ iTunes
  • 2015 | Publication Best Apple iWatch apps available at launch, Huffington Post
  • 2014 | Tathata Golf Awarded for great design and experience for a golf instructional website
  • 2010 | Your Membership Webby Award for best website in our industry
  • 2009 | Your Membership Webby Award for best website in our industry, community software & online education
  • 2004 | HD Interactive / EA Sports Lead as Second Art Director, Xbox/Playstation (x2) Football Games with EA Sports Interfaces/GRFX
  • 2003 | Tampa Bay Bucs / Studio 419 Honorable mentions of website & sports apparel – Multiple Publications