Kate Manos is a graphic designer passionate about Los Angeles, history & curiosity.
Kate Manos is a graphic designer born in, living in and focusing on Los Angeles. Collecting and capturing the accelerated change her city is experiencing through existing systems such as Google Street View, Kate finds ways to distribute these digital observations using available printing methods. Kate sees the role of the designer as one of both authorship and intention, and strives to create a practice that incorporates social responsibility into the work she does.
Kate is currently pursuing her MFA in Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design in beautiful Westchester, Los Angeles. Previously, she was the Brand Director at verynice, a global design-strategy consultancy that gives half of its work away for free. As Brand Director, Kate rebranded verynice.co, as well as all collateral including social media assets, photography and everything in between. Kate originally joined verynice as a design volunteer in 2009, and became verynice’s first employee in 2013.
After graduating from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, Kate spent her first year out of college as an independent freelancer. This experience allowed her to work for a wide range of clients including non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and small design firms. Prior to joining verynice full-time, Kate was the Senior Design and Production Manager for GOOD Magazine. At GOOD, Kate built a diverse body of work that included web design, data visualization, branding, and illustration for clients including Starbucks, Toyota, Gap, and Marriott. A Los Angeles native, Kate currently lives in the Arts District of Downtown with her husband, two black cats and a puppy named Charlie.
2018 - Present
Designer at a multidisciplinary arts organization in Frogtown.
2013 - 2016
Promoted from Senior Designer to Design Director to Director of Design Operations.
Senior Design Production Manager
Promoted from Freelancer to Designer.
2010 - 2011
Designer & Production Artist
Co-Curator & Exhibiting Artist
FLUX: MFA Graphic Design Pop-up Show
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Pushing the Press/Typecraft Library
A+D Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Take My Picture Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Co-Curator, Exhibition Designer & Exhibiting Artist
Matter: UCLA DMA Undergrad Show
UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA