Hey there! I'm Kristina Zlatanov ☺
I am a designer, art director, illustrator, and occasional photographer based in Los Angeles County & Ventura County, CA.
I started out as a fine artist. Like most kids growing up, all I did was draw. Fast forward to 2014, I'm in community college so I can save up some money and I decide to take a beginner level Graphic Design class. Lo & behold, the obsession began... I received a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design in 2016 and have somehow managed to build an entire career as a creative ever since.
When it comes to both my professional and personal work, I enjoy creating in a variety of avenues. From photography & design to illustration & hand-lettering and from paper to computer, I have come to realize that I have an advantage in the design world (yasss queen). That is, I am able to sketch out a drawing or logo and easily digitize it so it is ready to go for professional use. I can letter out a few words and turn it into an entire logo system, with fonts, colors, usage, and all kinds of design best practices. That way you can safely upload an optimized PNG or SVG onto your website instead of a random screenshot titled "Screenshot 2023-05-22 at 3.05.37 PM.png", amiright?
In my professional career, I have worked under digital marketing agencies for the last 5+ years. Most recently, I worked as a Senior Lead Designer at MuteSix. My role included design, ideation, and team + client management for paid social, email marketing, landing page creation, quick-paced campaign and promo launches. I worked with leading E-Commerce brands like Pacsun, Parks Project, Dave Banking, Big Fig Mattresses, Sunwink, BURST Oralcare, Blender Bombs, MAKE Beauty, Tossware, Bala Bangles, and several more. I was also in charge of leading my own pod, designing, and presenting designs to campaign managers + clients. I created both static and animated banners for not only Meta & Google, but TikTok, Snapchat, Amazon, and Pinterest.
Outside of my agency experience, I have a focus in brand identity, layout design, digital illustration, sign painting, apparel design, photography, and packaging. I know, I am little *teensy* bit obsessed with creating... But hey, at least it's for a good cause.
I run any and all my work through The Small Ego, which I started in 2019. I had a few set backs due to the pandemic (*gasp*), but thankfully, I was able to get back to running it full-time again as of January 2023.
Interested in working with me?
I am happily accepting new work and folks to work with! If you feel that my work aligns with your vision, go ahead and shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply click the button below. Whether it's a logo that you need or social assets to promote your brand, I am your girl! I also happen to love hearing all about your design needs. Gimme gimme.
Thank you so much for taking a moment to check out my work and read a little bit about me. I truly appreciate you supporting my obsession so I can continue creating.