GRAPHIC • DESIGN • ILLUSTRATION
My name is Laishan Ito, I am an experienced scientific illustrator and graphic designer based in Los Angeles, California. When I was attending UC Riverside, California, I had the opportunity to work at the UCR Entomology Department as a wasp illustrator. With professor Dr. John Heraty's training and guidance, I learned to illustrate Chalcidoid wasps with pen and ink stippling technique on mylar paper for his scientific research and publications. Later, I followed my passion for art and design and pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design at Art Center College of Design.
I continued my career as a scientific illustrator by working at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County while attending Art Center College of Design. I worked with
Dr. Brian V. Brown, Curator, Head of the Entomology Department who specializes in
studying phorid flies. I also have the opportunity to work with Dr. Regina Wetzer, Associate Curator and Director of Marine Biodiversity Center on Crustacea isopods. For many years, I illustrated different new species that are collected and discovered by curators. I have the privilege to study these specimens under the microscope to capture the distinct and
concise details by hands and digitally with Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs. I am grateful that my illustrations are evidence that support scientists on their research publications of our environment and planet earth.
I began my graphic design career working freelance in various design firms and
studios shortly after graduation. For 3 years, I was a Design Consultant at Nokia Design.
Working in the mobile device industry broadened my experience as a designer.
My projects encompassed visual communication, brand identity, packaging, product graphics, research & development, digital contents such as animated wallpapers, digital clocks, user experience, and UX design. Later, I was promoted to Senior Graphic Designer in the Digital Identity Team at Nokia Design for 4 years. I worked collaboratively with the Product Design, Color and Materials, and Innovation Teams in the North America and
Currently, I am a freelancer who's working on illustration, branding, packaging, social media content, and public art projects. I am always open to more pen and ink illustration as it is very dear to my heart. 2 years ago, I got into painting artwork on utility boxes in different cities. I am intrigued by the idea of utilizing the panels on the traffic signal boxes as canvas to beautify the city. I think public art not only brightens up the urban landscape, but it also brings the community together. I hope my work could contribute to the communities in a meaningful and positive way.
As a designer, I like to be inspired by learning new things that spark my imagination and feed my creativity. Even though technology becomes such a big part of everyday life, the artist in me still believe that sketching out and jotting down ideas by hand is an important step of design process. Through art and design, I strive to provoke positive human emotions and communication.