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 an illustrator assistant.
For 4 years, with professor Dr. John Heraty's training and guidance, I learned to
illustrate Chalcidoid wasps with pen and ink 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. For many years, I illustrated many different new species that are collected by curators. By studying
specimens under the microscope, I drew out the distinct and concise details digitally with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator programs. These illustrations are scientific facts that
support curators on their research journals and publications on the new findings 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 self employed doing brand identity, packaging, social media content, and web design projects. I am always open to doing more pen and ink illustration. 2 years ago, I got into painting artwork on utility boxes and fell in love doing it. I was very intrigued by the idea of using utility boxes, the ones for controlling traffic lights on the streets as
canvas to beautify the city. I think public art not only brightens up the city, but it also
brings the community closer. I like to contribute my work to communities in a meaningful and positive way.
As a designer, I like to be inspired by learning new technology and 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.