Perfect balance of design and technology

Gladys "Hazel" Diaz

For the past 10 years, I have enjoyed designing numerous websites and apps for start ups, ad agencies, and fortune 500 companies. I pursued design after high school, graduating from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Multimedia Design and double-minors in Business Administration and Computer Information Technology. Though I value my experience at UO, I taught myself HTML, CSS, and user interface design in the real world, as design trends and technology always change.

I worked as an Interactive Designer and quickly proved my design abilities as I took on the role of Art Director at a Los Angeles ad agency. For the five years I've worked there, I lead the design for numerous projects for high-profile clients such as SANYO, IGN, Robb Report, Wells Fargo, GRAMMY, Bose+Ferrari and more. I've designed over 35 small to large-scale websites and apps, garnering over 25 Web and graphic design awards for that company.

Currently, I am the lead designer and co-founder at Calisto Labs, where my role in projects ranges anywhere from project management, wireframing and information design, creating the user experience, designing the user interface keeping in mind the latest technologies as well as the brand and target audience, and implementing the designs in HTML and CSS. I often work with developers as they program the backend while I work on the frontend design.

I love traveling and exploring new places at least once a year. Other cultures, their art and their environment inspire and invigorate me. Check out my travel photography on 500px.

Jesal Gadhia

I made my foray into technology at an early age, building an XT 286 PC from scratch and writing code in languages long retired into the history books. Subsequently I followed my passion and graduated with a degree in Computer Science.

Throughout the years since then, I've had the opportunity to architect & develop dozens of web applications of all sizes and complexity for various major brands, start-ups and small businesses using a range of programming languages and frameworks.

While working through the trenches, I continue to hone my skills at designing software with scalability, extensibility, maintainability, and other best practices in mind. I try to have a pragmatic approach on all projects I work on i.e obsessing over the minute details while not losing sight of the big picture to make sure the end product is not only successful but delivered on time.

Now as the lead developer and co-founder of Calisto Labs, my role spans anywhere from writing code to managing projects to overseeing day-to-day business operations along with my co-founder. In addition to that, I strive to be a constant supplier of new technical solutions for our clients by keeping up with the pace of innovation, staying on top of the latest trends, and experimenting with various technologies.

In my spare time, you can find me tinkering on some of my side-projects or working on my amateur photography skills.