kimberly capron gonzalez

When I was really young, I used to sit upstairs in my bedroom and make books. The first book I ever designed was called The Magic Spoon; the book was about a spoon that made all the food you made with it delicious. 

By the way, I’m writing this in first person because I find it extremely awkward to write about myself in third person. It’s just too weird. I grew up in South Florida. My family is from New York. I’m an East Coast lady all the way.

I graduated from The University of Miami with a BS in Communications, and realized that broadcasting, in the traditional way, just wasn’t for me. But, I still loved cameras and communicating visually. (I obviously should have studied Graphic Design, nice work Guidance Counselors)

Passionate about photography, got a job at BWC Chrome Labs (Remember Kodachrome?) which led to the discovery of Photoshop in the early 90s. I was smitten. Then, I found the Internet! In 1997, I opened Alaskan Star Interactive with my partner Gonzalo Miranda. He’s a helluva great programmer. We made some fabulous websites. He still does (http://www.alaskanstar.com).

I started teaching at Miami Ad School in 1998 – and still adore it and my students. Both teaching and learning are lifelong passions for me. I’m always learning stuff online and was totally thrilled to find the Skillshare community. I’m always taking 10 or more classes there and teach classes there too. It’s super cool. For a list of the classes I've created, visit my Classes page. 

I do Graphic Design and other creative projects under my company name Cherimoya Tree. I like the idea of a tree symbolizing the organic way I design, and cherimoyas (custard apples) are tropical and delicious, thus the name was born. I keep my commercial Graphic Design stuff on my Behance Portfolio and my own creative work and teaching stuff here. I make zines and tee shirts. You can see them (and buy them!) on my Etsy Shop. Go buy a zine right now!

Miami is where my wonderful husband and I call home. I love this city even with it’s horrendous traffic, muggy Septembers, and giant mosquitos.