Miguel Angel Cardona Jr.
Class of 2013
Lead Designer, Imgix & Visiting Professor, New Media Design, RIT
Miguel Angel Cardona, Jr. started his design career in the late 90’s as a Web Designer for the City of Buffalo’s Office of the Mayor. In the fall of 2000, he enrolled in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s New Media Design BFA program. After graduating, he specialized in designing and developing interactive projects for companies like Kodak, Nick.com, Xerox and McNeil Nutritionals. Shortly after, he co-founded the Rochester-based design firm, Dumbwaiter Design with other RIT alums to focus on projects forNon Profit and educational institutions.
In 2010, Miguel joined RIT as both a Visiting Professor in Graphic Design and as an MFA candidate in Industrial Design. After recieving his Masters in 2013, Miguel joined San Francisco-based, YCombinator backed Startup: imgix. As one of imgix’s earliest employees, Miguel took on the role of Lead Designer, assisting in the initial product launch, early brand strategies, user experience, and customer-facing tools.
In 2016, Miguel returned to RIT as a Visiting Professor in the New Media Design program, while continuing to design remotely for imgix.
imgix solves the context problem by making all of your images responsive and enabling on-the-fly manipulation, while improving delivery speed. Delivering the optimal version of an image for a given context has a dramatic impact on how fast a website or application loads and therefore how users perceive a brand or website. imgix gives online media companies like Dropbox, The Guardian, Kickstarter, and Zillow—the power and flexibility of responsive images without having to build the complex infrastructure required to support them. Similarly, it provides powerful image manipulation capabilities without the need to pre-render or create multiple versions of an image.
imgix is a highly technical engineering driven digital service. As Lead Designer, Miguel has been tasked with overseeing the brand and product design, including managing the user experience of customer facing tools, web applications, influencing and troubleshooting aspects of the imgix’s API, and experiment to aide in customer success and support.