Michal Pechardo

Daly City, CA


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About Me

Hello, my name is Michal Pechardo and I’m a self-taught designer focused on building brands. I possess an in-depth knowledge on typography, iconography, spacing, colors, and texture to elevate and delight experiences.

I have been working with media and design since I was in High School and today I work as a visual designer for marketing at SmugMug.

I have an eye for design and a thirst to learn more. I appreciate good branding (I buy toothpaste based on the packaging). I take interest in art, design, and photography. When I am not designing, I work in the media department for the great Harvest Baptist Church.


  • Photoshop Engineer 2008-2010
  • Creative Director 2010-2015
  • Senior Visual Designer 2014-2015
  • Senior Marketing Designer 2015-Present

Core Competencies

  • Visual Design
  • Web Design
  • Vectors & Logos
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Computer Savvy
  • Multi-tasking
  • Team Work
  • Customer Service
  • Writing

This Website

This website was developed, designed, and coded by myself using HTML, CSS, and JQuery. I also used CSS Media Queries to make the website mobile responsive. I love simple, minimal design that use negative spaces so I tried to build my website using these elements.

Although my website was coded from scratch, I couldnt have done it without the help from these online resources. I use the Google Fonts API to render my fonts. I also use the awesome Font Awesome, created by Dave Gandy, for all my icon needs. For the lightbox, I use the light weight Nivo Lightbox. If you're wondering how I made the hover effects on the images, I followed the super simple tutorial by Mary Lou on Codrops. Lastly, for the design quotes, I went to quotesondesign.com by Chris Coyier.

"Design is like a mom, nobody notices when she's around, but everybody misses her when she's not." - Santiago Borray