Hi there!

I'm Bora Shin.

I'm a design leader dedicated to social innovation leveraging design-strategy and visual-communication with 10+ years of experience.

Over the years, I've implemented design-driven processes in various organizations such as in local government, local to national non-profits, UNICEF, NASA, and a social enterprise start-up.
As the first full-time hired designer in the LA Mayor's Office, I served as the Lead Design Strategist for the Mayor's Innovation Team. In this role, I led the team and the City staff leverage user-centric approach to address complex challenges such as improving recruitment and hiring process for more diverse police officers, advancing sexual harassment reporting system, and empowering low-income residents to know their housing rights.

In prior, I served as the Managing Partner at verynice, a social enterprise that dedicates half of its design services as pro-bono for non-profits. In this role, I managed the cross-functioning team, developed volunteer opportunities for designers, and delivered clients with branding and digital products solutions.

I currently teach at ArtCenter College of Design in the Graphic Design Department.

I'm a recent transplant in the Bay area and I would love to hear from you, if you'd like to have coffee or work with me.

Visit my LinkedIn Profile for more info.


- NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow
- Art Center Post-Graduate Fellow
- MFA Media Design Practices Program Scholarship Recipient
- The Type Director's Club
- AIGA 365
- Communication Arts Design Annual
- Communication Arts Typography Annual
- How Magazine International Design Annual
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- UCDA Design Competition
- Winner of the Mohawk Show 8


- Art Director's Club - Featured Members
- Hyperallergic
- Beautiful Decay
- PSFK.com
- Bloomberg Cities
- UNICEF.org
- 89.3 KPCC
- What Works Cities, Bloomberg.org
- Curbed Los Angeles
- Government Technology
- Information Design Workbook by Kim Baer
- The Best of Business Card Design 9 by Rockport
- A New City O/S by Stephen Goldsmith and Neil Kleiman
- Panelist at 2018 Government Performance & Innovation Summit
- Panelist at AIGA Women's Design Salon - Los Angeles Series
- Panelist at Innovate LA 2016, Garden Sessions Design Series
- Panelist at Los Angeles Service Design Meetup, Measuring Success with Service Design
- Served as a delegate at the United Nations, Media for Social Impact Summit
- Visiting critic at MFA Media Design Practices Program at Art Center
- Visiting critic at Interaction Design Department, Santa Monica College
- Visiting critic at School of Media, Culture & Design, Woodbury University