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kHyal is an award-winning designer, creative director, writer and marketing consultant. In 2007, she founded fiZz Agency, a boutique marketing and communication design firm.
kHyal has held the positions of Creative Director at Microtech International, an innovative manufacturer of Apple Computer peripherals, and Circle.com (now Havas Worldwide) where she developed interactive campaigns for UPS, GAP and BMW. kHyal was co-founder and VP of Marketing for SunStar Publishing, a consumer software publisher, and Blowtorch Studios, an interactive agency and software development company. Before founding fiZz, she spent five years working in educational publishing spearheading digital initiatives for Harcourt and McGraw-Hill. She also served as Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stamford Hospital. Her diverse background has built high expertise in the high-tech, education, healthcare, consumer products and fashion industries, including sustainable initiatives.
kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School and Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging. She completed the Sustainable Design Entrepreneur program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2011.
kHyal has served on the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City’s Marketing Committee; co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was an active member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She was a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards and Westchester Ad Club’s Big W Awards, a judge for Hasbro’s 2011 Project Upcycle Design Awards, served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Metro-North Chapter from 2009–2010, and was invited to join the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com in 2012.
kHyal’s fine art and design have been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Pictoplasma–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Outsider Art Fair–New York, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte—Buenos Aires, Cooper Union, Aqua12 Miami, Affordable Art Fair New York and galleries from New York to Los Angeles and London.
kHyal co-founded PUSH Workshops in 2007, PUSH Design Camp in 2010 and the Fairfield County Adobe Users Group in 2011. She is the creator of The Weather sKwirl™ and BlipWorld. kHyal designs one-of-kind upcycled apparel and accessories under the name kHyal Kouture and is a member of the Women’s Internet History Project. In early 2012, she launched MegaGlam to showcase her illustration, surface and character design — which includes a line of custom apparel and accessories. Her latest projects include Free Range Copy and Thrilling Projects.
kHyal has been a technology junkie since the 80s — beginning with a career in the high-end audio field with industry pioneer Mark Levinson — founder of Mark Levinson Audio Systems, Cello, Ltd., Red Rose Music and Daniel Hertz SA. During this time she consecutively created interactive artworks and installations including sound, light, animation and video projections. Before her first Mac, kHyal used an Amiga computer to create live MIDI music performances and video animation. She was a member of the Amiga Users Group at Yale University, and active in Silicon Alley in the 90s. Her first blog on kHyal.com featured the emerging technology scene in New York City in 1996.
Speaking engagements and workshops include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven and HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference.