Experience
 

I believe in:

Investing into the team. Successful products require a motivated team as the content that’s produced tends to mirror team’s level of happiness. By taking a human-centered approach, encouraging individual autonomy, advocating for experimentation and openness to failure, we foster a healthy, productive, and happy design environment within our team as well as with our customers.

Collaboration. I believe that behind any incredible product, there’s a passionate team. It's not just about producing an awe-inspiring design but also picking up a thing or two along the way. I’m not sure I could articulate it better than Twyla Tharp: "Partnerships challenge and change us. People who are practiced in collaboration will do better than those who insist on their individuality". Yes to all of that!

Side projects. I seize creative opportunities almost anywhere, and always look to support similar outlets for others. From experimenting in hand lettering and calligraphy to tackling complex user flows and at-home garden-building tutorials — I’m an infinite abyss of curiosity.

Continuous learning. We thrive on education and new experiences and should aspire towards improvement.

 

Résumé

2018–Present | Shopify | UX Manager | TORONTO

2016–2018 | CANADA POST | product design lead | TORONTO

  • Led a team of Content Strategists, Product and Visual Designers, running design studios, design critiques, and ideation exercises.

  • Provided direction and mentorship to the UX team.

  • Supported hiring, including sourcing, screening and interviewing.

  • Led the design of Canada Post's first Design System.

  • Led the design of Canada Post's tracking tool experience.

  • Employed a UCD design process to support product strategy.

  • Worked with product owners and UX leads to develop the strategy and rationale for new features and product initiatives.

  • Worked closely with UX Research and Analytics teams to inform design decisions

2015–2016 | TANGERINE BANK | UX DESIGNER | TORONTO

  • Worked as a member of the client experience team, delivering innovative user-centered experiences.

  • Coordinated and managed digital projects including experience map creation, developing low and high fidelity prototypes, participating in usability testing, contributing to the UX style guides and Tangerine design system.

  • Advocated and promoted design thinking and user-centered design methods.

2012–2015 | KOBO | LEAD DESIGNER | TORONTO

  • Led a team of 4 designers working on a variety of print & digital design projects.

  • Developed and improved Kobo’s Brand Guidelines, unifying the application of and consistency of Kobo brand across all design efforts.

  • Led the design of key partner and consumer-facing product presentations, including the 2013 and 2014 CES product launches.

  • Supported advertising campaigns, product and marketing materials.

2009–2015 | DESIGN CONSULTANT | WORLDWIDE

  • Worked with clients to understand and deliver on their unique design projects, collaborating with copywriters, photographers, web developers, and marketing specialists.

  • Deliverables included style guidelines and design systems, digital sales materials, business publications, product presentations, trade show displays.

  • Clients included MaRS, League, Osram, Marvell, MakeLab, George Brown College, Hibiscus Restaurant, Ranovus, MMB Networks and others.
     

2007–2008 | PR AGENCY CELEBRIS | SENIOR DESIGNER | MOSCOW

  • Worked on a variety of projects including promotional marketing materials, POS and POP, event collateral, and advertising, environmental design and event marketing campaigns.

  • Mentored 2 designers to promote new products from major brands including Ariel, Shamtu, Wella, Olay, Pampers, Pantene, Heineken, Old Spice, Toshiba.
     

2004–2005 | ADVERTISING & PUBLISHING AGENCY PERFECT | DESIGNER | MOSCOW

  • Worked under the supervision of the Lead Designer to deliver projects for corporate clients including yearly calendars, editorial pieces, and digital illustration.

  • Assisted in print and production processes.


Spreading the 'Design' word

2019 | Judge at the RGD's 2019 Student Awards / Award for UX Design | Toronto
2018 | Design Systems Summit | Toronto
2017-2018 | Board Member of UXPA Toronto Chapter | Toronto
2017-2018 | UX Design Educator at BrainStation | Toronto
2017-2018 | Bitmaker | Quarterly student's portfolio reviews | Toronto
2016 | Bitmaker | Lunch & Learn on Product Design Portfolio | Toronto
2016 | OCAD | Career in Product Design panel | Toronto


Education

2017 | SEO | BrainStation | Toronto
2016 | Leading for Creativity | IDEO U | Online
2016 | Insights for Innovation | IDEO U | Online
2015 | User Experience Design | BrainStation | Toronto
2003–2007 | BA, Advertising | Institute of Advertising | Moscow
2005 | Professional Photography | Moscow Photo Academy | Moscow
2003 | Design Culture | State University N.E. Bauman | Moscow


Tools

Pencil & Paper
Sketch
Figma
Invision
Adobe Creative Suite
G Suite
Keynote/Powerpoint
HTML/CSS (Rookie)
Photography

 

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