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Experienced UX Designer with a background in graphic design. Lived in 6 countries and received tons of design education. Now I am pursuing a PhD in Design. I want to apply my knowledge from the field combined with academic literature, in the understanding the creative processes that occur during designing. As doing a PhD is a full-time job. I do not take in new projects, currently. However, I am available for mentoring, supervising and consulting design projects.
At various stages of my career, I worked at different posts doing multiple things. The list below has positions that I worked from few months up to 10+ years, even though I am sure there are more posts that I didn’t realise that I did. The reality is, that there is no such thing as a single job position nowadays. We’re doing multiple jobs, wearing multiple hats throughout our careers, and as a result through the journey, we’ve come to develop our interpersonal skills and grow as professionals.
I’ve been doing this in and out even before attending a graphic design school. I’ve also been freelancing during my studies. That means doing the graphic designer has been my most main profession for the longest.
Since I landed in Hong Kong in 2013, I’ve been taking in a few UX projects per year.
Designer in a Startup
I filled in for almost half a year the designer role a small startup. The team leader burned all the money, and so the whole business ended abruptly. Luckily I didn’t accept the shares.
I’ve been teaching graphic design to colleagues and university students, and I have also been recently a teaching assistant during my PhD studies.
As a design expert, there have been numerous times that I am invited to give my expert opinion on the work of other designers, therefore being enganged with design through consulting lenses is not unknown to me.
I did start my own company in Hong Kong. Consequently, I had to manage limited resources to establish a value-creating business offering, thus developing managerial skills.
During my work as a business manager, I often had to arrange design-related subcontractors such as printers and web developers, manage design talent, draft project schedules and supervise other designers to deliver according to customer deadlines.
During my studies in Amsterdam, I worked part-time (about two days per week) for a year and a half in Vapiano, a franchise I am quite fond of. Even though I worked in Amsterdam, my opinion is that Vapiano Tallinn is still the best.
Other Random Jobs
These are types of jobs that I did relatively often to feel somewhat comfortable at them, but not long enough or not continuously for (more than) a couple of months
- Walking the dog
- Renting out scooters to tourists
- Computer repairman
- General janitor
- Mentor to exchange students
- Online reviewer
- Accountant / Librarian
- PhD Candidate School of Design Hong Kong Polytechnic. Hong Kong SAR Expected to graduate somewhere around 2020-21
- M.F.A. Business Design Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg University, Sweden 2013
-Exchange Studies for 2 terms at the Tongji College of Design and Innovation, Shanghai, China
- M.F.A Design Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2010
- BA Graphic Design Graphic Design Dep., Technological Educational Institute of Athens 2007
-Exchange Studies for 1 term at the Graphic Design Dep. EVTEK Muotoiluinstituutti (now called Metropolia) 2005
-Exchange Studies for 1 term at the Graphic Design Dep. Gerrit Rietveld Academie, the Netherlands.
Conferences Attended (as a speaker)
- Asian Conference in Education. October 12-13, Tokyo Japan.
I presented virtually the paper “Top Future Skills in Cross-Disciplinary Design Education“. You can watch the video presentation here. and download the slides here
I will upload shortly the paper once it is published at the conference proceedings.