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About Me

I'm a Design Researcher from Toronto, Canada. I love travelling, design, art history and visualizing complex information in elegant ways.

I received my B.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto in 2011. Studying art history for four years taught me how me to think critically, research effectively and provided me with a heightened awareness and attention to detail. It taught me to think outside the box, and look at problems from all angles in order to develop comprehensive and innovative solutions to them. My favourite painting is Interior of a Forest, 1885 by Paul Cézzane in case you were wondering ;)

After I completed my studies at U of T, I decided to feed my curiosity for the web and enrolled in Humber’s Multimedia Design and Development Diploma program. There I learned the basics of HTML, CSS and JS as well as UX design, UI design and all things Adobe. During my time there I was awarded with the 2012 Best Student Portfolio Award and was nominated for FITC's Best Canadian Student Website.

I currently work as a Design Researcher at Heist, a Toronto based design studio that helps companies help their customers. In addition to Design Research, I pursue a freelance career in UX design, illustration, design and web development. I’ve done projects for local chefs, vintage clothing stores and documentary filmmakers. In an effort to promote gender equality in the field of technology, I volunteer with Women && Tech an online editorial featuring the achievements of women who work in technology. I actively engage with the community by attending workshops and meetups. I recently launched Girl Talk, an event series that aims to redefine what it means to be a working woman. Our hope is to establish a community where real, tangible advice and results will be born out of meaningful conversations.

When I'm not working or volunteering I spend my time reading as much as I can about UX research, UX design, emotional design and product design. I also like to read fiction novels and am part of a book club. I enjoy returning to U of T where I participate in the Backpack to Briefcase program, a program that connects upper year students with alumni. I've spoken at Humber College and Sheridan College where I've shared the story of my career thus far and provided advice for aspiring designers. I love to travel and just did a big trip back home to Macedonia and then spent a few days in Berlin. Finally, if I'm not reading, attending events or travelling you can find me in my local boxing gym. Yes, I'm a (super) amateur boxer.

If you'd like to know more about me, have me speak at your event or work with you on your project please do not hesistate to contact me. You can find my resume below.