Multimedia & UX Designer
As a designer, I believe any design problem can be solved by truly understanding the user. I am seeking an opportunity that will allow me to use my vast knowledge of design tools and processes to create unique design solutions for all kinds of user problems. Outside work I enjoy movies, improv, D&D, and anything that involves quick and creative thinking.
UX Portfolio: docdroid.net/rNDNYBP/
Visual Portfolio: tomiwaaina.carbonmade.com
References: available on request
Junior Graphic Designer 09/2017 - 09/2018
I spent a year as a junior designer at Veem, a Fintech 50 start-up in Canada. I was a member of the marketing team, creating graphic assets, web pages, videos and motion graphics to facilitate inbound marketing. I would redesign pieces based on feedback from the marketing team and iterative A/B testing. I also got to put agile management into practice while learning to work in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment that required a lot of initiative and creative thinking.
Designer & Videographer 06/2016 - 09/2016
Ottawa Community Housing (OCH)
I spent 3 months as a graphic designer at OCH where I developed various visual concepts and assets including logos, building signs, advertisements, posters, brochures, maps, and corporate reports. I also had to ensure that all previous assets had consistent branding and helped develop new branding standards that were accessible to many residents of different demographics.
UX Researcher 10/2018 - 12/2018
Travel with Versus Arthritis App
Loughborough U., London, UK
Four classmates and I designed a travel app concept for the charity; Versus Arthritis. It helps Arthritis sufferers chose the most pain-free public travel routes using accessibility filters.
Modeler, Animator, and UX Researcher 09/2016 - 05/2017
Odyssey: A VR Experience
Carleton U., Ottawa, Canada
Four friends and I created a VR game for the HTC Vive. As a researcher, I prototyped iterations of interactions and conducted user tests to maximize comfort and learnability for new users.
Loughborough University 2018 - 2019
MSc Design Innovation Management
Graduated with distinction
I was enrolled in the Design Innovation Management masters program, at Loughborough University London. Here I developed my skills in project management, design thinking, and innovation so I could maximize my abilities when working with and managing diverse design teams.
Carleton University 2013 - 2017
B.Sc IT Interactive Multimedia & Design
Graduated with distinction
During my undergraduate studies at Carleton University, Canada, I majored in Interactive Multimedia and Design. During this time I learned to use the Adobe Suite of products as well as many other design and programming tools. I also developed my collaborative skills by working in design teams, leading student teams and applying agile management frameworks like Scrum. For my senior project at Carleton I worked with a team of five other students to make the virtual reality game; “Odyssey: A VR Experience”. I was the lead modeler and animator as well as a user researcher for the project. As a researcher, I performed a series of user tests on new iterations and prototypes of specific interactions and designs in the game to maximize comfort and learnability for new users. This project lasted for a year after which we were featured in the Senior Project showcase.
Newman House Catholic Chaplaincy
Volunteer Event Organizer
Sep. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Carleton Improv Association
Member Sep. 2016 - April. 2018
CUSA Foot Patrol
Volunteer Sep. 2017 - Dec. 2017
Excellence Scholarship, 2019
Deans' Honour List, 2015 & 2017
Claude Bissell Scholarship, 2015
Loyola Jesuit College
Honors in Visual Arts, 2013