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I’m Julia, I design products that help people create, learn and connect. I have 7 years of experience as a designer at tech startups and agencies in Toronto, Amsterdam, and Montreal where I’ve taken 7 digital products from planning to launch. I graduated from McGill University with a degree in Economics. My passion lies at the intersection of design and behavioural economics/psychology principles for social good. I enjoy presenting my findings, debating ideas, and articulating my design rationale. I design user interactions, experiences, and responsive interfaces for iOS, macOS, Android, and web. I am a detail-oriented designer who works across the research, design and development phases to create products that delight. View my Resume
Currently, I am the Lead Product Designer at Flixel Photos, an Apple Design Award winning software startup. Flixel is the maker of Cinemagraph Pro, downloaded by over 3 million people worldwide and featured in Facebook's Profile Expression Kit (BetaKit). I am also a graduate of the Venture for Canada Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program, where I was chosen as one of 60 recent graduates from a pool of over 2000 applicants.
I believe ethics is a critical consideration in the design process. I worry about the attention economy, watch This Panda is Dancing - Time Well Spent. I am a big fan of Tristan Harris (Google's former design ethicist) and his work on Humane Tech. I nerd out over things like Kate Darling’s research on human-robot interaction and robot ethics.
Things I Care About
I spend my free time reading and learning about the things I love like photography, typography, and illustration. I also freelance and volunteer my graphic design services for initiatives I support, like:
LGTBQ+ inclusion in tech, branding for Venture Out Conference
Youth involvement in politics, branding Youth 7 Conference Canada, the official youth side engagement of the 2018 G7
Alzheimer's Research, Giving Tuesday Campaign for Baycrest Hospital
Sharing design knowledge, project planning for The Design Cooperative, a school/agency that teaches classes based on briefs for local non-profits
Access to affordable, healthy, local produce. Marketing materials for Good Food Box McGill
I am currently working on an awareness project for VisionZeroToronto, Ontario's cycling and pedestrian safe streets initiative
That's a lot of 'I' sentences but I'm hoping you have an idea of what I'm about. If You have anything in common, want to talk design/creative projects, or think you would look great in my illustration style (Aka want a portrait), please drop me a line. I look forward to meeting you!