Ivan Zhao

About Me/
My name is Ivan, and I am a passionate UX designer with 9 years of experience in creating user-centered digital experiences. My approach to UX Design revolves around understanding the needs and behaviors of users. 

Throughout my career, I have worked on various projects, ranging from branding, data visualization, and mobile applications to web platforms. I have a strong foundation in user research, where I enjoy diving deep into understanding the needs and behaviors of the target audience. By conducting thorough research, I uncover valuable insights that guide my design decisions and ensure that the end product meets users' expectations.

I am skilled in wireframing, prototyping, and creating interactive designs that bring ideas to life. By using tools like Sketch, Figma, and InVision, I can iterate quickly, gather feedback, and refine designs based on user testing. I believe in the power of collaboration and enjoy working closely with cross-functional teams, including product managers, developers, and fellow designers, to create seamless and cohesive experiences.

One aspect I value highly is the combination of aesthetics and functionality. I strive to create visually appealing designs that not only captivate users but also enhance the overall usability of the product. With a keen eye for detail and a strong understanding of design principles, I ensure consistency and cohesiveness throughout the designs.

As a continuous learner, I stay updated on the latest UX design trends and emerging technologies. I am always seeking opportunities to expand my knowledge and skills through attending conferences, participating in design communities, and staying connected with industry thought leaders.

I am excited to collaborate with like-minded individuals and contribute my expertise to create exceptional user experiences. Let's work together to build products that meet user needs and exceed their expectations. Thank you!

Ontario College of Art and Design University
User Experience Design and Development, UX Design Certificate
SEP 2020
RED Academy
User Experience Design Certificate
JAN 2017 - APR 2017
Ontario College of Art and Design University
Bachelor of Design 
SEPT 2009 - MAY 2014
Seneca College
Business Administration Advance Diploma 
MAY 2005 - AUG 2009

Google UX Design Certificate
JULY 2022
Data-Driven Design: Quantitative Research for UX
The Interaction Design Foundation
JULY 2021
Credential ID 91520
Human-Computer Interaction - HCI
The Interaction Design Foundation
JULY 2021
Credential ID 91520
Design Thinking: The Ultimate Guide
The Interaction Design Foundation
MAY 2021
Credential ID 91520
Accessibility: How to Design for All
The Interaction Design Foundation
MAR 2021
Credential ID 91520
Web Design Accessibility Certificate
SEP 2020
Certificate Number: UC-b5f85311-1124-49a4-9c0e-50b8915791f9
User Experience Design
AUG 2020
Certificate Number: UC-49c46a79-1cc5-4f6c-86db-dd82ba23adf5
Figma - UI/UX Design
DEC 2018
Certificate Number: UC-0IVU7JFH
Design Thinking
NOV 2018
Certificate Number: UC-0IVU7JFH
Prezi Next Masterclass
NOV 2018
Certificate Number: UC-87KKXQST
Photography Composition & Portrait Photography Masterclass
SEP 2018
Certificate Number: UC-AUY3XWG9
Photography Masterclass
SEP 2018
Certificate Number: UC-9CMVTNWS

User Experience Design | User Interface Design | Web Development | Data Visualization
Branding Development | Creative Concept Direction

Selected Honors & Awards/
2018 Featured at UI.world Worldwide Gallery
2018 Featured RGD at Registered Graphic Designer Association / Toronto 
2016 Creative Quarterly Illustration (Professional) Runner Up CFE 43 / International
2016 Applied Art - Photography & Illustration Awards / Toronto
2015 Creative Quarterly Illustration (Professional) Runner Up CFE 41 / International
2015 Creative Quarterly 39 Award of Excellence - Illustration / International
2015 Illustration (Professional) Winner on Creative Quarterly CFE 39 / International
2014 Graphic Design Winner on Creative Quarterly CFE 36 Runner Up / International
2014 Creative Quarterly 35 Award of Excellence - Graphic Design / International
2014 Graphic Design Winner on Creative Quarterly CFE 35 / International
2014 RGD (Registered Graphic Designer Association) Student Award Finalist / Toronto
2014 Design Works Published on Color & Two-Dimensional Design – By Glenn McArthur
Gallery Shows/
2016 INDEXG - Art Brownie "Fiesta"
2016 INDEXG - “50.2016” Group Exhibition
2015 Project Art Gallery - "Belonging" Group Exhibition
2015 INDEXG - Art Brownie "Magic"

Clients I have worked with (Selected Clients)/
Embreate | Finnovate | Evermight | OpenHouse.Ai | ASAP app | Vitamin T | Munich Re | JA Canada | Art Calorie | SimpleOne.Love Bridal Studio | Eco School Canada | Maple | Sultan Realty Inc. Brokerage | National Bank of Canada | TD Canada Trust | 
Hang Seng Bank | Montague Credit Union | First Ontario Credit Union | PACE Credit Union | Hex Tone Financial Desjardins Financial Buduchnist Credit Union | Hilltop Securities | US Bank | Hollis Wealth Collabria Financial | Odlum Brown | Westminster Savings | Servus Credit Union | APEX Clearing | Brock University Student Association | University of Toronto Student Association

Proficient In/
Adobe Illustrator | Adobe Photoshop | Adobe Indesign | Adobe After Effects | Adobe Premiere Pro | Adobe XD | Adobe Lightroom | Principle | Figma | Microsoft Office | Prezi Next | Balsmiq  | Zeplin | Marvel POP | MockingBird | Visual Studio Code | InVision | Sketch | Unbounce | HTML | CSS 
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