Nice to

meet you!

My name is Irene (pronounced eeREEnee) and I create useful, human-centered and beautiful experiences for the web and beyond. Born and raised in Cyprus, I now live and work in Boston.

Pablo Picasso said, “The creative adult is the child who survived”, well… I survived. And this is how the story begins.

 

I began teaching myself design and coding at the age of 14 when I created my first website. After acquiring a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Master’s in Digital Media Arts, I started my career as a software engineer and partially designer – kind of like a unicorn one may say.  After realising that I was spending a vast amount of time thinking about the design and the way a user interacts and experiences the product, it was clear to me that my passion has always been in design. Coding was just the way to bring my ideas to life. Fast forward a few years later, I am now a designer, thinker, maker and problem solver.

 

For the past three years, I have been working as a Senior Product and User Experience Designer at KAYAK. Previously in Berlin and now in Boston. I have played a crucial role in creating the brand and overseeing the user experience on two of the most important products at KAYAK – flights and trips.

 

During my previous years, I had the honor to develop products and services in a wide range of categories for companies such as Samsung, Philips, Johnnie Walker, Audi, to name a few. Defining and leading projects from conception to execution across multiple mediums and platforms.

I believe in simplicity.

Nicholas Burroughs once said, “Minimalism is not the lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something”. I am a strong believer in minimalism and I practice simplicity in everything that I do. Simplicity is not easy. You see, easy just happens, but simple is planned, carefully curated and well executed.

 

I believe in the power of great ideas followed by good design. Producing creative, straightforward and personal experiences that challenge people enough to sit up and take notice. I push myself to think differently about the things I’ve always done, challenging me to move past my comfort zone.

Experience

KAYAK.com // MA USA

2017 – Now

Senior Product and User Experience Designer

 

KAYAK.com // Berlin Germany

2016 – 2017

UI/UX Designer

 

FXCC // Limassol Cyprus

2014 – 2016

UI/UX Designer & Website Manager

 

Freelance // Cyprus

2012 – 2013

UI/UX Designer & Developer

 

Y&R // Nicosia Cyprus

2010 – 2012

Digital Designer & Developer

Education

MA Digital Media Arts

2009 – 2010

University of Brighton, UK

 

BSc Computer Science

2005 – 2009

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Professional Skills

Designing

Prototyping

Storyboarding

User Research

Illustration

Softwares used

Sketch

Photoshop

Illustrator

Invision

Axure

Premiere Pro

Lightroom

WordPress

Oh one more thing…

There is something you need to know about me. I am a collector. I collect the wildest and toughest thing in the world.

Moments.

Original, unique and spontaneous moments of life that last only for an instant, to be captured and to be remembered unchanged forever. That is why I fell passionately and genuinely in love with photography. It is my way of preserving the most fascinating instances of my life, since memory will soon forget them.