Hello, I'm Ksenija!

I'm a brand / visual designer and illustrator by trade, a personal development enthusiast at heart.

With 8 years of professional experience in different areas of design, among other things, I can help you:

• Learn the basics of visual and communication design

• Build or improve your portfolio

• Create a brand book

• Understand the basics and importance of a strong brand

• Improve the flow and design of your pitch decks, presentations or website

• Chose the right colours, typefaces, templates and design elements for your brand

• Navigate Adobe design programs and Figma

and more, or simply give you a design feedback.

However, the topics we can talk about stretch beyond design. Having worked in various organisational structures and participated in optimising processes for development and growth, I can also help you set personal development goals, improve your collaboration skills, and overcome the challenges of remote work.

While I'm happy to talk to anyone, as an advocate for women's rights, I'll be glad to give priority to women, but also to refugees who have interest in these topics, work in related areas, or look for support.

My Mentoring Topics

  • Visual Design
  • Brand & Marketing
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, XD
  • Typography & colour theory
  • Design Thinking
  • Portfolio Review
  • Personal development
  • Job search
  • German bureaucracy tips for refugees and newcomers

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Change by Design - How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation
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Fix the System, Not the Women
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Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life - Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships
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