Curriculum Vitae Outi Kotala

Outi Kotala has a background in arts and she has graduated as Master of Arts in New Media from Aalto University Media laboratory (former Helsinki University of Art & Design).
She has worked in several companies, designing for both consumer- and b-2-b services and products. Her work history includes Tampere University, Nokia, LinjaDesign and Tampere University of Technology. Currently she works as a Senior Designer at Gofore Ltd in Tampere.

EDUCATION
  • 2006 Master of Arts. Helsinki University of Art and Design, Medialaboratory
  • 2001 Bachelor of Arts. Tampere Polytechnic University department of Art and design
EXPERIENCE
  • 2016-> Senior Designer at Gofore, service and UX designer.
  • 2005-> Owner, senior consultant at Guidesi. Freelance designer at co-op Lilith. UX and interaction design
  • 2005 –2006 Interaction designer at Linja Design
  • 2003 – 2005 Graphical user interface designer at Nokia Mobile Phones
  • 1999 - 2002 Graphical user interface designer at Tampere University Hypermedialaboratory
  • 2000 www-designer and graphical designer Media Tampere
  • 1997-1999 Freelance graphic designer
  • In addition several course teachings and workshops held in Aalto University, Tampere University, Tampere Polytechic University and Helsinki Polytechnic University Stadia (Metropolia)
COURSES AND OTHER EDUCATION
  • 2012-2013 courses in Edupoli: Qualification for Entepreneurs -studies program (“Yrittäjän ammattitutkinto”)
  • 2011 Illustrator advanced course. Tieturi Oy
  • 2010 ICC color profile handling, basics, PrePress Studio Oy
  • 2007 - 2008 Actor in Naisyrittäjyyskeskus's ESR-funded mentoringproject for entepreneurs
  • 2007 CSS course, Kulttuuriosuuskunta Raymond
  • InDesing – professional desktop publishing for print. IADE
  • 2004 - 2005 Games and Storytelling - study modules / UIAH and Tampere University Hypermedialaboratory
PUBLICATIONS

2002 Vainio, T., Kotala, O., Rakkolainen, I. Kupila, H.
Towards scalable user interfaces in 3D City Information Systems
Short paper.
Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices, 18-20 September 2002, Pisa, Italy.

Vainio, T., Kotala, O.
Developing 3D Information Systems for Mobile Users: Some Usability Issues
Short paper.
Proceedings of the The Second Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Aarhus, Denmark, October 19-23, 2002.

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PRIZES AND GRANTS
  • 2011 Rauha Hasselblatt grant for professional education
  • 2008/09 AVEK grant for a media art work "Muistojen perusviiva"
  • 2006 AVEK grant for a media art work "Lumen valo"
  • 2002 Niilo Helander's foundation grant for a media art project (personal grant)
  • 2002 Central Arts Council multiarts grant for a media art project (personal grant)
  • 2001 First price in the 2001 Pixxelpoint International Computer Art Festival Valencienne France
MEMBERSHIPS AND NETWORKS

Friii, co-op Lilith, NiceTuesday ry, Finnish Freelance graphic designers (FOT), Artists Association MUU, support member for Avoin Taidekoulu and member of art collective 7Boheemia in Tampere.