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, Tampere University of Technology and Gofore Ltd.

  • 2006 Master of Arts. Helsinki University of Art and Design, Medialaboratory
  • 2001 Bachelor of Arts. Tampere Polytechnic University department of Art and design
  • 2005-> Owner, senior consultant at Guidesi. Freelancer at co-op Lilith, service designer and artist
  • 2016-2022 Senior Designer at Gofore, service and UX designer.
  • 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)
  • 2022-2023 Solution Focused Art® therapy basics. Alfa Partners Academy Finland Ltd
  • 2018 Online / virtual facilitation training course. Grape People
  • 2018 SAFe® 4 Certified Practitioner
  • 2014 Game development course, 5 ECTS. Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) Continuing Education services
  • 2013 “PIB – Pirkanmaan innovaatioista Businesta”. Innovation program for Pirkanmaa area start-ups and enterpreneurs. Tredea
  • 2012-2013 courses in Edupoli: Qualification for Entepreneurs -studies program (“Yrittäjän ammattitutkinto”)
  • 2007 - 2008 Actor in Naisyrittäjyyskeskus's ESR-funded mentoringproject for entepreneurs
  • 2004 - 2005 Games and Storytelling - study modules / UIAH and Tampere University Hypermedialaboratory
  • 2005 Future studies module FUTUJ1: Approaches to scientific futures research. Post graduate course, 4 ECTS. Finland Futures Academy (FFA)
  • 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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    • 2016 AVEK Digidemo grant for co-op Lilith: digital art rental service concept
    • 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

    co-op Lilith, Ornamo Art and Design Finland, artists association MUU