Design Student of the Month - Kamilla Nikolaev

There are a lot of creative students in Canada who are doing innovative work to improve people's life through interactive, visual, informational, and other aspects of User Experience Design. I invited them to introduce who they are and share their work with you. To nominate a Design Student of the Month, email us. The Design Student of the Month for September 2009 is Kamilla Nikolaev. Congratulations!! Let's hear from Kamilla.



Who’s Kamilla?

Kamilla Nikolaev is a multi-talented, Uzbek-Russian Canadian who is a graphic designer, web designer, visual artist, musician, songwriter, and poet. Her designs are defined by rich digital environments that blend form, sound, and music. Kamilla came to Canada four and a half years ago as part of her father's family, who immigrated from Uzbekistan. By then, she had already graduated with Bachelor degrees from an English Philology University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and a Civil Law Academy in Moscow, Russia.

What cool stuff is Kamilla doing?

With the change of the country, it only felt natural to try something new in the professional field as well, and since visual arts and graphic design have always been Kamilla's passion, she entered the George Brown College's School of Design, which she has completed 3 years later with a Dean's Award and the highest grades in her class.

Kamilla has started working in the field of graphic and web design as early as in the first year of design school, after winning a design competition. She has done dozens of freelance projects and worked part-time at the Institute without Boundaries, art-directing and designing many interesting projects, among which are, the official website of the award-winning Canühome project by CMHC and the Institute without Boundaries;, the website of the unique World House Project; many designer, architectural, and artist portfolios such as,,,, Here’s a video montage of demonstrating some of Kamilla's projects.

In the 2008–2009, as part of the post-graduate student team at the Institute without Boundaries, Kamilla has worked on the Renovate Your Neighbourhood program for urban renewal. The team worked with the high-profile clients Habitat for Humanity and Evergreen to create a 5-phase, community-based program which included a retail plan, an outreach campaign and a catalogue of renovation project ideas. The program proposed that urban spaces are a collective responsibility—one that is shared between municipalities, corporations, institutions, non-profit agencies and residents. It aimed to stimulate urban renewal by empmowering citizens to implement simple projects within their constituencies. More information about the program, which will be exhibited in Toronto's City Hall in September, can be found on and

What are Kamilla’s plans after graduation?

Kamilla continues to work on her freelance projects and has just been hired as Senior Creative Designer with the advertising agency PPX. She thinks this is a great opportunity to learn about the business side of design.

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