George Paravantes MFA IxD, Program Coordinator Multimedia Design and Development, tells his story
George Paravantes is an Interaction Designer and Program Coordinator of the Multimedia Design and Development Program. As a Interaction Design Instructor he offers his students a wide range of expertise in mobile UI and UX principles, web interface, motion design, and user experiences design and portfolio development. These are integral skills he looks to instill in his students in order for them to succeed in real world industry projects.
He has worked closely with industry partners within the Humber research department to bring in Industry projects that students can collaborate and gain essential skills in real world projects while studying in the Multimedia Program. George is a strong advocate and member of the Toronto Startup community and looks in instill entrepreneurial thinking in his student’s projects and help foster their success upon graduating from humber, this is done in collaboration with HumberLaunch.
George holds a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Interaction Design from the Umea Institute of Design in Sweden. With over 15 years of local and international work experience which include RIM, Nokia, Volkswagen, Drive Design UK, along with consulting work with mobile startups in Toronto. George’s approach to his teaching and design work is that design brings user stories to life, and the goal for his students is to be inspired and empowered to confront and solve tomorrows design problems.
George was recently awarded two user interface design patents while working at Volkswagen AG in Germany on the subject matter of mobile phone and vehicle interface integrations. His ability to help students focus on innovating thinking in their design work is a real asset to have faculty of such a high level and an ability to share these experiences with students. Follow George on Twitter here.