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Work Experience


Visual and UI Designer | Countable Web Productions
JULY 2018 - PRESENT,  VANCOUVER, CANADA - REMOTE POSITION

Create innovative concepts and ideas to match client's ideas and brandings
Gather information and data through research and develop design briefs
User interface and user experience design
Create design themes, graphics and illustrations (websites, applications, widgets)
Develop multimedia material (infographics, graphic design and illustration)
Create visual identities - branding and logo design
Create wireframes/mockups for product roadmap
Customer research and usability testing

Technical Assistant Fab Lab Wgtn
JULY 2019 - OCTOBER 2019,  WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

Fab Lab Wgtn
College of Creative Arts; School of Design
Massey University
Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Custom fabricator (Artisan) and tool instructorMakerLabs
MARCH 2016 - JUNE 2018 ,  VANCOUVER, CANADA

MakerLabs is a makerspace and fablab that provides the tools, space, skills and knowledge to bring ideas to life.

Determine project requirements and generate quotes
Create and implement fabrication strategies and processes
Design 2D and 3D files for visualization and digital fabrication
Manage project outcomes and client expectations
Teach safety/orientation classes (LaserLab, CNC router, 3D printing and scanning, WoodLab)
Create course materials for educational programs
Operate CNC router (V Carve pro and ShopBot)
Operate Laser cutter (Full Spectrum)
3D printing and scanning (Maker Bot and Next Engine)
Woodworking, Sewing, Encourage maker culture

Graphic designer | University of Rijeka; Strip d.o.o. ; Project RICOUNT
MAY 2013 - MAY 2014,  RIJEKA, CROATIA

“RICOUNT (in Croatian - "Lifelong Learning Development and Implementation Through Usage of New Technologies)  is a project designed by relying on existing potentials and resources present at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. The project is addressing clear needs in our country in the field of lifelong learning and employability.”
Worked on the development of multimedia lifelong learning programs
Created innovative concepts and ideas to match client branding
Gathered information and data through research and developed design briefs
Created design themes, graphics and illustrations (graphic design, illustration, preparation of graphical content for video processing, animation and print)

Creative director | MIST forms
JANUARY 2013 - PRESENT,  CROATIA

Design and production of handcrafted wooden wearables, presented at many art fairs and exhibitions in Croatia. Conceptualized, designed and directed the visual identity (web design, making of campaign, online store) of the studio for handmade contemporary wooden jewelry and product design.
Exhibitions & art fairs:
Eastside Culture Crawl, VANCOUVER, CANADA 2017
- Art Bazaar Fairs, RIJEKA, CROATIA 2013 - 2015
- Republika, International Creativity Festival, RIJEKA, CROATIA 2013
- Creative Startup Exhibition, RIJEKA, CROATIA 2015
- Exhibition "12+1"​ | The Varazdin Municipal Museum, The Hertzer Palace, CROATIA 2015

Graphic designer | University Association "Bura znanja"
APRIL 2012 - SEPTEMBER 2015,  RIJEKA, CROATIA

Worked on the development of multimedia lifelong learning courses, creation of branding, illustrations, posters (graphic design, illustration, storyboard, preparation of visual content for video processing and animation, print)



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Education

Academy of Applied Art | Master of Applied Arts
SEPTEMBER 2010 - SEPTEMBER 2011,  RIJEKA, CROATIA
Academy of Applied Art | Bachelor of Applied Arts
JULY 2006 - SEPTEMBER 2010,  RIJEKA, CROATIA
School of Applied Arts in Rijeka | Industrial designer
SEPTEMBER 2002 - JUNE 2006,  RIJEKA, CROATIA
School of Music I. M. Ronjgov in Rijeka | Solo singer, Pianist
SEPTEMBER 1996 - JUNE 2005,  RIJEKA, CROATIA



Additional education

Fabrication Jewelry Class - Workshop Studios Wellington, NZ - 2021
Artistic and utilitarian pottery program - Economic School Varazdin, Croatia - 2015



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Volunteer Experience

Graphic designer and illustrator :
Developed multimedia online courses (infographics, graphic design and illustration) 2011: ("Philosophy of Science" - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy, "Neuropsychology" - Faculty of Medicine) - in collaboration with University Association "Bura znanja"
Created branding and logo design (for ESN Rijeka - Erasmus Student Network Rijeka 2013; Conversus logo design, Rijeka 2012)
Designed promotional materials for Woodrock Festival, in collaboration with Youth Association Initium Skrad) Gorski kotar, Croatia 2012, 2013
Book cover page design - “Literature, Culture and the Fantastic: Challenges of the Fin de Siècle(s)” Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rijeka 2012
Poster and print material design, International Interdisciplinary Conference, Festival of Science Rijeka 2012
Poster and catalogue design; LIADO Children's drawing exhibition, Rijeka 2012



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Publications 

LITERATURE, CULTURE AND THE FANTASTIC: CHALLENGES OF THE FIN DE SIÈCLE(S)
FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, RIJEKA, 2012
Publisher: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
For the publisher: Predrag Sustar
Editor: Irena Grubica
Language editing: Joseph Molitorisz
Cover page design: Valentina Stepan
Computer and print design: IMPRESS, Rijeka
Edition: 250 copies
Cover page: Untitled, digital print 2011, Valentina Stepan



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Awards:

CROATIA, 2012
The winner of young artists contest on the subject “Green Zone” at Galerij@Zaba
Exhibition “Superpozicije i Prozimanja”, Hane Dutina i Valentine Stepan - contest winners Galerij@Zaba 2012, theme “Zelena zona” (Green zone)
ZAGREB, CROATIA, JUNE 2013
PULA, CROATIA, NOVEMBER 2012
RIJEKA, CROATIA, OCTOBER 2012



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Memberships:

Member of Croatian Association of Artists since 2013; HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia
Member of Croatian Designers Society since 2011; HDD, Zagreb, Croatia



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Scholarship:

Scholarship of the city of Rijeka: 2008/’09, 2009/’10, 2010/’11


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