Rina Shumylo

Nationality: Ukrainian
Area of Expertise: Art Direction, Business Management

In 2012, Rina co-launched an illustration studio, ILL&MATES, which developed into a successful image production studio of talented people, garnering a reputation for high-quality boutique work in Kyiv, Ukraine. She has worked with projects for BBDO, Y&R, Pepsi, Esquire, Carlsberg and Viasat. As an entrepreneur in the creative industry, she also started Graphite – an educational platform for illustrators to connect with others in the creative community, stay up to date with industry standards, and share personal experiences with each other. She also launched a passion project – kicking off The Cinema Poster Awards which has become an annual poster competition for illustrators and designers. In the inaugural year, she founded the event, forged partnerships for sponsors and spearheaded the logistical implementation of the awards. Rina jumped into Interaction Design with the same entrepreneurial spirit. She believes that you should follow the passions that fuel creative thinking and innovation. Rina is fascinated by Interaction Design as a space for critical exploration, disruptive concept development, meaningful creation and a space which views beauty as a craft. In her free time, Rina challenges herself with skateboarding, chess and spicy food.