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MY NAME IS DENIS

 

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Hello! My name is Denis Serdyukov - I design websites, apps, and software that not only look great but also perform to achieve their user's needs. I love coming up with ideas, both good and bad (mostly bad), and live to ask "Why?" and "How?".

 

Design is at the core of everything I do. I have a framed piece of paper hanging above my desk that says I completed architecture school, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. There are more forms of design that I've worked with than there are letters in my last name. UX? Check. Product design? Absolutely. Graphic design, video design, and special effects design? You got it! How about redefining the performance and visual characteristics of a 25 year old Japanese car? You get the idea...The messier and more vigorous the process, the better.

I am a firm believer that design doesn't exist for design's sake alone. It has to exist to transform the lives and experiences of real people. Design is everywhere, and in the right hands, it has the power to challenge any issue and leverage any opportunity.

TEDx SPEAKER: TEDx VERNON AREA LIBRARY - CROSSING THE LINE

It was an immense honor and privilege to speak to a highly diverse community about how we can all use the idea of low-commitment interaction to bridge the cultural gap and strengthen relationships with our neighbors, friends, and co-workers of different backgrounds. Based on the research conducted for of the BREAK THE BARRIER project, found above, which also won the Best in Track: Community Engagement & Sustainability and Dean's Choice: College of Science awards at the 2016 IIT IPRO showcase. You can watch the video recording of the TEDx talk here.

AIA HENRY ADAMS MEDAL

Award for "excellence in the study of architecture" given to the top student in a graduating class of an accredited Bachelor of Architecture program.

GATLINBURG ICONIC TOWER COMPETITION: HONORABLE MENTION

Competing against the top designers across the country, the prompt asked for an iconic tower to spark tourism in Gatlinburg after a fire wiped out over 90% of the surrounding forest and wildlife. Our proposal took the concept a step further, suggesting not only a tower, but an entire sequence of experiences stretching across the site. Different nodes offer a variety experiences, catering to visitors of all age categories and many interests, but all equally focused on encouraging the visitor to stay, linger, and ultimately return again.

CONTRIBUTOR: CTBUH TECHNICAL GUIDE - THE SPACE WITHIN TALL BUILDINGS 

It was a pleasure to take on the role of Lead Research Assistant for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's 2018 professional technical guide, which used by the world's leading architecture firms specializing in skyscraper design. I had the privilege of conducting research and providing written material for two case studies, as well as performing spacial calculations and graphic design for all case studies featured in the guide.

ACCOLADES

Beyond work, I love to explore and learn, be it exploring tiny nooks and crannies of my city, jumping across deep chasms high above the treeline just to get a better view, or jumping to conclusions about what that strange sound coming from my Toyota Supra's engine is after a day at the track. I enjoy the challenge of playing on an adult league hockey team and rooting for my Blackhawks (and in recent years, it has truly been a challenge). 

Alright, that's enough about me. Now I want to hear about you! Feel free to reach out to me at denis@ds-design.online.

 

Let's design something together.

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