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Denoja Kankesan

Based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

I'm a UX designer/writer who really likes simplicity, great typography, and books. I’ve worked in content writing and web design since 2009 and now freelance full-time at Smith Made Studio. I love partnering with makers and entrepreneurs on research-driven projects.

Creative Director at

Smith Made Studio

Recent Work

What students say

"Denoja was so amazing! She gave helpful project feedback and great insight on next steps to take as a designer. She has tons of resources and loves to share. I’m so thankful she was my mentor."

- Kara Johnson, Design 101

"Denoja was a great mentor throughout taking this course. We had our fair share of scheduling issues on both sides, but she always went over each assignment with me and gave me tips about things to consider that I perhaps didn't think about beforehand. She also gave me new things to try & pointed me to resources to practice different skills when I asked, and even went over some design challenges with me in my current job. Overall, I would highly recommend her as a design mentor."

- Steve Posney, UX: Interaction Design

"She was very informative with all her feedback and was very accommodating when it comes to catering to whatever I needed. Also a very resourceful mentor and able to provide me many links that I can reference to help me transition into UX. Overall she's been very helpful and supportive! "

- Jason Lee, UX Research & Strategy

Past Students