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Mentor

Denoja Kankesan

Based in Toronto, 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

"She was timely with all feedback and communication was great. It was interesting to hear her background and how she uses design in her day to day life/career. She answered all questions and gave me lots of resources to use!!"

- Meghan S, Design 101

"Denoja was great! She helped me think through some of the problems I was solving, helped me get in the right mindset for design, shared many useful links, and assisted me with my many questions. Thanks Denoja!"

- Willis A, UX: Interaction Design

"Super kind and provided so many helpful resources for me to continue practicing with in the future. She was always very kind and friendly and made me feel very comfortable to ask questions. She was great and very understanding throughout the entire class!"

- Christy H, Design 101

"Helpful, nice, and down to earth. I learned a lot from her. Thanks, Denoja!"

- Ben D, UX: Interaction Design

"She's lovely, encouraging, informative and gives good constructive feedback. She shares her experiences from her career as well."

- Melanie H, UI Design v1

"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 J, Design 101 v1

"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 P, 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 L, UX Research & Strategy

Past Students

Jenny M.

Design 101

 

Zachary .

UX: Interaction Design

 

Jewell B.

Design 101

 

Elisa B.

Design 101

 

Willis A.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Meghan S.

Design 101

 

Courtney .

Design 101

 

Megan K.

Design 101

Indianapolis, IN

Daniel S.

Design 101

 

Melinda M.

UI Design v1

 

Jiahuan .

Design 101

 

Sarah W.

Design 101

Sanger, TX

Lisa C.

UI Design v1

 

Christy H.

Design 101

 

Shanim Z.

UI Design v1

 

Sean O.

UI Design v1

 

Nydia S.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Nickolas M.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Sam J.

UI Design v1

 

Ben D.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Boris B.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Jesse H.

UI Design v1

 

Melanie H.

UI Design v1

 

Jinal D.

UI Design v1

 

Stephanie L.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Rana G.

Branding

 

Jason N.

UI Design v1

 

David A.

UI Design v1

 

Austin .

UI Design v1

 

Ashwini K.

UI Design v1

 

Yael B.

Typography

 

Kevin T.

Design 101 v1

 

Kathryne L.

Design 101 v1

Montreal, Quebec

Michael S.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Liwen Z.

Design 101 v1

Rosslyn, VA

Mila D.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Josh W.

Design 101 v1

 

Raul L.

UI Design v1

 

John S.

Design 101 v1

 

Anat M.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Kara J.

Design 101 v1

 

Sunha J.

UX: Interaction Design

 

quentin l.

Design 101 v1

 

Milan P.

Design 101 v1

Los Angeles, CA

Emma Y.

Design 101 v1

New York, NY

Sneha J.

Design 101 v1

 

Gizem C.

UI Design v1

 

Rachel M.

Design 101 v1

 

Zach C.

Design 101 v1

Scottsdale, Arizona

Alessandra .

Design 101 v1

Toronto, Ontario

Kanyanat T.

UI Design v1

 

Eric T.

Design 101 v1

 

Arwita A.

UI Design v1

 

Nada S.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Salima D.

Design 101 v1

Brooklyn, New York

Matthew D.

UI Design v1

 

Steve P.

UX: Interaction Design

 

Judy .

UX: Interaction Design

 

Amy C.

Design 101 v1

 

Andrew R.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Alejandro J.

Design 101 v1

 

Parry M.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Jason L.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Anna M.

Design 101 v1

 

Channing E.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Morgan L.

Design 101 v1

 

Niko V.

Design 101 v1

 

Sofia K.

UX Research & Strategy

 

Wanjiku N.

Design 101 v1

 

Kylie C.

Design 101 v1

 

Dilys Z.

Design 101 v1

Flushing, NY

Ashley T.

Design 101 v1

Chicago, IL

Mike S.

Design 101 v1

 

Sophie B.

Design 101 v1