My job as a designer, is to be a storyteller.
Everything should be as simple as possible, but not simpler!
Growing up I was constantly surrounded by, and immersed in different cultures I've studied architecture and design in the three languages that I speak,
German, Russian and English, which gives me a unique perspective on art and design.
Currently located in Dunedin, New Zealand and working globally!
I follow the KISS formula. Keep it short and simple!
My natural curiosity and desire to constantly improve myself and my habits push me to be a fast learner to satisfy my need for professional and personal growth
My analytical tendencies and broad set of skills help me understand problems and effectively develop solutions.
Combining creativity and technical knowledge to bring my vision to reality
I believe that personal education never ends.
Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand
Degree: Bachelor of communication design
Deutsche Meisterschule für Mode, Munich, Germany
Degree: Communication Design & Fashion
College: Kazakh leading academy of architecture and civil engineering, Almaty, Kasachstan.
Main emphasis: Architecture & Design
Attended on a scholarship
Webdesign design for Petridish
Branding, logo design, photography & website design for Ground Up Dunedin gardening services.
Website, photography for "Who ate all the pies" company in collaboration with Gummy Bears
Logo design for Debtorinfo
Icon design for Timbr
Logo redesign for Mossy Bees
Information brochure for a marketing company O'Callaghan.
Information brochure for Dine Dunedin.
Photography for the sport event.
Cosmos & fables is a contemporary jewellery brand that I created as a final project at the Otago Polytechnic.
During this project I learned to work with metal, design and create jewellery, create a brand story and brand image and also improved my skills in visual language like photography and film.
This project also won a Creative Vision Award 2018 at Otago Polytechnic.
As part of a Team I created projections and a short film for the production “Eloise in the Middle” to bring the story to life and will work alongside the actor as she tells the story.
Our role was to produce animations which will be projected onto the stage to create an atmosphere and to accompany the solo actor in getting the message of the story across.
We are all familiar with these Stories from our Childhood. Hansel and Gretel, The RedRiding Hood, and the FrogPrince.
As one of my university projectsI designed 3 covers for the fairytail books.
Exploring the ironic side of the story I put a twist on the classical interpretations of these stories, experimenting with the Illustration style.
Illustrated poem book, that contains poems of a german writer named Human, and my illustrations.
All the Illustrations were done manually and digitised in the process.
I am a perfectionist, so I find it tough to rate my skills, because there is always more place for improvement.
I am a Jack of all trades; Photography, illustration, web-design, UI, UX, branding, product design, marketing and more...
I think paying attention to details is a very important (if not most important) component of a good design.
As a young professional I understand the amount of hard work that goes into building a successful career and motivated & prepared to do my best to achieve my goals.
As a true woman I am a good multitasker, and I use this ability to my advantage.
I have developed strong customer service skills through prior work experience (while studying) here and abroad. This has exceled my ability to communicate with clients and understand their specific needs and desired outcomes.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Fluent in German, Russian and English.
I nurture and constantly work on my organisation skills and time management in personal and professional life.
Would love to learn another language next...
The growth of The Dunedin TimeBank as a voluntary not for profit organisation, from less than thirty to over one hundred participants, over the last 18 months has been due in no small measure to the inspirational and innovative design capabilities of Diana Kozhiyeva. As an on call content creator and designer Diana delivers exemplary designs in a prompt and timely manner. She is a gifted designer and comes up with both inspirational new posters and novel themes. When completed they draw a positive response from the public at a large.
Diana has repeatedly demonstrated her ability to design logo’s and offers a speedy high quality professional service. We are more than happy to recommend Diana to any business opportunity that she feels confident, is within her capacity. If you desire please ask Diana for our contact phone number for further information.
Dianna was great to work with. And the result we achieved was better than we could have anticipated. Diana responded to the brief instantly, she was quick to make changes as we suggested as was always available to help us. I’m sure the success of the first Dine Dunedin was in part due to the attractive, eye catching brochure she designed.
Working with Diana was a pleasure. I contacted her with no idea about graphic design or website design and she took my vague ideas and created a logo and website for my new business. She was easy to deal with, adaptable, punctual and had great communication. I would certainly recommend her and look forward to working with her again in the future.
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If you want to get in touch with me you can send me an email or give me a call.
I am located in Dunedin, New Zealand, but open for remote work.
+64 02 123 63 321