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I am Dayna

A smart designer with a penchant for stupid

I am Dayna

I am a small but passionate designer whose work focuses on products and experiences to create a positive impact on the world, with a human-centric approach.

I love thinking playfully and I am a natural problem solver. I also am a strong storyteller and a valued team member. My personal interests are diverse, and range from space exploration to fashion to food anthropology to new tech. I believe that causing a little change in many lives and communities can have a great effect, and I believe that good design is honest. I chose to dedicate my life to design because I like believing that the world can be better and greater. I am interested in gaining additional knowledge and experience in industrial design and design strategy. I am also usually interested in doing work that is weird or fun.

I have had my work featured in Fast Company web and print magazine, Core77, YankoDesign, Engadget and MocoLoco.

I am always looking for new challenges, partnerships with clients and inspiring people to work with. Like my work or want me to work for you? Let me know! I love that.

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I completed my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, and I went on to pursue my Masters of Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute (New York, USA). As a part of my Masters program, I completed the Global Innovation Design Program where I spent time at Keio University’s Keio Media Design (KMD), in Tokyo, Japan and in the Innovation Design Engineering Program (IDE), a joint program between the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London, England. I’m currently looking for new opportunities and experiences in cross-disciplinary and relevant design that pushes boundaries.

In the past I have put up an art installation in the middle of a public street, and I have chopped off all of my hair twice to donate it to non-for-profits to make wigs for locals with cancer. I have also been part of a 1st place winning team for for sustainable architecture, and have worked as the Mechanical Systems Manager for the Queen’s University Solar Design Team. I’ve built a violin before and have climbed Mount Fuji. I used to have a dark room in my parents’ basement and I collect out-of-print children’s fairy tale books. I have worked for Team Ontario, one of 20 teams in the world to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon (the team went on to win 1st place in the Engineering category), and have done a ton of sewing in my youth. 

I like pushing boundaries and pushing myself with the projects I choose to pursue. I like being personally interested and challenged by any work I do, and I enjoy any kind of storytelling. I also love inspiring others, doing side projects and really good ice cream.

Nice to meet you!

Dayna Mailach
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