This is Natasha Anwar

Designer | Strategist | Mentor

Educational background:
Life Sciences, Behavioural Psychology, Business Management, Investment Advice, Design, and Product Management.
📍 Toronto, Canada

Designer

I am inherently collaborative as a designer. My diverse academic background means that I can communicate with researchers, designers, stakeholders, and clients, and consider their needs while making design decisions. Though I'm a proponent of the lean methodology I understand that real world limitations require adapting my process to circumstance. I'm also excited by  thinking critically about the constraints and edge cases to make sure the solutions scale.

Strategist

My startup experience as a product manager groomed me in the realm of timely actions. I believe in rapid iterations to ship the product quickly, measuring progress through set benchmarks and applying learnings to the next iteration. As a strategist, I am not afraid to ask the hard questions, and enjoy inspiring my team through potent discussions, and finding alignment between the vision and mission.

Mentor

I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with others. I have led series of public speaking workshops at a local newcomer centre focused on encouraging youth to think critically and speak confidently. I mentor new designers as well as design students as part of a co-op program I initiated. I believe that each of us has a part in collective growth for a better society and I take repsonsibility for mine.

Skillset

Design

  • UX Research
  • UX/UI Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Prototyping
  • Empathy Mapping
  • Brand Identity Design
  • Product Management

Software

  • Sketch
  • Figma
  • Miro
  • Zeplin
  • InVision
  • Webflow
  • Adobe Creative Suite

Personal

  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Empathizing
  • Mentoring
  • Storytelling
  • Critical Thinking
  • Public Speaking
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A multi-passionate designer

When I can find the time, I illustrate on my iPad, write on Medium, and create curated Spotify playlists.

My illustrations are often inspired by women and my cat, Theodore.
My writings are to share the lessons I have learned with others who might need them.
Music is how I connect to the Universe on the day-to-day.

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Define Yourself by
Values and not Habits

How to respond to the dreadful
“Tell me more about yourself”

Having a set of predefined core values definitely helps in answering this question without feeling ambushed. This is because your self-identity is directly linked to your observation of self and others and it guides your values, behaviors, decisions, making you more of who you want to be.

Read the article on Medium

What It Means To
"Speak Your Truth"

And why it's not as easy as it sounds

I’ve heard a lot of people talk about “speaking your truth” recently. So I Googled the phrase and understood this:
‘only speaking out loud what you believe is the truth’

At first, my heart went like ‘oh!’,
and then my brain went like ‘oh…’

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In my library

I enjoy reading books that delve into social psychology, spirituality, process and mindset.

Recommend a book

Here's what I'm
listening to right now

Check out my playlists

Hey there!

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm always looking to expand my network, talk about design and product teams, or just connect on a human level.

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