WHO AM I
Milena Ivanova Ugrinova - mim
I am a well educated, vast experienced graphic designer with a passion for photography. I have behind my back five years at the National School of Applied Arts, where I graduated with excellent scores in graphic design and classic visual arts. My path passed through a print house, where I transferred my knowledge into practice, followed by a marketing agency as a web designer, and continued at a large IT company where I was responsible for all the graphics, combining all my design skills for more than sixteen years. My curiosity in photography added new horizons and even more ways to approach the images. I graduated from New Bulgarian University as a Bachelor in Photography.
Life brought me to the other side of Europe, and I changed the IT branch with the food industry. I accepted the challenge, and now I know I can adapt and learn quickly not only the new tools but a whole different world. As a creative manager, I am more than confident I can create and transform the client’s ideas into a visual product. I'll never stop acqure new skills and that inspires me and keeps me curious about the advertising.
I can say with confidence that I know a lot about the print requirements and the details that make the work to be called professional.
MY LATEST JOB
March 2018 – Present
Barrel & Stone is a fast-growing company in the F&B industry, operating with partners from small country pubs to large hospitality and leisure groups as Hilton, Rank Group, Sodexo, Punch Taverns, Crowne Plaza, Merlin Entertainment and many more. As a creative manager, I'm liaising directly with all the clients, designing for them bespoke graphic content, including brands, food menus, posters and digital marketing materials. Also, I'm using my photography skills to create original image content for the company and our partners. I created a cook training stop motion video based on my idea to the complete realisation.
As a result, I have probably a hundred vectorized logos, a huge number of food menus, stationery, posters and banners, digital content for social media, inhouse brochures, banners, brand guides, cookbook, and many more.
Some of the latest projects are:
Some of the Barrel & Stone partners I've been working with:
Senior Graphic Designer, Photographer
March 2001 – February 2018
As a Senior Graphic Designer in a large software company, I was responsible for all kinds of graphic materials from brand design to application layout for the company's and client's products. I was involved in designing from the very beginning of most of the projects. Part of my job was to supervise external contractors. I was the leader of an outsourcing team for an image-processing application alongside the ongoing print and web projects.
You can find some of the projects I've made for Sirma Solutions in Design page.
July 2008 – March 2009
I created a few photo-stories for the local chapters of the magazine working with heavy lorries and earthmoving machinery and their drivers and owners. The shooting locations were across the country, at the industrial and building environment. You can see examples of my work here.
M3 Communications Group, Inc.
June 2000 – February 2001
I started as a junior web designer, and I learned a lot about HTML and CSS by working on several websites in-house and external projects.
Post Print Operator
July 1999 – October 1999
That was my first opportunity to practice everything I learned at school. Iktus Print was a small print house producing everything from business cards to flyers, posters and even books. I was responsible for after-print finishing, but I also passed training in prepress and everything related to the production process.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Photography
New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
I have chosen the photography to complete my interests in visual arts. In 2016, in order to graduate I took a series of photographs called Origami Transformation and I wrote a thesis with the topic - The road from Shoot to Photography a discussion about the art in a photographic image.
Performer Artist, Advertising Graphic
National School of Arts “Dimitar Dobrovitch”, Sliven, Bulgaria
I received an innovative academic education, a combination of classic art studies, such as drawing, painting, art history, etc., and graphic design: logo, poster, typography and multimedia. I graduated with a complex project, achieving excellent results.
OTHERS ABOUT ME
CEO at Sirma Group Holding
I had the pleasure of working with Milena for 15 years. She is a very supportive and creative professional designer easy-to-work-with. Her inspired view on the company’s challenges brought a number of successful projects in Sirma. She is visually minded and knows how to mix function with aesthetics, making each project special. Read more
Business Analyst at Sirma Solutions
Milena is one of the most experienced and efficient graphic designers with whom I worked. Her competence, experience and brilliant ideas are essential to the success of projects related to the graphical user interface – web portals, search engines of information systems for our clients. Read more
Software Engineer at Innit
I workеd with Milena for more than three years at Sirma Solutions JSC. Together we completed several projects where she performed as creative, proactive, result oriented and responsible employee. She is always ready to put all her energy and time to get the job done. And combined with her creativity, design skills and perfection, the outcome is always great. Read more
Founder at Order Box It & Global Best Brands
I was working with Milena directly while she was part of my marketing team at Sirma Solutions Jsc. I have to say she was very creative and great member of the team, but what I liked most about her was her passion for getting the job done in the best way from multiple perspectives - but design and UX. I would recommend Milena to anyone looking for a design and UI expert.
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director at Sirma Solutions
As her supervisor I can truly recommend Milena as an outstanding employee, who can be relied to finish every hard task. In all the years that I worked with her, she proved as a designer with broad skills. She has a good character, which makes it a great colleague you want to have next to you.