I’M LAURISSA, A SOCIALLY-minded DESIGNER BASED IN TORONTO, CANADA.
I love creatively solving problems through design and inclusive thinking to build solutions that are strategic, useable, and relevant.
Laurissa Barnes-Roberts is a socially-minded designer who collaborates on projects to serve the global community. Laurissa believes designers have the ability and opportunity to reach and create change within a diverse range of communities and therefore have the responsibility to apply their skills and influence to build inclusive solutions for a better world.
Laurissa is a passionate, innovative, and endlessly curious individual. She combines her love of design and creative thinking to create human solutions that are inclusive and empathetic. Professionally, she has applied this in collaboration with a variety of organizations—social enterprises, non-profits, businesses, both locally and in the United States—and working with a variety of stakeholders from CEOs and business owners to corporate marketing departments to multidisciplinary freelance teams.
Laurissa earned a diploma in Graphic Media Design from the Pacific Design Academy and pursued specialized training in User Experience (UX) design through Akendi and HackerYou. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Pacific & Asian Studies with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and has been an RGD member since 2016.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Laurissa values giving back and gets involved in a variety of roles: judging for awards and hackathons, instructing drone workshops and simulator piloting, and as a volunteer mentor.
Most recently, Laurissa was elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian NGO, Mosqoy, to help guide their marketing initiatives. She is inspired by the sustainable development work the organization does, working with the Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Andes. She is looking forward to all that she will learn and the ability to apply her skills and experience to help the organization and its staff, volunteers and community members.
OUTSIDE OF WORK
Personally, Laurissa is an avid reader, loves to travel and scuba dive, enjoys staying active. She is learning to pilot drones and wants to brush up on her language skills, but her biggest passion outside of design is Taekwon-Do. She is a 3rd Dan black belt and an international Taekwon-Do competitor who represented both Team USA and Team Canada at the 2017 Unified Championships in Argentina. She is currently training with the goal of representing both countries again at the next World Championships in Brazil.