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Bora Shin
Bora Shin is an award-winning interdisciplinary designer and a design educator who leverages design practice at the intersection of visual communication and design research for social change.

She has over 10 years of experience working with diverse clients from art and culture institutions, educational establishments, small to corporate businesses, and nonprofit organizations including UNICEF, NASA, Samsung, Welcome.us/FWD.us and Disney.

She currently serves as a Design Lead at the LA Mayor’s Innovation Team, a Bloomberg Philanthropies funded effort to implement innovation practices in our local governments. In this role, she leads design research and design thinking approached solutions to help the Mayor’s office leverage human-centered practice as a tool for an intimate understanding of systems and users through deep empathy, fieldwork and observation.

Prior to this role, she served as a Partner and a Creative Director for a social enterprise called verynice where her work focused on building brands and embedding design processes within small to big organizations to leverage design to drive impact.

Since joined verynice in year 2012, she helped grow the company and refined verynice’s approach to volunteerism and the logistics of executing pro-bono work on a global scale resulting its growth from 100 volunteers to over 400 - making pro-bono impact in monetary value reaching over $3MM in donated services. She launched verynice’s second office in NYC and co-led teams in three offices - NY, ATX and LA.

Bora considers herself as a generalist where she is able to apply wide array of design discipline that includes print, UX/UI design, publication, interaction design, exhibition design, video prototyping, and visual communication for her design process and solutions.

Notables and Work Featured:

- NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow
- Art Center Post-Graduate Fellow
- MFA Media Design Practices Program Scholarship Recipient
- Served as a delegate at the United Nations for the Media for Social Impact Summit
- The Type Director's Club
- AIGA 365
- Communication Arts Design Annual
- Communication Arts Typography Annual
- How Magazine International Design Annual
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- UCDA Design Competition
- The Best of Business Card Design 9 by Rockport
- Information Design Workbook by Kim Baer
- Winner of the Mohawk Show 8
- Art Director's Club - Featured Members
- Hyperallergic
- GOOD.is
- Beautiful Decay
- PSFK.com