Irene has 18 years of experience helping clients worldwide add value to their businesses by creating and developing strong brands and engaging communications.
MA Advertising (with distinction), 2006 Bucks New University, UK. Dissertation: The Relentless Drive Towards Participatory Media (mentors: Dr Paul Springer, Bruce Sinclair and Steve Walls).
BTECs in Creative Typography and Graphic Design from the London College of Printing (now the London College of Communication), London, UK (mentors: Paul Eckersley and Jerry Gull).
BA* English (Language & Literature) and Art History, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana (uncompleted).
Member of the Preliminary Interactive Jury of the Cresta International Advertising Awards Board member/marketing director of AIGA Santa Barbara–the professional association for design Board member and brand manager of utu–a non-profit fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa
honors and awards
2014 ADDY Award (Bronze) for 'Love' print campaign for Wonder (gift shop), Santa Barbara UN Documentary Film Festival: Stories in the Field logo competition, New York, USA, Double finalist Golden Drum Advertising Awards: Piran poster competition, Portorož, Slovenia, Double finalist D&AD Advertising Workshop, London, UK (eligibility is competition-based) BETT 2000 (educational technology event), London, UK Judge’s Innovation Award for Espresso for Schools (educational multimedia, team award)