Open to consulting engagements.
My name is Elena Paunova and this is the virtual home of my research work. I am a Bulgarian born, New York City based designer, graduate of Parsons The New School for Design holding a BFA degree in Communication Design.
The majority of my professional life is concerned with the visualization, architecture, and interface design of proprietary data and the projects are largly confidential. This space is set up as a playground where I can publish some of my side projects, experiments, and learning experiences.
My focus is in Information Architecture + Data Visualization, research, data analysis, complex systems, taxonomies and design process. I am specifically interested in working with large data sets and in the challenge of combining quantitative and qualitative information in cohesive interfaces and architectures. As part of this process, I have also developed strong interest in programming, interface design best practices and front-end engineering.
In my free time and in my work I am fascinated by science, religion and history. I find that the knowledge obtained from these subjects, somehow unexpectedly, is very relevant to design and it has been my constant inspiration studying these connections.
Between 2011 and 2015, I worked as a Senior Information Designer at [recently acquired by Spotify] – a data consultancy, previously publisher of a science magazine. At Seed, I provided interface and experience design, data visualization and programming solutions to various Fortune 500 and NGO clients. I am currently consulting clients while pursuing a Master of Science in Data Visualization degree where I am formally intergating statistics and data science into my design and engineering practice.