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a portfolio by celina nguyen

2017 - 2019

celina nguyen D AT E O F B I R T H January 24. 1999 L O C AT I O N Canada, ON PH O N E +1 226 606 2400 EMAI L celnguyen99@gmail.com

about me SOC I ALS /celnguyen @celnguyenx @celxoart Celina Nguyen celnguyen.com

Hello there! My name is Celina Nguyen and I am from a city called Kitchener in Canada. I am a student at the University of Waterloo studying Global Business and Digital Arts hoping to graduate in Spring of 2021. In school, I took part in GBDA Society, Creator’s Collective, as well as Fashion For Change which kept me always creating throughout the tough semesters. As a designer, I am incredibly detail-oriented and would even call myself a perfectionist when it comes to design. I enjoy all things in the arts which includes graphic design, illustrations, user experience/interface design, and video/photo editing. Being a full-time student and a part-time worker, I also try to work on projects on the side to keep my creativity flowing.



S E P T 2017 - P R E SE NT University of Waterloo (UW) Global Business and Digital Arts, 2B

JU N E 2017 Forest Heights C.I. specialist high skills major

S E P T 2013 - J UNE 2 0 1 7 Forest Heights Collegiate Institute (FHCI)

JU N E 2017 Forest Heights C.I. grade 12 computer arts

design abilities

work experience S E P T 2016 - P R E SE NT The UPS Store assistant manager & graphic designer

branding layout


logo design typography

photo editing

design experience

user interface

MAY 2018 - P R E S E NT GBDA Society (UW) chief of graphic design

technicial skills

J AN 2019 - APR 2 0 1 9 Creator’s Collective (UW) publication designer

Adobe Photoshop

OC T 2017 - M A R 2 0 1 8 Fashion for Change (UW) graphic designer

Adobe XD

Adobe Illustrator Adobe InDesign

Adobe After Effects Final Cut Pro X

interests illustrations




social media

graphic design

Font Montserrat 62pt size 170pt tracking

gbda society During my second year, I became the Chief of Graphic Design for the GBDA Society that creates opportunities for GBDA students at the University of Waterloo.


​ My responsibilities are making all of the graphics and promotional materials for events associated with the society. I work with the external Chief of Communications and Director of Operations to coordinate an advertising schedule ensuring students are aware about what is happening in the community.


gbda bops vol. 1 GBDA Society planned and hosted a karaoke event mainly aimed for second years students. Students were able to sign up with songs they would like to perform in the atrium during lunch time. It gained attraction through GBDA Society’s and other student’s Instagram stories.

GBDA Society hosts a sticker contest where GBDA students can submit their own designs based around a theme. Stickers are chosen through votes by students and then the society takes charge and prints them out.






At the beginning of the school year, GBDA Society held an event aimed at new first-year students to a bonfire. Society members and upper year students were also there to answer any questions.


gbda gala At the end of every year, GBDA Society plans and hosts a gala which brings together GBDA students from all years. The gala is intended to be a year-end celebration event to congratulate students for their hard work and getting through the year.

uw creator’s collective In second semester of second year, I was on the publication team for UW Creator’s Collective. They are a student initiative that aims to empower and support creative communities in GBDA and MDEI. I had the opportunity to be on a team of 8 members to create a magazine showcasing student work. The magazine consisted of 30 full-gloss pages and was handed out for free.

/uwcreatorscollective @uwcreatorscollective creatorscollective.ca

I was able to create the cover, the meet the team page, as well as a content page with two photos.

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fashion for change Fashion for Change is a non-profit organization that unites students at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University to host the largest student-run charity fashion show in the KW region.


In first year, I joined Fashion for Change as one of the graphic designers. In the team, I was responsible for creating designs for the merchandise as well as help create the showbook.


/fashionforchange @fashionforchange fashionforchange.ca

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lustre “portfolio” magazine

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For my final project in my grade 12 graphics class, we were create a magazine that featured specific elements such as grids, photo manipulations, advertisements, and much more. I compiled my design work, illustrations, and photography to create a “portfolio-like” booklet. Throughout this process, I realized that I enjoyed publication design and wanted to continue to do it.


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flat icon design


logo design

forest heights’ yearbook In my final year of high school, I took a class that was responsible for designing that year’s yearbook. I took the responsibility of designing the cover of the yearbook as well as a moderating the other pages to make sure that everything had the same aesthetic and design styles throughout the yearbook.



user experience / user interface

uw rencana UW Rencana is an application created with the intention of facilitating the housefinding process in Stratford for upper year students in the University of Waterloo’s Global Business and Digital Arts program. The issues of a large number of students moving to Stratford, the lack of affordable student housing in Stratford, finding roommates, and even just the general limited knowledge most students have of Stratford collectively make house hunting a taxing process. As a team, UW Rencana has tasked ourselves with creating a phone application designed to connect students with prospective roommates, houses, and apartments in the Stratford area to help take a little stress out of University.



Created by: Celina Nguyen, Zaid Amer, Gregory Cotton, and Helen Chen



hafila In one of my GBDA courses in first year, we were to design an application that would improve life in Canada. My group members and I designed “Hafila�. Research objectives were to seek out what problems foreigners came across when using public transportation (PT) in Canada and how often they use it. From various studies, Hafila found that Waterloo is insufficient in PT and indicates that there are differences in the level of PT used by visitors between rural and urban destinations. The problem that Hafila is trying to fix is to help new transit users and tourists understand the transit system.



Created by: Celina Nguyen, Divijj Kumar, Emile Patry, Helen Chen, Lashaina Holford, Michelle Lee



digital illustrations

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celxoart I always started out doing traditional art with a pencil and a paper, but I invested in a drawing tablet and began to explore digital art. I create portraits of people that I admire and post them on Instagram where I gained a following. I make my portraits in Adobe Photoshop and continue to find my art style everyday. Being an artist on Instagram has motivated me to create as much art as possible and help me realize how passionate I am about art and design.

/celxoart @celxoart

I began practicing my skills in Photoshop in January of 2017 and practiced for about a month before tackling actual full-on portraits. Over time, I saw my growth as a digital artist and have been in love with it ever since.

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