Taru Muhonen, Designer in Berlin, Germany
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Taru Muhonen

Verified Expert  in Design


Berlin, Germany
Toptal Member Since
March 22, 2019

Taru has over five years of experience working as a designer in startups and digital agencies. She can take the design all the way from initial stakeholder interviews to working, high-fidelity prototypes in various platforms. During the last three years, she has focused on virtual and augmented reality design, working in a game engine to produce high-quality immersive experiences for both consumers and businesses.


Work Experience

Interaction Designer, Co-founder

2016 - 2019
Teatime Research
  • Created a wide range of different types of immersive experiences mainly for B2B customers.
  • Involved in over 20+ VR and AR projects, using devices ranging from HTC Vive to AR-enabled smartphones.
  • Created low-fidelity mockups, prototypes, and final assets in a game engine (Unity).
  • Held customer interviews and was involved in projects in various different industries, such as architecture and engineering.
  • Traveled abroad to showcase virtual reality experiences (Taipei, Taiwan).
Technologies: Mixed Reality (MR), Microsoft, ARCore, HTC Vive, Git, Blender, Substance Designer, Unity, Adobe Experience Design (XD)

UX Designer

2015 - 2016
  • Led UX, UI, and service design for mobile and web applications for customers ranging from local startups to multinational companies.
  • Acted as CTO for Futulabs for 1 month for the internal initiative for emerging technologies.
  • Converted UI of an existing Android and iPhone application to Windows Phone, following the platform user interface guidelines.
  • Used Futurice's Lean Service Creation framework to advance the Spice program - the internal initiative for promoting open source development and contributions.
  • Designed a smart transit pilot application that was published for iOS and Android.
Technologies: Windows Phone, Android, iOS, Adobe Photoshop, InVision, Sketch

UX Designer, Co-founder

2012 - 2015
  • Led the design of a learning management system for students and teachers.
  • Held workshops together with the stakeholders to gather feedback.
  • Designed the information architecture of the platform.
  • Created support materials such as video recordings.
Technologies: ZURB Foundation, CSS, Git, SCSS, HTML, Adobe Photoshop
2014 - 2018

Master's Degree in Human-Technology Interaction

University of Tampere - Tampere, Finland

2011 - 2014

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

University of Tampere - Tampere, Finland