Wednesday, April 15, 2015

SHARIS

As a result of the 1915 Armenian genocide, its surviving citizens scattered to neighbouring countries. It was to Tehran, Iran that one family fled and where Sharis Shahmiryan was born. At the age of three, the family moved to Barcelona, Spain, then a couple of years later, on to Canada.

Even before graduating from the York University/Sheridan College design programme, Sharis was scooped up by the Toronto Star art department where she left her mark on the look of the paper in print and interactive design.

Now a producer and designer at Post Media, Sharis uses her skills to elevate reader experiences when interacting with the tablet app for the Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and the Calgary Herald among others. "I love designing for tablet. Designing for the iPad is a mix of design and the senses. You think of how the reader will interact with your design".

When not working as a visual journalist for Post Media, Sharis is a part-time teacher for the York/Sheridan programme where she gives back and shares her passion for information design and data visualization. In addition to tennis and swimming, Sharis is a dedicated volunteer for the Armenian Community Centre where this photograph was made.

SHARIS FUN FACT: Using her keen visualization skills, she recently she scored a bullseye when at an axe throwing range. "No one messes with me anymore"!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

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