Portrait of Jyrki Vanamo

I am a Finnish architect and designer with an extensive track record in product design, branding and team leading. I am confident managing design organisations and have over 20 years of hands-on design experience myself.

Work and education

I work currently as the head of design at Holvi Payment Services. My previous positions include CDO of Wanderfeel, founder and CEO of Mapdon, VP of product of Restaurant Day and lead designer of Tekla BIMsight. I have graduated as an architect (M.Sc.) from Aalto University. I have also studied geoinformatics as a D.Sc. candidate and user-centered design as a B.Sc. candidate at Aalto University.

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Clients and industries

I have managed a small design agency, led corporate design teams and volunteered for grassroots urban initiatives. Through dozens of successful projects I have gained versatile expertise in the following industries.

Maps and Cartography

Cities and Urbanism

Architecture and Construction

Transportation and Mobility

Infrastructure and Energy

Nature and Environment

Culture and Entertainment

Government and Participation

Retail and Logistics

Research and Education

Artificial Intelligence

Banking and Finance

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I have helped numerous organisations create award-winning products and services. Below are a few highlighted awards won for clients, employers or myself.

Symbol of the Finland Prize award

Finland Prize, Ministry of Education and Culture Finland

Symbol of the Vuoden Huiput award

Vuoden Huiput – Best Finnish creative design, Grafia

Symbol of the Best Mobile Service in Finland award

Best Mobile Service in Finland, Teleforum Finland

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Other skills and interests

Besides the standard design tools, I am familiar with a wide spectrum of programming languages. I also talk and write about design occasionally, and like to experiment with generative design methods.

I believe computers should rather be used as an extension to the designer’s thinking instead of a more accurate pen. Put differently, it requires getting your hands dirty on the code level too. The majority of my personal projects approach this topic from various perspectives.

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To hire me, request an appearance or discuss a project, please contact me via jyrki@jyrkivanamo.com, +358 50 547 0020 or LinkedIn.

With kind regards,

Signature of Jyrki Vanamo