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A little About Me

Fresh Contrast is the online identity of UI and UX Designer Karim Balaa based from Ottawa Canada.

I've always been interested in design and creative solutions. I graduated from my design studies in February of 2005. Studying Interactive Multimedia at Algonquin College I learnt a lot about the industry as it gave me a good eye opener for what to expect. After graduating I began working for design companies in the city of Ottawa. It was a great learning experience while working for these companies as it gave me the opportunity to create original designs for major and small name brands.

I am constantly looking for new and exciting challenges and trying to improve/learn new techniques and new software to improve my design skills.

Buy my art on Crated

Features & Recognition

Throughout my years I have had some features and recognition from some sources that I admire and proud to be part of. Here are some of them:

  • Abduzeedo
  • Advanced Photoshop Magazine
  • Adweek
  • Crated
  • CSS Mania
  • Despreneur
  • Speckyboy Design Magazine
  • Serial Thriller
  • The Best Designs
  • Tutsplus
  • New Web Pick
  • Noupe
  • Ultralinx
  • WebDesignerPad

Talking With The Pros

I try to keep some fun and exciting side projects at all times. Talking With The Pros is one of them that is special to me. I started this project as a simple blog to interview creative professionals and give people a little insight on their lives and work. You can check it out at www.talkingwiththepros.com


I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on UI/UX designs for fortune 500 brands as well non for profit organizations and smaller sized companies. Every client is special to me as I try to build strong and long-term relationships between us. Below are a few of the clients I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

Get in touch.