Heidi Helen Pilypas

Heidi Helen Pilypas

My name is Heidi Helen Pilypas (or Heidi Helen for short). I’m a freelance designer from Adelaide, South Australia.

I’ve always loved art—right from a young age. It started with a passion for drawing, which later grew into a love for design. I currently specialise in user interface design.

In January 2004, at the age of 17, I was selected as 1 of 2 South Australians for a National Summer Art Scholarship with the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ACT. This experience included extensive artistic workshops; a behind-the-scenes tour of the gallery; visits to artist residencies and studios; as well as an exhibition of our work in the National Gallery. This experience was a real eye-opener for me, leading me to believe that a future in the arts was indeed possible!

In my final year of school, I achieved an A for Visual Art Studies. My artwork Ode to Trish, a collection of screen prints inspired by the Pop Art movement, was selected for the SSABSA Art Show 2005 (now known as the SACE Art Show) at Light Square Galleries, Adelaide. It later travelled to Port Augusta for another exhibition and was chosen for display in SSABSA offices for 1 year.

My early successes in the arts led me to pursue it further at university, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) with a minor in digital art from UniSA in 2010. While there, I also did some electives learning to use Illustrator and InDesign which ignited a passion in me for design. In 2012, I completed a Certificate IV in IT (Websites) at TAFE SA.

In 2011, I got my first iPhone. It opened up a whole new world for me. I loved the little apps and all the detail that went into them. I enjoyed finding tools for every area of my life, one which included Dream Journal, a now-retired app for recording your dreams. I contacted Ish, the developer, to give some feedback which eventually led to us becoming great friends and working together. I’m the co-creator of apps Stamp Pack, Boomerang: Double-Check Translations, Gold Stars, and Capsicum (currently in beta).

In 2017, my long-held dream to visit the United States came true, when I won a Women’s Scholarship to Layers, a design conference for Apple folk, in San Jose, California. I got to meet many amazing people in the community. I loved the conference atmosphere, which led to me applying to speak at /dev/world/2018, Australia’s longest-running conference for macOS and iOS developers and designers, in Melbourne, Victoria (this year’s event ran from August 26-28). I gave a talk on Designing for iOS: Resources You Gotta Know (view my slides here). I look forward to contributing more to the community.

Updated: 8th of September 2018 at 2:50am