Gino Burich and Kathy Sigstad have been working and growing together for two decades since they first met at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where they both majored in Communication Design.
Gino's nickname "Gino Stringbeano" inspired the name of their company, which they founded in 2005. They have worked together on various multi-disciplinary campaigns for Stringbean Design, as well as individually as in-house designers.
In 2019, they both began teaching Design courses at the University of the Fraser Valley. Gino's students at UFV won an award in 2020 for their work on an Experiential Learning course that he developed and facilitated for the Stave Lake Recreational Area Wayfinding project.
Due to the pandemic, when UFV abruptly switched to on-line course delivery, the duo delved deeply into Learner Experience Design. This turned into a passion that ultimately led Kathy to pursue a new career Instructional Design for a national brand. As a Certified RGD, Kathy served on various RGD award panels and Committees, including the Steering Committee for the Design Educator Conference held at Emily Carr.
After mastering his niche in Experiential Design at Letterbox Design, Smart Design and Rally Creative, Gino has continued to expand his design repertoire. While working for the Township of Langley, Gino was heavily involved in the design of training materials and knowledge transfer projects. He is currently working as a Senior Designer for Heywood Beaudry.
They continue to work together on special projects under the Stringbean Design banner.