|Lahti University of Applied Sciences, BA||2005|
|Visual design and new media|
|University of Art and Design Helsinki, MA|
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Mikko Mutanen (Jan 2, 1980) is a Finnish designer, teacher and developer active in the fields of visualization and digital media.
Initial inspiration for everything related to arts, visual design and computer graphics came from a first contact with the C64 at the tender age of 5. Gaming led to a fusion of an interest in art with the new software tools and the web. This led into experimentation with architectural rendering, drawing, photography, and 2D/3D image creation.
Instead of taking up a university degree in mathematics at the University of Helsinki, independent animation and rendering experiments led to a first full-time job as a 3D-visualist in a Finnish architectural studio.
He graduated with a degree in visual design from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Institute of Design) in 2005, with internships and exchanges in Spain, Germany and South America. Experienced as a tech freelancer for a design studio, animation and post-production for TV and film, he started studies in New Media (Master of Arts) at the Aalto University School of Art and Design (2007). Studies included a minor subject in East-Asian studies at University of Helsinki.
New projects in game design and cinematography spawned a portfolio at http://generationpez.net.
In 2011, the Startup Life project curated and funded a small batch of entrepreneurial Aalto University students for an experience in the Bay area. After nine months developing and launching a Facebook integration channel for Zendesk, Mikko returned to Helsinki to design applications and living services for Fjord.