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Olga Gabay is a 2020 Best of Galaxy Store award winner for her phone UI theme design, Dark Warrior. Not only do we talk about her approach to design, the impact of COVID, but also the challenges related to using licensed imagery.

Topics Covered:

  • Themes Studio
  • Galaxy Store
  • Galaxy Store Badges
  • Social Media
  • Licensing IP
  • Marketing
  • Best of Galaxy Store Awards

 

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