Maya Rodic

Maya Rodic is a NYC based creative studying at Parsons School of Design and Lang at The New School. She has a passion for design, marketing, UI/UX design and coding. Her goal is to combine the principles of design with coding and marketing.
Thesis Faculty
Melanie CreanErnesto KlarAyodamola Tanimowo OkunseindeGloria Duan



What is TradeMate?

TradeMate is an online platform designed to transform the way people access and exchange services within their communities. At its core, TradeMate facilitates a barter-based economy, where users can trade their skills, services, or goods directly with others in their local area. 

Whether you’re a have service skill such as nails, tattoo’s, hair or are trying to trade soft skills, TradeMate connects you with a diverse network of individuals willing to exchange with you. 

The platform offers a user-friendly interface where users can create profiles, list their offerings, and browse through posts to find matches based on their needs and preferences. 

TradeMate isn’t just about exchanging services—it’s about building relationships, supporting part time service givers, and empowering individuals to leverage their skills and resources to meet their needs. Whether you’re looking to save money or simply connect with others in your community, TradeMate offers a unique and innovative solution to traditional commerce. 


TradeMate was created with a vision to address several key objectives. Firstly, it aims to build a sense of community by fostering connections and collaboration among individuals within The New School. By facilitating direct exchanges of skills and services, TradeMate encourages community members to support each other and build meaningful relationships.

Secondly, the platform seeks to make services more accessible to students and other individuals on tight budgets. By enabling users to trade their skills or services rather than relying solely on monetary transactions, TradeMate provides a cost-effective alternative for accessing services. 

Finally, TradeMate promotes creativity and innovation within the service industry. By allowing individuals to offer and seek out a wide range of services, the platform encourages experimentation and diversity which is hard and expensive to find in the pre-existing service economy. This means users can access unique and personalized services that may not be readily available through traditional channels, fostering a more dynamic and vibrant marketplace.

Users can post what skill they have and would like to share. They are then able to like, comment and share. On the right shows the messaging feature where people are able to direct message users discuss trades.
You can view the different profile holders. Each user can add a photo and biography to share what they can trade!
There is a booking feature where users would ideally be able to book through the site. Different “members” are listed and depending on the form of appointment, they can upload their availability to the site making scheduling a lot easier.