Hello, I'm Jan! I'm a multifaceted designer passionately inclined to interaction and product design with an entrepreneur mindset.
I'm also a drop-out practicing autodidacticism, a gamer, a drummer, a proud Christian and sometimes — just lying down pretending to be a potato (they call it sleeping). I'm that weird, peculiar guy who loves sketching, doodling, hand lettering or just hanging out with my failures to learn from them.
[ site status ] — Doing something new. Please bear with me, but if you prefer, a rabbit then go ahead. Rabbit with me.
skillset, experience and design process
Some people might classify me as a jack-of-all-trades but I think I'm more of a designer with a few more skills and mindsets that go hand-in-hand with it. I've been designing for more or less than 10 years, with a 7-year experience on interaction design for web and mobile but mostly on web.
This is probably where the most fun part of my design process is. I can go crazy and let my creative juices flow without limitation.
This is the funnel and filter of the ideation process. Organizing information and sections where they should fit.
— Information Architecture
— Rough Sketching
— Interaction Design
After planning and organizing content, I'll continue doing UI wireframes while considering UX in mind. I usually go for function over form.
— User Interface (UI)
— User Experience (UX)
— Low-fidelity Prototyping
I don't usually do this when working on a project but I have tested that doing this part can definitely save time if I want to know if an idea will work specifically on touch devices.
— Graphic Design
I can pretty much say that I have a solid background when it comes to graphic design.
— Layout / Visual Hierarchy
— Color Theory
— Branding / Visual Identity
— Motion Graphics
— Front-end Development
After creating wireframes / mock-ups, I will then proceed to coding and implement the UI. Sometimes, I skipped doing mock-ups on Photoshop and go straigth from wireframe to coding.
— Semantic Coding
— Code Optimization
— CSS / SASS
— Adaptive Design
— Responsive Design
Refining details, removing unnecessary features or elements. Sometimes going back to the drawing board. That kind of stuff.
Other Surprises (I really hope so.)
— Back-end Oriented
Basically, this just mean that I know a few things about the capabilities and limitations of what back-end can do. This helps me a lot in terms of implementing user-interfaces. (Plus, I'm currently trying to learn Ruby / on Rails)
I believe and have proven that being oriented how the backend can work wonders and will expand your imagination when working on user interfaces.
— Entrepreneurial Mindset
I love generating ideas! Most of the time to solve a certain problem or address a certain need.
To be honest, this is probably one of the reasons I wanted to learn as much as I can, practicing autodidacticism so that I can easily implement my ideas and test it myself without too much delay. Hopefully to be able to have my own startup.
Also, by having this kind of mindset, I usually assess if something is really worth doing.
As a honest proof of my capabilities as a multifacated designer, I curated some of my best works that I've done for the last few years.