My name is Janko and I work as a Senior UX Designer at Contentful. I've been in the industry for a long time — the first software I designed and developed was a 1992 organizer that ran on MS-DOS. Today, besides being involved research and design, I spend a lot of time helping other designers with their work.
My background is half design – half development, though for the past decade I'm focused on design solely. During '90 while I was working as UI designer/developer, I went from working on small freelance projects to designing software architectures and leading development teams. Along the way I came to know Agile principles and environments well. Even though I don't code for more than a decade, all this knowledge proved to be invaluable today. In the past 10 years I slowly made my way to UXD world. Usability testing was easy to start with. Good UX research proved to be challenging but to this day it's one of the things I enjoy the most. Today, I work on research and strategic design. I spend most of my time working closely with designers on qualitative research, design synthesis, rapid prototyping, usability testing, design critique and collaboration.
Despite a huge stage fright, I have spoken on dozens of events, organized workshops for teams and individuals, co-authored a book and wrote a few mediocre articles on my blog. When you feel like reading, check my small dystopian take on technology or a short essay on the emotional response to digital goods that are filling our spaces. Alternatively, check this piece on table UI patterns, it is by far the most read article on my blog.